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.

 

Travis Litman

Travis Litman

Acting Chief of Staff

Travis is an FCC veteran with over a decade’s experience at the agency. He served then-Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel’s office in different capacities including as Chief of Staff and Senior Legal Advisor. He also has held a variety of roles in the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau. In addition, he has served as Counsel on detail to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, where he provided assistance to the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet. Before entering public service, Travis practiced communications law in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College and the University of Colorado School of Law.

Kate Black

Kate Black

Acting 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

Acting 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.

D’wana Terry

D’wana Terry

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

D’wana will advise 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

Acting Special Advisor to the Chairwoman and Director, Office of Business Communications Opportunities

Sanford will advise the Chairwoman on work the agency can do to identify and expand opportunities for communities that have been historically underserved while also continuing to serve as Director of the Office of Communications Business Opportunities. The Office of Communications Business Opportunities promotes competition and innovation in telecommunications and information services and supports opportunities for small, women-owned, and minority-owned communications businesses. 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.

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Trent Harkrader

Acting Special Advisor to the Chairwoman and Deputy Bureau Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau

Trent will advise the Chairwoman on implementation of the recent Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, including its initiatives on broadband adoption and telehealth, while also continuing to serve as Deputy Bureau Chief in the Wireline Competition Bureau. Trent has been responsible for numerous Commission broadband policy initiatives since 2011. He has led major reforms of all four of the Commission’s universal service programs, spearheaded the agency’s work on the national security supply chain proceeding and, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ran the Commission-wide initiative to help fund health care providers offering essential telehealth services to patients. Before joining the Bureau, Trent was an attorney advisor and division manager in the Enforcement Bureau.

Holly Saurer

Holly Saurer

Acting Legal Advisor, Media

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.

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David Strickland

Acting Legal Advisor, Consumer, Enforcement, and International

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.

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Ramesh Nagarajan

Acting Legal Advisor, Wireline

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.

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Ethan Lucarelli

Acting Legal Advisor, Wireless and Public Safety

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.

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Aurelle Porter

Acting Staff 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.

Andi Roane-Wiley

Andi Roane

Acting 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.

January 5, 2022

January Open Meeting Agenda

Jessica Rosenworcel | Chairwoman

If its start is any indication, 2022 is going to be a busy and productive year at the FCC. We brought in New Year’s Day with the launch of the Affordable Connectivity Program—a historic $14.2 billion initiative to help millions of Americans pay for internet service—and a lot of snow in the DC area. Today, we are announcing a robust agenda for our January open meeting. Here’s what we’ve got lined up for later this month.

  • We’re arming consumers with more information to help pick their broadband provider. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act established the aforementioned Affordable Connectivity Program, but that wasn’t the law’s only major provision to make broadband affordable. It also called for new transparency in the broadband marketplace to make sure consumers know what they’re paying for and to increase incentives for carriers to compete on price and service. As directed by the new law, the Commission will consider a proposal to establish simple-to-understand broadband labels, whereby internet providers would disclose accurate information about prices, introductory rates, data allowances, and broadband speeds.
  • We’re connecting Tribal libraries. Libraries are a vital source of internet access, but, for too long, some Tribal libraries have been shut off from E-Rate support because they didn’t meet the technical definition of a library in the Commission’s rules. We will vote on an Order to fix this problem and help get more support for broadband in Tribal communities.
  • We’re updating our political programming and record-keeping rules. The FCC has political programming and recordkeeping rules that have not been formally updated to reflect the realities of the digital age. This past August, we initiated a review of these rules for broadcast licensees, cable operators, and satellite providers, and we will be voting on updated rules that are designed to comply with statutory requirements and account for modern campaign practices.
  • We’re facilitating better use of “white space” spectrum. White space devices operate in the unlicensed airwaves between broadcast TV channels and can deliver valuable wireless services such as broadband data to rural areas. The Commission will vote to simplify our rules and provide additional regulatory certainty to white space device users, manufacturers, and database administrators. This will enable unlicensed white space devices to operate more efficiently and effectively, while protecting wireless microphone users and others from harmful interference.
  • We’re modernizing our equipment authorization rules. The FCC does its best to harmonize our equipment authorization rules with international and industry-developed standards. To keep pace with rapidly evolving technology developments, we will consider targeted updates to our rules to incorporate newly adopted standards for the testing of equipment and the accreditation of laboratories that test wireless devices.
  • We will consider an adjudicatory matter from the Media Bureau.
  • We will consider a national security item.
  • We will consider an item from our Enforcement Bureau.

