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FCC’s John Horrigan Joins TechNet as Vice President for Policy Research

TechNet Also Launches Newly Enhanced Website (http://technet.org) and Opening of New Office Location in Washington, DC

Washington, DC – TechNet, the bipartisan policy and political network of CEOs that promotes the growth of the innovation economy, today announced the addition of John Horrigan as the organization’s new Vice President of Policy Research.  Mr. Horrigan joins TechNet from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission where he served on the leadership team of Chairman Julius Genachowski that crafted the National Broadband Plan (NBP).

In his capacity at the FCC, Mr. Horrigan developed the research agenda for the “Inclusion” portion of the NBP and also designed and conducted the agency’s first national survey on broadband adoption and usage. Prior to the FCC, Mr. Horrigan was Associate Research Director with the Pew Internet & American Life Project where he studied the online behavior of broadband internet users, mobile internet users and other leading edge information technology.

“We are thrilled to welcome John Horrigan to TechNet,” said Rey Ramsey, President and CEO of TechNet. “We at TechNet believe that in advocating more effectively for smart innovation policies we must be data driven in our approach to results — John is a key asset to help us do just that as he’s one of America’s leading experts in innovation policy.  John’s work at the Pew Center and the FCC on the first ever National Broadband Plan was indeed groundbreaking and shed a bright light on the need for our nation to be more focused on connecting more people to the information network. When I assumed the role as TechNet President and CEO earlier this year, I promised our executive committee that we would soon have a depth of knowledge and reach like never before and I am proud of the talented and hardworking team we have here.”

“Much of my career has been dedicated to communicating to stakeholders in the public and private sector technology and innovation policy research findings in a way that contributes to the quality of debate and decision-making,” said John Horrigan. “Continuing this with the TechNet team is an exciting opportunity. If there’s one thing I learned in helping develop the National Broadband Plan, it is the urgent need to expand the knowledge base needed to develop public policies that support innovation in our economy.”

Mr. Horrigan joins a number of new professionals who have joined TechNet this year.  Earlier, Dan Turrentine joined the Washington, DC office as Vice President of New Markets and Emerging Technologies and Michelle Consalvo joined TechNet to run the New England regional office.  Ms. Consalvo joined TechNet from AT&T, where she was Vice President of Government Affairs and Mr. Turrentine was formerly national finance director for then-U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton and an advisor to Governor Bill Ritter of Colorado and former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe.

New TechNet.org and Washington, DC Office

TechNet also announced today the launch of a new and enhanced website (http://technet.org) with exciting features, including spotlights on TechNet’s member executives, a new multimedia portal called “Innovation Now” that highlights the work of TechNet and innovation throughout the nation and much more.  TechNet on also announced that it has moved its Washington, DC offices to a new location at 805 15th Street, NW Suite 708, Washington, DC 20005.  The new TechNet main Washington, DC office number is 202-650-5102.

More about John Horrigan

In July 2009, John Horrigan was named by FCC Chairman Genachowski to the leadership team tasked with developing the National Broadband Plan (NBP). In that capacity, he developed research agenda for the “Inclusion” portion of the NBP. He also designed and conducted the FCC’s first national survey on broadband adoption and usage, with an oversample of non-broadband adopting Americans. The survey findings were highlighted in the NBP’s first working paper, Broadband Adoption and Use in America, which was presented at the Brookings Institution on February 23, 2010 and broadcast on C-SPAN.

Prior to joining the FCC, Mr. Horrigan was Associate Director, Research, with the Pew Internet & American Life Project, where he studied the online behavior of broadband internet users, mobile internet users, and consumers of other leading edge information technology. He has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars, including appearances at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Economic Forum, the Associated Press Broadcast Advisory Board. Mr. Horrigan is also Chairman of the Board of the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference. Earlier in his career, Horrigan was a staff officer for the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy at the National Research Council. He also served as press secretary and senior legislative assistant to U.S. Congressman Jake Pickle (D-Texas).  He received his Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin and his B.A. in government and economics from the University of Virginia.

About TechNet:

TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of CEOs that promotes the growth of technology industries and the economy by building long-term relationships between technology leaders and policymakers and by advocating a targeted policy agenda. TechNet’s members represent more than one million employees in the fields of information technology, biotechnology, e-commerce and finance. TechNet has offices in Washington, DC, Palo Alto, Sacramento, Seattle, Boston and Austin. Web address: www.technet.org. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @technetupdate.

October 12, 2010

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