BroadbandUSA Newsletter November 2019

Fri, November 01, 2019

Vol 4 | Issue 11 | November 2019
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Summit Empowers Wyoming Rural Communities

Despite freezing temperatures, closed roads, and Wyoming’s first major snowfall of the year, more than 100 stakeholders from across the state joined NTIA, USDA, and the Wyoming Business Council on October 10th for the Wyoming Rural Broadband Summit. The summit focused on community empowerment, specifically on teams, tools and actions necessary for connecting rural communities to broadband services. Governor Mark Gordon spoke in the afternoon and stayed through closing, taking time to talk with attendees. Participants said they appreciated the messages on inclusion and adoption. Keynote speakers Roberto Gallardo from Purdue University Extension and Jeremy Hegle from Federal Reserve of Kansas City spoke about the importance of digital inclusion and adoption to the success of broadband buildouts during the morning session. The afternoon session included roundtables and workshops designed to promote coalition building and improve the use of data when developing broadband plans . (Photograph, left to right: Russ Elliott, Broadband Manager State of Wyoming; Karen Perry, NTIA; Mark Gordon, Governor of Wyoming; Wally Wolski, State Director for USDA Rural Development in Wyoming.)

Policy Corner

Mobile World Congress Americas 2019 in Los Angeles, California, on October 23, 2019
Highlights of remarks of Diane Rinaldo, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information

At last year’s Mobile World Congress, representatives from NTIA and the Department of Commerce made a commitment on behalf of the Administration: That America would win the race to 5G. We’ve worked to craft a long-term, comprehensive approach to spectrum policy, removed obstacles to infrastructure buildouts, and we’ve collaborated with industry to put security first. Now, a year later, there are 5G networks in 35 American cities, covering nearly half of the states. By the end of the year, almost 100 networks will be up and running across the country. What I’m most encouraged by, however, is that we’ve once again proved the strength of the American approach. Free market principles are leading the way. We have worked to leverage the unmatched power of the free enterprise system. A country full of entrepreneurs stand ready to use these advances in connectivity to create life-changing products and services. We are on the right path. Let’s continue to work together and make our shared vision for the future a reality. See complete remarks here.

Broadband News and Updates

Federal News

State News

Public Safety/FirstNet

Broadband Funding

Digital Equity

General News

NTIA Events

Nov. 20, 2019
BroadbandUSA Practical Broadband Conversations Webinar Series
Topic: Building Digital Workforce Skills at the Local Level
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern
A digitally skilled workforce is essential for the economic development of our nation’s communities. Companies of all sizes need employees that understand technology, whether it’s on the business or operational side of the organization. Join NTIA’s BroadbandUSA webinar to hear how local leaders are building partnerships between governments, businesses, nonprofits and education institutions to help residents attain the skills needed to thrive in a digital economy. Click here to register.


  • David Keyes, Digital Equity Program Manager, City of Seattle Information Technology
  • Stacey Wedlake, Research Coordinator and Analyst, Technology and Social Change Group (TASCHA) at University of Washington’s Information School
  • Shonna Dorsey, Senior Business Systems Consultant, Mutual of Omaha


  • Emy Tseng, Senior Program Specialist, NTIA’s BroadbandUSA

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

Nov. 26, 2019
State Broadband Leaders Network Monthly Meeting (virtual.) NTIA BroadbandUSA Facilitator: Katherine Bates

Events of Interest

Nov. 13, 2019
Southern New Mexico Rural Broadband Workshop (Sponsored by the USDA, NTIA, State of New Mexico), Truth or Consequences, NM. NTIA BroadbandUSA Speaker: Karen Perry

Nov. 14, 2019
Northern New Mexico Rural Broadband Workshop (Sponsored by the USDA, NTIA, State of New Mexico), Albuquerque, NM. NTIA BroadbandUSA Speaker: Karen Perry

Nov. 15, 2019
Tribal New Mexico Rural Broadband Workshop (Sponsored by the USDA, NTIA, State of New Mexico), Albuquerque, NM. NTIA BroadbandUSA Speaker: Karen Perry

Nov. 14 - 16, 2019
Carolinas Alliance for Success in Education (CASE) Summit, Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, N.C.

Nov. 20, 2019
Buckeye Hills Regional Council’s (BHRC) Policy Summit: Opportunities for Rural Appalachian Ohio, Marietta, OH

Nov. 20 – 23, 2019
National League of Cities (NLC) 2019 City Summit, San Antonio, TX. BroadbandUSA Speakers: Francine Alkisswani, Maureen Lewis

Dec. 12, 2019
Alabama HBCU Broadband Convening, sponsored by the Alabama Governor's Office of Minority Affairs, Alabama A&M University. NTIA BroadbandUSA Speaker: Francine Alkisswani