EVENT September 2022: National Summit to Improve High-Speed Internet on Tribal Lands

US Department of the Interior announces…

Federal Coalition Announces National Summit to Improve High-Speed Internet on Tribal Lands

Registration Open for 2022 National Tribal Broadband Summit

WASHINGTON — A coalition of federal agencies today announced next steps as part of the Biden-Harris administration’s all-of-government approach to addressing how to close the digital divide and increase internet access across Indian Country and the Native Hawaiian Community. The Department of the Interior and the Institute of Museum and Library Services are partnering with the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) for the 2022 National Tribal Broadband Summit, taking place virtually throughout the month of September.

The National Tribal Broadband Summit offers a platform for leaders across the broadband development ecosystem to share best practices, new ideas and lessons learned from their real-world experience of bringing high-speed internet to Tribal governments and Tribal and Native Hawaiian Community businesses, organizations, and homes. Federal partners, Tribal and Native Hawaiian Community broadband industry experts, and other participants will discuss how to make the best use of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Federal Broadband Connectivity Grant funds for Tribes, and how to plan for the future of wireless networks and digital economies on Tribal Lands and across Native Hawaiian communities. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides a historic $65 billion investment to expand affordable, high-speed internet to all communities across the U.S.

Registration is now open to Tribal leaders; representatives of Tribal organizations; Tribal colleges and universities, and schools and school districts serving under-connected Native students; Tribal libraries, museums, and cultural centers; the Native Hawaiian community, including Native Hawaiian education programs; private sector stakeholder organizations; representatives from state governments supporting high-speed internet expansion on Tribal lands; and federal program managers and policymakers.

Tribal lands are some of the most digitally disconnected areas in the United States, where 1.5 million people lack high-speed internet services. According to a 2018 report by the Federal Communications Commission, approximately 35 percent of those living on Tribal lands lack broadband access. Likewise, 34 percent of Native Hawaiians reported insufficient access to digital services and internet connectivity. As COVID-19 forced students to shift their learning online and numerous people into telework, the need for home broadband access across Native communities became increasingly apparent and critical.

Service providers, engineers, researchers, funders, regulators, anchor institutions, telehealth and distance learning specialists, Tribal governments, organizations and institutions, and other key players from across the country are invited to submit their best projects, programs or initiatives in planning, constructing, delivering and using broadband networks across Indian Country and the Native Hawaiian Community to be presented at this year’s summit. Submissions are strongly encouraged to include content from federally recognized Tribes, Tribal partners, or the Native Hawaiian Community.

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EVENT Aug 9-11: Free, virtual Digital Divide Forum

