The agenda for the meeting will include a report from each of the ACDDE working groups. The Access to Capital Working Group will report on its ongoing examination of ways to improve access to capital to encourage management and ownership of broadcast properties by a diverse range of voices, including minorities and women. The Digital Empowerment and Inclusion Working Group will discuss its work assessing access, adoption, and use of broadband and new technologies by under-resourced communities.
An overview of the Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), the agency’s largest universal service high-cost program designed to support broadband deployment in unserved areas. One year after the RDOF’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FCC is preparing for the Phase I auction of up to $16 billion in support on October 29, 2020. This webinar will take listeners through what they need to know ahead of the auction, including the auction structure, performance requirements, deployment obligations, and post-auction considerations. We will cover:
Week 1 (Oct 5-8): three mornings of “in real time” online events including speakers and small group discussion
Weeks 2 and 3 (Oct 9-26): customized programming based on your level of involvement and interest with special sessions, a chance to pilot future programming, a book club, regular online space just to chat, mentor match-making with host of local and national experts arranged by the planning team, a virtual happy hour. You choose your level of involvement. No expectations – only opportunities.
The Mission of NATOA is to support and serve the communications interests and needs of local governments. We are a professional association made up of individuals and organizations responsible for - or advising those responsible for - communications policies and services in local governments throughout the country.
The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified connectivity issues in unserved areas. Currently, 18 million Americans cannot get broadband service at home, however, there continues to be strong bipartisan agreement that broadband is the critical infrastructure of the digital age. AT&T is hosting a virtual discussion on universal broadband policy, with a focus on challenges and opportunities that currently exist.
The event will kick off with opening remarks from Ed Gillespie, SEVP External and Legislative Affairs, AT&T.
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons and Justice Department Antitrust Division Assistant Attorney General Makan Delhrahim will both testify at this customary oversight hearing.
A live, virtual event on the future of broadband access and the essential need for leadership now and over the next five years. We will unpack what narrowing the digital divide around work and education looks like and the impact of forward-thinking policymakers on digital access and inclusive economic recovery.
Axios Co-founder Mike Allen will host one-on-one conversations with:
Understand USAC’s approval process.
Even the most experienced Rural Health Care (RHC) applicants can be confused by the application approval and review process. There are risks in applying for funding from both the Telecommunications Program and the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF). Fortunately, some applicants have identified strategies that are more likely to gain approval than others. This workshop will identify the successful strategies for obtaining RHC funding and will pinpoint the interplay between the HCF and the Telecommunications program.
Prepare for funding year 2021 and beyond.
The Federal Communications Commission made several changes to the E-rate Category Two support that take effect in the 2021 funding year. For the first time, schools and libraries will be able to apply for Category Two funding on a district-wide basis. But the line between Category Two and Category One funding is blurring as schools and libraries shift to remote learning. This workshop focuses on developing a successful Category Two strategy and calculating your Category Two budget for 2021 and beyond.