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Public Affairs Discussion Group

The National Broadband Plan: Policy and Politics

Lev Gonick, Ph.D. - Vice President of Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer at Case Western Reserve University
Dear Colleagues:

"Like electricity a century ago, broadband is a foundation for economic growth, job creation, global competitiveness and a better way of life.” But it is not available to all so, in 2009, Congress directed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to create a National Broadband Plan, “to ensure every American has access to broadband capability.”

The Plan, which begins with this explanation, was issued on March 16, 2010. (http://www.broadband.gov/plan/) Dr. Gonick has led efforts by CWRU and other universities to expand broadband access to local communities: including onecommunity in northeast Ohio, and Gig.U, a consortium of 29 universities including CWRU, Duke, Virginia Tech, and Arizona State. (http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/universities-start-effort-to-extend-broadband-to-local-communities/32497) In addition to his immense experience in the field, Dr. Gonick holds a Ph.D. in political economy from York University in Toronto, and used the Broadband Plan as a case study when he taught our course on Science and Technology in Government (POSC 365/465) in Spring of 2011. He will report on the policy and politics, exactly 18 months after the plan’s release.

Very best regards,
Joe White
Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Director, Center for Policy Studies

About Our Guest...

Lev Gonick is Vice President for Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Lev is co-chair of the CIO Executive Council's higher education committee and co-chair of Cisco's Higher Education Executive Exchange. He was the Advisory Board Chair of the 2008 New Media Consortium's Horizon Project and former Board Chair of the NMC. In 2004 Lev and Case Western Reserve University founded what is today known as OneCommunity, the award-winning regional community network now reaching 22 counties in Northeast Ohio. He received the 2010 National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisory (NATOA) annual award for Community Visionary of the Year. In 2009 Case Western Reserve University began extending gigabit fiber to the home in Cleveland's inner city.

Lev Gonick currently serves on numerous community Boards including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland and the Bellefaire JCB for Children. He is a regular blogger and tweets under the handle lgonick.

A New Location

This year the Friday Public Affairs Lunch will convene each Friday when classes are in session in the Dampeer Room of Kelvin Smith Library from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. The Dampeer Room is on the second floor of the library. If you get off the elevators, turn right, pass the first bank of tables, and turn right again.

Parking Possibilities

The most convenient parking is the lot underneath Severance Hall. We regret that it is not free. From that lot there is an elevator up to street level (labeled as for the Thwing Center); it is less than 50 yards from that exit to the library entrance. There is also on-street parking on both East Drive and Bellflower. Both are fairly short walks from the library.

Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

September 23: Large Scale Utility Energy Storage. Robert F. Savinell, George S. Dively Professor of Chemical Engineering.

September 30: The Arab Spring – and Beyond. Pete W. Moore, Associate Professor of Political Science

October 7: TBA

October 14: The Campaign for the Republican Nomination for President.  Justin Buchler, Associate Professor of Political Science

October 21: What Can We Do With Vacant Land in Shrinking Cities?  W. Dennis Keating, Levin College Distinguished Professor, Cleveland State University

October 28: Should the Workday Include Time for Naps? Research Concerning Sleep and Productivity. Elizabeth Click, Assistant Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

November 4: (Re)Regulating Financial Services: How Laws May Work in Practice.  Michael Wager J.D., Squire, Sanders and Dempsey

November 11: How are Successful Companies and Successful Universities Alike?  Richard E. Boyatzis, Distinguished University Professor and H. R. Horvitz Chair of Family Business, Departments of Organizational Behavior, Psychology, and Cognitive Science.

November 18: Wikipedia in the University.  Peter Shulman, Assistant Professor of History.

November 25: No Session - Thanksgiving Break

December 2: University Circle Update. Steven Litt, Architecture Critic, Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 9: Outsourcing and Offshoring Legal Services.  Cassandra Burke Robertson, Associate Professor of Law


September 12, 2011

Upcoming Events

Same-Sex Marriage and the Constitution

Professor George W. Dent, Jr., Schott-Van Den Eyden Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Professor Mark P. Strasser, Trustees Professor of Law Capital University Law School.

September 15, 2011, 4:30-6 p.m., Moot Courtroom, Case Western Reserve University School of Law,11075 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio. This program is free and open to the public.

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), passed by Congress in 1996, defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman. As a result, same-sex couples are barred from receiving federal benefits conferred upon married couples, and no state is required to recognize same-sex marriages granted by another state.

On February 23, 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Obama Administration had determined DOMA to be unconstitutional, and that the Justice Department would no longer provide legal defense for the law. Meanwhile, many states have adopted measures designed to forbid same-sex marriage. This year's Constitution Day program will examine the issues raised by DOMA, state regulations, civil unions, polygamy, and other constitutional issues related to marriage.

Israelis and Palestinians: The Possibilities for Peace

David Makovsky, Director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at the Washington Institute for Near East Studies and Ghaith al-Omari, Executive Director of the Task Force in Palestine ATFP

September 21, 2011, 7:30 p.m., CWRU Thwing Student Center Ballroom, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio. This program is free and open to the public. This program is cosponsored by Cleveland Hillel, the CWRU Center for Policy Studies, and others.

David Makovsky is director of the project on the Middle East peace process at the Washington Institute for Near East Studies. He is coauthor with Dennis Ross of Myths, Illusions and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East (2009). Ghaith al-Omari has served in numerous senior positions with the Palestinian Authority, including as Director of the International Relations Department in the Office of the Palestinian President.

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