EVENT Dec 13: New Federal Investments in Digital Equity: What Skills Advocates Need to Know

It’s a quick but helpful webinar federal funding for digital equity…

New Federal Investments in Digital Equity: What Skills Advocates Need to Know

Monday, December 13, 2021

4:00-4:30 Eastern Time
Over the past 18 months, National Skills Coalition members have worked hard to educate policymakers on the need to invest in digital skills. Our Digital Equity @ Work campaign has highlighted the importance of holistic digital inclusion investments that help workers not only access the broadband and devices they need, but also to pursue high-quality upskilling and reskilling opportunities.

Now it’s time to celebrate an important victory: The infrastructure bill passed by Congress in November 2021 includes historic, first-of-its-kind funding for digital inclusion, and it’s in part thanks to the advocacy of our network! States will be receiving $2.75 billion in funding under the Digital Equity Act. In this quick 30-minute webinar, you’ll learn about the implications of this new legislation for your state, find out what more needs to be done to achieve digital equity for all workers, and get your top questions answered. You’ll also get a sneak peek at the next chapter of the federal digital equity conversation — coming at the February 2022 Skills Summit. Register now!

OPPORTUNITY: Fiber Broadband Assn FBA Launches Fiber Connect 2022 & Calls for Speakers

Maybe we can have Minnesota stories of awesome broadband dominate the stage…

The Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) today announced its Call for Speakers and a new Proof of Concept (POC) program for Fiber Connect 2022. Fiber Connect 2022, held June 12 – 15, 2022, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, will include several pre-conference workshops, keynotes from industry leaders, policy makers, regulators and influencers designed to provide the tools needed to successfully close the digital equity gap forever. New programming at Fiber Connect 2022 includes sessions focused on public/private partnerships, demand drivers for fiber broadband, innovation, cybersecurity, grant writing and training.

“The recently passed Infrastructure Bill, along with other federal and state programs, will ensure that our industry can get every person connected and close the digital equity gap once and for all,” said Gary Bolton, President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association. “The FBA’s goal is to ensure our members have the tools needed to fund, design, deploy and deliver fiber broadband services. Our conference team has created exciting opportunities for people to learn, network, make deals and advance the deployment of fiber broadband further.”

Companies interested in submitting proposals to share best practices, innovative use cases, industry perspectives, deployment success stories and examples of community impact can find details, recommendations and submission requirements here: https://www.fiberbroadband.org/page/fiber-connect-2022-call-for-speakers.

Sessions will be curated to showcase the proven role fiber broadband has as a mechanism for community growth and economic development, best practices, innovative use cases and innovation that can drive the market forward. Speakers will be selected from the industry, as well as from its over 250 member companies that include incumbent, regional and rural service providers, cable operators, equipment vendors, system integrators, engineering consultants and other members of the fiber broadband ecosystem.

New in 2022, the POC program is designed to demonstrate the benefits fiber brings to communities as they look to leverage high-capacity services once the digital divide is closed. The program is centered on services that bring both financial opportunity and social good. Companies are encouraged to demonstrate how their products and applications can be used to deliver services to support telehealth, precision agriculture, remote learning/work, emergency and first responder services, smart grid, smart city, smart home and other applications that require the capacity fiber can deliver to have the biggest impact. Companies interested in submitting a POC application can find additional information here: https://www.fiberbroadband.org/page/overview-of-fiber-connect-2022-poc-unlimited-capacity-creates-limitless-possibilities.

“Fiber Connect is where the industry comes together and this year we’re excited to share new insights into public/private partnerships, the creation of the Fiber Connect Deal Zone and the POC program that should serve as a roadmap to offering the types of innovative applications and services that can profoundly change communities and lives,” said Joseph Jones, FBA Board Member and Fiber Connect 2022 Conference Chair. “Fiber unlocks limitless possibilities and Fiber Connect 2022 is the preeminent event for our industry as it looks to showcase the societal benefits that only fiber can deliver.”

