This post is part of our “Spotlight on NTIA” blog series, which is highlighting the work that NTIA employees are doing to advance NTIA’s mission of promoting broadband adoption, finding spectrum to meet the growing demand for wireless technologies, and ensuring the Internet remains an engine for innovation and economic growth.
Laura Breeden has certainly made her mark on the digital world. While she describes herself as a “minor player,” Breeden, director of external affairs for the Office of Telecommunication and Information Applications’ Broadband USA program, has spent much of her career tracking the evolution of technology and the Internet.
Breeden’s work in this area began in 1983 when she joined BBN, a Cambridge, Mass., high-technology research and development firm. Her project, CSNET (the Computer Science Network), was funded by the National Science Foundation to connect university and corporate computer science departments around the country and the world via ARPANET, the platform that would eventually become the modern-day Internet. She helped link research networks in Japan, Korea, France, Ireland, Denmark, Great Britain, and Germany to their counterparts in the United States.