Fierce Technology is hosting a Digital Divide Forum. Here are the daily agendas…

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9
11:00AM-12:30PM ET:
CONNECTIVITY, AFFORDABILITY & INCUMBENT SUPPLIERS – UNDERSTANDING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE IN AMERICA AND WHY IT EXISTS
11:00AM-11:15AM: Keynote
11:15AM-11:30AM: Partner Keynote
11:30AM-12:15PM: Panel Discussion
12:15PM-12:30PM: Closing Partner Keynote
The US Digital Divide reflects more than those without broadband access. It lends itself to, and exacerbates, existing social and economic inequalities. This was made apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic, during which it was estimated the Brookings Institute estimated that 52% of low-income families had no broadband access at all. Additionally, the same study reported that 22% of rural college and 13% of K-12 students were without access cutting them off from learning-from-home. Closing the digital divide is essential to ensure equal opportunity for all members of society. However, in order to close the divide, we first must question why it exists in the first place. From an ROI perspective, the infrastructural costs of laying and maintaining extensive fiber & wireless networks to communities with low population density often proves unprofitable without external financial incentives. In addition, rural communities where such networks do exist often have a low uptake due to high end-user costs. How can CSPs use funding from The Infrastructure Act to construct networks in the “last-mile”? How can end users take advantage of schemes such as Affordable Connectivity & E-Rate to make access more affordable?
AGENDA
TUESDAY, AUGUST 9
2:00PM-3:15PM ET:
BRINGING BROADBAND TO RURAL COMMUNITIES: ECONOMICS, PARTNERSHIPS AND BEYOND
2:00PM-2:15PM: Keynote
2:15PM-2:30PM: Partner Keynote
2:30PM-3:15PM: Panel Discussion
Whilst the intention to bridge the digital divide is there within our industry, the cost barrier remains high. For example, fiber is an attractive option given its high speeds, lower latency and high reliability compared to alternatives. However, the laying of fiber networks is a considerable financial burden, and although federal funding will help, building out into communities with low population densities often drives supplier incumbency. With this in mind, how can we explore ways to incentivize incumbent suppliers to invest in rural communities? To apply for federal funding from the State, communities must first ensure they meet the requirements for application, including having a broadband committee, potential suppliers in mind and a fully costed plan. However, federal funds alone may not be sufficient for all remote communities. What else can the community do in demonstrating to incumbent suppliers that their region is worth the investment? Could community ownership of fiber lines offer a solution, taking away the maintenance burden from the supplier? Could public/private partnerships be the answer to convincing suppliers to build out into rural communities? Can property taxes and revenue bonds be used to change the affordability landscape?
AGENDA
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10
11:00AM-12:15PM ET:
PROVIDING ACCESS – 5G & FIXED WIRELESS ACCESS – IS THE SOLUTION RIGHT IN FRONT OF US?
11:00AM-11:15AM: Keynote
11:15AM-11:30AM: Partner Keynote
11:30AM-12:15PM: Panel Discussion
Bridging the digital divide is often considered to be in the realm of emerging technologies, but is the solution already established? Fixed Wireless Access is hardly a new concept, but with ranges covering a 30km radius coupled with their cheap infrastructural costs compared to fiber, could this be the quickest and most cost-effective solution to connect rural communities? FWA promises not only to connect rural homes, but it is a viable option to connect rural businesses. The 5G rollout is only poised to enhance its capabilities, bringing more use cases such as mobile precision agriculture and telehealth more accessible to rural businesses. However, what are the best conditions to deploy a Fixed Wireless Network? What geographical considerations need to be considered before a network can be built. What is the best spectrum for FWA and how do we determine if it is the best solution for a given community?
AGENDA
THURSDAY, AUGUST 11
11:00AM-11:15AM ET:
MIND THE SECURITY GAP – DDoS PROTECTION FOR RURAL BROADBAND
The pandemic has ignited a significant rise in cyberthreats of all types – from robocalls to SMS fraud, phishing attacks, ransomware, DDoS and state-sponsored cyber-attacks, often targeting the most vulnerable residence and the most critical community services.
Communities in rural areas are especially vulnerable to DDoS due to the lack of security investment and expertise, the fragmented ecosystem and the vulnerability of the scarce community resources, such as healthcare, that are favorite targets for attackers.
The “cybersecurity gap” is a growing chasm between cybercriminals capabilities and the limited resources of service providers now charged with extending essential broadband connectivity. DDoS protection of service provider infrastructure including carrier grade networking and IPv4 address pools, is needed for ensure service availability for residents, businesses and critical public services.
This keynote from A10 share insights on the growing bank of DDoS weapons used by cybercriminals and provide concrete recommendations on critical investments in DDoS protection that should be made concurrently with their fiber and fixed wireless buildouts.

MN PUC will move forward on looking into LTD’s ETC designation, which may alter RDOF standing

Today the MN Public Utilities Commission heard from  Minnesota Telephone Alliance (MTA) and the Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA) and LTD Broadband about the case that MTA and MREA have made that the PUC should consider looking into LTD’s ETC license. Having ETC designation was part of the requirements to get the $311 million that they have qualified to potentially get to deploy FTTH in many part of rural Minnesota.

The PUC is moving forward with three of the recommendations (actually 1, 3 and 7 from the list below):

  1. Open a proceeding to determine whether there is cause to revoke the ETC designation of LTD (Petitioners, Department, and OAG),
  2. Refer the matter to the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) with the request that proceedings provide for discovery, the cross-examination of expert witnesses, and be conducted expeditiously (LTD and Department), or
  3. Delegate scheduling to the administrative law judge (ALJ), designated lead commissioner, or subcommittee of commissioners (Department),

Full notes from the meeting (not proofed)

 

Should the Commission initiate a proceeding to consider revoking LTD Broadband LLC expanded ETC designation, which was granted in the Commission’s June 3, 2021, Order Approving Petition for ETC Designation in Certain Census Blocks?

  1. Open a proceeding to determine whether there is cause to revoke the ETC designation of LTD (Petitioners, Department, and OAG), or
  2. Decline to open a proceeding (LTD).

[If the Commission selects decision option 1, also select a type of procedure in decision options 3-5 and a schedule in decision options 8-10.]

Questions:

What would trigger us to change the ETC license? (Asked to petitioners.)

