Broadband is the technology behind this era’s industrial revolution, driving the creation of new companies, the destruction of existing business models, and putting a world of information at consumers’ fingertips in the home or on the go. However, up until President Barack Obama made nationwide access part of his economic recovery plan, the regulatory side of broadband wasn’t something people paid a lot of attention to. But now net neutrality, disappearing landlines, cable disputes, the National Broadband Plan, Google Voice and Apple’s stance on app approvals are big stories, influenced partly by an activist Federal Communications Commission that is delving into broadband access, competition and innovation. Those stories are hot also because broadband plays more of a role in our day-to-day lives, which means people outside of the telecommunications lobbying world are taking notice.
To help Silicon Valley learn more about these changes, we’re hosting FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski at our offices on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 10 a.m. PT for an hour-long GigaOM forum. Doors for this limited-seating event will open at 9:30 a.m.
Om and I will interview the chairman, as well as give members of our audience the opportunity to ask a few questions. We have a few seats left, so if anyone wants to attend you can send a note to [email protected] with “FCC FORUM” in the subject line. If we can accommodate your request we will. We are going to be live streaming the event as well.
If you can’t make it to the event, tweet me your questions beforehand to @gigastacey or @om shoot me an email to my first name@ gigaom.com.