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Telecom & Photonics Opportunities
In The Obama Stimulus Plan

Objective | Program & Speakers

April 23, 2009 | Washington, DC

8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

The Washington Room
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP
875 15th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005

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Event Co-Cha

Alan Pearce, Ph.D

President & CEO
Information Age Economics


Tara Giunta

Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker LLP


Telecom Briefing Objective

The Obama Stimulus Package includes approximately $800 billion in new investment designed to boost the U.S. economy over the next 24 months. More than $30 billion will be specifically directed at Telecommunications, Photonics, and Information Technologies (TPIT). Another $30 billion will be spent on related activities that could directly and indirectly give a further boost to TPIT.

Are you ready to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity?

To assist you in coming to grips with, and understanding, this opportunity, Information Gatekeepers Inc (IGI), in cooperation with the Paul Hastings LLP and Information Age Economics (IAE), is planning a series of telecommunications and photonics executive briefings. These briefings will bring together leaders from President Obama’s Administration, the U.S. Congress, senior members of the Executive Branch, and other policymakers and stakeholders, who will explain the market opportunities and how you can access them.

The first Executive Briefing will be an overview of the stimulus package and an analysis of the major sections that focus on the telecommunications, photonics, and IT markets. The briefing will be held on April 23 in Washington, D.C., and will be held at Paul Hastings’ Washington, D.C. office. Dr Alan Pearce, President of Information Age Economics and a world-renowned Telecommunications Economist, and Tara Giunta, a Partner in Paul Hastings’s Telecom, Media and IT Practice, will be the Co-Chairs.

The preliminary agenda will include:

  • Overview of the Stimulus Package
  • Broadband Infrastructure
  • Smart Grids
  • Transportation Infrastructure
  • Education
  • Health and IT
  • Science and Technology
  • Recommendations & Strategies on how to approach these market opportunities.

Who should be interested?

  • Equipment suppliers
  • Service suppliers
  • Systems integrators
  • Contractors and Sub-contractors
  • Consultants
  • Lawyers

Typical questions that will be answered:

  • Who will be spending the funds?
  • When will the funds be spent?
  • What will be the rules and regulations?
  • Who should apply, i.e., who will be eligible and who will not?
  • What strategies would be most effective?

Briefing Topics & Speakers

8:00-9:00 Registration and Breakfast

Overview and Introduction

Overview of Telecom and Photonics Opportunities in the Stimulus Plan
  Tara Giunta | info
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker LLP
9:30-10:30 Broadband
It’s Not About Pipes: Wireless or Wired
  David K. Aylward | info
COMCARE Emergency Response Alliance
The Importance of Wireless Infrastructure to Ubiquitous Broadband
  Michael Fitch | info
President & CEO
PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association
10:30 -11:00 Networking Break
11:00-12:00 Smart Grids
Navigating the Stimulus Funding Maze:
Get Prepped for Smart Grid Grants – Background and Overview
  Brett Kilbourne | info
Director-Regulatory Services & Associate Counsel
Utilities Telecom Council

Smart Grid Funding - Opportunities & Challenges
  Barry E. Goodstadt, Ph.D. | info
Independent Consultant and Analyst

12:00 -1:00 Networking Lunch
1:00-1:30 Infrastructure & Transportation
The Technical Scope of TIP's Current Emphasis on Civil Infrastructure
  Donald Archer, Ph.D | info
Selection Analyst
NIST Technology Innovation Program
1:30-2:30 Science & Technology
Mission, Objectives, and Activities of the TIP Program
  Margaret Phillips | info
Selection Analyst
NIST Technology Innovation Program
Green Photonics
  Marko M. G. Slusarczuk, Ph.D | info
Executive Director
Optoelectronic Industry Development Association (OIDA)
2:30-3:00 Networking Break
3:00-3:30 Health IT
The HITECH act within ARRA and its Impact on States, Providers and EHR Solutions Providers
  Maria Rudolph | info
Vice President, Business Development
e-MDs, Inc.
3:30-4:30 Education
Education Funding Sources in the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act
  Deborah Rigsby| info
Federal Legislation Director
National School Boards Association
Educational Technology Funding: ARRA vs. E-Rate
  Win Himsworth | info
Executive Director
E-Rate Central
4:30-5:00 How to Proceed and Wrap-Up
How to Proceed to Get Your Share of the Stimulus Money
  Tara Giunta | info
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker LLP
  Alan Pearce, Ph.D | info
President & CEO
Information Age Economics
5:00-5:30 Cocktail Reception