BroadbandUSA Newsletter January 2021

Mon, January 04, 2021
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KBates photoPolicy Corner: States & Broadband in 2020
By Katherine Bates, Manager of State & Local Partnerships

Broadband Internet access has always been a vital part of the modern economy, but nearly every aspect of American life has been brought online since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many aspects of our jobs, health care, education, commerce, and social lives have had to take place over the Internet. State governments around the country responded quickly to the resulting strain on networks. They ramped up their creative problem-solving and increased their coordination with other states and the federal government. At NTIA, we have been a partner in these broadband efforts through our State Broadband Leaders Network (SBLN), a forum for states, territories, and the District of Columbia to come together to share what works, and brainstorm new ideas to bring their citizens online. To read more about state-level efforts and the work of the SBLN, read BroadbandUSA’s latest blog.

Consolidated Appropriations Act
NTIA and BroadbandUSA are analyzing the obligations under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Please visit our website and make sure you are signed up for email updates from BroadbandUSA to receive updates.

NTIA Events
February 17, 2020
BroadbandUSA Practical Broadband Conversations Webinar Series
Data as the Foundation for Broadband PlanningTime: 2:00 PM Eastern
The federal government compiles huge broadband datasets cataloguing broadband availability and subscriptions through the US Census Bureau and Federal Communications Commission, among others. These can be augmented with commercially available speed test data to provide a better insight into broadband access and availability. Join BroadbandUSA on February 17, 2021 to gain a fuller understanding of these datasets and how to use data to strengthen your broadband planning efforts.


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