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Honored to have participated in the ACT Fly-In

You can read about the event here.

Every so often, you get the opportunity to participate in a process that affords you the opportunity to talk to those who make policy that affects our personal and business lives. During the Fly-In, a group of us engaged with members of Congress on topics that ranged from privacy, bandwidth and entrepreneurship.

My two big issues: privacy and the available bandwidth spectrum.


What people need is the ability to provide informed consent. It’s very difficult, if not impossible, for government to formulate regulations that covers every conceivable behavior. All these regulations serve to do is stiffle innovation and harm those that play by the rules. What we do know when we see it is bad conduct. The FTC has broad enforcement and police power and they need to use the power Congress gave them. Punish the bad actors and make an example out of them to provide the necessary incentives to handle online privacy the right way.

Bandwidth Spectrum:

Recently, Congress mandated FCC Spectrum Auctions. Are you tired of dead spots and sluggish performance over 3G/4G networks? Did you know the carriers stand at the ready to fund the billions of $’s necessary to put up and light up more towers? To make that work, the amount of available bandwidth has to be increased. Congress has taken an important first step – but more needs to be done. Increasingly, we rely on more than just plain text. Mobile Apps are providing (at least are trying to provide) rich content. What’s holding things back? Lack of available bandwidth. The bandwidth is out there, we just need to make it available and use it.

About johnvpetersen

I've been developing software for 20 years, starting with dBase, Clipper and FoxBase + thereafter, migrating to FoxPro and Visual FoxPro and Visual Basic. Other areas of concentration include Oracle and SQL Server - versions 6-2008. From 1995 to 2001, I was a Microsoft Visual FoxPro MVP. Today, my emphasis is on ASP MVC .NET applications. I am a current Microsoft ASP .NET MVP. Publishing In 1999, I wrote the definitive whitepaper on ADO for VFP Developers. In 2002, I wrote the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Databases for Que Publishing. I was a co-author of Visual FoxPro Enterprise Development from Prima Publishing with Rod Paddock, Ron Talmadge and Eric Ranft. I was also a co-author of Visual Basic Web Development from Prima Publishing with Rod Paddock and Richard Campbell. Education - B.S Business Administration – Mansfield University - M.B.A. – Information Systems – Saint Joseph’s University - J.D. – Rutgers University School of Law (Camden) In 2004, I graduated from the Rutgers University School of Law with a Juris Doctor Degree. I passed the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar exams and was in private practice for several years – concentrating transactional and general business law (contracts, copyrights, trademarks, independent contractor agreements, NDA’s, intellectual property and mergers and acquisitions.).
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