The Intersection of Research & Education Networks and Sustainable Digital Equity Initiatives

Marconi Society

Thursday, May 25, 2023 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
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Virtual Event

California, the world’s fifth biggest economy, is 20 months into the first element of the state’s $6.8B digital equity initiative, the $3.8B middle mile component. Join the Marconi Society and community and broadband leaders from California for a conversation about creating the state’s middle mile network to learn about key strategies, lessons learned and next steps in creating digital opportunities in the world’s fifth-largest economy.

This panel will address the following topics:

  • Successful strategies that are applicable in other environments
  • Braiding together funding and programs from multiple sources
  • Strategies for sustainability beyond federal and state capital funds
  • Approach of the state’s Indigenous Tribes
  • The roles and relationships between public and private entities to cover the country’s most populated state

Panelists include:

  • Louis Fox, Moderator, President & CEO, CENIC; Founding CEO, GoldenStateNet
  • Kevin G. Harbour, Sr., President, BizFed Institute
  • Rachelle Chong, Consultant, Government Relations, GoldenStateNet
  • Sylvie Wong Cosgrove, Executive Director for IT Infrastructure, Stanford University
  • Barbara Hayes, Chief Economic Development Officer, Rural County Representatives of California
  • Erik Hunsinger, VP, Infrastructure, GoldenStateNet
  • Tony Naughtin, President & Chief Operating Officer, GoldenStateNet
  • Matthew Rantanen, Director of Technology, Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association
  • Connie Stewart, Executive Director of Initiatives, CalPoly Humboldt, & Chief Policy Advisor, California Center for Rural Policy