B4DE Starts Tomorrow with NDIA’s Angela Siefer as Keynote

Building for Digital Equity June 2023 event

In just over 24 hours our next Building for Digital Equity (#B4DE) event goes live.

Tomorrow, June 7, beginning at 3 pm ET, #B4DE promises to offer engaging examples, practical tools, and nuggets of insight as digital equity advocates across the nation prepare to take advantage of unprecedented federal funds and programs spurred by the Digital Equity Act and bipartisan infrastructure law.

This free event, sponsored once again by UTOPIA Fiber, will be headlined by National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) Executive Director Angela Siefer. She will offer thoughts on what those working to close the digital divide should be thinking about while setting priorities in this historic moment, as states are developing their digital equity plans and getting ready to receive their share of the $42.5 billion contained in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

Though seats are filling up fast, there is still time to register here.

The livestream will be available (and later archived) on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn, with live viewer questions answered by the panels. We recommend viewing it on YouTube here where the live chat will be most lively.

Co-hosted by NDIA Training & Community Engagement Manager Pamela Rosales and ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks Director Christopher Mitchell, the 75-minute online webinar brings together a variety of front-line experts and digital inclusion practitioners who will share focused, concise lessons-learned and best-practices relevant for those working in both rural communities and urban centers.

Speakers include: Maggie Drummond-Bahl, Maine Connectivity Authority’s new strategic partnership director; Ameera Bartholomew, Program Director for The Center for Digital Equity and Natali Betancur, Deputy Director for The Center for Digital Equity; Meg Kaufer, President of the STEM Alliance; Candace Browdy with Connect Lake County in Illinois; each of whom will give lightning round presentations on their work. 

ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks Initiative Associate Director of Research Ry Marcattilio will also be on hand to highlight the important connection between telehealth and robust broadband infrastructure on the heels of a new report he co-authored “Increased Wellness and Economic Return of Universal Broadband Infrastructure: A Telehealth Case Study of Ten Southern Rural Counties.”

There will also be a special appearance by Samantha Musgrave and Devin Weaver of Project Waves, a Baltimore-based non-profit focused on bringing no-cost high-speed Internet access to low-income residents living in apartment buildings.

Check out our previous #B4DE events below:

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