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Community Involvement In Broadband Infrastructure Projects Critical, Panelists Say

Panelists share experiences of building broadband projects with the backing of the community.

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May 20, 2021—Panelists at the Net Inclusion 2021 conference on Wednesday pointed to how important community is to cementing broadband infrastructure projects.

The discussion ranged from discussing community support, motivation, and challenges of connecting the unconnected.

The pandemic brought out a call for action within the communities. Panelist Casey Sorensen of PCs for People gave the example of Minnesota University hospital donating its roof for broadband infrastructure. Sorensen also pointed to the example of a farmer donating part of his land so the students in his rural community could continue with a remote education.

Angela Thi Bennett, the administrative director of DigitalC, a non-profit community-based wireless internet service provider, shared her experience of immense growth because of Cleveland’s initiative that donated both rooftop and window access for broadband coverage.

Bennett shared that while access to the rooftop and windows was a solution, they still had the problem of “making sure affordable is actually affordable, according to the context of the neighborhood.”

Cruz said this pandemic taught her the importance of ensuring broadband infrastructure is there for the next emergency.

“It’s about infrastructure for now and the future,” said Sharon De La Cruz, director of The Point Community Development Corporation.

Reporter Sophie Draayer, a native Las Vegan, studied strategic communication and political science at the University of Utah. In her free time, she plays mahjong, learns new songs on the guitar, and binge-watches true-crime docuseries on Netflix.

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Open Access Opportunity for Municipalities to Allay Competition Concerns

Open access provisions in municipal builds could alleviate fears of competition concerns with ISPs.

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Screenshot from Broadband Breakfast Live Online episode on June 16.

May 20, 2021—Panelists at the Net Inclusion 2021 conference on Wednesday pointed to how important community is to cementing broadband infrastructure projects.

The discussion ranged from discussing community support, motivation, and challenges of connecting the unconnected.

The pandemic brought out a call for action within the communities. Panelist Casey Sorensen of PCs for People gave the example of Minnesota University hospital donating its roof for broadband infrastructure. Sorensen also pointed to the example of a farmer donating part of his land so the students in his rural community could continue with a remote education.

Angela Thi Bennett, the administrative director of DigitalC, a non-profit community-based wireless internet service provider, shared her experience of immense growth because of Cleveland’s initiative that donated both rooftop and window access for broadband coverage.

Bennett shared that while access to the rooftop and windows was a solution, they still had the problem of “making sure affordable is actually affordable, according to the context of the neighborhood.”

Cruz said this pandemic taught her the importance of ensuring broadband infrastructure is there for the next emergency.

“It’s about infrastructure for now and the future,” said Sharon De La Cruz, director of The Point Community Development Corporation.

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Experts Urge Congress to Diversify Broadband Policy Beyond Wired Infrastructure

Congress should invest in wireless and wired broadband to provide resilient, affordable broadband.

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Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota

May 20, 2021—Panelists at the Net Inclusion 2021 conference on Wednesday pointed to how important community is to cementing broadband infrastructure projects.

The discussion ranged from discussing community support, motivation, and challenges of connecting the unconnected.

The pandemic brought out a call for action within the communities. Panelist Casey Sorensen of PCs for People gave the example of Minnesota University hospital donating its roof for broadband infrastructure. Sorensen also pointed to the example of a farmer donating part of his land so the students in his rural community could continue with a remote education.

Angela Thi Bennett, the administrative director of DigitalC, a non-profit community-based wireless internet service provider, shared her experience of immense growth because of Cleveland’s initiative that donated both rooftop and window access for broadband coverage.

Bennett shared that while access to the rooftop and windows was a solution, they still had the problem of “making sure affordable is actually affordable, according to the context of the neighborhood.”

Cruz said this pandemic taught her the importance of ensuring broadband infrastructure is there for the next emergency.

“It’s about infrastructure for now and the future,” said Sharon De La Cruz, director of The Point Community Development Corporation.

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Federal Broadband Programs Doing Short-Term Work, But Long-Term Objectives Needed

Christopher Mitchell of ILSR talks federal programs and the need for longer-term and more targeted solutions.

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Christopher Mitchell of Institute for Local Self-Reliance

May 20, 2021—Panelists at the Net Inclusion 2021 conference on Wednesday pointed to how important community is to cementing broadband infrastructure projects.

The discussion ranged from discussing community support, motivation, and challenges of connecting the unconnected.

The pandemic brought out a call for action within the communities. Panelist Casey Sorensen of PCs for People gave the example of Minnesota University hospital donating its roof for broadband infrastructure. Sorensen also pointed to the example of a farmer donating part of his land so the students in his rural community could continue with a remote education.

Angela Thi Bennett, the administrative director of DigitalC, a non-profit community-based wireless internet service provider, shared her experience of immense growth because of Cleveland’s initiative that donated both rooftop and window access for broadband coverage.

Bennett shared that while access to the rooftop and windows was a solution, they still had the problem of “making sure affordable is actually affordable, according to the context of the neighborhood.”

Cruz said this pandemic taught her the importance of ensuring broadband infrastructure is there for the next emergency.

“It’s about infrastructure for now and the future,” said Sharon De La Cruz, director of The Point Community Development Corporation.

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