BroadbandUSA Newsletter March 2020

Sun, March 01, 2020

Vol 5 | Issue 3 | March 2020
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Policy Corner: Working with States to Solve the Broadband Challenge

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

NTIA’s State Broadband Leaders Network is a powerful forum for connecting local government, industry and stakeholders across the country that are focused on broadband activities. NTIA has spent many years building up these relationships, and recently updated our website with detailed information on state broadband offices and funding opportunities. The SBLN also holds regular meetings for states to improve funding coordination, align policies, and address barriers to collaboration across states and agencies. Given the critical importance of expanding broadband access throughout America, we are eager to keep these conversations going to encourage investment and close the broadband gap. Read the complete blog here.

Broadband News and Updates

Federal News

State News

Public Safety / FirstNet

Broadband Funding

Digital Inclusion

Minority Broadband Initiative

General News

NTIA Events

Mar. 18, 2020
BroadbandUSA Practical Broadband Conversations Webinar Series
American Broadband Initiative – 1 year update
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern
In 2019, the Trump Administration launched the American Broadband Initiative (ABI) with the release of the Milestones Report. A year later, federal agencies have made significant progress across government to improve broadband access for Americans. Please join BroadbandUSA on March 18, 2020 at 2pm ET to hear from key agencies that participate in the ABI who will highlight the commitments and accomplishments of this effort. The event will open with a message from the Executive Office of the President on the status of the initiative. NTIA will provide an update on work to build the National Broadband Availability Map (NBAM), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Chad Rupe, Rural Utilities Service Administrator, will discuss the ReConnect program and some of the agency’s regulatory changes that affect broadband permitting. Finally, the U.S. Department of the Interior will cover important changes to broadband permitting policies.

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

Events of Interest

March 8 – 11, 2020
National League of Cities (NLC) Federal Advocacy Round Table, Washington, DC.

April 5 - 7, 2020
IEEE 6th World Forum on Internet of Things (IoT), New Orleans, LA

April 5 - 7, 2020
National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) Net Inclusion 2020, Portland, OR

April 9, 2020
GCTC Smart Regions Collaborative, Denver, CO.