October 28, 2020 - 10:00am PDT

This event is co-hosted by Silicon Flatirons and CableLabs.

As school, work, and recreational activities continue to move to the home—and the Internet—the need for bandwidth has magnified. However, the same hurdles facing rural communities seeking high-speed internet access have remained. This panel will examine the impacts of this digital divide on the daily lives of individuals in rural communities; barriers to adoption where access is available; how emerging technology may help respond to the growing need; steps local and state governments have taken in response to this problem, as well as contributions of the federal government and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC); and what changes are needed in law and policy to continue forward progress.


11:00 - 11:05 am: Welcome and Introduction
Rob Alderfer, Vice President, Technology Policy, CableLabs
Amie Stepanovich, Executive Director, Silicon Flatirons

11:05 - 11:30 am: Opening Keynote Address
Giulia McHenry, Chief, Office of Economics and Analytics, Federal Communications Commission

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Panel Discussion
Edyael Casaperalta, Project Manager, AMERIND Critical Infrastructure
Ernesto Falcon, Senior Legislative Counsel, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Bret Perkins, Senior Vice President of External and Government Affairs, Comcast
Gregory Rosston, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), Stanford University
Moderator: Roslyn Layton, Senior Vice President, Strand Consult

12:30 - 1:00 pm: Continue the Conversation
Come gather with the rest of the Silicon Flatirons community as we preserve the hallway track experience! All speakers and attendees are encouraged to join a casual networking opportunity via Airmeet (virtual events platform) immediately following the formal programing taking place on Zoom. Guests will have the chance to roam the virtual conference hall and engage in conversations at multiple tables.

To register, visit: https://siliconflatirons.org/events/the-digital-divide-in-the-time-of-covid-19/