Broadband Breakfast on February 14, 2024 – Live from National Digital Inclusion Alliance’s Net Inclusion in Philadelphia!

Tune in for a special 2-hour livestream from Net Inclusion 2024 in Philadelphia

Broadband Breakfast on February 14, 2024 – Live from National Digital Inclusion Alliance’s Net Inclusion in Philadelphia!
Broadband Breakfast will stream the session from Net Inclusion from 12 Noon ET to 2 p.m. ET

NDIA's Feed from Net Inclusion

Go to about 3:17:00 for the start of the Lightning Round; Go to about 3:47:00 for the Lunch Plenary: Maximizing Federal Funding and Keeping it Flowing

Broadband Breakfast's ReStream / Preview of Net Inclusion

Join Broadband Breakfast's Restream of NDIA, with additional commentary and context, at 12 Noon ET!

Tune into this exclusive Broadband Breakfast Live Online for a glimpse of Net Inclusion 2024 happening directly in the heart of Philadelphia. In this week's episode, enjoy a two-hour free live stream from the National Digital Inclusion Alliance's conference, featuring the Lightning Round and Lunch Plenary: Maximizing Federal Funding and Keeping it Flowing. Follow Broadband Breakfast as we bring you the most recent updates on digital inclusion and equity right from the front lines.

Panelists:

  • Angela Thi Bennett, Digital Equity Director, NTIA
  • Amy Huffman, Policy Director, National Digital Inclusion Alliance
  • Laurel Leverrier, Assistant Administrator, RUS Telecommunications Programs
  • Miriam Montgomery, Lead for the ACP Outreach Grant Program, Federal Communications Commission
  • Joey Wender, Director, Capital Projects Fund, U.S. Department of Treasury

Miriam Montgomery

Miriam Yohannes Montgomery serves as the Lead for the ACP Outreach Grant Program and the Commission’s overall grants-related initiatives. Prior to joining the FCC, Miriam held various roles at the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) within the U.S. Department of Commerce standing up and facilitating the implementation of the Nation’s first-ever nationwide public safety broadband network. Prior to her tenure at the FirstNet Authority, Miriam spent over a decade at various components within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security standing up and managing a wide array of national, state, and local homeland security, emergency communications, and emergency preparedness programs and policies. Miriam also worked at the state level for the Virginia General Assembly advancing public safety initiatives. Miriam obtained her B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, Master’s in Public Policy from George Mason University, and a Strategic Management Certificate from Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies.

Amy Huffman

Policy Director, National Digital Inclusion Alliance

Angela Thi Bennett

Laurel Leverrier is the Assistant Administrator of the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS), Telecommunications Programs, where she oversees RUS’ $5 billion portfolio of telecommunications loans and grants.  During her nineteen-year career at USDA, Laurel has served in a variety of positions and has participated on a number of federal working groups, including the American Broadband Initiative (ABI) and Precision Agriculture Task Force.  Laurel is a graduate of American University’s Key Executive Leadership Program and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Economics from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.  

Laurel Leverrier

Laurel Leverrier is the Assistant Administrator of the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS), Telecommunications Programs, where she oversees RUS’ $5 billion portfolio of telecommunications loans and grants.  During her nineteen-year career at USDA, Laurel has served in a variety of positions and has participated on a number of federal working groups, including the American Broadband Initiative (ABI) and Precision Agriculture Task Force.  Laurel is a graduate of American University’s Key Executive Leadership Program and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Economics from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.  

Joey Wender

Joseph Wender currently serves as Director of the Capital Projects Fund, overseeing the $10 billion program at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and helping to ensure that all communities have access to high-quality modern infrastructure, including affordable, reliable high-speed internet. He previously served for nearly 13 years on Capitol Hill, most recently as Senator Ed Markey’s Senior Policy Advisor, where he led a team covering a wide range of issues including telecommunications and infrastructure.  Wender also worked as then-Representative Markey’s Legislative Director.  Prior to working for Markey, Wender served as Counsel for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.  He received his BA from Wesleyan University and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. 

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