A couple of weeks ago I made a swing through D.C. to meet with some folks and continue building support for Communities United for Broadband. I also delivered “What’s Next After Broadband Stimulus?” at the New America Foundation. You can watch the presentation here.
This session helps you understand a little better what local communities’ role in national broadband strategy should be. The event included a strong panel representing community perspectives via people from cities that are making broadband happen:
- Bryan Sivak, Chief Technology Officer of the District of Columbia,
- Joanne Hovis, President-Elect of NATOA and President of Columbia Telecommunications Corporation
- Gary Carter, Analyst at City of Santa Monica Information Systems Department will respond to Mr. Settles’ presentation.
I highlight key lessons from my book, Fighting the Next Good Fight: Bringing True Broadband to Your Community, in the context of national policy discussions on broadband. Actually, some days the discussion is more like a barroom brawl from the old westerns, with local communities cast as the damsel in distress whose fate depends on the outcome of these guys duking it out. No speaking role of note, just the prize for whoever wins.
Don’t miss these additional Webinars
In reality, there’s more of a local role in broadband than much of official Washington and some communities seem to understand. Check out the video, and also put the following upcoming informative Webinars on your calendar. They offer practical advice you can use right away in your broadband efforts.
- 12 Steps to Move Broadband From Ideas to Execution – Wednesday, July 7, 2 pm EDT
- 7 Ways to Make the Needs Assessment Pay Dividends – Wednesday, July 21
- Finding the Right Business Model for Community Broadband – Wednesday, August 4
- Show Me the Money: Financing in Rough Economic Times – Wednesday, August 18
- You Can Never Have Too Many Partners in Broadband – Wednesday, September 1
- When Broadband Becomes Political: 10-Point Survival Guide – Wednesday, September 22
More details and registration information will be available shortly.
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