Agenda

What's on the agenda for policymakers.

Sponsor: 

Universal Service Administrative Company

Date: 
Wed, 04/21/2021 - 15:00

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is an FCC program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. Eligible households can receive:

  • Up to a $50/month discount on broadband service and associated equipment rentals



Sponsor: 

Universal Service Administrative Company

Date: 
Wed, 04/07/2021 - 15:00

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is an FCC program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. Eligible households can receive:



Sponsor: 

Gigabit Libraries Network

Date: 
Fri, 04/09/2021 - 08:00 to 09:30

"...initiatives to enhance digital equity that, while spurred in many cases by the pandemic, are part of a longer arc by which communities have sought to seize control of their digital futures. 

We argue that future policy should strengthen the federal government's role in financing broadband for public purposes, ensure that states have capacity for broadband planning, and build local capabilities for digital skills training & tech support."-John Horrigan

Speakers

John Horrigan, Senior Fellow at Technology Policy Institute



Sponsor: 

ALLvanza, the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council, and OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates

Date: 
Tue, 04/13/2021 - 16:00 to 17:00

The Biden Administration’s commitment to closing the digital divide presents challenges and tremendous opportunities for underserved communities that have struggled for equal access to technological resources. We’ll get the latest information from representatives of the Biden Administration and the Federal Communications Commission about critical initiatives to expand broadband access, and we’ll explore tangible solutions to challenges ranging from language barriers to the skills and knowledge necessary for individuals to get online safely and effectively.



Sponsor: 

Gigabit Libraries Network

Date: 
Thu, 04/08/2021 - 08:00 to 09:00

 

Review and discussion of comments and opportunities for replies that can help shape library strategies for utilization of these funds.

Bob Bocher, ALA Fellow on e-Rate and Broadband

  • John Harrington, CEO, Funds for Learning, LLC
  • John Windhausen, Executive Director, SHLB Coalition

 



Big Tech's big DC threat: the FTC

While antitrust lawsuits and Capitol Hill hearings get headlines, Big Tech's biggest threat in Washington may come from the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC is gearing up to flex its muscle, by both enforcing current rules and trying to draft new ones.

Sponsor: 

New America

Date: 
Wed, 04/07/2021 - 11:30

Digital inclusion is about having the right access, skills, motivation and trust to confidently go online. Today’s network infrastructure is the lifeline on which much of modern life depends. Without it, the ramifications of Covid-19 would have been far more severe. As the internet becomes a public utility that shapes our social, political, and economic lives, we must take a hard look on what it means to be disconnected, and raise ambitions to meet people’s need for affordable meaningful connectivity.



Sponsor: 

Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

Date: 
Fri, 04/09/2021 - 10:00 to 10:45

The House Report on Competition in the Digital Markets issued last October constitutes the groundwork for the antitrust reforms expected this year. The report focuses on a handful of tech giants to draw policy recommendations about antitrust enforcement. One of the most dramatic policy recommendations of the report is the structural separation of digital platforms – namely, the break-up of tech giants such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple.



Sponsor: 

Education Networks of America

Date: 
Wed, 04/07/2021 - 15:00

With billions of dollars on the line and millions of students still lacking access to learning, school districts are under an enormous amount of pressure to ensure they are leveraging federal stimulus funds to optimize their learning environments and eliminate equity gaps. Join our panel of K-12 industry leaders as they provide further insight into the latest and largest round of funding through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) as well as eligibility and reporting requirements.



Sponsor: 

Federal Communications Commission and the

National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Date: 
Mon, 04/26/2021 - 09:00

A joint workshop to provide updates on efforts to secure the nation’s communications supply chain.  This day-long workshop is part of NCSC events in April highlighting National Supply Chain Integrity Month and will feature panels that explore initiatives to promote the supply chain integrity of small and medium-sized businesses and efforts to protect the software supply chain.