We have just begun work on a digital archive of James H. Quello’s speeches, articles, and statements dating from 21 January 1974, for his Senate Confirmation Hearing. My thanks to the MSU Library for helping the Quello Center with this project, and from today we will start searching for funding to support this archiving project.
The core material will be Commissioner Quello’s written speeches, articles and statements, but we will be adding biographical materials, photos, and video material. This should be a valuable source for anyone seriously interested in the history of regulation and policy in the communication sector in the USA.
Our thanks to the MSU Library and to Sarah Roberts with the MSU Archives & Historical Collections.
We prepared a few slides about the Quello Center by way of an introduction to a group of visitors. They provide an overview of the Center’s history, mission, research team, the kinds of issues we pursue, and the theoretical and empirical approaches we use to address them. Some examples of projects, reports and publications are provided, along with some general thoughts on the future of the Quello Center – our strategy going forward. We invite you to comment, make suggestions, and let us know of opportunities for collaboration. One element of our forward strategy is to build more collaborative ties with other centers, institutes and researchers with similar agendas. Let us hear from you.
The slides are available on slideshare at: http://www.slideshare.net/WHDutton/quello-introduction
A welcome by our Department Head, Johannes Bauer:
“I’d like to welcome Bianca C. (“Bibi”) Reisdorf, who last week arrived in East Lansing to join the Quello Center as a postdoc. Prior to coming the MSU, Bianca worked as a Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication at Leicester University, UK.
Bianca’s research interests include digital inequalities and policies, Internet use among vulnerable groups, and cross-national comparative studies that apply both qualitative and quantitative methods. She has been involved in the research project “Access Denied: A Qualitative Study of Inadequate Broadband Access in Rural Britain” (http://rural.oii.ox.ac.uk/) and she currently is developing a new study on the consequences of lack of Internet access in prisons for ex-convicts in their rehabilitation process.
Bianca received her D.Phil. degree in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, in 2012, having completed an M.A. in Sociology at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, in 2008. At Oxford, Bianca was part of the team that conducted the Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS), which tracked the use and impact of the Internet in Britain from 2003 through 2013.
At the Quello Center, Bianca is playing a key role in the Center’s Network Neutrality Impact Project, and in the development of new projects around issues of digital inequality.
More information at: http://quello.msu.edu/team-details/bianca-reisdorf-quello-post-doctoral-research-fellow/.”
Professor and Chairperson
Department of Media and Information
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The Quello Center congratulates our Advisory Board Member, John D. Evans, Chairman and CEO, Evans Telecommunications Co., on being honored by inclusion in the Cable Center’s Hall of Fame Class of 2016. The Cable Hall of Fame ‘recognizes those ground-breaking leaders who have shaped and advanced our industry. Induction into the Cable Hall of Fame is one of the industry’s highest and most exclusive honors.’
John was happy for me to share this news with the Advisory Board and friends and colleagues of the Quello Center, noting that ‘… Jim Quello for over 40 years (from when I was a sophomore at the University of Michigan) was my friend, my mentor and my guide. He often gave me the courage and advice to do the right thing. His integrity was his honesty, driven by courage, and tempered by truth.’
On the very day we received this news about John being honored, the College of Communication Arts and Sciences (ComArtsSci) at Michigan State University (MSU) happened to have a full meeting of its faculty and staff, which focused on discussion of the importance of a student’s experience while attending university. John’s story is a great example of the central importance of a student’s experience in higher education. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan – the ‘other university’, illustrating the reach of Jim Quello’s influence on so many of our Michigan institutions. MSU, U-M and all other centers of learning and education need to keep this in mind. Its wonderful when a student’s experience shapes a person’s future in such a clear and demonstrable fashion as in John’s case. In reflecting on James Quello’s influence on his career, John told me that ‘Jim Quello played such an important part in my life … I would not be where I am today had he not believed, nurtured and mentored me.’
The Quello Center is honored to have John Evans and other major figures from industry, government and academia on its Advisory Board. And we are delighted that the Quello Center continues to be a legacy of James and Mary Quello at MSU and hold out the potential for Jim Quello to continue shaping the experiences of students and faculty through the center named in his honor by his friends and colleagues.
The full Class of 2016 honors went to:
Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, MSNBC’s Morning Joe
Pat Esser, President, Cox Communications, Inc.
John D. Evans, Chairman and CEO, Evans Telecommunications Co.
Tom Rogers, President and CEO, TiVo Inc.
