Friday, April 14 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
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The United States, creator of the Internet, increasingly lags behind in access to it. In the absence of a national broadband strategy, many communities have invested in broadband infrastructure, especially wireless broadband, to offer broadband choices to their residents. Today's decisions will lay the foundation for the future of telecommunications in our communities, and in our country as a whole. Join us for a frank conversation that looks at whether, when, how, and why your city should invest in fiber internet and municipal wi-fi with the founder of North America’s leading independent wireless broadband provider for small cities; the Mayor of America’s first “Gig City;” a leading advocate for digital inclusion; and the federal agency in charge of implementing broadband nationally.

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Debra Socia

Executive Director, Next Century Cities
Deb Socia is the Executive Director of Next Century Cities, a nonprofit that strives to support community leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet. More than 150 cities strong, Next Century Cities is committed... Read More →

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Mayor Andy Berke

Mayor, City of Chattanooga
Andy was born on March 31, 1968 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Marvin and Kandy Berke. Andy’s grandfather, Harry, founded a local law practice in Chattanooga aimed at representing and helping Tennesseans. From assisting someone who was discriminated against for his military service... Read More →
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Sheila Dugan

Director of Cities, Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University
Sheila Dugan is Director of Cities at the Center for Government Excellence (GovEx) at Johns Hopkins University. Before joining GovEx, Sheila worked on state and national broadband adoption programs. As a 2013 Code for America fellow, Sheila helped the City of Oakland develop RecordTrac... Read More →
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Aimee Meacham

Chief, External Affairs, BroadbandUSA/NTIA
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Elliot Noss

CEO, Ting
Elliot is CEO of Tucows. For nearly twenty years, Elliot has loved and championed the Internet as the greatest agent of positive change the world has ever seen. Through his role at Tucows, his involvement in ICANN and his personal efforts, he has lobbied, agitated and educated to... Read More →


Kathryn Hendley

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Room 207, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903