Workshop: Lessons for the National Broadband Plan from Local Officials Representing Under-served Communities
- Is there a role in the national broadband plan for local governments to help make sure underserved communities are connected to advanced telecommunications infrastructure and to increase broadband adoption rates?
- How can the Universal Service Fund and the BTOP and BIP programs better address the needs of underserved communities and non-adopters? Are there special considerations that should be taken into account regarding minority, multilingual and immigrant communities?
- How can broadband deployment address the workforce needs of communities experiencing high unemployment?
- Should the national broadband plan provide recommendations to elected officials representing underserved communities and non-adopters?
- Calvin Smyre, President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, Georgia State Representative
- Robert Steele, Commissioner, 2nd District of Cook County (Chicago), IL
- Vanessa R. Williams, Executive Director of the National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM)
- Gus K. West, Board Chair and President, The Hispanic Institute