1:00pm – Registration
1:30pm – Session 1 -Adoption
CBAN’s Brianna Dillavou and Jon Willow offer an overview of efforts in Iowa and around the country to increase digital adoption through skills training and lowering the barriers to participating in the digital economy, including a Q&A on creating digital equity programs in your community.
2:15pm – Break
2:30pm – Session 2 – Access
The Iowa ITQ process sets the priority for future broadband funding as federal monies are released. While the ITQ window has closed, how the process worked informs us about how future broadband funding may be prioritized and the role that communities will play in this process. In this session, our panel will dissect the ITQ process from the perspectives of communities, providers, and unserved rural residents.
Discussion Leader – Todd Kielkopf, CBAN
- Brittany Morales, Iowa Communication Alliance
- Ryan Arment, rural Madison County resident
- Curtis Dean, CBAN
3:15pm – Break
3:30pm – Session 3 – Affordability
Affordable access to broadband is an essential element to achieving digital equity. This session focuses on the Affordable Connectivity Program, which currently benefits 17 million US households with a monthly broadband subsidy. We’ll look at the national statistics of ACP adoption; discuss what it takes to implement the ACP from the provider’s perspective and why some small providers have passed on the program; and what efforts need to be made to keep the ACP in place after initial funding runs out.
Discussion Leader – Jon Willow, CBAN
- Ry Marcattilio, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
- Renee Knoop, Consortia Consulting
- Sarah Claycomb, GRM Networks
4:15pm – Closing Remarks
4:30pm – Networking Reception
Network with our fellow Forum attendees and CBAN Associate Members while enjoying snacks and beverages!