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Cecilia Ugarte Baldwin, Rappaport Fellow in Law and Public Policy 2007
by Jane Whitehead

Cecilia Ugarte Baldwin, Rappaport Fellow in Law and Public PolicyThe most predictable part of Cecilia Ugarte Baldwin’s day may be her early morning run. Baldwin, 33, Deputy Director of Cabinet Affairs in the Executive office of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is a marathon runner who gets up around 5.45 most mornings to fit in a training run before work. Once she reaches her cramped quarters under the eaves of the historic State House, says Baldwin, an Arizona native, “there’s no such thing as a typical day.” Continue reading

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn on the need for universal broadband access and public service

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn with Rappaport Center Communications Coordinator Austra Zubkovs

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn with Rappaport Center Communications Coordinator Austra Zubkovs

On November 8, 2011 the Rappaport Center and the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable co-hosted a conference on broadband development and access issues. The event featured a keynote address by FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, two moderated panel discussions, as well as remarks by Governor Deval Patrick.

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn addressed the FCC’s commitment to accelerate broadband build-out to the 18 million Americans who live in areas with no broadband infrastructure by reforming the Universal Service Fund to aid in bringing the economic, educational, health, and consumer benefits delivered by broadband access to unserved areas. View photos and download the 3-hour recording (MP3, 182MB) to catch up with the event.

Following the Conference, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn sat down with our Communications Coordinator Austra Zubkovs to discuss the need for universal broadband access for economic development and the importance of public service. Listen to our 10-minute podcast on LegalTalk Network.
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Environmental budget cuts: Passing the financial burden to future generations

By Mathew Todaro.  On July 11, 2011, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law the 2012 state budget.  Included in the budget were significant cuts to environmental programs; so what, you may ask, is the big deal?  By making such cuts, policy makers succumbed to the temptation of a short-term solution—one that ultimately will cost Massachusetts tax-payers dramatically more in the long-run.

As lawmakers strip short-term funding, they run the risk that environmental agencies will become unable to uphold even the most rudimentary protections of public health and the environment.  If Massachusetts cannot sustain a healthy environment, health-related costs will rise, corporations will struggle to attract and retain a well-educated work force, farming and fishing industries will decline and the state’s $14 billion tourism industry will be jeopardized. Continue reading

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