—Jessica

December 30, 2021

2021 Reflections: Notes from the Chairwoman

Jessica Rosenworcel | Chairwoman

This holiday season once again may look a little different than many of us might have imagined. But with vaccines widely available in the United States, many more of us have been able to reunite with family and friends during the past year. The personal networks that have supported us through these days have been important, as have the communications networks that make it possible for so many of us to stay in touch, stay working, stay healthy, stay informed, and stay entertained.

With so much of our lives moving online, the pandemic has shown that high-speed internet service is no longer just nice-to-have, it’s need-to-have for everyone, everywhere. I’m grateful that during the past year the staff at the Federal Communications Commission have done more than just acknowledge this basic truth but have been able to stand up not one, but two historic programs to connect people across the country to the broadband that they now need for everyday life.

The new Emergency Broadband Benefit program was set up in record time and provides eligible households with discounts to pay for monthly broadband service, in addition to a one-time discount off a computer or a tablet. This effort is historic. With a $3.2 billion budget, it represents our nation’s largest-ever program to help families afford internet service. The program was authorized by Congress in December 2020. We started accepting applications in May. As of the end of this year, 9 million households facing economic hardship were benefiting from the support. That’s 9 million households that might not otherwise be online. It’s a big deal.

The new Emergency Connectivity Fund reimburses schools and libraries for the purchase of laptop and tablet computers and Wi-Fi hotspots, as well as broadband connections for students, school staff, and library patrons. For years, I’ve talked about the need to close the Homework Gap, and this program’s $7.17 billion budget makes it the largest-ever effort to bring connectivity and devices to students who lacked internet access at home. As of the end of this year, we have already committed over $3.8 billion of this funding to school and library applicants, enough to support connectivity for 10 million students. And there’s more on the way.

Our efforts to expand connectivity did not stop with these two programs. We’ve done more in the past year to expand telehealth than in any year in our history. As the impact of new variants continue to present a challenge, the FCC has announced more than $208 million to health care providers in each state, territory, and the District of Columbia through what is known as Round 2 of our COVID-19 Telehealth Program. This is on top of committing more than $350 million for the current funding year through our traditional rural healthcare program under the Communications Act and selecting more than $69 million in applications to enhance telemedicine for patients through our Connected Care Pilot Program.

While these initiatives were underway, other big efforts took place at the agency.

We kicked off a mapping initiative. For too long the agency has relied on data that overstates where broadband is across the country. This should have been addressed years ago. But the second-best time to take this on is right now. So for the first time, the agency has put serious effort into remedying this situation and improving the data used for decision-making, consistent with the requirements of the Broadband DATA Act. We have made substantial progress, with the agency already having released a mobile LTE broadband and voice coverage map that is a preview of what is to come and the kind of data we will use to support our federal, state, and Tribal and partners so we can all work together to bring broadband to 100 percent of us. Plus, we set up a first-of-its-kind consumer portal to take in information about broadband deployment—the highs and the lows—that we can use to inform our future efforts.

We stepped up our crackdown on unwanted robocalls with record enforcement actions, requiring carriers deploy new technology to authenticate calls, and setting up a database to ensure compliance. On top of this, we deployed a new tool of our own—cease and desist letters—that tell carriers facilitating illegal robocalls that they have 48 hours to knock it off or we will have all other carriers refuse their calls. We’ll use these tools and more to keep up the fight against robocalls in the coming year.

We made more room for 5G in our airwaves in order to help secure American leadership in the next generation of wireless service. To do this, we launched a successful auction of 100 megahertz of prime, mid-band spectrum in the 3.45 GHz band. This auction will benefit consumers by introducing new competition, meeting the increased demand for wireless data, and improving service to rural areas. In addition, the build-out requirements for these airwaves are stronger than any recent auction in our history, which means we’ll see them put to use in record time.

We reached beyond our atmosphere to help ensure America’s future success in communications endeavors in space. We launched a new window for low-Earth orbit broadband satellite applications, proposed updates to our rules for processing these applications, and for the first time ever, dedicated specific spectrum for the growing amount of commercial space activity.

We took 988, the new national three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, that is scheduled to go into effect in July 2022, and expanded it beyond voice calling to also support text messaging. This will make it easier for those in need to contact a crisis counselor. This is especially helpful for at-risk communities, including young people, the LGBTQ+ community, Veterans, and the deaf, hard-of-hearing, and those who have speech disabilities that affect communication.