You have to ask yourself if you have reason to believe that LTD will be unable to fulfill their obligations. We think they won’t be able to meet their obligations. They have lost 30 percent of bid locations by missing deadlines. We’ve heard many complaints on their service. Three other states have decided to revoke their license because they felt they would not be able. North Dakota went so far as to say they would not be able to meet the obligations – going beyond simply concern. We’d like you to look into the facts to see how you feel once you take a second look.

So we said earlier that we had trust. And now we’re saying there may be evidence to the contrary. That’s the procedure?

Yes. Right now it’s a matter of deciding that it’s worth a second look. Then if you decide yes, then we look into the information leading to a revocation of license.

So what does LTD say about this?

You’re asking the same question as you asked a year ago – nothing has changed. This is a reconsideration rule. We don’t think this is a good idea. There’s nothing happening in MN that would make LTD less able as an ETC. They are on schedule with other federal contracts in Minnesota.

Also this might be a slippery slope. Any time an ETC is new and runs into a bump, can they be brought to the PUC again?

It seems that the petitioners are putting LEC )Local Exchange Carrier) rules on LTD and LTD is not an LEC.

Last year, the PUC decided this was a good idea because it meant $311 million federal funds coming to Minnesota.

Yes – we did say yes to LTD’s ETC because of the promise of the money. But we’re hearing from local communities that this possible contract is actually keeping them from getting grants and other funding that would help build broadband. We’re seeing this especially in Le Sueur. The next 6-10 months is a critical time for these communities for getting money.

As soon as we (LTD) get the money, we can start building broadband. Others could build in this area with their own money. The grants are the only tricky thing. Broadband wouldn’t get built as fast as the complaints seem to think it would happen. More than half the areas LTD bid on in MN had no competitive bids. The RDOF goes as fast at the FCC is making decisions. Maybe the complaints aren’t with LTD, they have with the FCC process.

Sounds like the Office of Attorney General thinks we should reopen this topic?

Yes. (From OAG.) The allegations raised do warrant further investigation. The PUC is not a court, it’s an ongoing process and things change.

Yes – I agree. (From another OAG person.) Today we are talking about opening a case that talks about whether LTD is the right chose for Minnesota. ETC designations are not static – but we need to look at changes.

What does the local Government say?

Le Sueur County is small and rural. We have been working for 5 years about how to get better broadband. We were successful with Border to Border grants. Unfortunately our last grant was denied because of the situation with LTD and RDOF. We are going to re-submit that application but it will now cost $400,000 more. We know our area well – the needs and the existing infrastructure. We don’t understand how LTD can meet our needs for the price that they bid.

So more than the lose of the RDOF money – folks are concerned that the RDOF project is blocking other money?

Right. This isn’t about competitive animus – it’s about wanting to get broadband to our communities.

Can LTD respond to the idea that nothing has changed? We are hearing about a lot of change.

Nothing has changed in Minnesota. In South Dakota it boiled down to one consultant being convincing. The FCC may or may not use ETC status in their decision making for funding.

We have concern that if we move forward and do reject the ETC would the $311 million come back to Minnesota?

No. The funds will roll into RDOF 2 and reauctioned.

Do you think it’s worth the risk?

More dangerous than having the money leave MN is spending the money and not getting what we need.

Would you be opposed to a trade secret agreement?

Yes – because our long form application is a work in progress.

AFTER BREAK

Sounds like LTD will be sharing info with the PUC.

Comments from PUC Commissioners

  • I think we should move forward with proceedings – including testimony and cross examination. (Means)
  • I agree – we should send to OAH for more development (Sullican)
  • Yes – we should focus on ETC designation. So we really need to focus on 1, 3 and 7. (Tuma)
  • I think we need to looing info proceeding. (Sieben)

The are moving forward with:

Open a proceeding to determine whether there is cause to revoke the ETC designation of LTD (Petitioners, Department, and OAG),
Refer the matter to the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) with the request that proceedings provide for discovery, the cross-examination of expert witnesses, and be conducted expeditiously (LTD and Department), or

Delegate scheduling to the administrative law judge (ALJ), designated lead commissioner, or subcommittee of commissioners (Department),

Here are all of the items on their docket:

Should the Commission initiate a proceeding to consider revoking LTD Broadband LLC expanded ETC designation, which was granted in the Commission’s June 3, 2021, Order Approving Petition for ETC Designation in Certain Census Blocks?

  1. Open a proceeding to determine whether there is cause to revoke the ETC designation of LTD (Petitioners, Department, and OAG), or
  1. Decline to open a proceeding (LTD).

