Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel: click for press photo

Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel believes that the future belongs to the connected. She works to promote greater opportunity, accessibility, and affordability in our communications services in order to ensure that all Americans get a fair shot at 21st century success. She believes strong communications markets can foster economic growth and security, enhance digital age opportunity, and enrich our civic life.

From fighting to protect net neutrality to ensuring access to the internet for students caught in the Homework Gap, Jessica has been a consistent champion for connecting all. She is a leader in spectrum policy, developing new ways to support wireless services from Wi-Fi to video and the internet of things. She also is responsible for developing policies to help expand the reach of broadband to schools, libraries, hospitals, and households across the country.

Named as one of POLITICO's 50 Politicos to Watch and profiled by InStyle Magazine in a series celebrating "women who show up, speak up and get things done," Jessica brings over two decades of communications policy experience and public service to the FCC. Prior to joining the agency, she served as Senior Communications Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, under the leadership of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV and Senator Daniel Inouye. Before entering public service, Jessica practiced communications law in Washington, DC.

She is a native of Hartford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and New York University School of Law. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children.

 

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Narda Jones

Chief of Staff

Narda serves as FCC Chief of Staff having joined the Chairwoman’s leadership team from the White House where she was the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Prior to that, she was the Senior Technology Policy Advisor for the Democratic staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Transportation and Science. Narda started working in the U.S. Senate for Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington in 2014, after spending over a decade in senior roles in the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline and International Bureaus. She also previously worked at the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office and the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office. In addition, she was part of the inaugural class of the AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship program and spent her fellowship time aiding homeless families secure housing and public benefits in St. Paul, Minnesota. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jones is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Brooklyn Law School.

Kate Black

Kate Black

Chief Policy Advisor

Kate has served as Chairwoman Rosenworcel’s Policy Advisor since 2017. She joined the office from EMILY's List, where she served as Chief of Staff. Previously, Kate served as the Vice President of Research for EMILY's List, where she was responsible for policies regarding key issues facing American families. While in this role, she also served as Executive Director of American Women. Kate has held a variety of other policy and research positions at a diverse group of organizations, including the Democratic National Committee, the Service Employees International Union, and Hillary Clinton for President. She is the co-author, with June Diane Raphael, of "Represent: The Woman's Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World," published by Workman Publishing in 2019. She is a graduate of Miami University and holds a Master of Arts from George Washington University.

Umair Javed

Umair Javed

Chief Counsel

Umair serves as Chairwoman Rosenworcel's Chief Counsel. From October 2017 through January 2021, he served as then-Commissioner Rosenworcel's legal advisor for wireless and international issues. Umair joined the FCC from Wiley Rein LLP, where he was an attorney in the firm's Telecom, Media, and Technology practice group. Umair also has served on U.S. delegations to treaty-writing conferences and meetings of the International Telecommunication Union and as Commissioner of the Consumer Protection Commission of Fairfax County. He graduated from the University of Virginia and received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Priscilla Delgado Argeris

Priscilla Delgado Argeris

Chief Legal Advisor

Priscilla serves as Chairwoman Rosenworcel’s Chief Legal Advisor. She joined the Chairwoman’s office from Meta Platforms, Inc. where she has focused on spectrum policy issues for the company across the globe. From 2012-2015, she previously served as then-Commissioner Rosenworcel’s Legal Advisor and Senior Legal Advisor covering wireline and wireless issues for the office during her tenure. Prior to joining the FCC, Priscilla worked at the law firm Wiley Rein, where she focused regulatory and litigation matters involving federal and state communications law. She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her law degree from New York University School of Law.

