Mapping a Better Broadband Future

Wednesday, November 6

Part 1 - Finding the Gap 
9:10 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

Part 2 - Serving the Gap
9:40 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Part 3 - Funding the Gap 
10:20 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

Olmsted Ballroom

In the last decade, there has been much focus on how to ensure ubiquitous high-speed broadband access. Today, we still face serious challenges in connecting all Americans and stimulating economic development in underserved and rural areas.

Broadband mapping is a key and critical component to knowing where the gaps exist. In this three part session, learn about industry efforts to identify where these gaps exist, strategies for extending the reach of broadband into underserved areas and the ways to fund it. 

Angie Kronenberg
Chief Advocate and General Counsel


Chip Pickering


Part 1 - Finding the Gap

Paula Boyd
Senior Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs
Microsoft Corporation


Preston Wise
Rural Broadband Advisor, Office of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
Federal Communications Commission


The FCC estimates that approximately 21.3 million Americans live in areas without broadband access. However, Microsoft’s usage data shows that 162 million Americans are not using the internet at broadband speeds (currently defined at 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload by the FCC). That’s a huge discrepancy, and a huge problem. Hear from panelists about how to accurately define this gap.

Part 2 - Serving the Gap

Ben Edmond 
Founder and CEO 


Phillip Deneef
Chief Strategy Officer


Brian Worthen 
Mammoth Networks


Logan Campbell
Vice President, Sales
Multapplied Networks Inc.


While many challenges exist to reaching underserved and rural communities, several companies are bridging the gap with wireline and wireless broadband. Learn more about their strategies for successfully deploying these networks.

Part 3 - Funding the Gap 

Carol Mattey 
Mattey Consulting LLC

The cost of delivering ubiquitous broadband can prohibitive, and is a primary reason why so many households remain without. Hear from Carol Mattey, an expert on this topic, regarding the ways to help alleviate the cost burden, including upcoming opportunities to seek funding from the FCC's $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund and other government programs.