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Coming Soon from Google: Private Fiber Optics to the Home

Complete video at: Policy analyst Derek Slater draws from the history of rural telephone cooperatives to question owning a personal internet connection. Slater lists three advantages to owning a personal connection. ----- Google Policy Analyst Derek Slater discusses the state of broadband policy in the U.S and the importance of sustaining the Internet as an open platform for consumer choice and end-user innovation. Slater provides an overview of possible legislation to ensure robust access to the open Internet. He also presents two novel ideas that could help transform broadband policy in fundamental ways: customer ownership of last mile fiber, and Measurement Lab, a new research platform for broadband testing tools. - Association for Computing Machinery Derek Slater is a Policy Analyst on Google's public policy team. He focuses principally on copyright law and telecom policy. Slater helped Vint Cerf found the Measurement Lab research platform and he coauthored the paper "Homes With Tails," about customer-owned last mile fiber Prior to joining Google in September 2007, he was the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Activism Coordinator, helping the public take action to defend their digital rights. Slater joined EFF's staff after graduating in January 2006 from Harvard College with a B.A. cum laude in Government. Slater was also a researcher at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, becoming the first undergraduate to be named a student fellow and contributing to several papers on copyright law and digital media. He has also interned for Creative Commons and the Samuelson Clinic for Law, Technology, and Public Policy at UC Berkeley Law School. Slater's work has been discussed in publications including the Washington Post, CNET, and The Boston Globe.
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