D’wana Terry

D’wana Terry

Special Advisor to the Chairwoman and Acting Director of the Office of Workplace Diversity

D’wana advises the Chairwoman on work the agency can do to identify and redress inequities in its policies and programs while also continuing to serve as the Acting Director of the Office of Workplace Diversity. The Office of Workplace Diversity ensures that the provides employment opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, or sexual preference. D’wana has served in numerous senior positions at the FCC since joining the agency from private practice in 1994. Most recently, she was associate bureau chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau. She has also served as an associate bureau chief and chief of staff in both the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau and as acting deputy bureau chief of CGB. In addition, she previously served as chief of the Wireless Bureau’s Public Safety & Critical Infrastructure Division. She graduated from Lafayette College and received her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Sanford Williams

Sanford Williams

Special Advisor to the Chairwoman

Sanford advises the Chairwoman on work the agency can do to identify and expand opportunities for communities that have been historically underserved. Sanford has worked in various roles at the FCC since 1999. He also worked as an attorney for Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice and taught at Augusta State University in Georgia. Mr. Williams graduated from Cornell University where he earned an undergraduate degree in operations research and industrial engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Johnson School of Management. He earned his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law where he was a member of the Virginia Law Review.

Holly Saurer

Holly Saurer

Chief of the Media Bureau, Legal Advisor to the Chairwoman

Holly joins the office from the Media Bureau, where she has held several positions, including Deputy Bureau Chief, Associate Bureau Chief, Senior Legal Advisor and Attorney-Advisor with the Media Bureau’s Policy Division. Holly has previously served as an Acting Media Advisor for Commissioners Rosenworcel and Clyburn, and an International and Consumer Affairs Legal Advisor for Chairman Wheeler. Prior to joining the Commission, Holly worked at the Washington, DC offices of Drinker Biddle & Reath and Miller & Van Eaton. Holly received her JD from American University and graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communication.

Ethan Lucarelli

Ethan Lucarelli

Legal Advisor, Wireless and International

Ethan joins the office from the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, where he served as legal and policy advisor to the Bureau Chief. Previously, Ethan was Director of Regulatory & Public Policy at Inmarsat, a global satellite communications company, and an attorney in the Telecommunications, Media, and Technology group at law firm Wiley Rein LLP. Ethan also is a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School, teaching courses in Telecommunications Law and Scholarly Writing. Ethan earned his JD with highest honors from George Washington University Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Illinois.

Ramesh Nagarajan

Ramesh Nagarajan

Legal Advisor, Wireline and Enforcement

Ramesh joins the office from the Wireline Competition Bureau, where he was most recently Deputy Division Chief of the Competition Policy Division. He also served as a law clerk to United States District Judge James D. Whittemore in the Middle District of Florida. Ramesh began his legal career practicing antitrust and competition law at O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Before attending law school, he served as a Legislative Assistant to Representative Lois Capps. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

Carmen Scurato

Carmen Scurato

Legal Advisor, Consumer and Public Safety

Carmen Scurato joins the Chairwoman’s office from Free Press where she served as Associate Legal Director and Senior Counsel covering telecommunications, privacy, and technology issues. Previously, she was the Vice President of Policy and General Counsel for the National Hispanic Media Coalition, where she led a policy team focused on advancing the communication needs of the Latinx community. She has served on the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee, the American Library Association’s Public Policy Council, and participated in the Aspen Institute Conference on Communications Policy. Earlier in her career, Mrs. Scurato worked with the Department of Justice in both the Civil Frauds section, specializing in False Claims Act investigations, and in the Office of Legislative Affairs. A native of Puerto Rico, Mrs. Scurato received her undergraduate degree from New York University and her law degree from Villanova University.

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David Strickland

Legal Advisor, Media

David joins the office from the Enforcement Bureau, where he most recently served as Assistant Bureau Chief, managing consumer protection, privacy, and media enforcement matters. David also served as Assistant Division Chief in the International Bureau, where he worked on a variety of satellite, telecommunications policy, and spectrum-related issues. Before joining the FCC, he was an attorney in private practice, specializing in litigation and antitrust issues. David is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Harvard Law School.

Andi Roane-Wiley

Andi Roane

Confidential Assistant

Andi joins the office after serving in the offices of former Chairman Pai, former Chairman Wheeler, and Commissioner Simington. In prior FCC service, Andi served as the special assistant to the chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Previously, she worked as an executive assistant for more than two decades in the private sector.

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Aurelle Porter

Executive Assistant

Aurelle has worked in then-Commissioner Rosenworcel’s office since 2018 and has been at the Federal Communications Commission since 2006. During her time at the agency, she has served as Special Assistant in the Office of Legislative Affairs and as a Staff Assistant to former FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin.

