Talk: Barry Orton chairs a City of Madison Committee tasked with determining the feasibility of a municipal citywide ultra-high-speed fiber-based broadband network. The City engaged CTC Technology & Energy to provide an analysis of range of options of ownership and operational structure assuming the use of available city telecommunications assets. Their report, now available at: this link recommended a shared investment and risk model in which the City and a private partner(s) find creative ways to share the capital, operating, and maintenance costs of a broadband network. The evolving structure of this model is referred to as a “Dark FTTP Partnership.”
Orton will discuss this project in light of the requirements of Wis. Stat. § 66.0422(2)(c), and recent FCC and court decisions regarding “Net Neutrality” and municipal broadband.
Bio: Barry M. Orton is an Emeritus Professor from the UW-Madison Liberal Arts and Applied Studies Department. For over 25 years his primary duty at the UW-Madison has been to assist Wisconsin municipalities with broadband issues. He is a veteran consultant to cable television franchising authorities, specializing in telecommunications planning and public opinion research in addition to broadband policy and regulation. Barry has been involved in franchise negotiations, renewals, rate and customer service regulations, and transfers of ownership procedures. Orton has served local government clients in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, and Wisconsin.
Barry Orton was an original founder of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), the professional organization of local telecommunications regulators, and for many years was president of NATOA’s Wisconsin chapter. In 2005, NATOA elected Orton a Life Member in recognition of his contributions to the organization. In addition, Professor Orton has been active in teaching professionals how to utilize the Internet.
Dr Orton’s PhD and Masters are from Rutgers in Urban and Regional Planning, and he also has a BS in Business and Economics from Lehigh University. Before joining the UW faculty in 1980, he was on the Rutgers faculty in Journalism and Mass Communications.