Susan Crawford Snags OneCommunity's Inaugural Broadband Hero Award

  • OneCommunity
CLEVELAND, OH – The inaugural OneCommunity Broadband Hero Award is being granted to Susan Crawford for her body of work which, combining scholarship with activism, and policy work with a commitment to an open Internet, has exerted a far-reaching influence on our times. OneCommunity is a non-profit that owns and operates a fiber-optic broadband network in Northeast Ohio.

Crawford is a professor at Cardozo Law School, author of "Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age" (Yale University Press, 2013), and a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where she leads the Telecommunications Equality Project in making the case for affordable high-speed Internet access for all. She is also a former special assistant to President Barack Obama for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. Crawford holds a B.A. (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and J.D. from Yale University. While at Yale, Crawford was the principal violist in the Yale Symphony Orchestra. She continues to practice violin and has been known to perform publicly, from time to time. Crawford served as a law clerk for Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (Washington, D.C.) until the end of 2002, when she left that firm to become a professor.

She has taught at Yale Law School, University of Michigan Law School, Princeton’s Center for Information Technology, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School and Harvard Law School. Crawford served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2005-2008. In 2005 she founded OneWebDay - a global celebration of the Internet. She served on the Federal Communications Commission Review team in the Obama transition. In early 2009 Crawford was appointed the President's Special Assistant for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy. In October 2011 she was appointed to Mayor Bloomberg's Council on Technology and Innovation. Additionally, she was named one of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology (2009); IP3 Awardee (2010); one of Prospect Magazine’s Top Ten Brains of the Digital Future (2011) and TIME Magazine’s Tech 40: The Most Influential Minds in Tech (2013)

“Susan Crawford is a broadband visionary, community activist and tireless advocate for twenty-first century high capacity network access as a basic human right. I cannot imagine a more appropriate recipient for the inaugural year of this award,” said Lev Gonick, OneCommunity CEO.


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