A WisBusiness.com panel discussion on Wednesday Oct. 12 will examine the future of broadband in Wisconsin.

The discussion comes in the wake of a major telecommunications regulation update signed into law earlier this year by Gov. Scott Walker, more federal grants to local telecommunications companies in Wisconsin for broadband, and the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger.

The luncheon event will be held at the Madison Club, 5 East Wilson St., Madison. Pre-registration is required event. Contact: schmies@wispolitics.com to register. Parking is available at the Hilton, Monona Terrace or the public garage on East Wilson Street.

The lead sponsor of the WisBusiness.com-organized event is the Internet Innovation Alliance, a Washington, D.C., organization comprised of business and non-profit groups aiming for equal opportunity for universal broadband Internet. The Wisconsin Technology Council, which provides policy guidance to state lawmakers, the governor, state agencies and other institutions in Wisconsin, also supports the event.

Individual and corporate members of the Wisconsin Technology Council, the Wisconsin Innovation Network and the Wisconsin Angel Network and subscribers to WisPolitics.com and WisBusiness.com may attend at no cost. Others will pay $19 at the door.

The panel includes: State Rep. Mark Honadel, R-South Milwaukee, chair of the Assembly Committee on Energy and Utilities; The Internet Innovation Alliance’s Broderick Johnson, a former House of Representatives staffer and informal presidential campaign adviser to Barack Obama in 2008 who most recently was a partner at Bryan Cave, the international law firm, where he headed the public policy and government affairs group; and Brian Rybarik, administrator of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission’s Telecommunications Division.

Other partnerships involving WisBusiness.com include “WisBusiness: The Show,” which is available online at www.wisbusiness.com and www.wisconsintechnologycouncil.com