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Monday, April 1 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
Using Broadband Data to Address Local Questions - Max Capacity FULL

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Issues pertaining to broadband adoption and deployment have become priorities in many communities around the country.  This is often accompanied by questions from local officials and other stakeholders about the network environment close to home. How fast are the networks that serve a community? Where do those networks run? How many people have online access at home – and how many do not?

This workshop will provide an overview of data sources that can address these questions, as well as guidance on how attendees can use data tools to answer question specific to locations of interest. The workshop will cover:
  • Data basics: Maybe the phrase “Form 477” sounds to you like a skit out of the TV show “The Office.” Or maybe it lures you into a fog of thinking about broadband deployment. Either way, this portion of the workshop will cover the nuances of Form 477, as well as data from the American Communities Survey and tools to measure network speeds.
  • How to make data work for you:  This portion of the workshop will be “hands on” in that it will demonstrate how to use broadband data to answer questions on what is going on in your community with respect to broadband adoption and deployment.
Expect to come away from this workshop with an understanding of what different data sources tell us, what they do not, and how to help them improve your community’s understanding of broadband policy issues.

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John Horrigan

Senior Researcher, Technology Policy Institute
I have done extensive work on tech adoption, including barriers to adoption, as well as exploring the impacts of online connectivity. I have done this at the Pew Research Center, the FCC (National Broadband Plan), and as a consultant. I work in DC, but am a proud resident of Baltimore... Read More →

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Karen Perry

Broadband Specialists, NTIA
Digital champion working to create partnerships and programs to close digital divides and strengthen communities. Currently @NTIAgov. Previously with @FCC @GatesFoundation @BellLabs. Living in Seattle. Proud mother of two strong women. @KarenAPerry
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Karen Mossberger

Professor, Arizona State University
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Georgia Bullen

Measurement Lab
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Bill Callahan

Research and Policy Director, NDIA
Wearing two hats... policy and research staff for NDIA, plus director of Connect Your Community in Cleveland, OH. Working on community initiatives for digital inclusion in Cleveland since 1996.