Mapping a Better Broadband Future

Wednesday, November 6

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

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

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

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. 

Moderators:
Angie Kronenberg
Chief Advocate and General Counsel
INCOMPAS

 

Chip Pickering
CEO
INCOMPAS


 

Part 1 - Finding the Gap

Paula Boyd
Senior Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs
Microsoft Corporation

 

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 
Connected2Fiber

 

Phillip Deneef
Chief Strategy Officer
GeoLinks

 

Brian Worthen 
CEO
Mammoth Networks


 

Logan Campbell
Vice President, Sales
Multapplied Networks Inc.

 

Alex Ball
Chief Information & Technology Officer
QX.Net

 

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 
Principal 
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.

 

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