• 1.Broadband Adoption and the Role of the Public Library: Issues and Solutions

    The release of the National Broadband Plan by the Federal Communications Commission has focused national attention on ensuring ubiquitous access to broadband. However, there are significant challenges to meeting that goal, and solutions will need to take many variables into account. The Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) of the American Library Association (ALA) hosts a panel discussion that will address some of these issues from the national, state, and local perspective – including challenges for public libraries as non-adopters continue to flock to the library. Panelists will talk about specific concerns for vulnerable populations and present possible strategies for libraries that find themselves on the front lines, including a new collaborative effort to reach non-adopters led by the New Mexico State Library. Panelists include, Mark Lloyd, Associate General Counsel/Chief Diversity Officer for the FCC; Susan Oberlander, New Mexico State Librarian; and Dharma Dailey, independent researcher for the SSRC.

    Date
    , 1:30pm
    Location
    Washington Convention Center Rm. 147A, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, D.C.
    Program
    Broadband Adoption in Low-Income Communities
    Meetings & Events
  • 2.Special Forum: Communications Policy and Ethnic Media and Their Communities

    The New York Community Media Alliance hosts a special forum on communications policy and its possible effects on ethnic media and their communities. Dharma Dailey, co-Director of Deep Tech, will present findings from the SSRC study of "Broadband Adoption in Low-Income Communities." Other invited speakers include representatives from the Media Action Grassroots Network, Free Press, Media Access Project, New America Foundation, People's Production House, Media Literacy Project, Consumers Union, Public Utility Law Project, and the USC Annenberg School for Communication.

    Date
    , 9:30am –
    Location
    CUNY Graduate School of Journalism -- Conference Room 308, 219 W. 40th St., New York, NY
    Program
    Broadband Adoption in Low-Income Communities
    Meetings & Events
  • 3.America's Digital Inclusion Summit

    Working Together To Expand Opportunity Join the Federal Communications Commission and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for an overview of the recommendations in the FCC’s National Broadband Plan meant to ensure that all Americans are included in the broadband era. As the FCC prepares to deliver the Plan to Congress on March 17th, hear perspectives from Chairman Genachowski, members of Congress, Knight Foundation President & CEO Alberto Ibargüen and people from across the country that have benefited from broadband. Help create solutions that drive broadband adoption for all Americans.

    Date
    , 10:00am –
    Location
    Live at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC. Videocast at the FCC Commission Room, 445 12th SW, Washington DC.
    Program
    Broadband Adoption in Low-Income Communities
    Meetings & Events
  • 4.Barriers to Broadband Adoption: FCC-Commissioned Study Briefing

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) unveil the study findings of the SSRC in its report, Broadband Adoption in Low-Income Communities, March 2 at an event hosted by the American Library Association (ALA). The FCC commissioned the study to help inform their understanding of barriers to broadband adoption and to shape the National Broadband Plan due to Congress on March 17 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The presenters will discuss the contexts for understanding barriers to broadband adoption. Such challenges vary from price to skill and language barriers to the challenges of community-based organizations, such as libraries, in providing broadband access for those without it at home as well as instruction on using the Internet. After the program, participants will take questions from the audience. Presenters include: John Horrigan, Consumer Research Director, FCC; Mark Lloyd, Associate General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer; Dharma Dailey, Independent Researcher, SSRC; Amelia Bryne, Independent Researcher, SSRC; and Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director, ALA Washington Office. For additional information on this event, please call the American Library Association at 202-628-8410.

    Date
    , 11:30am –
    Location
    2261 Rayburn House Office Building, 50 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC
    Program
    Broadband Adoption in Low-Income Communities
    Meetings & Events