[If the Commission selects decision option 1, also select a type of procedure in decision options 3-5 and a schedule in decision options 8-10.]

What type of procedure should be used?

  1. Refer the matter to the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) with the request that proceedings provide for discovery, the cross-examination of expert witnesses, and be conducted expeditiously (LTD and Department), or
  2. Initiate an expedited proceeding pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 237.61 for record development (Petitioners), or

[If the Commission selects decision option 4, also select a type of expedited proceeding in decision options 5–6.]

What type of expedited proceedings should be used, and should it include party crossexamination?

  1. Designate a sub-committee of Commissioners under Minn. Stat. §216A.03, subd. 8 (Petitoners), [if selected, also select a sub-option], a. with party cross-examination, or b. without party cross-examination. Or
  2. Designate a lead Commissioner under Minn. Stat. § 216A.03, subd. 9 (Petitioners) [if selected, also select a sub-option] a. with party cross-examination, or b. without party cross-examination. What schedule should be used?
  3. Delegate scheduling to the administrative law judge (ALJ), designated lead commissioner, or subcommittee of commissioners (Department), or
  4. adopt one of the schedules proposed by the petitioners (Petitioners), or
  5. adopt the schedule proposed by LTD (LTD).

Should the Commission order LTD to submit its FCC RDOF long form application to the Commission?

  1. Require LTD to provide its long form application to the Commission, Department of Commerce, Attorney General’s Office and Petitioners subject to the terms of an approved Protective Order(Petitioners, Department, and OAG), or
  2. Do not require LTD to provide its long form application to the Commission (LTD). Should the Commission address LTD’s certification for Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) funding in 2023?
  3. Do not address LTD’s certification for Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) funding in 2023 (LTD, Department, and OAG), or
  4. Decline to certify LTD for 2023 funding (Petitioners).

EVENT Jul 13: MN Broadband Task Force 1:30pm today

The MN Broadband Task Force is meeting this afternoon. I will livestream the meeting on Facebook but all are welcome to join the Teams meeting remotely…

Governor’s Task Force on Broadband
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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  • 1:30 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. Welcome, Task Force Introductions, Attendee Introductions and Approval of Minutes from May 20, 2022 Meeting
  • 1:40 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Office of Broadband Development Diane Wells, Deputy Director
  • 1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Affordable Connectivity Program Dave Savolaine, Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division, FCC
  • 2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. American Connection Corps Updates in Minnesota Benya Kraus, Lead for America Co-Founder and ACC Executive Director
  • 3:15 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.  Affordability and Adoption Sub-Group
  • 3:20 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. Funding, Mapping and Usage Sub-Group
  • 3:25 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. Governor’s Task Force on Broadband Update Teddy Bekele, Chair, Minnesota Governor’s Task Force on Broadband
  • 3:40 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Public Comment, Other Business, August 29 Meeting Plans, Wrap-up

EVENT July 13: NTIA’s Middle Mile Grant Program Project Portion Webinar

An invitation from the NTIA…

Join NTIA’s Middle Mile Grant Program Project Portion Webinar

Title: Internet for All Webinar Series: Project Portion of the Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program Application

Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Time: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Description: This webinar will provide an in-depth look at all the parameters that proposed projects must meet under the Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program. This webinar will provide applicants with technical assistance and prepare them to write high-quality applications. The Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program provides $1 billion in funding for this vital part of our nation’s high-speed network and will reduce the cost of bringing high-speed internet to unserved and underserved communities.

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Minneapolis Star Tribune outlines the issues with LTD Broadband and possible federal funding (RDOF)

I have been tracking the situation with LTD and RDOF since the beginning. Here’s a succinct update…

LTD Broadband was awarded the sole opportunity apply for funding to expand fiber in much of Minnesota. The opportunity has been controversial. Some question their ability to fulfill the order, should they get it. To that end, Minnesota industry associations are asking the MN PUC to revoke the ETC status for LTD Broadband. In fact, the PUC has that issue on their agenda for a meeting scheduled for Thursday (July 14) a1 10am. People are invited to attend in person or remotely.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune article outlines the whole ordeal if you want more detail; here’s a portion I found interesting…

Winning [RDOF] bidders were chosen on their promises of low costs and high internet speeds. The companies were given three years to meet build-out benchmarks and three more years to complete their projects.

But federal subsidies cover only a portion of a fiber project’s costs, and LTD has been awarded grants to cover 528,000 U.S. locations — 102,000 in Minnesota alone. It would be a massive broadband buildout.

