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Keynote: Evolution of the Measuring Broadband America Program
Meeting: NANOG62
Date / Time: 2014-10-06 10:15am - 11:00am
This item is webcast
Room: Constellation Ballroom
Presenters: Speakers:

Walter Johnston, FCC

Walter Johnston is currently Chief, Electromagnetic Compatibility Division for the FCC where he is responsible for the evaluation of new technologies and services. Prior to the FCC, he served as CTO for several companies focused on data and VoIP services. He has held senior positions in Telcordia and was Vice President at BellAtlantic/NYNEX, now Verizon, where he was responsible for the development of new broadband data services including the company’s first Internet service offering. While at Verizon he also directed the trial of one of the nation’s first high speed regional Internet networks as part of the National Science Foundation’s Internet program and also established one of the nation’s largest experimental broadband networks, a statewide facility connecting research organizations throughout New York State. Mr. Johnston served as program manager for the introduction of optical technology to the Bell System while he was at AT&T. He began his career with Bell Laboratories where he was responsible for design and development of a number of computer systems automating processes within the telephone network. He has a B.S./EE and an M.S./CS both from Polytechnic Institute of New York.
Abstract: The Measuring Broadband America program is an effort by the FCC, in collaboration with industry, to collect data on broadband services in the United States. The FCC first presented initial results on fixed broadband services from this program to NANOG in 2011, shortly after the release of its first report.
The FCC issues an annual report and is acquiring in the process a baseline perspective on consumer broadband evolution in the United States. The release of these reports in a transparent, open manner has also helped to spur competition among service providers. The FCC MBA program is committed to open data and in addition to the report releases all data collected in the program.
As the Internet has evolved, so have the goals of the program. While access speed was the dominant concern of consumers three years ago, the rapid evolution of streaming video service has brought into focus the performance of interconnection services. Another evolving direction of the program is greater collaboration with university researchers.
Over the last several years, the program has begun to focus on mobile broadband data performance using crowdsourcing to collect performance data. Working in collaboration with industry and others, the FCC launched its program in late 2013. Initial results are expected to be released in late 3Q / early 4Q 2014. Due to privacy concerns for mobile data, discussion with the FTC commission, service providers, and outside experts resulted in the development of a privacy policy to protect the consumer. Data released under this program will be consistent with developed policy.
The FCC expects to continue to evolve the program to fully reflect the interests of the public and believes that the collection of broadband data in collaboration with interested stakeholders utilizing open methodologies and the release of such data is important both in ensuring continued competition within the industry and providing policy makers and researchers with an unbiased source of data.
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