Mapping a Better Broadband Future

Wednesday, November 6
9:50 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
Olmstead 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. The FCC’s data 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 a panel of industry experts on how their companies are addressing the broadband gap through deployment of broadband networks, and learn more about industry efforts that are underway to identify where these gaps exist.