Fiber Connect 2022 welcomes Platinum Sponsors ADTRAN, Calix, DZS, Nokia, Plume and Sumitomo; Gold Sponsors 3-GIS, CommScope, Corning, Dycom, Graybar and OFS; and Silver Sponsor Clearfield. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Lucy Green at lgreen@fiberbroadband.com.

President Biden visits MN and encourages investment in infrastructure that will make us a leader

MN Public Radio reports

In his first trip to the state as president Biden said U.S. infrastructure used to be the best in the world, but that it’s been slipping. He said the $1.2 trillion measure will change that.

“We’re going to help America win the competition for the 21st Century,” Biden said. “We’re getting back in the game.”

You can see his speech (I’ve started it where he spokes most about broadband) below…

President Biden seemed to observe a few things – first that now is a time to focus on regaining leadership by investing this unprecedented investment. We need to build back better. We can’t just build what to the specs we have, we need to improve because modern times require and will continue require increased broadband speeds. He notes that we used to be top ranked in global infrastructure; we are now 13. We need to turn it around and that means aim high and act.

EVENT December 3: MN Broadband Task Force Meeting Agenda

The Task Force meetings are remote and open to all. For folks who don’t want to join via Webex/Teams, I will livestream on Facebook and archive.

Governor’s Task Force on Broadband
December 3, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Microsoft Teams meeting
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mn@m.webex.com
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  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.  Welcome, Task Force Introductions, Attendee Introductions and Approval of Minutes from November 1, 2021 Meeting
  • 10:10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Office of Broadband Development (OBD) Update
  • 10:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. Broadband Technologies and Symmetrical Speeds
    Dave Wolf, CEO, Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Assn.
  • 10:35 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Walk Thru of Draft Report
  • 11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Break
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Continue Walk Thru of Draft Report and Next Steps
  • 12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Public Comment, Other Business, December 20th Meeting Plans, Wrap-up

MN Rural Broadband Coalition Membership Renewal and Next Meeting December 15!

I’m going to paste the entire email from the Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition. If you’re not a member, you should consider it if broadband is important to your organization…

It’s time to renew your membership for 2022!
We need your help to advocate for and secure consistent public and private investments to support broadband access for all Minnesotans. As you know, the MRBC is the voice at the Capitol for broadband, particularly for the connectivity needs of the rural and underserved areas of our state. Your financial support is essential in ensuring this voice is heard. We truly hope you’ll consider becoming a Sustaining Member of the coalition so that we can meet our annual budget needs of approximately $60,000. In addition, we need volunteers to enhance the work of the Coalition by serving on committees that strengthen that work. Please see the attached document that details your membership and volunteer opportunities.
Download 2022 MRBC Membership Form
Each of you play an important role in achieving our vision of border to border broadband. Our bipartisan and statewide advocacy efforts since our inception have led to over $200 million dollars in legislatively approved funds to support Border-to-Border Broadband grants for infrastructure.  Yet there are still rural Minnesotans who remain unserved by basic broadband service and not every Minnesotan has access to quality, reliable, and affordable broadband. Our work is far from done. We need to continue to advocate for Minnesotans until our vision is achieved. Your investment will help maintain and strengthen the continued success of MRBC’s diverse multi-sector coalition.

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MRBC Meeting
December 15, 2021
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

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President Biden coming to Rosemount to talk about Infrastructure bill

WCCO TV reports

President Joe Biden is scheduled to stop in the Twin Cities this week to discuss the federal infrastructure package.

According to the White House, the president is slated to be in Rosemount on Tuesday, where he will visit Dakota County Technical College to discuss how the infrastructure package will help Minnesotans and create good-paying jobs.

Per the Minnesota DFL, the bipartisan infrastructure package will bring billions of dollars to the state, including $4.5 billion for highway programs, $302 million for bridge replacement and repair, $100 million for broadband coverage in greater Minnesota, and $680 million for water infrastructure.

The last time Biden visited Minnesota was in the final days of his 2020 presidential election campaign. Biden won Minnesota with 52.4% of the vote.