Ovonda Walker

Ovonda Walker

Executive Assistant

Ovonda has over 16 years of federal government service. Most recently, she was a Staff Assistant in Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau as well as, Commissioner Michael O’Rielly’s office at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Prior to joining the O’Rielly office, Ovonda’s federal service includes: Executive Secretary to the Deputy Inspector General for Policy and Oversight at the Department of Defense; Secretary in the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice; Clerk Typist/Secretary at NASA Headquarters; and Clerk Typist at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services. She has also worked as a federal government contractor at the FCC in the Office of Chairman Tom Wheeler; at the Federal Aviation Administration; and at the Department of Defense/Defense Information Systems Network.

October 5, 2022

October 2022 Open Meeting Agenda

Jessica Rosenworcel | Chairwoman

Over the past few weeks, FCC staff have been working closely with local, state, and federal partners to support the speedy restoration of communications services that were knocked out by Hurricanes Fiona and Ian. Some of the communities hit by Hurricane Fiona were the same ones I visited in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island’s communications infrastructure in 2017. The Commission’s October meeting will be headlined by a proposal to support broadband networks in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that are resilient enough to withstand the next big storm and others that follow. Here’s everything we have lined up for our October meeting:

  • We’re supporting storm-resistant networks in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. After Hurricane Maria destroyed large parts of the communications infrastructure of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commission established the Bringing Puerto Rico Together Fund and the Connect USVI Fund to restore, harden, and expand communications networks on the islands. Some of this support is scheduled to end starting in June 2023. The Commission will consider a plan to both extend this support and create new conditions to make sure the islands’ networks can withstand storm damage and have redundant capabilities.
  • We’re teeing up more mid-band spectrum for next-generation wireless services. Mid-band airwaves have the mix of coverage and capacity that is essential for the widespread deployment of 5G service. We will be voting on a Notice of Inquiry to explore repurposing spectrum in the 12.7 -13.25 GHz band for next-generation wireless technologies. This could be up to 550 megahertz of new mid-band spectrum for 5G and beyond.
  • We’re closing gaps in our defenses against illegal robocalls. The STIR/SHAKEN caller authentication framework combats illegally spoofed robocalls by allowing voice service providers to verify that the caller ID information transmitted with a call matches the caller’s number. But STIR/SHAKEN has only been implemented in the Internet Protocol (IP) portions of our networks, which means voice providers with non-IP network technology can’t necessarily verify that callers are who they claim to be. The Commission will consider a proposal to explore how best to achieve ubiquitous implementation of STIR/SHAKEN call authentication throughout our networks.
  • We’re making the nation’s alerting systems more secure. Over the years, the FCC has encouraged radio stations, television providers, and wireless service providers to take steps to ensure their emergency alerting systems are secure. While the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are strong, we must remain vigilant and proactive to ensure they remain so. To that end, the Commission will vote on a proposal to strengthen the operational readiness of EAS and WEA, including by reducing the vulnerability of these systems to cyberattacks.
  • We will consider an adjudicatory matter from our Media Bureau.

—Jessica

September 9, 2022

September 2022 Open Meeting Agenda

Jessica Rosenworcel | Chairwoman

As we turn the page from Summer to Fall, the Commission is looking ahead and looking to the stars for our September agenda. Building on last month’s action to facilitate new space activities like satellite refueling and in-orbit repairs, our September meeting will be headlined by yet another proposal to promote U.S. leadership in the space economy. Here’s everything we’ve lined up for our September meeting.