We reinvented key advisory committees. We reestablished our Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council with a special focus on 5G network security and software vulnerabilities. For the first time, it is being co-chaired by our colleagues at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. We set up a new Communications Equity and Diversity Council with an expanded mission to look not only media matters but also more broadly at important diversity and equity issues across the technology sector.

We also kicked off an Equal Employment Opportunity initiative to collect information about the composition of the broadcast workforce, mindful of the fact that our data show that women and people of color still only own a small number of broadcast stations across the country. We have long had an obligation to do this under the law but efforts to do so have been stalled—until now.

We also took steps to increase media transparency. When foreign governments and their agents lease time to broadcast content on our airwaves, we made clear that information should be made publicly available.

We made network security a priority. With the help of Congress, we put in place a $1.895 billion fund to remove, replace, and dispose of communications equipment and services that pose a national security threat. Plus, we have made clear that we will take action to revoke and terminate authority to provide telecommunications in the United States when a carrier presents a national security and law enforcement risk that cannot be mitigated.

Our security efforts also included work to make our communications supply chains more diverse and resilient. To help foster it, we launched the nation’s first-ever inquiry into Open Radio Access Networks and held a showcase to improve understanding of this technology. This technology will increase security, drive down costs, and help build a bigger and more competitive market for secure 5G equipment.

We turned our attention to public safety, to make sure our rules and policies help those who help us in danger. We recommitted to public safety opportunities in the 4.9 GHz band. We took concrete action to address the problem of 911 fee diversion. We held nationwide tests of the Wireless Emergency Alert System and the Emergency Alert System, and, for the first time, developed local partnerships to get better results.

We focused on network resiliency. We did something long overdue and made it possible for the agency to share critical outage information with public safety from state, federal, and Tribal authorities. In the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, we also started a broad effort to rethink network resiliency, so that the communications networks we rely on are there when we need them most.

It’s a lot! Here’s to everyone at the Commission who worked to make all of this happen during 2021 and here’s to a healthy next year with even bigger, brighter, and bolder efforts.

November 22, 2021

December Open Meeting Agenda

Jessica Rosenworcel | Chairwoman

It’s Thanksgiving week, and the FCC is heading into the holidays on a high note. Just last week, the Commission concluded the bidding on one of the highest grossing spectrum auctions in FCC history; we advanced a significant text-to-988 proposal to make it easier for people to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and receive life-saving counseling; and the President signed into law a bipartisan infrastructure package that includes over $14 billion for the FCC to update and extend our broadband affordability efforts. We are looking to build on this positive momentum with our December agenda. Here’s what we’ve got lined up.

  • We’re improving emergency alerts. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) allows the President, FEMA, the National Weather Service, or state and local authorities to deliver warnings to TV viewers about dangerous weather and other imminent threats. Unfortunately, alerts sent using legacy broadcast technology have limited ability relay text, which can create disparities between the information conveyed in the audio and visual alert messages, including during nationwide tests of the system. The Commission will vote on a proposal to improve the clarity and accessibility of EAS visual messages and tests, especially for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing or are otherwise unable to access the audio message.
  • We’re promoting competition in the satellite broadband market. A new generation of low-orbit satellite systems can provide broadband services with dramatically higher speeds and lower latency than previous satellite broadband offerings. This technology could be a game-changer for connecting the hardest-to-serve rural households on the wrong side of the digital divide. This December, we will consider revisions to the spectrum sharing requirements among these satellite systems. This proposal will not only facilitate the deployment of this new technology, it will promote competition and make it easier for new competitors to enter the market.
  • We’re promoting fair and open competitive bidding in the E-Rate program. In 2021, the Commission has made historic progress in closing the Homework Gap thanks to the new Emergency Connectivity Fund, which is already supporting internet connectivity for 9 million students during the pandemic. Looking long term, the centerpiece of the Commission’s work to connect students continues to be our E-Rate program, which supports connectivity for schools and libraries. To enhance the program’s integrity and efficiency, we will consider changes to the competitive bidding process for E-Rate.

—Jessica

October 27, 2021

November Open Meeting Agenda

Jessica Rosenworcel | Chairwoman

On an average day, nearly 6,000 Americans call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) to seek help. That’s roughly one call every 15 seconds. In 2020, the Commission took a major step to make this service more accessible when we established 988 as the new number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, effective July 16, 2022. As we know from 911, creating an easy-to-remember 3-digit number makes it significantly easier for people to get help when they need it most. That’s important because young people, Veterans, the Black community, the LGBTQ+ community, and Americans with disabilities are disproportionately at-risk for suicide.

