Bridging the Global Digital Divide: Prospects and Challenges for the Expansion of Satellite Broadband     Print Email
Thursday, 23 September 2010

On September 23, 2010, The European Institute held a seminar with European and American experts to discuss Bridging the Global Digital Divide: Prospects and Challenges for the Expansion of Satellite Broadband.  Organized in cooperation with the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO), the meeting focused on the vital role that broadband technology can play in effectively spanning the digital divide and assessed the myriad challenges to refurbishing and building the civilian space infrastructure necessary to meet rapidly expanding global digital needs.

José Toscano, Director General at ITSO; Roderick Porter, Deputy Chief of the International Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission; Thierry Guillemin, Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at Intelsat; Ron Samuel, CEO at Eutelsat America; Dara Panahy, Partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP; Richard Buenneke, Deputy Director for Space Policy in the Office of Missile Defense and Space Policy, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of State; Audrey Allison, Director of Enterprise Frequency Management at Boeing; and Joslyn Read, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at SES World Skies, all offered their perspectives.  Jennifer Warren, Vice President for Technology Policy & Regulation at Lockheed Martin, moderated the discussion.


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UMD Jean Monnet Research Project

Infrastructure Planning and Financing: Lessons from Europe and the United States

The University of Maryland has received a Jean Monnet grant from the EU to conduct a series of policy exchanges between Europe and the US on filling infrastructure needs and the utility of public/private partnerships as the financing mechanism. If interested in participating in or receiving more information about these exchanges, please contact Rye McKenzie (

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