  • We’re ushering in a new era for space safety and clearing the way for sustainable growth for satellite services. One of the biggest threats to the growth of our space economy is risk of junking our skies with space debris that could knock out working satellites. The challenge of managing orbital debris is getting more complex due to an exponential increase in the number of satellites and longstanding international guidelines that allow certain satellites to stay in orbit 25 years after their mission has ended. To mitigate those risks, the Commission will vote on a proposal to update the “25-year rule” and set a new standard of five years to remove satellites from orbit at the end of their missions.
  • We’re improving access to communications service for incarcerated people with disabilities. Incarcerated people face considerable barriers to stay in touch with their loved ones, which include nearly 3 million children. The challenge of staying connected is even greater for incarcerated people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, or who have a speech disability. Consistent with the FCC’s statutory mandate to make sure people with disabilities have access to telecommunications services that are “functionally equivalent” to what most of us enjoy, no matter where you reside, the Commission will consider a proposal to require prison phone providers to offer greater access to all forms of Relay Services, along with other accessibility measures. This Order also includes measures to inject more fairness in the system, such as a reduction in prison phone rates for ancillary service charges.
  • We’re making emergency alerts more accessible to more people, including people with disabilities. Our nation’s Emergency Alert System delivers warnings to TV viewers and radio listeners about natural disasters and other imminent threats. To improve the clarity and accessibility of these warnings, the Commission will vote on rules to induce broadcasters and cable operators to transmit warnings using IP-based formats, which can transmit more information than legacy formats and to make sure the text shown with certain alerts is in “plain English.”
  • We’re updating obsolete media rules. Even though the transition to digital television is complete, the Commission’s so-called Part 73 rules for full-power and Class A TV stations still contain multiple references to analog technology. The Commission will vote on a proposal to clean up these rules and replace references to analog with references to digital.

—Jessica

September 2, 2022

Another Step Toward Better Broadband Maps

Jessica Rosenworcel | Chairwoman

On June 30, the Federal Communications Commission opened the first ever window to collect information from broadband providers in every state and territory about precisely where they provide broadband services. I announced the opening of the window with a Note to put this milestone in context and to explain in detail the Commission’s work over the previous 18 months to update and improve our broadband maps. Today marks the close of this first data collection window—the next important step forward in our efforts to build more accurate broadband maps, which are much-needed, long overdue, and mandated by Congress.

I wanted to give everyone a quick update on what we’ve done, what we’re announcing today, and what people can expect in the months ahead.

What we’ve done

  • I reached out and talked to broadband leaders in over 50 states and territories to offer to help walk them through this process.
  • We reached out to every provider on the phone and over e-mail to encourage filings, explain the process, and offer technical assistance.
  • We held workshops and directly reached out to Tribal entities as well as Tribal ISPs to explain the filing process and upcoming challenge processes.
  • We convened meetings with groups representing local governments.
  • We partnered with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration on additional outreach to connect with providers and state broadband leaders.
  • We reached out to stakeholders on Capitol Hill to keep them up-to-speed on our actions.

What we’re announcing

  • Last night, we completed the first filing window for submitting data on where broadband service is and is not available.
  • For the first time ever, we have collected extensive location-by-location data on precisely where broadband services are available, and now we are ready to get to work and start developing new and improved broadband maps.

What’s next

  • We are targeting November 2022 for release of the first draft of the map.
  • Our Fabric challenge process will begin in 10 days.
    • The Fabric is the first-ever national dataset capturing individual locations that should have fixed broadband service availability. It is the product of integrating multiple data sources for each state and territory—in other words, hundreds of data sources. These data sources include, among other things, address records, tax assessment records, imagery and building footprints, Census data, land use records, parcel boundaries, and geo-spatial road and street data. Our old broadband maps, in contrast, lacked any of this location-specific information.
    • Broadband providers reported their own availability data to the locations identified in the Fabric.
    • We are continually working to improve our Fabric through additional data sources, such as LIDAR data and new satellite and aerial imagery sources, as they become available and through our upcoming challenge processes.
    • States, local governments, Tribal governments, and providers can now access the initial Fabric data, and, in 10 days we will open up a window for them to challenge this data.
  • Once the maps are released, we will open a process for the public and other stakeholders to make challenges directly through the map interface.

Looking ahead, there’s one more important thing to note about the new maps. When the first draft is released, it will provide a far more accurate picture of broadband availability in the United States than our old maps ever did. That’s worth celebrating. But our work will in no way be done. That’s because these maps are iterative. They are designed to updated, refined, and improved over time.