The Commission’s November open meeting will be headlined by a proposal to make it even easier for people to reach life-saving counseling. We will vote on a measure to create text-to-988 by the same effective date – July 16, 2022. The idea is simple. We want to make sure every American who needs mental health counseling can reach that help as easily as possible. To do that, we need to meet people where they are. Increasingly, that’s texting on their phones. Put simply, if texting is how you are most comfortable communicating with others, enabling text-to-988 will make it easier and more likely that you reach out for help in times of distress.

Text-to-988 has many clear benefits beyond added convenience. Considering the sensitive nature of mental health discussions, many people will likely prefer the anonymity of texting a crisis counselor rather than engaging in a phone conversation. Text messaging is also especially popular with some of the at-risk communities I referenced earlier.

Bottom line: text-to-988 is a common-sense solution that will save lives, and the Commission should adopt and implement this proposal as quickly as possible.

During the transition to 988, if you need help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK) or reach the Lifeline’s online chat at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/. Service Members, Veterans, and their families may reach the Veterans Crisis Line by calling 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1, by texting 838255, or by chat through the Veterans Crisis Line’s website, www.veteranscrisisline.net.

Text-to-988 is not all we have on the agenda for our November meeting. We will consider three additional items.

  • We’re promoting wireless competition. In the wireless marketplace, more competition means more innovation, better services, and lower prices for consumers. Too often, wireless competition is stifled because spectrum access is concentrated among a limited number of licensees. To make more spectrum available to small carriers and Tribal Nations, the Commission will consider rules for an enhanced competition incentive program. This initiative would fulfill a statutory obligation to establish a program to allow licensees to partition, disaggregate, or lease spectrum.
  • We’re proposing regulatory relief for FM radio broadcasters. When seeking a license, FM radio stations using directional antennas are required to provide physical measurements to verify their directional pattern. To do this, stations must either build a full-size mockup of the antenna or build a scale model. We will consider a proposal that would allow broadcasters to verify patterns using computer modeling rather than real-world testing. This will decrease regulatory costs and achieve regulatory parity between FM and other broadcasters.
  • We’re facilitating new satellite services. The French satellite company Kineis has petitioned the Commission seeking to offer satellite services in the U.S. market. The Commission will vote on granting this petition. If approved, this satellite constellation will provide connectivity for Internet of Things devices, as well as enhancements to maritime domain awareness through monitoring of maritime communications.

—Jessica

October 4, 2021

October Open Meeting Agenda

Jessica Rosenworcel | Acting Chairwoman

Like every month, the FCC will be holding an open meeting this October. But this October 26 will be a little bit different. In addition to our typical agenda focused on a variety of rulemakings, our October open meeting will feature a virtual field hearing on Hurricane Ida and improving the resilience of our communications networks.

Last week Commissioner Carr and I visited Louisiana and saw firsthand the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ida. We crisscrossed a long, flat stretch of Louisiana—from Baton Rouge to New Orleans—to hear from state and local officials and private companies involved in restoration efforts. This field hearing will give the rest of the Commission an opportunity to hear testimony about what worked and what didn’t with communications during this historic storm and other recent disasters. More importantly, the information gleaned from this hearing will serve as a foundation for recommendations and actions to make our networks more resilient before the next unthinkable event occurs.

We’ll be hearing from a variety of viewpoints on this issue. As with all of our open meetings, the hearing will be open to the public. More information on that and other details coming soon.

While the field hearing will be the centerpiece of our October meeting, that’s not all that we have planned. Here are the other items we will consider.

  • We will start out our October meeting with a national security item, which I cannot discuss publicly just yet. Since January we’ve maintained a proactive and meaningful response to security threats to our communications networks, and this item will continue that effort.
  • We’re updating our media rules. With the conclusion of the broadcast incentive auction and digital television transition, it’s time to update our television rules to reflect these changes. This includes updating the Table of Allotments, which lists where digital television channels are allocated throughout the country. We will also delete or revise rules rendered obsolete by the auction and the digital television transition, in order to ensure our rules are clear and reflect the current regulatory environment.
  • We’ll fund more awards for telehealth. We will consider another round of awards for the Connected Care Pilot Program, helping a range of nonprofit and public health care providers connect with their patients. This third round of funding will support internet access for patients and providers, focusing on maternal health and high-risk pregnancy, public health epidemics, opioid dependency, mental health, and chronic conditions.

—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.