BroadbandUSA Newsletter July 2020

Wed, July 01, 2020

Vol 5 | Issue 7 | July 2020
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Kinkoph photoPolicy Corner: NTIA and Federal Partners Release American Broadband Initiative One-Year Progress Report
By Doug Kinkoph, Associate Administrator performing the delegated duties of the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information

Last week NTIA, along with our partners throughout the federal government, released the one-year progress report to the American Broadband Initiative (ABI) Milestones Report. The ABI was launched over a year ago as the Trump administration’s all-of-government initiative to stimulate broadband expansion through removing regulatory barriers and streamlining government processes. The progress report details accomplishments made by NTIA, USDA, and others. For example, NTIA completed 100% of its commitments in the ABI Milestones Report. This includes the establishment and expansion of our National Broadband Availability Map and the creation of a one-stop database for state and federal broadband resources. The progress report highlights many reasons to be excited, but there is still work to do. NTIA will continue to work with communities across the country to encourage the expansion and adoption of broadband Internet.

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New BroadbandUSA Team Members

Lindsey Hays photoLindsey Hays, GIS Specialist

Lindsey comes to NTIA from the USPS Office of the Inspector General (OIG). While at the OIG she was responsible for migrating their on-premises GIS environment to Azure. Prior to the OIG Lindsey worked for Esri Professional Services for 10 years as a GIS consultant assisting federal customers in deploying and managing geographic systems. She holds a master's degree in Environmental Remote Sensing and GIS from Boston University and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. When she is able, Lindsey enjoys traveling and kayaking.

Ryan Wiegand photoRyan Wiegand, Broadband Program Specialist

Ryan joins NTIA as a Broadband Program Specialist after recently finishing his master’s program in public policy and management at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College. During his program, Ryan completed a fellowship with the National Governors Association's Energy, Infrastructure, and Environment division and served as a Broadband Policy Intern with BroadbandUSA last summer. Prior to his studies at Heinz, he lived in Indianapolis (near his hometown of Carmel, Indiana), working in former Senator Joe Donnelly's constituent services and outreach office. He maintains allegiance to the Indiana Pacers, as well as to the Cubs, Fulham and any Notre Dame team. Ryan is very excited to be rejoining the BroadbandUSA team and to work alongside and continue learning from a fantastic group of professionals dedicated to broadband expansion and digital equity!

Nicole Dan photoNicole Dan, Pathways Intern

Nicole Dan is a second year student at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy. She is from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and graduated from the University of Florida in 2018 with degrees in political science and journalism. Prior to attending McCourt, she worked at a digital fundraising firm. Her policy interests are technology and politics.

NTIA Events

July 15, 2020
BroadbandUSA Practical Broadband Conversations Webinar Series
Cyberinfrastructure: Moving Beyond Broadband at HBCUs and TCUs

Time: 2:00 PM Eastern
Cyberinfrastructure differs from traditional web and broadband access in its focus and magnitude. The high-performance computing and networking resources of cyberinfrastructure enables educators, scientists and studentsopportunities to create and collaborate in entirely new ways. Many institutions of higher education are engaged in this new kind of scholarly inquiry and education, empowering their communities to innovate and to revolutionize what they do, how they do it, and who participates.Cyberinfrastructure is vital for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) to be competitive in the 21st Century.Please join BroadbandUSA’s webinar on July 17, 2020 to hear from panelists who will highlight the cyberinfrastructure at HBCUs and TCUs, as well as the importance of partnerships with national organizations such as Internet2 and EDUCAUSE in achieving the common goals of diversity and inclusion.


  • Jason Arviso, Director of IT, Navajo Technical University

  • Curtis Bradlee, Interim Director of University Computing and Information Technology Systems (UCITS), South Carolina State University

  • Deborah F. Dent, CIO, Division of Information Technology, Jackson State University

  • Al Kuslikis, American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC)

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

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