On a first glance you might think the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has very little to do with greentech. But the FCC is not just focused on wardrobe malfunctions and expanding broadband access — in recent months the FCC has also started looking at how to start working with the smart grid. That’s why I’m going to be front and center when FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski speaks at GigaOM HQ in San Francisco this Wednesday morning (yep tomorrow) at 10AM.
Om Malik, the founder of GigaOM, and Stacey Higginbotham GigaOM senior writer, will be interviewing Genachowski on topics like broadband policy, net neutrality, disappearing landlines, cable disputes, Google Voice and Apple’s stance on app approvals. But I’ll make sure to squeeze in a question from my seat in the audience about how Genachowski plans to work with and regulate the smart grid. Polaris Ventures investor and ethernet inventor Bob Metcalfe has called on the FCC to help get energy networking right through its national broadband plan.
You can tune into GigaOM.com to watch the conversation live. If you’re just dying to be at the event, we have a few seats left, so send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org with “FCC FORUM” in the subject line. If we can accommodate your request we will.