“Internet 3.0: How Gigabit Speeds Will Transform the Internet and Change Austin”

Mark Strama

Mark Strama
Google Fiber

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Google Fiber, 201 Colorado St,
Downtown Austin
5:15 p.m. – Doors and Bar Open
6:00 p.m. – Presentation, Q&A
7:00 p.m. – Reception
Free and open to the public

Remember dial-up internet service? Think how the internet changed when we transitioned from dial-up to broadband. As Google Fiber leads Austin – and Austin leads the country – into the gigabit age, it is time for innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs to start thinking about what we will do with a gig.

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Mark is City Manager for Google Fiber in Austin. Previously, he represented the north Austin area in the Texas House of Representatives. Mark received Honorable Mentions on Texas Monthly’s Ten Best Legislators list in three of his five sessions in the House. Texas Monthly said “Strama cares as much about others’ success as his own.”
Prior to running for public office, Mark founded the first company to enable Americans to fill out a voter registration form on the Internet – 700,000 people used this technology to register to vote in the 2000 election cycle. Earlier, Mark was Director of Programs at Rock the Vote, a non-partisan organization that works with MTV and the music industry to engage young people in the political process. He previously worked for former Texas Governor Ann Richards and Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis. Mark graduated from Brown University with degrees in philosophy and political science. He is married to Crystal Cotti, who owns and operates the Sylvan Learning Centers in Austin. They have two young daughters, who fervently, desperately, want a dog.