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Robert Pepper
Robert Pepper leads Cisco’s Global Technology Policy team working with governments across the world in areas such as broadband, IP enabled services, wireless and spectrum policy, security, privacy, Internet governance and ICT development.

He joined Cisco in July 2005 from the FCC where he served as Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy and Chief of Policy Development beginning in 1989 where he led teams developing policies promoting the development of the Internet, implementing telecommunications legislation, planning for the transition to digital television, and designing and implementing the first U.S. spectrum auctions.

He serves on the board of the U.S. Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) and advisory boards for Columbia University and Michigan State University, and is a Communications Program Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, the UK’s Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board and the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy.

Pepper received his BA. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Entries by Robert Pepper

IoT: Using Technology for the Developing World

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 7:09 PM

As we enter 2016, I can't help but reflect on the staggering success and take up of the Internet of Things (IoT), which refers to any device able to connect to the Internet. Mobile penetration is booming, broadband access continues to soar, more and more devices are being developed with...

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As Two Digital Divides Close, A New One Threatens

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 12:43 PM

Five years ago when it was created, the UN Commission for Digital Development stated that "the digital divide continues to be a development divide that must quickly be bridged." Since then, huge progress has been made in closing the digital divides in the adoption of information and communication technologies (ICTs),...

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Is Your Country Ready For The Internet Of Everything?

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 11:15 AM

The World Economic Forum launched the 2014 Global Information Technology Report (GITR) today, and the annual assessment provides insight into two questions: where will see the next evolution of the Internet take hold, and how can we as a society improve on Big Data?

The report includes...

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The Alliance For Affordable Internet

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 10:28 AM

It is no secret that mobile phones are conquering the world. With more than 6.8 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, the current and future impact of mobile phones is staggering.

And although mobiles are linking voices from the farthest corners of our planet, only a fraction of those...

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Broadband's Unfinished Business

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 10:36 AM

The UN Broadband Commission reminded us last week that broadband access is nearly everywhere, and is becoming wireless. Their new report, "State of Broadband 2013: Universalizing Broadband," highlights how mobile broadband is "growing faster than any technology in human history" and how over 70 countries have Internet penetration...

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The Key to Social and Economic Development? Broadband Adoption

(24) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 5:54 PM

Two Asian nations -- Korea and Singapore -- have managed to leapfrog multiple stages of economic development and have transformed into economic miracles. This comes as no accident, in part, because both have taken a planned approach to technological development, starting with national broadband plans, which has led to increased...

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Accelerating Economic Growth Through Mobile Broadband

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 5:36 PM

We've all experienced how the Internet has changed our lives in the way we work, play and communicate with family and friends. We see how institutions are becoming more productive, offering new services and helping transform education, health care and the places we live.

While these changes are visible and...

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