2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Big Data, Big Bandwidth: Next Generation Policy

#sxsw #BIG

Cities, private companies, and public-private partnerships are taking control of their bandwidth destinies by working to ensure people and businesses have access to world-leading Internet connections. This infrastructure “revolution” is gaining great speed, with gigabit to the home deployments popping up around the country. When imagination, not inputs, is the only barrier to creativity, what new advances can be made in video, health, public safety, or research and education? What can be done with Big Data? What is the current progress and what is coming up in the future? This panel will explore the importance of innovation infrastructure and the policies surrounding its growth. Sponsored by Glen Echo Group.



Amie Stepanovich

Sr Policy Council at Access

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

Ellen Satterwhite


Glen Echo Group LLC

Heather Gold


Fiber to the Home Council Americas

Heather Burnett Gold is the President of Fiber-to-the-Home Council North America, a non-profit organization established to help its members plan, market, implement and manage fiber to the home solutions. Council membership includes companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections - as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks. The Council was created ten years ago to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber to the home.


Luther Lowe

Dir of Government Rel


Luther Lowe joined Yelp in February 2008 and serves as the Director of Public Policy. In this role, he works to educate policy makers about the important role Yelp plays in connecting consumers with great local businesses. He meets often with policy makers across the U.S. and Europe and works closely with the different divisions within Yelp to develop and execute products and best practices that speak to the needs of local businesses. Previously, Luther worked as a Special Assistant to retired General Wesley Clark, leading the development of Clark's bestselling memoir A Time To Lead. Additionally, Luther worked as a Client Executive at James Lee Witt Associates. He is the Chairman of the Board of Visitors and alumnus of the Arkansas School of Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts. He holds a B.A. in government from The College of William & Mary.

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