Broadband is the Electricity of the 21st Century: Let’s Light Up Every Community

Next Century Cities

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 10:00am to Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 5:00pm
Virtual Event

Participants will be able to engage with federal, state, Tribal and local leaders, policymakers, and broadband advocates through interactive roundtables, fireside chats, and networking sessions.

  • Welcome and Introduction to Next Century Cities
  • Keynote Address Councilor Jonathan Paz, Waltham, MA
  • Using Advocacy, Community Partnerships, and Storytelling to Change Connectivity Outcomes in Texas
  • A Case Study in What Broadband Advocacy in Ohio Means for Other States
  • City Spotlight: Community Insights on Successful Public-Private Partnerships
  • What We Learned from COVID to Must Be Used to Inform Universal Broadband Strategies
  • Building Sustainable Solutions for Digital Inclusion in Equity - Post the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Funding Opportunities for Communities on the Wrong Side of the Digital Divide
  • Remarks from Mayor Brandon Scott
  • What Would Ubiquitous Broadband Connectivity Enable?
  • Conclusion

An academic pre-conference will take place on Tuesday, July 20th, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET. It will include presentations from:

  • Darrah Blackwater, Indigenous Law & Policy Fellow;
  • Mike Conlow, Blue State Digital;
  • Colin Rhinesmith, Simmons University; and
  • Brian Whitacre, Oklahoma State University.