How Broadband Enhances Local Economies


National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Department of Commerce


Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 8:00pm

While communities adapt to the challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, economic development in rural America has been hard hit, the difficulty exacerbated by the lack of broadband. Join BroadbandUSA on November 18 to hear how communities and broadband providers are working together to expand broadband access to residents and businesses to build resilient economies. Learn about the partnerships they developed, the plans they implemented, and how other communities can learn to stabilize and strengthen economies through increased broadband adoption.


  1. Lauren Mathena, Director of Economic Development, Mid-Atlantic Broadband
  2. Indraneel Kumar, PhD, AICP, Principal Regional Planner, Purdue Center for Regional Development
  3. Josh Seidemann, Vice President of Policy, NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association


  1. Don. C. Williams, PhD, Senior Specialist for Broadband Development, BroadbandUSA, NTIA, Department of Commerce