In comments to the state PUC, four Minnesota counties that would host LTD’s projects — LeSueur, Pine, Jackson and Chippewa — were skeptical of the company’s abilities to follow through, as was the Minnesota Association of Townships.

“LTD’s unproven track record causes us considerable concern that they will be able to provide broadband services to the the areas they were awarded,” Jackson County Administrator Ryan Krosch said in a PUC filing.

Counties also faulted LTD for a lack of a communication.

“Chippewa County representatives have attempted to contact LTD on several occasions to collaborate and request updates on their progress,” County Auditor Michelle May said in comments to the PUC. “Those attempts have failed” and the county has “lost faith” in LTD, she said.

Hauer said he has personally met with county officials across the country.

“The question from counties is always ‘when,’ and, of course, the answer is ‘as soon as possible.’ We want to do it as quickly as we can,” he said.

EVENT July 19: Paul Bunyan Communications and Red Lake Nation to hold Affordable Connectivity Program Sign Up Day

Good information for folks on Red Lake Reservation and a good idea for folks in other areas…

Paul Bunyan Communications and the Red Lake Nation are holding a sign-up day for the Affordable Connectivity Program on Tuesday, July 19 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Oshkiimaajitahdah Building, 15525 Mendota Ave, in Redby MN

This new long-term benefit will help to lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households struggling to afford internet service and provides a discount of up to a $30 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for qualifying households on qualifying Tribal lands.

Senator Tina Smith leads Indian Affairs hearing on infrastructure in Prior Lake MN

Senator Smith’s website reports

U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) chaired a productive field hearing for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, focusing on how Tribal Nations can utilize funding through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Senator Smith helped pass this historic investment in our country’s infrastructure last fall. The hearing was hosted by Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community at the Mystic Lake Center in Prior Lake.

The purpose of this hearing to understand how these transformational infrastructure investments can benefit Tribal Nations in Minnesota.  This bill has $13 billion for Tribal-specific programs and set-asides.  I am committed to making sure this funding is equitably distributed and accessible to Tribal Nations, and that it makes lasting impact.

These $13 billion will help address the longstanding infrastructure inequities in Tribal communities—inequities that impact the health, economic well-being, and safety of Native peoples.  Here are some highlights:

  • There’s $3.5 billion for Indian Health Service sanitation facilities—that will make drinking water safe and improve sewage and waste disposal systems.
  • There’s $3.8 billion for roads and bridges on Tribal lands, to make roadways safer for cars and pedestrians.
  • There’s $2 billion for broadband on Tribal lands, which will improve access to education, telehealth, and economic opportunities.
  • There’s $200 million for climate resilience, so that Tribal Nations can plan for and implement responses to climate change.

 

EVENT June 30: NTIA’s Middle Mile Application Information Webinar

From NTIA…

Title: Internet for All Webinar Series – Applicant Portion of the Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program Application

Date: Thursday, June 30, 2022

Time: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Description: This webinar will provide an in-depth look at how eligible entities can access the NTIA Grants Portal and apply for the Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program. This webinar will also provide applicants with technical assistance and prepare them to write high-quality applications. With $1 billion in funding, the Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program provides funding for this vital part of our nation’s high-speed network and will reduce the cost of bringing high-speed internet to unserved and underserved communities.

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Register for more of our upcoming Internet For All webinar series sessions:

 

Please note: all webinars will occur from 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM ET. All presentations and recordings will be available on the BroadbandUSA website under the Past Events tab approximately 24 to 48 hours after a webinar ends. 

For any questions about our Internet For All Webinar Series, please email InternetForAll@ntia.gov.

Dates for future MN Broadband Task Force monthly meetings

The news is brief but valuable if you like to attend…

2022 Upcoming Meetings

Meetings are virtual. Instructions for joining will be at the top of the agenda documents.

  • July 13
  • August 29
  • September 29
  • October 24
  • November 17
  • December 5
  • December 19

EVENT June 22: Webinar: The Limits of Fixed Wireless Technology for Rural Communities

A webinar hosted by CTCNet…

As state governments examine how to best invest federal funds to deploy broadband in unserved and underserved areas, a new study — commissioned by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and independently developed by CTC Technology & Energy —analyzes fixed wireless technologies and their suitability for delivering broadband service in various environments.