Robert J. Stanzione, Chairman and CEO, ARRIS
John O. “Dubby” Wynne, Retired President and CEO, Landmark
Quello Center Advisory Board: http://quello.msu.edu/people/advisory-board/
The Cable Center’s Hall of Fame http://cablecenter.org/cable-hall-of-fame.html
Sung Wook Ji, a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Media & Information at MSU, has organized a series of lectures for Michigan State University’s Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) around communication technology and policy issues. The Quello Center will work with Professor Ji to bring the series to a larger audience through a set of interviews and short Webcasts. In addition to Prof. Sung Wook Ji, speakers will include Professors Johannes Bauer, Charles Steinfield, Steve Wildman and Constantinos Coursaris of the Department of Media & Information, and Professor Adam Candeub of the Law School at MSU. Topics will range from an introduction to U.S. communications law and policy Issues (focusing on Internet policy), including focused talks on such issues as content regulation, spectrum management, and ICT4D, to new media business models and trends in multichannel video distribution and consumption. Many of the talks will be held in the Quello Center meeting room and you can follow these VIPP events and Webcasts on this blog.
The Director of the Quello Center, Bill Dutton, first worked with Sung Wook on an edited chapter for Society and the Internet, edited by Mark Graham and William Dutton, and published by Oxford University Press in 2014. Sung Wook’s chapter with David Waterman contributes an important set of empirical findings to debates over the impact of the Internet on film industries, arguing that despite declining revenues, more films are being produced without a reduction in quality, in part due to cost reductions enabled by digital media. It is a must read chapter. See their chapter, entitled ‘The Impact of the Internet on Media Industries: An Economic Perspective’, in Society and the Internet.
We encourage you to follow the Quello Center @quellocenter for information about the Center, its events, and to follow developments and research on media and information policy.
William Dutton, incoming Director of MSU’s Quello Center, has been named the 2014 winner of the William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award, presented by the Communication and Information Technologies section of the American Sociological Association (CITASA).
The award recognizes a sustained body of research that has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the area of sociology of communications or the sociology of information technology. It is named for the late William F. Ogburn, former president of the American Sociological Association (ASA).
Dutton will begin his new position as Director of the Quello Center in August, along with his appointment as Quello Chair of Media and Information Policy. The Quello Center, located in the Department of Media and Information, was established in 1998 to be a worldwide focal point for excellence in research, teaching and the development and application of telecommunication management and policy.
Dutton comes to MSU from the University of Oxford, where he is Professor of Internet Studies. He also is a Professorial Fellow of Balliol College and is the Founding Director of the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), a position he held from 2002 to 2011.
“Bill’s work over several decades has greatly expanded our understanding of Internet use and the effects of this use on society,” said Shelia Cotten, Professor in MSU’s Department of Media and Information, who chaired the William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award selection committee. “His founding of the Oxford Internet Institute and his leadership as Director for almost a decade, in addition to his numerous research accomplishments, made him a unanimous choice for this award.”
Dutton has received numerous grants for his research and is widely published. His research interests include Internet and society, digital divides, digital choice, the Fifth Estate, network society, politics and the Internet, collaborative network organizations, research-centered computational networks and digital research.
He is the Principal Investigator of the Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS), an authoritative resource on the use and impact of the Internet in Britain and one component of the World Internet Project, an international collaboration comprising more than 20 nations. He also is a Co-Principal of Oxford’s Global Cyber Security Capacity Center, supported by the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office, and was the Principal Investigator of the Oxford e-Social Science Project (OeSS), supported by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council.
Dutton will be honored with a plaque at the CITASA annual meeting Aug. 16-19 in San Francisco.
Besides Cotten, who was the 2013 recipient of the CITASA Award for Public Sociology, the other members of the award selection committee included Judy Wajcman, Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Hiroshi Ono, Associate Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University.
The Quello Center organised a DC Policy Forum about the future of the FCC and its role in the regulation of digital media. Moderated by Richard Wiley, the panel featured individuals with years of experience in the regulation of communication in a discussion that ranged across a wide array of issues.
Rachelle Chong – Commissioner Chong had the honor of serving with Jim Quello as a colleague from 1994-1997 on the Federal Communications Commission.
Michael J. Copps – Michael J. Copps served two terms as a Member of the Federal Communications Commission, from 2001 through 2011—the seventh longest-serving Commissioner in the history of the agency.
Susan Ness – Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, Susan Ness is a former FCC commissioner (1994 – 2001) and founder of Susan Ness Strategies, a communications policy consulting firm.
Michael K. Powell – Michael K. Powell is the President and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.
Henry M. Rivera – Henry M. Rivera, a partner with Wiley Rein, LLP, specializes in representing companies before the Federal Communications Commission, Congress, the Commerce Department and the White House.
Monday of this week would have been Jim Quello’s 100th birthday. For 23½ years as a Commissioner, including nearly a year as Acting Chairman, Jim helped the FCC and the United States chart a path through a period, when like today, rapid changes in the communications sector and its core technologies posed challenges to established regulatory paradigms. Jim’s 100th birthday is an opportune time to reflect again on the FCC’s role in communications policy and how the Commission might best help the U.S. reap the benefits from technological advances in the communications sector.
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