Senator Klobuchar Call with Benton, Chisago, Isanti County Officials on how Infrastructure Bill will Expand Rural Broadband: Notes and archive

Here’s the intro…

On Monday, November 22, at 2:00pm CT, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Broadband Caucus, will hold a call with community broadband advocates from Benton, Chisago, and Isanti Counties to discuss how the recently enacted bipartisan infrastructure bill will help expand broadband to rural Minnesota communities.

Klobuchar will be joined by Chisago Lakes Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Katie Malchow, Isanti County Administrator Julie Lines, and Benton County Commissioner Jared Gapinski, as well as Mary Magnuson, a broadband program administrator at the Blandin Foundation.

The bipartisan infrastructure bill included the largest investment our country has ever made in broadband infrastructure, with many provisions based on Klobuchar’s legislation with House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) to help bring high-speed internet to every corner of the country.

And my notes, which are bulleted to keep up. From Sen Klobuchar:

  • Broadband coverage seems random at times
  • Blandin was way ahead of its time in recognizing broadband issues in rural Minnesota and creating solutions
  • Access to email isn’t enough anymore; students need to be able to take tests remotely and corporate/healthcare workers need to be able to consult remotely
  • Problems: mapping, giving money to providers that have a history of not meeting needs
  • Solutions: open access to funds to all providers and get money back from providers who don’t meet needs
  • Make broadband affordable – average monthly cost in MN is $68/month

From Katie Malchow

  • Broadband isn’t about politics, it’s about getting people connected
  • We started out broadband journey working with Blandin Foundation
  • We surveyed residents and found a disconnect between what providers said they offered and what consumers saw at home
  • Not all providers are created equal and some have not met the needs of MN residents for a while now. Maybe it’s time to ask folks on the frontlines who they would choose.
  • This is going to be a one-time investment, it’s spend it wisely.

From Jared Gapinski

  • Started talking about broadband as community in Jan 2020 (he’s new to county commission) in Jan 2021 when they realized they have 600-700 hotspots in student home, which meant that many households were un/underserved
  • They want to do a middle mile fiber project to get providers into the area
  • He pays for 100/100 Mbps connection – but it tests at 30/11
  • The community is stuck in RDOF/LTD limbo – waiting to hear from FCC is LTD got the contract
  • We need time to plan and educate to make sure we spend money wisely.

From Julia Lines

  • Broadband coverage is good in the cities but bad in the land between
  • East Central Energy is (finally) talking to them about providing broadband
  • The boundaries of cities/towns/counties are getting in our way
  • MidCo is helping in the cities but not rural areas
  • If we want people to relocate from the Cities to rural areas, we need to provide metro-quality broadband

From Mary Magnuson

  • We worry about the Swiss cheese effect that leaves certain areas unserved and as others become better served those areas fall farther and farther behind
  • RAMS is now hosting the MN state broadband speed test – available to everyone
  • Local places need to have local buy in – especially when it comes to choosing providers in their communities

EVENT Nov 23: Lunch Bunch to create videos on why we’re thankful for broadband

I hope you’ll join us for the Special Lunch Bunch on Tuesday November 23 at noon – via Zoom to catch up and create powerful tools to let community leaders, policymakers and providers know how thankful we are for the broadband we have – where we have it.

I got the ball rolling below. It took exactly 2 minutes to do. I recorded myself on a Zoom and uploaded to YouTube. But you could also do a selfie video or have a friend record you, post it on YouTube and send me the link OR send me the video and I’ll post on the BlandinonBroadband channel.

Or join us for the Special Lunch Bunch tomorrow at noon and we can record some then. Not in the mood for video? A snapshot works too – post and tag #MNthanks2broadband – or just send to me at atreacy@treacyinfo.com! Thanks!

 

EVENT Dec 16: The Missing Millions – Democratizing Computation and Data to Bridge Digital Divides and Increase Access to Science for Underrepresented Communities

An invitation from Internet2

Join us on Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. ET for the virtual event, “The Missing Millions – Democratizing Computation and Data to Bridge Digital Divides and Increase Access to Science for Underrepresented Communities.”
The panel includes the following people:
Alan Blatecky, RTI International;
Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Brandeis University;
Deborah Dent, Jackson State University;
Ana Hunsinger, Internet2;
Lauren Michael, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Join our discussion and learn more about a recent effort to identify, explore, and bridge digital divides in the STEM workforce. Register now!

MN PUC broadband update – is consumer protection is the next essential piece of the Minnesota model?

Today the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) heard from key players about what’s happening with broadband nationally and locally…

Broadband Updates from

  1. Broadband and Rural Development Opportunity Fund (RDOF) Updates (15 min) – Diane Wells, Manager, Office of Broadband Development – Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
  2. Future for Broadband Expansion (5-10 min) – Bernadine Joselyn, Director of Public Policy and Engagement, Blandin Foundation
  3. Trends in Voice Telephone Subscriptions (5-10 min) – Katherine Blauvelt, Assistant Commissioner, Division of Energy Resources

Diane gave a great outline on the history of broadband funding and the blue print of funding coming in now and likely in the future. Bernadine spoke about the many assets Minnesota has to help deploy and support better broadband. Katherine had charts that showed the decline in wireline phones (landlines and VoIP) and increase in wireless phones.

There were a lot of examples of what has gone well and a few criticisms were shared – about the CAF and RDOF processes. CAF speed goals were too low and the FCC only worked with folks they knew. RDOF short form did not gather enough information and the long form doesn’t address capacity of a provider to be successful. With more money coming in for broadband than we’ve ever seen there’s a strong desire to do things right and that might mean greater local oversight.

There was also discussion on various modes of broadband – wired, wireless, cable, satellite, DSL… It’s confusing, especially to the consumer. Someone lifted the definition to “connection”. People don’t care how it gets done, they care about connection and they care about quality. It seemed like there is an opening for a group like the PUC to step in to help with some of the local oversight, especially with their strong focus and tradition on the needs of the consumers. (I didn’t realize that the PUC used to oversee highways, beef and wheat!)

Maybe consumer protection is the next essential piece of the Minnesota model and making the most of the investment that’s about to happen here.

A couple of years ago, the PUC held a number of listening sessions for Frontier customers. They only regulate phones but they let folks talk about internet too because it is hard for the consumer to separate the services. I was at a few of those meetings, I don’t think they could have stopped them with their stories either way. Today a Commission was remembering the frustration in those rooms and musing that there is nowhere to go with broadband complaints. There really isn’t but maybe it’s time!

Blandin shared the following with the PUC members to view in their own time…

FCC Announces Equity Council Members, Working Group Chairs and meeting Nov 3

The FCC reports….

Consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act,[1] this Public Notice announces that Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has appointed members to serve on the Communications Equity and Diversity Council (CEDC).  A full list of the CEDC membership is attached to this Public Notice.

Additionally, Chairwoman Rosenworcel has appointed chairs for the three working groups of the CEDC.  The working group chairs will help organize and lead the work of the Council together with CEDC Chair Heather Gate, Vice President of Digital Inclusion, Connected Nation, and CEDC Vice Chairs Nicol Turner Lee, Ph.D., Brookings Institution and Susan Au Allen, National President & CEO, US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation whom Chairwoman Rosenworcel previously designated to lead the Council.[2]  The working group chairs are:

Robert Brooks, Digital Solution Specialist, WHUR-FM, Howard University, will chair the Innovation and Access Working Group.  Previously, Mr. Brooks served on the Access to Capital Working Group of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE), the predecessor advisory committee to the CEDC, and was instrumental in developing the ACDDE’s “Advertising Best Practices for Diverse Broadcasters” Report.

Dominique Harrison, Ph.D., Director, Technology Policy, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, will chair the Digital Empowerment and Inclusion Working Group.  Dr. Harrison served previously on the ACDDE’s Diversity in the Tech Sector Working Group and assisted in the drafting of an ACDDE report assessing the best practices of industry leaders in training and employment diversity in the tech field, including recommendations for innovative programs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Christopher Wood, Executive Director, LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute, will chair the Diversity and Equity Working Group.  Mr. Wood served previously on the ACDDE’s Diversity in the Tech Sector Working Group and helped assemble the ACDDE’s “Resource Guide to Tech Entrepreneurship Support Organizations,” which identifies organizations that support diverse tech entrepreneurs in market entry strategies.

They have also scheduled first meeting for today (Nov 3)…

As previously announced, the CEDC will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, beginning at 10:00 a.m. EDT.[3]  The primary agenda of the CEDC’s first meeting will be to introduce the members of the Council, set out initial assignments, and begin the selection process for working group membership.  The CEDC will also review the ACDDE’s reports and recommendations, for its charter which ended July 5, 2021.  The November 3 meeting agenda is attached to this Public Notice.

The CEDC meeting will be convened in an online format and will be available to the public via live feed from the FCC’s web page at www.fcc.gov/live.  The public may also follow the meeting on the Commission’s YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/user/fccdotgovvideo.  In addition, the public may follow the meeting on Twitter@fcc or via the Commission’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fcc.  Members of the public may submit questions during the meeting to livequestions@fcc.gov.

[1] 5 U.S.C. App. 2.

[2] FCC Announces the Leadership and First Meeting of the Communications Equity and Diversity Council, DA 21-1315, GN Docket 17-208 (rel. October 20, 2021), https://www.fcc.gov/document/chairs-announced-fcc-diversity-committee-november-3-meeting-set.

[3] Notice of this meeting was published in the Federal Register on October 8, 2021, available at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/10/08/2021-22023/meeting-of-the-communications-equity-and-diversity-council.

 

EVENT Nov 10: Building a Better Connected Future: The Critical Role of States in Broadband Funding and Oversight

Looks like a timely event held at 11am EST on November 10, hosted by from Common Cause and CWA

Join Common Cause and Communications Workers of America for an informative discussion about how states can develop an action plan for broadband that ensures equitable deployment, affordable connectivity, and accountability from ISPs for the services they provide. The panel will provide a state of play on federal broadband infrastructure legislation and implications for state action. The panel will also discuss a range of broadband policy solutions states can implement in upcoming legislative sessions and beyond.

Panelists:
Yosef Getachew, Common Cause
Brian Thorn, Communications Workers of America
Coralette Hannon, AARP
Anna Read, Pew Charitable Trusts
Martin Szeliga, Broadband Brigade Midwest Lead, Communications Workers of America
Moderator: Jonathan Walter, Common Cause

EVENT Nov 17: Tekne Awards Online

The Tekne Awards celebrate Minnesota companies – emerging and established – that have made innovative technology work. On Nov 17, they will announce the winners of the 2021 awards. Here’s the line up for the afternoon:

Wed, Nov 17 Virtual Celebration

3:45 p.m. Arrivals and Pre-show. Meet this year’s Finalists and greet your colleagues and friends online. Get set for a great celebration!

4:00 p.m. Awards program begins:

Award Grouping: Business Enablement thru Technology

  • AI/Machine Learning
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Security
  • Digital Marketing
  • Digital Transformation
  • Edge Computing & IoT

Lifetime Achievement – Joy Lindsay, StarTec Investments

2021 Scholarship Recipients

Award Grouping: Innovation in Minnesota’s Leading Industries

  • Financial Services Technology
  • Healthcare Information Systems
  • Medical Technology & Devices
  • Sustainable Resources

Rising Star Awards

Public Service Honorees

Lifetime Achievement Award – Mike McNamara, Target Corporation

Award Grouping:  Vibrant Tech Ecosystem

  • Technology Partnership
  • Tech Talent
  • Tech for Good

5:30 p.m. Celebration concludes

MN Broadband Task Force Nov 2021 – update on regional meetings and draft recommendations

The Task Force heard from Benya Kraus about the regional meetings that led up to the statewide regional meetings. She outlines what folks on the ground were saying and made some recommendations for the state and for the task force to help move broadband forward. Then the task force subcommittees talked about their various recommendations. (You can see them in the draft report.)

It will be interesting to see how the subcommittees compromise on some of the recommendations. At a super high level here are a few topics:

Speed goals: some folks want to change the goal; some do not

  • Unserved/underserved: most folks seem to want to focus on grants for unserved over underserved
  • Geographic distribution: grants need to be evenly distributed based on geography – most folks want to change that
  • Grant match: right now the grant requires a 50 percent match – but as the focus is on hardest to reach places, most folks want to see less match required

Those recommendations would require legislative changes.