Broadband providers are constantly updating and expanding their networks. We have set up a process to make sure our maps will reflect these changes and yield more precise data over time. We have also built a process in which state, local and Tribal governments, other third parties and, perhaps most importantly, consumers, will be able to give us feedback on the maps and help us continually improve and refine the data we receive from providers. All of this will require persistent effort—from the agency, providers, and other stakeholders. The Commission is committed to doing this hard work and keeping the public informed of our efforts every step of the way.

July 19, 2022

A New Number and a New Day for Mental Health in America

Jessica Rosenworcel | Chairwoman

“There are people alive today who would not be without mobile crisis support.”

Those are the words of John Muehsam, a man I met on a memorable trip to Philadelphia this past Friday. John works for Elwyn, a nonprofit human service organization that partners with Philadelphia’s mental health consortium to provide mobile crisis services. Over the first six months of 2022, this one nonprofit has already dispatched over 2,100 support teams to intervene and prevent suicides and other crises. Thirty-seven percent of those dispatches were for children. I was struck by how many lives have been saved by this one group of selfless, anonymous heroes who work around the clock to make sure that help is available for those in need.

What was also striking to me was that John Muehsam said they could be doing even more. He lamented that they provide this life-saving support, but not everyone knows about them. In his words, “Access is such a big issue. If people don’t know the number, then they aren’t going to be able to access the service.”

Starting this week, everyone, everywhere is going to know this type of mental health support is available; everyone, everywhere is going to know the number to reach this support; and it’s going to save a lot more lives in Philadelphia and across the country. That’s because the new 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is now live and fully operational.

As of July 16th, if you dial 9-8-8, you will be connected to professional, compassionate support for mental health emergencies. If you press “1” you will be patched through to a crisis line for veterans.

The new 988 Lifeline is confidential, and it’s available 24/7.

988 is a number that people can remember.

988 is a number that people can call.

And, notably, 988 is a number that people can text. We expect text-to-988 will make a big difference for persons with disabilities and especially young people. For many young people, picking up and calling on the phone is not their native language. Texting is.

This is all a really big deal. So, appropriately, the event I attended last Friday in Philadelphia to celebrate 988’s debut drew a big turnout. The centerpiece of the visit was a roundtable discussion at The Consortium, a mobile crisis team dispatch center. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra served as the headliner and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough joined me as part of the Washington delegation. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenny led a group of state and local officials. Every government official there would tell you that the real stars of the discussion were the crisis care providers who welcomed us into their facility and are the ones doing the hard work to save lives.

The discussion amplified the fact that 988 is going to raise awareness that emergency mental health services are available and radically increase the number of people who are able to reach out for that help in times of crisis. But the event also surfaced some less obvious benefits.

One recurring theme was how the 988 Lifeline will make 911 more effective. For years, people have called 911 when they should have reached out to mental health authorities. As Mayor Kenny put it, “911 was for everything. We have to get away from that.” The Consortium’s CEO John White noted that 988 will bring callers with mental health emergencies directly to behavioral health providers. He believed this could change and improve the whole dynamic between law enforcement and behavioral health communities.

Another theme that I emphasized myself was the potential for the 988 Lifeline to decrease the stigma associated with mental health challenges. One in four adults in America struggles with a mental health disorder. That’s over twice as common as being left-handed. But Reverend Luis Cortez Esperanza, a local faith leader who took part in the roundtable, noted that mental health is still considered a taboo subject, and “We need to find a way to make treatment for mental health normative.” I believe 988 has that power. Soon, children will learn at a young age about 988 the way they’ve learned about 911. Establishing a universally known number for suicide prevention will increase awareness of these issues and reinforce the fact that mental health is fundamental to your general health. Citing the power of 988 to reduce the stigma around mental health, Philadelphia’s Behavioral Health Commissioner Dr. Jill Bowen said, “This is a historic moment.”

There’s been a lot of work to get to this day. And I want to thank everyone who has made this progress possible. But our work is not done. We need to start collecting information on how the new system works and learn how we can improve this technology so we can meet people where they are and get them the help they need most.

