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    Public Lecture: "Government's Role in Broadband"
    (2008-04-30) Gillet, Sharon
    In this talk Commissioner Gillett will focus on the different roles government plays in achieving universal broadband. She will relate her public sector experience to her academic understanding of this issue by reflecting on her 2006 paper on municipal wireless broadband through the lenses of her experience as a member of Boston’s wireless task force, and her first year of service as the Commonwealth’s Telecommunications and Cable Commissioner.
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    Town Hall Forum: Broadband in Massachusetts [Video]
    (2008-04-30) Gillet, Sharon
    About the town hall: The Town Hall Forum was designed to provide an opportunity for researchers, citizens, advocates, and students to discuss Governor Patrick's current broadband initiative and related policy issues concerning telecommunications and cable. About Commissioner Gillett: Sharon E. Gillett was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick in the spring of 2007 to head the Department of Telecommunications and Cable. Prior to serving in state government, Commissioner Gillett was a Principal Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she chaired the Broadband Working Group of MIT’s Communications Futures Program and taught courses on telecommunications and Internet policy. She also conducted research on municipal broadband and its economic impact and served on Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s Wireless Broadband Task Force. Commissioner Gillett received her MBA and MS in Technology and Policy from MIT and her AB in Physics from Harvard University. Commissioner Gillett is responsible for overseeing state regulatory functions pertaining to telecommunications and cable services, including promoting competition and consumer protection and responding to carrier and consumer inquiries and complaints. She also advises the state on broadband policy. The town hall meeting is sponsored by the Science, Technology and Society Initiative at the Center for Public Policy and Administration and the National Center for Digital Government.