BroadbandUSA Newsletter February 2020

Sat, February 01, 2020

Vol 5 | Issue 2 | February 2020
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Policy Corner

I am honored for the opportunity to lead NTIA. We are home to an impressive group of public servants, and I’m proud of the work the team is doing to expand 5G, increase broadband access, secure our communications networks, and advise domestically and internationally on Internet policy priorities. It has been an exciting start to 2020 here at NTIA. Our agency just released a report finding viable options for more mid-band spectrum sharing. Our spectrum management advisory committee CSMAC met this month as well to continue important conversations about our nation’s technological future. It was also announced that the 3.5 GHz CBRS band spectrum was authorized for full commercial deployment. NTIA engineers helped pave the way for spectrum sharing in that band. We have much more in store for the year to come, and I look forward to keeping you updated on our progress.

-- Doug Kinkoph
Associate Administrator performing the delegated duties
of the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information

Webinar Highlights Integral Role of Smart Buildings in City Planning

Communities and regions are increasingly adopting smart technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) to better manage infrastructure and improve the quality of life for residents. The BroadbandUSA January 15, 2020 webinar, The Benefits of Smart Building Technology, focused on smart buildings use cases, the underlying technology that supports them, and the benefits achieved. Limor Schafman, Senior Director of the Smart Building Program at the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) discussed her work with the Global City Teams Challenge, which works to share knowledge and best practices on smart community technologies. Jiri Skopek, Board of Governors Vice-Chair for 2030 Districts Network, said that addressing stakeholder needs is a key driver in the adoption of smart buildings. Benny Lee, Director of San Mateo County Public Wi-Fi, discussed the evolution of instant communications and how it fits in with smart buildings. Read the complete blog here.

Broadband News and Updates

Federal News

State News

Public Safety/FirstNet

Broadband Funding

Digital Inclusion

General News

NTIA Events

Feb. 19, 2020
BroadbandUSA Practical Broadband Conversations Webinar Series
The Role of States in Expanding Broadband Access
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern
The majority of states across the country are increasing resources devoted to broadband deployment, supporting digital inclusion initiatives, and focusing their attention on broadband policy coordination across different state agencies. While there is no one size fits all, states are implementing innovative approaches to increase broadband access and adoption. Join BroadbandUSA in a conversation on how broadband is being implemented at the state level in addition to research by The Pew Charitable Trusts on state broadband programs and innovative approaches to help overcome the digital divide.


  • Kathryn de Witt, Manager, Broadband Research Initiative, Pew Charitable Trusts

  • Deana Perry, Executive Director, Georgia Rural Broadband Program

  • Sunne Wright McPeak, President and CEO, California Emerging Technology Fund

Moderator: Katherine Bates, Manager of State and Local Partnerships, BroadbandUSA

Visit our Webinar Archives for past presentations, transcripts and audio recordings.

Feb. 12 – 13, 2020
State Broadband Leaders Network (SBLN) Summit, Washington, D.C. BroadbandUSA Facilitator: Katherine Bates

Feb. 19, 2020
Global Cities Team Challenge (GCTC) Smart Ag and Rural SuperCluster Workshop, Phoenix, AZ. BroadbandUSA Speaker: Jean Rice
Smart technologies are igniting rural economic development, improving health care and education, and improving farming and ranching production. The Global City Team Challenge (GCTC) Agriculture and Rural Broadband SuperCluster encourages collaboration on innovative agricultural technology and rural projects and released a blueprint for rural communities in July. The GCTC Agriculture and Rural SuperCluster will host this workshop with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), and NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA.)

Events of Interest

Feb. 9-12, 2020
2020 National Conference of Regions (NARC), Washington, DC.

Feb. 12-13, 2020
USDA ReConnect Technical Assistance Workshop, Denver, Colorado.

Feb. 16 – 19, 2020
NTCA: The Rural Broadband Association, Phoenix, AZ.

Feb. 20, 2020
Via Satellite: Virtualization: The Future of Wireless Communications, Webinar 10:00 AM EST

Feb. 29 – March 4, 2020
National Association of Counties Legislative (NACo) 2020 Legislative Conference, Washington, DC