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Transforming Communities: Broadband Goals for 2017 and Beyond

November 30, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

November 29-30, 2016

Location: Google

25 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 900

Washington, DC

Watch the recorded event here: http://bit.ly/2fEIDRc 


Transforming Communities brought together broadband champions from Congress, the Executive Branch, other federal, state and local agencies, community leaders including mayors and heads of anchor institutions, policy experts, and 2016 presidential campaign advisors.

The post-election event featured keynote conversations and panel discussions on how to expand current broadband efforts in communities nationwide and key policy goals and needs for the next Administration. It also included demonstrations of innovative civic applications enabled through gigabit technology.


Welcome: John Burchett, State Policy Counsel at Google

Welcome: Deb Socia, Next Century Cities, John Windhausen, SHLB, Bill Wallace, US Ignite

Opening Remarks: Larry Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator, NTIA

Keynote: Senator John Boozman (R-AR)

Leveraging High-Speed Internet for Success

  • Mayor Berke, Chattanooga, TN
  • Mayor Kirkham, Ammon, ID
  • Ed Bostick, CEO, Colorado Telehealth Network
  • S. Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools
  • Carrie Coogan, filling in for Crosby Kemper, Head of Kansas City Public Library

Moderated by Chris Mitchell, Policy Director, Next Century Cities and Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative, Institute for Local Self Reliance

Broadband Policy Priorities for a New Administration

  • Susan Crawford, John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and co-director of the Berkman Center
  • Blair Levin, Senior Fellow with the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings
  • Mark Erickson, Economic Development Director, Winthrop, MN
  • Gigi Sohn, Counselor to the Chairman at the Federal Communications Commission

Moderated by Clarissa Ramon, Community Impact Manager, Google Fiber (moderator)

Keynote Conversation: Senator Angus King (I-ME) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

Moderated by R David Edelman, Special Assistant to the President

Lunch and exhibitions

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November 30, 2016
8:30 am - 12:30 pm


Google Office DC
25 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC,
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