Live from the 2024 Bipartisan Tech Conference in Washington, D.C.

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Live from the 2024 Bipartisan Tech Conference in Washington, D.C.

Broadband Breakfast is teaming up with Next Century Cities to provide you a window into the Bipartisan Tech Conference 2024 in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 17 – and part of a special Broadband Breakfast Live Online.

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As part of this year’s spotlight on broadband deployment, the Broadband Breakfast livestream will feature the whole day's program, from 9 a.m. ET in the morning to 4 p.m. ET in the afternoon. Join us for an insightful discussion shaping universal broadband access today and beyond.

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In 2024, Next Century Cities celebrates 10 years at our annual in-person Bipartisan Tech event in Washington, DC.

Conference Agenda

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. ET | Welcome Remarks

  • Andy Stutzman (he/him), Executive Director, Next Century Cities
  • Matt Chase (he/him), Executive Director, National Association of Counties
  • Jess George (she/her), Head of Digital Equity & Community Impact-US, GFiber
  • Rondella Hawkins (she/her), NCC Advisory Board

9:15 – 9:30 a.m. ET | The Future of Internet For All

  • Lukas Pietrzak (He/Him), Special Policy Advisor, NTIA

9:30 – 10:20 a.m. ET | Panel Discussion: Broadband for All Means Everyone

  • Moderator: Kari Keefe (she/her), Chief Operating Officer, KC Digital Drive
  • Fallon Wilson (she/her), Vice President of Policy, MMTC
  • AnnMarie Killian (she/her), Chief Executive Officer, TDIforAccess
  • Josh Edmonds (he/him), Chief Executive Officer, DigitalC

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. ET | Keynote Panel: Shaping an Equitable Connected Future

  • Moderator: Khotan Harmon (she/her), Acting Officer, Telecomm & Regulatory Affairs, City of Austin, Texas
  • Ricky Santiago (he/him), Digital Inclusion Manager, City of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Taylor Carter-Disanto (she/her), Deputy Director of Broadband and Digital Equity, City of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Chris Lewis (he/him), President & CEO, Public Knowledge
  • Raza Panjwani (he/him), Senior Policy Counsel, Open Technology Institute

11:30 – 12:00 p.m. ET | Lunch

Community spotlights

12:00 – 12:50 p.m. ET | Fireside Chat with the Federal Communications Commission

  • Moderator: Coralette Hannon (she/her), Director Of Livable Communities for AARP Government Affairs
  • Alejandro Roark (he/him), Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC
  • Hayley Steffen (she/her), Wireline and Space Advisor to Commissioner Anna Gomez, FCC

1:00 – 1:50 p.m. ET | Storytelling Workshop:

  • Revati Prasad (she/her), VP of Programs, the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society
  • Drew Garner (he/him), Director of Policy Engagement, the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society
  • Nat Purser (she/her), Government Affairs Policy Advocate, Public Knowledge

2:00 – 2:50 p.m. ET | Panel Discussion: Setting the Stage for Success

  • Moderator: Jake Varn, Associate Manager, Broadband Access Initiative, the Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Jordana Barton (she/her), Senior Executive Fellow, Connect Humanity
  • Lazone Grays (he/him), President & CEO, IBSA
  • Chad Crager (he/him), Broadband Executive Director, City of Fort Collins, Colorado

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. ET | Roundtable Research Discussions

Digital Equity Planning

    • Kari Keefe, Chief Operating Officer, KC Digital Drive
    • Andy Stutzman, Executive Director, Next Century Cities

Leveraging Community Storytelling and Anecdotal Evidence to Influence Federal Policy Making | Ryan Johnston, Senior Policy Counsel, Next Century Cities

Brick By Brick | Brittany-Rae Gregory, Director of Communications, Next Century Cities

State Broadband One Pagers

    • Stacey Baxter, Program Manager, Next Century Cities
    • Corian Zacher, Senior Policy Counsel, Next Century Cities

Open Measurement Data & Tools | Lai Yi Ohlsen,
Lead Data Scientist, Measurement Lab

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. ET | Closing remarks

Luncheon panelist bios

Coralette Marshall Hannon is Director of Livable Communities, Government Affairs at AARP. Her professional specialties include: broadband, telecommunications, transportation, housing, utilities, government affairs, senior issues, public policy, strategic communications, project management, education, and stakeholder engagement. Coralette has successfully led campaigns and communications strategies to influence public policy and business practices on behalf of the aging community.

Alejandro Roark is the Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. Previously, Mr. Roark served as the Executive Director for HTTP, a CEO Roundtable of national Latino civil rights organizations working in partnership to promote access, adoption, and the full utilization of technology and telecommunications resources by the Latino community across the United States. Under his leadership he established HTTP’s Digital Inclusion Summit, becoming the premier national convening of multicultural tech policy leaders and digital inclusive advocates nationwide. Prior to his position with HTTP, Mr. Roark led the digital equity and consumer education efforts for LULAC National – including the establishment of the LULAC’s Tech Luncheon and the production of its regional Latino Tech Summit.

Hayley Steffen advises Commissioner Gomez on wireline and space issues. Hayley joined Commissioner Gomez’s office from the Wireline Competition Bureau, where she served as Legal Advisor to the Bureau Chief. Previously, Hayley served as an attorney advisor in the Telecommunications Access Policy Division, focusing on universal service and emergency initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hayley joined the Commission through the agency’s Attorney Honors Program. Prior to joining the Commission, Hayley served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Patrick L. Woodward, Chief Judge of the Appellate Court of Maryland. Hayley received her law degree, cum laude, from William & Mary Law School, and undergraduate degree from Franklin & Marshall College.

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