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The Need for Connectivity, Steps for Access and Best Practices for Broadband Expansion

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Webinar

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IEDA Webinar

Broadband plays an increasingly important role in economic development and is now considered a critical part of infrastructure. Yet, there remains a digital divide between communities—some with little to no connectivity and others with fast, reliable networks which they have been able to leverage into an economic development asset.

This webinar is designed to provide participants with an overview of the impact that emerging technologies are having on broadband within Indiana's communities and the various approaches to expanding broadband access. The webinar will update participants on the new efforts in Indiana to support broadband and learn how to assess which approach best accommodates community needs and capabilities.

Examples of locally owned, municipal network models (both commercial and residential), private, and public-private partnership models will be provided by leaders who have implemented such approaches locally. Considerations for network construction, such as rights-of-way issues and permitting processes, will also be explored.

Regardless of where your community falls on the broadband spectrum, this webinar is for you. Ice Miller and the Indiana Economic Development Association (IEDA) have partnered to bring you the latest on all things broadband including:

  • The impact of emerging technologies on broadband,
  • Ways to expand broadband access,
  • How to determine the best approach for your community,
  • Barriers to broadband success such as the digital skills gap and low adoption of broadband technology, and
  • Examples of how communities of all sizes have been able to make broadband an economic development asset.

Panelists include:

  • Scott Rudd, Director of Broadband Opportunities, Office of Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch
  • Roberto Gallardo, Assistant Director, Purdue Center for Regional Development
  • Patrick Lyp, VP of the Valparaiso Economic Development Corporation
  • Lindsay Miller, Attorney, Ice Miller LLP
  • Shawn Peterson, VP of Strategus, Ice Miller LLP

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