Conference Call: Q&A Blair Levin, Architect of the National Broadband Plan

On July 15th at 3:00 pm EST / 12:00 pm PST, Progressive States Network hosted a conference call with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Media and Technology Institute for an exclusive conversation with Blair Levin as he addressed state leaders on the National Broadband Plan’s implications for states.

Mr. Levin, who led the Federal Communications Commission's efforts to develop the National Broadband Plan (NBP), discussed the important role of state legislators in advancing the goals of the NBP, which seeks to bring state-of-the-art connectivity to all Americans. This conversation included policy recommendations to complement the NBP, as well as reflections on other opportunities for state and local policy leadership.

This was a unique opportunity to ask questions of the individual who led the development of the NBP – a project mandated by Congress in the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act – and who is a nationally recognized leader on broadband and media issues. As Barron’s Magazine noted, Mr. Levin “has always been on top of developing trends and policy shifts in media and telecommunications... and has proved visionary in getting out in front of many of today’s headline making events.”

Following the completion of the NBP and his recent departure from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Mr. Levin now serves as a Communications & Society Fellow with the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program. He worked at the FCC early in his career and rejoined the Commission in June, 2009, after eight years as an analyst at Legg Mason and Stifel Nicolaus.

Following Mr. Levin’s presentation, there was time for questions and answers from the participants.