I’ve quoted a lot of the people I met in Philadelphia last Friday, and I’d like to close with one more: Raffaela Gualtieri. Rafaella said, “Recovery is possible. Even though it might not feel that way at the time, once you reach out for that help and call a number like 988, that is the first step.” Raffaela would know. She’s once called the old Suicide Prevention Lifeline herself. As profound as her insights were, I’m even more inspired by Raffaela’s actions. After reaching out for help, she became a crisis counselor so she could be there for others. Now that’s what being strong looks like. Having made it easy to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, now is the time to make it clear to the entire country that it is not a sign of weakness to reach out for help like Raffaela, but a sign of strength.

For more information on the FCC’s work on 988, visit fcc.gov/988Lifeline.

July 14, 2022

August 2022 Open Meeting Agenda

Jessica Rosenworcel | Chairwoman

It’s only been a few hours since the Commission wrapped up its July meeting, and we’ve already got a new slate of actions lined up for August. Here’s what you can expect at next month’s open meeting.

  • We’re making sure people know about affordable ways to get connected. The new Affordable Connectivity Program is our country’s largest ever broadband affordability effort, helping more than 12 million U.S. households get online, but millions of eligible people haven’t taken advantage of this opportunity. The historic bipartisan infrastructure law that established the ACP also gave us the authority to allocate funds for outreach. Consistent with the law, the Commission will be voting to establish a multi-million-dollar Outreach Grant Program that would enlist partners to inform people in their communities about the ACP’s benefits, eligibility requirements, and how to apply.
  • We’re leveraging housing assistance programs to narrow the digital divide. People who receive federal housing assistance disproportionately find themselves on the wrong side of the digital divide, and the Affordable Connectivity Program offers a unique opportunity to help them get online. Building on the existing infrastructure and relationships of local housing authorities, and thanks to the leadership of Commissioner Starks, the Commission will vote to establish a one-year pilot program, titled “Your Home, Your Internet,” with the goal of increasing awareness of the ACP among recipients of federal housing assistance and facilitating enrollment in the program by providing targeted assistance.
  • We’re starting an effort to promote Space Innovation and U.S. leadership in the emerging space economy. Across the board, we need to update our polices for the new space age. To start, we’re launching an inquiry to examine the opportunities and challenges of in-space servicing, assembly, and manufacturing capabilities—or “ISAM”—that can support sustained economic activity in space. New space activities like satellite refueling, inspecting and repairing in-orbit spacecraft, and capturing and removing debris have the potential to build entire industries, create new jobs, mitigate climate change, and advance our nation’s economic, scientific, technological, and national security interests.
  • We’re freeing up spectrum to support satellite broadband service. The Commission will be voting on rules to use spectrum in the 17.3-17.8 GHz more efficiently and expand the downlink capacity for high-throughput satellite communications. These changes will facilitate the deployment of advanced satellite services like high-speed broadband. We’re also seeking comment on opening up this opportunity to more satellites.
  • We will consider an adjudicatory matter from our Media Bureau.
  • We will also consider an action from our Enforcement Bureau.

—Jessica

Broadband: With Jessica Rosenworcel

Broadband Conversations

Dedicated to amplifying the voices of women who are making a difference in our digital lives.

Broadband Conversations is dedicated to highlighting women who are making an impact on our digital lives. Each episode, Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel will talk to women who are breaking new ground and forging new paths in technology, media, and innovation about what they're working on, what's on their minds, what they think is the next for the future. Because there are just too few, it's time to amplify these women's voices.

Episodes

On this episode of Broadband Conversations, listeners will get to meet Kathryn de Wit, Manager of the Broadband Research Initiative at The Pew Charitable Trusts. Kathryn and her team at Pew have done critical work understanding just who has connectivity and who does not—data that is fundamental for closing the digital divide. As the on-going pandemic has demonstrated, access to broadband is no longer just nice-to-have, it is a necessity for work, education, healthcare, and so much of modern life. Kathryn shares what states are doing to get more people connected and how their efforts could be models for the future.

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Kimball Sekaquaptewa, CTO Santa Fe Indian School

On this episode of Broadband Conversations, listeners will get to meet Kimball Sekaquaptewa, Chief Technology Officer at the Santa Fe Indian School. A member of the Hopi Tribe, Kimball has decades of experience working to bring connectivity to Tribal schools and libraries. Her efforts were recently featured in the New York Times and by Good Morning America. She has been a vocal advocate for getting all students connected, which is especially critical on Tribal Lands where four out of 10 students lack access to broadband at home. During a pandemic that has hit Tribal communities especially hard, listeners will hear how Kimball is working to help students get and stay connected for remote learning.