10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.  Welcome, Task Force Introductions, Attendee Introductions and Approval of Minutes from October 5, 2021 Meeting

10:10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Office of Broadband Development (OBD) Update

  • Hiring 2 positions
  • Capital projects funds – working on getting the application together
  • Looking for answers to FAQs about Capital projects fund – especially waiting to hear about conflicts with RDOF
  • ReConnect funding is open
  • No news on a potential session

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Regional Gatherings Overview – Benya Kraus, Executive Director, Lead for America

An update of the Regional meetings. Some local themes:

  • Bring trusted providers together
  • Explore the broad continuum of public-private partnerships
  • Coordinate a statewide PR campaign on the importance of broadband, similar to the saturation and effectiveness of the veterans billboard strategy
  • Digital Literacy Investment

How can we get there?

  • Cultivate local champions
  • Frequent and digestible funding updates
  • Cross County Coordination on projects
  • Adaptive funding mechanisms that incentivize providers

10:45 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.  Subgroup Update/Topic Discussion: Mapping and Speed Goal

Questions/Comments

  • Should we ask providers to measure reliability?
  • We will want to reconcile overlap in recommendations between subcommittee.
  • If we want to change the speed goals, let’s just say it. Although I don’t want to change it. People won’t get service faster if we change the speed goals.
  • If we say broadband needs to be 100/100 or nothing people will get nothing.

11:20 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  Subgroup Update/Topic Discussion: Accessibility, Affordability and Education

Questions/Comments

  • Do we think we should send recommendations straight to the department?
  • Might be nice to include info on what it takes to deploy 100/100 Mbps.

11:45 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Subgroup Update/Topic Discussion: Un/Underserved and Funding

Questions/Comments

  • We should focus on unserved areas. Other agencies might be looking at the federal broadband dollars.
  • The legislators may balk at future funding – especially if we are asking them to provider “ perrier” style broadband versus tap water variety.
  • We need legislators to make some changes to the grants if we want changes.
  • The state speed goals for 2026 are 100/20 – so maybe that’s the new definition for unserved?
  • We are not going to meet the 2022 speed goals of ubiquitous 25/3
  • We need to remove the caveat that says we need geographic distribution of grant funds – some areas need more – we need legislative change to do that.
  • We’ve seen legislators try to add broadband projects in bills – especially with some suggestions to offer rebates to satellite users. Maybe we need to work with legislators now to get changes that make sense.
  • With pandemic related delays in supplies, we are looking at later build outs no matter what we do.

12:10 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.  Next Steps for Subgroups and Draft Report

12:20 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Public Comment, Other Business, December Meeting Plans, Wrap-up

What are thoughts on sending a letter to the Governor asking to tap into the $180 million in federal funding for broadband?
The decision is to do it

 

EVENT Nov 1: MN Broadband Task Force monthly meeting

I will plan to attend and I will livestream. Everyone is welcome to attend the actual meeting and there’s always time for public comment – but sometimes it’s easier to view on Facebook.

Governor’s Task Force on Broadband
November 1, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Click here to join the meeting
Join with a video conferencing device mn@m.webex.com
Video Conference ID: 115 972 031 9
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  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.  Welcome, Task Force Introductions, Attendee Introductions and Approval of Minutes from October 5, 2021 Meeting
  • 10:10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Office of Broadband Development (OBD) Update
  • 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Regional Gatherings Overview – Benya Kraus, Executive Director, Lead for America
  • 10:45 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.  Subgroup Update/Topic Discussion: Mapping and Speed Goal
  • 11:10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.  Break
  • 11:20 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  Subgroup Update/Topic Discussion: Accessibility, Affordability and Education
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Subgroup Update/Topic Discussion: Un/Underserved and Funding
  • 12:10 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.  Next Steps for Subgroups and Draft Report
  • 12:20 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Public Comment, Other Business, December Meeting Plans, Wrap-up