The 116th Congress is underway. In the background of a partial government shutdown, lawmakers are getting their committee assignments.
The digital economy has a profound influence on the world’s trajectory and the societal well-being of ordinary citizens. It affects everything from resource allocation to income distribution and growth. The information and communications technology (ICT) industry stands at the center of the digital economy, serving as a reliable yardstick of its performance. The ICT industry unites labor policy, economic growth, and the current heated immigration policy discourse and poses both profound challenges and exciting opportunities for a broad cross-section of policymakers.
Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier
Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Scholars, practitioners, and citizens working to improve the quality of life in communities may share a common goal but often diverge in their strategies. In part, this is due to different sets of expertise, perspective and experience. These differences can create counterproductive silos of effort. Transcending the boundaries of our own communities will be required if we are to create solutions to our most pressing problems. A conversation about improving lives, strengthening communities, and fostering civic engagement through national service and volunteering.
We've all heard this popular refrain by now: the FCC's broadband mapping data is horribly inaccurate. How can we end the digital divide without knowing where it actually exists? The FCC promises to address its mapping issues with an Order in August, and Congress is considering various proposals on its own. Yet many experts aren't waiting for the perfect legislation, and are tackling the discrepancies head-on with their own mapping projects. These efforts are the focus of SHLB's next webinar, which will explore the latest and greatest developments in broadband mapping.
The Senate Commerce Committee will consider the following legislative measures and nominations:
The Senate Commerce Committee will consider six nominations including:
- Michael Kratsios, of South Carolina, to be an Associate Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy
Broadband access today is as varied as communities across Minnesota. Some enjoy a gig, others are working hard for any service, and the rest are somewhere in between. This conference is for all communities, regardless of where they are on the spectrum – because we’ve learned that having broadband isn’t enough. It takes inspiration, encouragement and guidance to reap the full benefits. We’ll be talking about how to make the most of what you’ve got and/or get more.
This year’s conference will shine a light on local broadband heroes as well as look at several aspects of broadband: