Save the Date: Building for Digital Equity #B4DE Holiday Edition

B4DE December flyer

With the holiday season upon us, the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) Community Broadband Networks Initiative and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) are gearing up for the final Building for Digital Equity (#B4DE) event of the year and encouraging digital equity practitioners to save the date.

The popular (and free) virtual gathering will be held December 12, 2023 from 3 to 4:15 pm ET and will feature a holiday-inspired theme: Digital Equity Unwrapped: End of Year Reflections/The New Year Ahead.

You can register for the event now here.

Coming on the heels of our last B4DE event in October, which is still reverberating through digital inclusion circles across the nation, we are excited to follow up with a jolly and informative agenda that will cover:

  • The latest on the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).
  • Lightning Rounds on digital inclusion work with covered populations.
  • Setting the table on forthcoming Digital Equity Act funding and how communities are preparing.
  • Unpacking digital discrimination and its practical implications.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Patrick Messac, Director of #OaklandUndivided, an equity-based, collective impact initiative launched in Oakland, California.

Oakland Undivided Director Patrick Messac

Messac will bring into sharp focus the real life implications of digital discrimination and how faulty mapping perpetuates the issue.

As with our previous #B4DE events, the December live stream will once again be sponsored by UTOPIA Fiber and co-hosted by NDIA’s Pamela Rosales and ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks Initiative Director Christopher Mitchell.

Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to learn, connect, and make a difference as digital equity advocates across the nation are leveraging historic federal investments in the expansion of broadband access and adoption.

The livestream will be available (and later archived) on Facebook, YouTube, X (Twitter), and LinkedIn, with live viewer questions answered by the invited speakers and presenters.

We recommend viewing it on YouTube where the live chat will be most engaging. Other questions can be submitted using the #B4DE hashtag on X (Twitter).

Watch our last #B4DE event in its entirety below:

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