Bring on the Broadband: Infrastructure in Rural

Rural broadband access and utilization is garnering considerable local and national attention, yet many communities find themselves on the wrong side of the digital divide. This session will take a closer look at how investing in local capacity is often the key ingredient to increasing broadband access. Learn how successful Pacific Northwest communities have built and sustained capacity to narrow the gap and engage with policy makers and local leaders in developing on-the-ground strategies that puts the Northwest on the path to digital inclusion.


Joseph Franell
Chair, Oregon Broadband Advisory Council, and CEO, Eastern Oregon Telecom

Carrie Pipinich
Program Manager, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District

Betty Buckley
Executive Director, Washington Independent Telecommunications Association

Andrea Alexander
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, Energy & Telecommunications

The Honorable Representative Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy, Washington

The Honorable Representative Pam Marsh, D-Ashland, Oregon

Mario Villanueva
Executive Director, Partners for Rural Washington

Track: Elevating Rural Voices & Priorities

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