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20 YEARS OF CONNECTING THE NATION

A National Conversation On The Digital Divide

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Wednesday, November 17

11am to 3:00pm (Eastern)

Registration for this live event is free and can be viewed anywhere in the world virtually.

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20 Years of Service

Join us as we bring together industry insiders, broadband experts, and those most directly impacted by the Digital Divide to discuss where we’ve been and what we’ve learned, how the pandemic changed the way we view and approach internet connectivity, and what’s next when it comes to access in America.

20 Years

Connected Nation is marking 20 years of service in 2021.

3 US Cities

Airing nationally from three US cities.

1 Of A Kind

Connected Nation is hosting a one-of-kind, live event

Additional Details

This event will feature live, expert panel discussions from three US cities as well as stories from across the nation. You’ll hear from those living and working in rural communities; parents and students impacted by remote learning; doctors and mental health practitioners advocating for the expansion of telehealth; and others; and you’ll walk away with a real-world understanding of how internet access directly impacts our lives.

The live panel descriptions and panelist and moderator bios are listed below: 

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Panels

Panel Selection

Infrastructure and Emerging Technology

Rural Broadband Conversation

Broadband Data Improvement 2008 vs. 2020

Leadership At CN Through The Years

How Education Is Impacted By Access Or Lack Of It

What 2020 means for the future of the Digital Divide

Beyond Our Borders

Meet the Panelists

Emily Buck Washington Dc
Emily Buck
Moderator
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Hunter Newby
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Brian Gonzalez
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Farah Ahmad
Panelist
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Tahj Spencer
Moderator
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Jennifer Harris
Panelist
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Eddie Hopkins
Panelist
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Dr. Chris Ali
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David McCollough
Panelist
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Brenda Braxton
Moderator
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Greg Guice
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Ashley Hitt
Panelist
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Bill Johnson
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Anne Neville-Bonilla
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Emily Buck
Moderator
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Tom Ferree
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Brian Mefford
Brian Mefford
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Linda Johnson
Linda Johnson
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Marylin Terrazas
Moderator
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Chris Martinez
Chris Martinez
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Heather Gate
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Meredith Watassek
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John Windhausen
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Brenda Braxton
Moderator
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Cigdem Ertem
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Angela Siefer
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Katherine de Wit
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Micah Ali
President Micah Ali
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Emily Buck
Moderator
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Tom Koutsky
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John Davies
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Eric Graham
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Panel Description

Location:

11:01am (ET)


Live from RFD-TV and American Farm Bureau studios in Washington, DC

Information:

This panel will focus on work to expand high-speed internet infrastructure, especially to “the last mile” that’s often missing in rural areas, and on emerging technologies within the broadband space.

Location:

11:37am (ET) / 10:37am (CT)

Live from Fort Bend Independent School District’s studios outside Houston, Texas

Information:

Right now, 17.2% of rural residents lack sufficient access to the internet. No discussion on the Digital Divide is complete without a conversation about the unique challenges for and opportunities for expanding broadband across rural communities.

Location:

12:13pm (ET) / 9:13am (PT)

Live from NBC’s KGW8-TV studios in Portland, Oregon

Information:

November 17 is GIS day making this panel timely and more relevant then ever.  Panelists will discuss how the focus on improved broadband data has changed over the years, why it’s critical to finally closing the gap between those who have access and those who do not, and how a new approach to gathering broadband coverage data is expected to finally create real change at the federal level in 2022.

Location:

1pm (ET)

Live from RFD-TV and American Farm Bureau studios in Washington, DC

Information:

Connected Nation is marking 20 years of service in 2021. Through the last two decades, the national nonprofit has benefitted from experienced leadership. In this panel, we bring together Connected Nation’s leadership through the years to discuss how things began, how work to close the Digital Divide progressed, and what’s next on the horizon.

Location:

1:31pm (ET) / 12:31pm (CT)

Live from Fort Bend Independent School District’s studios just outside Houston, Texas

Information:

The need for supporting learning is, perhaps, the most easily understood aspect of how the Digital Divide impacts our communities and families. The pandemic forced schools to shut down and millions of kids who did not have the internet access they needed for online classrooms lost months if not a year’s worth of learning. 

In this panel, we will discuss the importance of broadband at home for education, how technology is impacting the way the modern classroom is changing, including how teachers leverage tech, and what’s next for educators, parents, and students.

Location:

2:02pm (ET) / 11:02 (PT)

Live from NBC’s KGW8-TV studios in Portland, Oregon

Information:

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the discussion around broadband. Rather than asking “why” someone might need internet access and better connectivity as they did pre-pandemic, most are now asking “what” needs to be done to expand access to all.  

This panel will focus on the impact of 2020 on the future of the Digital Divide, including what are expected to be far reaching effects of how a difficult year has changed the discussion around access, adoption, and use of technology.

Location:

2:30pm (ET)

Live from RFD-TV and American Farm Bureau studios in Washington, DC

Information:

This panel will give audience members insight on how countries outside the US are tackling the need to expand access to the internet and its resources. Panelists will explore what’s taking place in hard to reach and developing countries as well as rural areas across the US and share how innovators in the broadband space are addressing the need to connectivity around the world.

About Us

WHY

We believe that everyone should have opportunities to improve their lives, families, and communities regardless of who they are, where they live, or how they begin.
 

HOW

We develop and provide the tools, resources, and methods that help states and communities create and implement solutions to their broadband and digital technology gaps.
 

WHAT

We assess and plan for the expansion of broadband access, adoption, and use. We empower people with technology skills and resources to improve their quality of life, and we develop public-private partnerships to bring technology access to targeted geographies and population.

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Mission Statement

Connected Nation’s mission is to improve lives by providing innovative solutions that expand the access, adoption, and use of high-speed internet and its related technologies to all people. Everyone belongs in a Connected Nation.

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