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For Immediate Release
Contact: Jessica Del Fiacco
January 23, 2020

Opportunities for Bipartisan Tech Policy Conference Brings Together Diverse Perspectives on Tech & Telecom Policy

Washington, D.C. (January 23, 2020) – Next Century Cities will host the second annual Opportunities for Bipartisan Tech Policy Conference on January 23, 2020, from 9:30am to 4:00pm ET at 25 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 900, in Washington DC. 

This event will bring together Federal Communications Commissioners, local officials, Tribal connectivity advocates, and other thought leaders to discuss topics such as digital inclusion, broadband deployment data collection, local investment in broadband infrastructure, and tech platform regulation. The goal of the Opportunities for Bipartisan Tech Policy Conference is to facilitate challenging conversations and find common ground on a variety of technology and telecommunications policy issues. 

Federal Communications Commissioner Geoffrey Starks will present the morning’s keynote remarks, and Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel will participate in a fireside chat in the afternoon. 

Next Century Cities members, who represent communities of all sizes from all across the country, will be participating on conference panels and making presentations throughout the day. They will discuss connectivity initiatives which they have led in their communities, offering a local perspective on the impact of federal policy decisions. 

Bruce Patterson, Technology Director, City of Ammon, Idaho said:
“The City of Ammon appreciates the work of Next Century Cities in elevating local broadband success stories on a national stage. We value the opportunity to share our experience in Ammon as it provides instructive input for federal and state broadband policy makers.” 

Rondella M. Hawkins, Officer, Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs, City of Austin, Texas, said:
“Austin is one of the founding partners of Next Century Cities, and we understand that bringing together city leaders at events like the Tech Policy Summit is key for sharing successes and lessons learned. This time together and collaboration makes us more likely to achieve our goals of high-quality and affordable broadband internet access, which is a necessary infrastructure to transform communities for the betterment of all.” 

Mayor Andy Berke, Chattanooga, Tennessee, said:
“I applaud Next Century Cities for convening a group to work across the aisle in support of broadband deployment and other important tech policy issues. From privacy to smart city deployment, there are dozens of areas where Democrats and Republicans can work together to address the needs of Americans. I am glad to see NCC bringing these issues to the forefront.”

Aldona Valicenti, Commissioner/Chief Information Officer, Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, Kentucky, said:
“Lexington is delighted to be part of NCC’s Bipartisan Tech Policy Conference. Through our membership in NCC, Lexington was able to network, get educated on deployment models and funding challenges. With MetroNet, our investor in the city, we will become one of the largest built out gig cities by mid 2020. We thank NCC for giving us the foundation to succeed.”

Candelaria Mendoza, Smart City Coordinator, City of San Antonio, Texas, said:
“Broadband access and subscription is a challenge for many cities and counties across the country, it’s important to engage in events like Opportunities for Bipartisan Tech Policy hosted by Next Century Cities to build a dialogue around data and a network to share best practices and lessons learned that will lead to effective and collaborative strategies to improve digital equity in our communities.” 

More information about this event can be found here.

This event will be livestreamed here

Google’s Conference Room
25 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20001

9:30am ET on Thursday, January 23, 2020

Keynote Speakers:
Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Federal Communications Commissioner Geoffrey Starks 

Featured Local Government Representatives:
Rondella Hawkins, Officer, Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs, City of Austin, Texas
Joseph Webster, Montgomery County, Maryland
Joshua Edmonds, Director of Digital Inclusion, City of Detroit, Michigan
Candeleria Mendoza, Smart City Coordinator, City of San Antonio, Texas
Aldona Valicenti, Chief Information Officer, Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, Kentucky
Bruce Patterson, Technology Director, City of Ammon, Idaho
Stacy Richardson, Chief of Staff for Mayor Andy Berke, City of Chattanooga, and incoming Director of Urban Innovation, National League of Cities
Ophelia Watahomigie-Corliss, Havasupai Tribe Councilwoman 

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Next Century Cities is a non-profit membership organization of over 200 communities, founded to support communities and their elected leaders, including mayors and other officials, as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable internet access. Next Century Cities celebrates broadband successes in communities, demonstrates their value, and helps other cities to realize the full power of truly high-speed, affordable, and accessible broadband. For more information, visit