Anacapa School Teacher Speaks at ‘Freedom to Connect’ Conference
Maaia among distinguished panelists in Washington advocating for freedoms of innovation, creativity and personal expression online
May 24, 2012 — Santa Barbara, Calif.
Levi C. Maaia, Anacapa School’s digital media teacher and faculty advisor to its near space exploration club, is in Washington, D.C. this week for the F2C: Freedom to Connect conference. The annual, two-day gathering, just outside the nation’s capital, focuses on preserving what its founders see as the essential open properties of the Internet. Maaia addressed the group in his role as the third-generation vice president of Full Channel, Inc., a family-owned broadband company which provides an alternative to the television, Internet and telephone services provided by Cox Communications in Rhode Island.
From his perspective at the small, independent provider, Maaia offered insight into how Full Channel remains profitable amidst the present climate of corporate consolidation and media mergers.
Speaking before the audience of scholars, lobbyists and engineers, Maaia explained how his family’s small business is different from its much larger competitors.
“Nationwide we’re seeing a trend of people getting television from a variety of places, not just cable TV,” Maaia said in reference to the growing consumer trend known as “cord-cutting.” Unlike many others in the telecommunications and media industries who lament the shift, Maaia says that his family’s small company welcomes the change. ”For customers that we’ve lost to ‘cord-cutting’ […] we’ve gained (and will gain) customers in high-speed Internet, digital phone and whatever’s next.”
Among the other speakers at the 2012 Freedom to Connect conference were Vint Cerf, an Internet pioneer and the inventor of the online protocol suite called TCP/IP, which is the underpinning of the Web; Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor and the founder of the Creative Commons non-profit; and Doc Searls, an open source software advocate and a fellow at UC Santa Barbara’s Center for Information Technology & Society.
Maaia is presently a graduate research fellow in education at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School. His research there focuses on the use of new media technologies in education. He continues to maintain his position at Full Channel, as well as his roles as course developer and teacher of the digital media program at Anacapa School.
Maaia’s presentation, as well as many others from Freedom to Connect can be found online at: http://youtu.be/YSeXinuwBgU
Anacapa School is an independent, co-educational, WASC–accredited, college preparatory day school for students in grades 7-12. Founded in 1981 by headmaster Gordon Sichi, Anacapa enjoys the best student-teacher ratio of any school, public or private, in Santa Barbara at its historic campus located in the heart of the Santa Barbara civic center.