BroadbandUSA Newsletter January 2020

Wed, January 01, 2020

Vol 5 | Issue 1 | January 2020
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Celebrating 2019 Successes in 5G, Broadband, Security and Public Safety

In the past year, NTIA supported key Administration priorities by making spectrum available for 5G, enhancing broadband connectivity, improving technology in 911 call centers, and securing networks from cyber threats.

Under the American Broadband Initiative, NTIA worked with the White House and 20 federal agencies on strategies to improve broadband for all Americans. We looked across government to identify sources of broadband funding, and created a comprehensive guide featured on NTIA’s BroadbandUSA website. In October, NTIA debuted a pilot version of its new National Broadband Availability Map, in partnership with an initial eight states. The map will help federal, state and local policymakers more accurately understand where new infrastructure is needed. Read more on the NTIA blog.

(Photo: Doug Kinkoph, Performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information.)

Broadband News and Updates

Federal News

State NewsPublic Safety/FirstNet

Broadband Funding

Digital Inclusion

General News

NTIA Events

Jan. 15, 2020
BroadbandUSA Practical Broadband Conversations Webinar Series
The Benefits of Smart Building Technology
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern
Smart buildings are quickly becoming the building blocks of smart cities, providing benefits to both the building owners and tenants. They provide greater energy efficiency, improved use of building resources, and increased productivity of the occupants. Developing smart buildings can lead to an exponentially positive impact on the surrounding community. This panel will discuss smart buildings use cases, the foundational technologies that support them, and the benefits reaped.

  • Benny Lee, Director of SMC Public Wi-Fi, San Mateo County and Councilman, San Leandro, CA

  • Limor Schafman, Senior Director, Smart Buildings Program, Telecommunications Industry Association

  • Jiri Skopek, Board of Governors Vice-Chair, 2030 Districts Network


  • Jean Rice, Senior Broadband Analyst, 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
BroadbandUSA Practical Broadband Conversations Webinar Series: The Role of States in Expanding Broadband Access. BroadbandUSA Facilitator: Katherine Bates

Feb. 19, 2020
Global Cities Team Challenge (GCTC ) Smart Ag and Rural SuperCluster Workshop, Phoenix, AZ. BroadbandUSA Speaker: Jean Rice

Events of Interest

Jan. 22 – 24, 2020
United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) 88th Winter Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Jan. 23, 2020
Next Centuries Cities: Opportunities for Bipartisan Tech Policy 2020, Washington, D.C.

Jan. 28, 2020
U.S. General Services Administration Webinar:Federal Real Property Profile (FRPP) Map Webinar,1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

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

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

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