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.
Derek Slater is a Policy Manager on Google's public policy team, where
he supports global advocacy efforts on innovation policy, including
copyright and telecom issues.
Derek started writing about digital media when he bought a Diamond Rio
PMP300 MP3 player as a teenager. His work has focused on how public
policy can support emerging media business models, and it has been
discussed in the Washington Post and the Boston Globe. In 2009, he
helped Vint Cerf launch Measurement Lab, an open platform for Internet
measurement tools, and he has explored innovative ways to drive