Join Commissioner Rosenworcel for the second half of her conversation with five female Superintendents who are leading communities across the country through an unprecedented school year. Listeners will hear more from Dr. Kristi Wilson from Arizona, Dr. Ann Levett from Georgia, Krestin Bahr and Dr. Susan Enfield from Washington, and Heidi Sipe from Oregon about what school looks like right now for students who have been asked to learn remotely at home. You’ll hear how schools are communicating with their students and families about the technology challenges they face, solutions they see for solving the Homework Gap, and what these education leaders hope for the future of digital life and learning.

Classes may have begun, but the start of this school year is unlike any other. With a virus that has forced so many schools to keep their doors closed, millions of students are in online classes at home. We wanted to hear how women who are leading school systems are navigating these days and get their thoughts on how as a nation we can improve digital education. In Part One of this special two-part conversation, listeners will meet five Superintendents from across the country: Dr. Kristi Wilson from Arizona, Dr. Ann Levett from Georgia, Krestin Bahr and Dr. Susan Enfield from Washington, and Heidi Sipe from Oregon. You’ll hear how they prepared for this new school year, what challenges they face, and how they are working to develop new ideas to keep their communities learning during this difficult time.

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Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Before being elected to Congress, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene spent over twenty years as a technology entrepreneur and business leader. In Congress, she’s used this experience to help develop policies that create jobs and foster innovation. She’s also used this background to advance cybersecurity and improve data privacy. Listeners will get to hear how she believes we can secure our networks and protect against online threats as we enter in the next generation of technology.

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Emily Ramshaw, Co-Founder and CEO of The 19th

Journalism has always been essential part of how we make decisions about our lives, our communities, and our country. During the pandemic getting the facts we need to know about what is happening in the world around us is especially important. On this episode of Broadband Conversations, listeners will meet Emily Ramshaw, who has started a new nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom during the ongoing health crisis. She is the CEO of The 19th, which focuses on telling stories about women, policy, and politics. With women holding one-third of the jobs deemed essential, Emily’s efforts to bring attention to their stories and so much more that might be missed by more traditional news outlets is absolutely critical as we navigate the challenges ahead.

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Leah Lizarondo, CEO and Co-Founder of 412 Food Rescue

The ongoing public health crisis has had a devastating impact on our economy.  It has led to increased unemployment and greater food insecurity for households across the country.  As a result, we are seeing record-breaking lines with people waiting in cars and on sidewalks to pick up groceries to feed their families.  On this episode of Broadband Conversations, listeners will get to meet a woman who is doing her part to help.  Leah Lizarondo is the CEO and Co-Founder of 412 Food Rescue, a food recovery organization that uses technology to link retailers who have excess food with volunteers who are able to distribute it to families and individuals experiencing food insecurity.

Dr. Nicol Turner Lee is an expert in equitable access to digital technology and the new Director of the Brookings’ Center for Technology Innovation. Her research explores broadband deployment and the intersection of race, civic engagement, and criminal justice reform. In this episode listeners will get to hear her about her work to expand digital equity and her belief that we need to build a technology ecosystem that provides innovation and opportunities for all.

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Julie Samuels, Executive Director, Tech:NYC

The Coronavirus has impacted every town and city across the country. One of the hardest hit has been New York City, where Julie Samuels, the guest on this episode of Broadband Conversations, lives and works. Julie is the Executive Director of Tech:NYC and on this episode listeners will hear what she is seeing firsthand and how technology could assist in this crisis, as so much of in our lives, from work to healthcare to education, has migrated online.

Before a siren blares or an ambulance arrives, 911 operators are the first, first responders. Now we are relying on these operators and dispatchers to coordinate emergency response during a national crisis. In this episode, listeners will meet Karima Holmes, Director of the Office of Unified Communications for the District of Columbia. Director Holmes oversees the city’s emergency 911 operations and she is working to protect the District’s 700,000 residents and 20 million annual visitors.