As an overview, we’re expecting close to 100 people to attend and participate over the course of the Summit, including over two dozen public officials from across the country, several leading policymakers from NY, and a number of VIPs.
We’ll have keynote addresses by a number of attendees, including:
FTC Commissioner Julie Brill; Colette Honorable,
President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners;
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer;
and David Salway, head of the NY State Broadband Office.
First, at the city level, we are in the early stages of framing out an initiative with several local partners to host a series of informal gatherings at the law school focused on bringing stakeholders from the high-tech/start-up and broadband service provider spaces together for constructive dialogues on key issues like franchise reform, streamlining the process by which ISPs gain landlord approval to enter buildings, zoning and land use issues impacting wireless deployment, etc.
Second, Michael Santorello was recently named to the New York State Broadband Availability and Adoption Task Force. Convened under the auspices of the New York State Broadband Program Office, the Task Force will focus on forging a plan for furthering gains in broadband connectivity across the state. We are working to position Michael as one of the lead members of the Task Force and New York Law School as the go-to resource for research, analysis, etc.
Together, both initiatives serve as additional vehicles for promoting and bolstering NYLS’s reputation, and, more importantly, they will provide an array of new opportunities for students to contribute to these efforts in a real world, practical way.