Ga. Tech Associate Professor Serves on FCC Panel

National Broadband Plan Focus of Workshop

Georgia Institute of Technology College of Management associate professor, Chris Forman, recently served as an expert panelist as part of a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) workshop in Washington D.C.

The goal of the workshop, part of an FCC initiative to develop a national broadband plan, was to evaluate the potential impact of increased broadband penetration and speed on U.S. productivity growth, economic growth and employment.

Forman's research interests include the study of the adoption and returns to IT investment among businesses, with a particular interest on the role of geography and standards on the value of IT infrastructure investments. Serving as the Robert and Stevie Schmidt professor, as well as a Sloan Industry Studies Fellow, he also studies innovation in the IT and software industries and electronic commerce.

Experts from the University of Maryland, Northwestern University and Pepperdine University, along with the president and CEO of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and managing director of Core Capital Partners were also included on the panel.

An overview of the workshop presentation can be found at the link below.

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.