The goals of this evaluation included:

  • Providing an accessible guide to current and anticipated future fixed wireless technologies;
  • Demonstrating whether fixed wireless can be a viable approach to delivering broadband to currently unserved residents in various deployment scenarios, such as in urban and rural communities; and
  • Illustrating whether (and in what circumstances) states should consider spending public dollars to subsidize fixed wireless technologies as a permanent solution to meeting residents’ broadband needs.

This webinar will cover the critical technology and cost considerations outlined in the study—including a total cost of ownership analysis of candidate fixed wireless and fiber networks in a range of unserved rural settings.

Date and Time: Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 2:00PM EST
Webinar Registration: Click Here

Moderated by President Joanne Hovis, CTC will host a one-hour webinar open to all.  Webinar presenters include:

  • Linda Hinton, District 4 Vice President, Communications Workers of America
  • Andrew Afflerbach, Ph.D., P.E., Chief Technology Officer and CEO, CTC Technology & Energy

Registration Link: The Limits of Fixed Wireless Technology for Rural Communities

EVENT June 21-22: Pew Broadband Access Summit

The Pew Charitable Trust is hosting a broadband event…

The Broadband Access Summit is a week away—bringing together top broadband experts, policy leaders, and government officials to discuss how we can make the most of our nations historic investments in broadband infrastructure.

“Defining ‘Internet for All’: What Does It Mean and How Do We Get There?”

Tuesday, June 21, 5 p.m. EDT

Alan Davidson is the Department of Commerce’s assistant secretary for communications and information, and administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. An internet policy expert with over 20 years of experience, Alan will walk us through the state of broadband policy and what is needed to move forward and achieve #InternetForAll.
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Workshops are broken into the following tracks: planning and capacity building, partnering with intent, equity from the ground up, and solution sessions for pressing challenges.

Planned sessions include:
What’s in a plan? Moderator: Amy Huffman, National Digital Inclusion Alliance

Scoping a role for philanthropy. Moderator: Jenny Choi, Media Democracy Fund

Building partnerships with outcomes in mind.  Moderator: Francella Ochillo, Next Century Cities

Meaningful coordination between levels of government. Moderator: Tamarah Holmes, Office of Broadband, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development

EVENT July 12: 4 Ways to Persuade ISPs to Invest in Your Community

From the Intelligent Community Forum…

4 Ways to Persuade ISPs to Invest in Your Community

Tuesday, July 12   |   11:00 am EDT   |   Register Now

Cities, towns and counties that lack adequate broadband have been left out of the economy, education and culture for many years. The gap between the “haves” and “have-nots” became terribly clear in the pandemic, when broadband became a lifeline to work, education, shopping and community participation.

Around the world, underserved communities of all sizes have taken concrete steps to change how ISPs evaluate the business opportunity there. The Intelligent Community Forum has identified 4 ways to do it based on 20 years of work with communities. Join us in July for a webinar that introduces you to one of the courses in our Community Accelerator program, and shares insights from experts in network funding and development.

EVENT: June 15 sign-up day for the Affordable Connectivity Program in Cass Lake

An announcement (from the Bemidji Pioneer) for folks near Cass Lake and a good idea for community and broadband leaders in other areas…

Paul Bunyan Communications and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe will hold a sign-up day for the Affordable Connectivity Program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, at the Facility Center, 16126 John Moose Drive NW, Cass Lake.

“This new long-term benefit will help to lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households struggling to afford internet service and provides a discount of up to a $30 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for qualifying households on qualifying Tribal lands,” a release said.

EVENT Jun 10: AT&T Policy Forum Connecting Communities to Internet for All

An invitation from AT&T…

Connecting Communities to Internet for All

Friday, June 10, 2022        9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET

Register Here!

With policymakers and broadband providers squarely focused on opportunities to deliver broadband for all across the US, please join us on June 10th for an online forum on Connecting Communities to Internet for All.

The event will begin with a fireside chat with Alan Davidson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and NTIA Administrator, and Jonathan Spalter, President & CEO, USTelecom. The discussion will highlight new guidance from NTIA to the states to ensure the successful distribution of funds through the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment Program.

And as policymakers look to maximize this once in a generation opportunity to connect all Americans, a panel of experts will explore successful models to connect all communities.

Fireside Chat:

  • Alan Davidson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications & NTIA Administrator
  • Jonathan Spalter, President & CEO, USTelecom

Panel:

  • John Hendel, Technology Reporter, POLITICO (moderator)
  • Veneeth Iyengar, Executive Director, Connect LA
  • Jeff Luong, President, Broadband Access & Adoption Initiative, AT&T
  • Cheryl Musgrave, Commissioner, Vanderburgh County