As you plan your week, make sure you have access to YouTube early so you can livestream the "Opportunities for Bipartisan Tech Policy" from 9 a.m. - 12:30 EST. The event, which will be streaming from Washington, D.C., is sponsored by Next Century Cities (NCC), the American Action Forum, and Public Knowledge.
In addition to keynote conversations from FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and Senior Brookings Institution Fellow Blair Levin, our Christopher Mitchell will moderate a panel on rural broadband. The discussion on rural broadband will include input from:
- Jonathan Chambers of Conexon
- Shirley Bloomfield of the NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association
- Harold Feld from Public Knowledge
- Brent Skorup from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University; and
- Jamie Susskind of FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr’s office
Other panels will cover the topics of data privacy and security, and spectrum. Representatives from institutions such as the Georgetown Law Center on Privacty and Technology, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and ALEC will also be attending; expect a spirited event. It’s a half-day filled with policy, described by Next Century Cities as:
[B]ringing together members of Congress, community leaders, and policy experts. Keynote conversations and panel discussions will work to determine key policy goals and action steps for the new Congress, with a specific focus on rural broadband, digital privacy and security, and spectrum legislation.
You can watch the livestream here and follow the conversation on Twitter: #BipartisanTech
Toolkit on the Way
As long as you’re scheduling livestreams, make sure to also put January 16th on your list.
For months the folks at Next Century Cities have been working with member cities and policy experts to develop a resource that includes policies and best practices for local communities interested in better connectivity. On January 16th, NCC will hold an official launch event for “Becoming Broadband Ready,” to share their findings.
The toolkit will include policies to help identify needs and goals, grow support, simplify permitting and leasing practices, and additional resources. Check out the launch event on Wednesday, January 16th at 12 p.m. EST to see policy experts and community leaders discuss their findings and experiences with broadband readiness.
Christopher will also be moderating a panel at the toolkit launch event. Watch here: