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Wednesday, April 18

10:30am CDT

Creating and managing digital inclusion partnerships
Community digital inclusion partnerships take different forms but face similar goals and challenges. Panelists will share lessons and best practices.

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Luke Swarthout

Director of Policy, Digital, New York Public Library

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Cassie Bair

Chief Business Development Executive, Mobile Citizen
Cassie is the managing director of Voqal’s Mobile Citizen initiative, which aims to bridge the digital divide with affordable mobile broadband technology. Mobile Citizen works with nonprofits, educational institutions and social welfare agencies to advance social equity through... Read More →
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Allister Chang

Executive Director, Libraries Without Borders
Allister Chang is the Executive Director of Libraries Without Borders (LWB). In the US, LWB is currently working to transform all 30,000+ laundromats in the US into spaces where families may connect & learn while they wait for their laundry to wash & dry. Internationally (in over... Read More →
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Sharon Strover

Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Wednesday April 18, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
HIMSS Tech Showcase, 4th Floor 1 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA

10:30am CDT

Digital inclusion and Health: Why it matters and what can be done
This panel will make the case for consideration of digital skills and access as social determinants of health.  Panelists will examine different approaches to identifying and addressing digital inclusion gaps in health care and community settings. The needs of rural and urban WIC participants will be highlighted, and examples will be presented of adult literacy organization partnerships and of a comprehensive health-system wide effort to engage both hospitalized and clinic patients in digital health technology.

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Maria Brancazio

Health System Informatics Manager, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Maria Brancazio, MS, RHIA, has worked in healthcare information technology for 15+ years. Her experience with electronic medical records and patient portal management will provide attendees with an understanding of the shift towards patient engagement and the increasing importance... Read More →
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Jill Castek

Associate Professor, University of Arizona
Jill Castek's research examines acquisition of digital literacies and digital problem solving. Jill's sessions at Net Inclusion 2019 will review current literature on digital inclusion and will examine partnerships between community based organizations, libraries, and adult education... Read More →
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Julie Reeder

Research Analyst, Oregon WIC program
Julie Reeder, Ph.D., MPH, CHES is the Senior Research Analyst with the State of Oregon WIC Program. In her 15 years in the position she has conducted multiple mixed methods studies that have explored the influence of peer counselors and changes to the WIC food packages on long term... Read More →
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Amy Sheon

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland & Cuyahoga Health Data Matters (hdm.livestories.com and healthdatamatters.org); public health innovation; Cleveland Medical Hackathon

Wednesday April 18, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
HIMSS C, 4th Floor 1 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA

10:30am CDT

Digital inclusion data: The big picture and how it's changing
Expert updates on key household digital access and literacy statistics from the Census, Pew, and other national, state and regional sources

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Monica Anderson

Research Associate, Pew Research Center
Monica Anderson is a research associate focusing on technology-related issues at Pew Research Center. Much of her recent work focuses on the impact of the digital divide, the growing role of automation in everyday life, and online activism in the age of social media. She has a master’s... Read More →
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Rafi M. Goldberg

Policy Analyst, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Rafi Goldberg works to understand and address our nation's Internet and telecommunications policy challenges. Throughout his seven years of service at NTIA, Rafi has had the opportunity to tackle a wide range of issues, from bridging the digital divide to promoting balanced intellectual... Read More →
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Adie Tomer

Fellow, Brookings Institution
Adie Tomer is a Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, where he directs the Infrastructure and Built Environment portfolio. His work focuses on metropolitan transportation usage patterns, broadband, and the intersections between infrastructure and technological... Read More →

Wednesday April 18, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
HIMSS Welcome Center, 4th Floor 1 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA

10:30am CDT

Digital inclusion for people with disabilities
Limited Capacity seats available

Providing assistance to people with disabilities requires knowledge of accessibility hardware and software in addition to training strategies. What resources are available to support increasing digital access for people with disabilities?

Melissa Helquist: Providing Expert Accessibility When You Are Not an Expert
Melanie Hogan: Systemic Barriers to Assistive Technology
Gary Knight: Adaptive Technology Training  for the Blind With Employment in MInd
Aamer Khan: Accessible Design: A Good Idea
Thomas McKeithan: Strategies at United Health Group to implement accessibility policies

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Mary Ann Van Cura

Independent Contractor, Independent Contractor
Librarian, Digital Inclusion Advocate, Educational Marketer; Co-founding member, Technology Literacy Collaborative, Minneapolis, MN; Volunteer, National Digital Inclusion Alliance

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Melissa Helquist

Director, SLCC Community Writing Center
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Melanie Hogan

Executive Director, Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP)
Melanie is the Executive Director of Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP), a Center for Independent Living, in Cleveland, Ohio. Melanie has been with the organization, which serves individuals with disabilities in six Ohio counties, for 23 years. Previous positions with... Read More →
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Thomas Lee McKeithan II

Sr. Software Engineer/Digital Accessibility Engineer, Optum/United Health Group
Thomas Lee McKeithan II is a native of Washington, DC holding a BA in interdisciplinary studies (Communications, Legal Institutions and Government) from American University and is current pursuing a Masters of Science in Project Management from Walden University. He has been recognized... Read More →

Aamer Khan

Senior Project Analyst, CNIB-Canadian National Institute for the Blind
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Gary Knight

Executive Director, SD Futures
I have over 25 years of executive management experience in the healthcare and non-profit sectors. The last 7 years I have been dedicated to improving lives through technology at the San Diego Futures Foundation where I first served on the Board of Directors for over 6 years before... Read More →

Wednesday April 18, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
HIMSS B, 4th Floor 1 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA

10:30am CDT

Framing your digital inclusion pitch/proposals
How do you make your work exciting to funders and potential partners? This panel will focus on making the digital inclusion message understandable and compelling.

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Laura Breeden

Board Chair, NDIA
So excited about our third annual conference! I've been helping the Internet work for all of us since the 80s, and NDIA is leading the way into the third decade of the 2000s. How did THAT happen!? See you in Cleveland!

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Elizabeth Lindsey

CEO, Byte Back
Elizabeth Lindsey is the Executive Director of Byte Back, a Washington, DC based nonprofit offering a free technology training pathway for unemployed adults. Byte Back is one of the only organizations in the country that helps adults with no or low tech skills move from beginner to... Read More →
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Dan Noyes

Co-CEO, Tech Goes Home
Dan has been involved with TGH since 2002 and on staff since the summer of 2010. After spending several years as a Legislative Aide to a U.S. Congressman in Washington, DC, he returned to Boston as the Technology Director at Fenway High School. In 2006, he was hired by the Lilla... Read More →

10:30am CDT

Local government digital equity plans
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Municipal governments are in the forefront of local, collaborative digital access and equity planning. Local leaders will talk about the value of planning, the nuts and bolts of making a plan, and the outcomes of their planning efforts.

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Rebecca Gibbons

Broadband & Digital Equity Program Manager, City of Portland Office for Community Technology
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David Keyes

Digital Equity Program Manager, City of Seattle IT
David Keyes works at the intersection of information and communications technologies, race and social justice, and community capacity building. As manager of the City of Seattle’s Digital Equity Initiative he oversees strategic planning, policy and program evaluation. He was the... Read More →
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John Speirs

Program Manager, Telecommunications & regulatory affairs
John Speirs is responsible for managing and administering City's implementation of the Digital Inclusion Strategic Plan in Austin by coordinating with local organizations, commissions and other public and private entities involved with digital and communications technology in Austin... Read More →
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Ernie Staten

City of Fairlawn
Ernie Staten is Deputy Director of Public Service for Fairlawn, Ohio. He has been working in local government for more than 25 years. Staten is responsible for managing the City’s infrastructure and delivering all of the City services. He is the liaison for all utilities in the... Read More →
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Rick Usher

Assistant City Manager, City of Kansas City, Mo.
I am Assistant City Manager for Entrepreneurship & Small Business and the City Manager's liaison to the City Council's Small Business, Entrepreneurship & Jobs Committee. I am working with City Departments and our vibrant entrepreneur community partners to establish a business-friendly... Read More →

10:30am CDT

State level efforts to increase broadband adoption and digital literacy
Some state governments like California's are active funders and advocates of community broadband access and adoption efforts. This panel will look at exemplary initiatives, and at ways to promote similar investments elsewhere.

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Amy Huffman

Digital Inclusion and Policy Manager, North Carolina Department of Information Technology
I'm the Research and Policy Specialist for the Broadband Infrastructure Office at the North Carolina Department of Information Technology. I lead our office's research, policy, and digital equity efforts.

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Susan Walters

Senior Vice President, California Emerging Technology Fund

Wednesday April 18, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
HIMSS A, 4th Floor 1 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA

10:30am CDT

Using Virtual Reality (VR) to Engage Youth, Seniors & Community Storytellers
Limited Capacity seats available

Virtual Reality (VR, AR & 360 Video) is unlike any other communications tool, using the first-person perspective of games, narrative storytelling, and immersive 3D visuals to place the viewer inside of the experience, resulting in experiential learning, empathy, and increased understanding of self and others. In this hands-on session, you’ll learn how VR goes beyond traditional films, journalism and games to transcend actual reality and to help us experience stories, places, and people in a new way.

With the price of VR headsets decreasing, more access to demos and community storytelling in VR is now possible. Learn the basics of VR; how to engage your community in fun, educational demos; provide accessibility to equipment, tools, and training, and try new experiences now available in VR. Using project-based learning, this workshop will help participants understand how to use VR/AR/360 as a communications tool for storytelling and immersive journalism.

Attendees will have an opportunity to demo customized VR experiences such as on global air pollution the Public VR Lab created for the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), robot dog walking and other age-appropriate games, and demo a 360 science discovery journalism project created in partnership with the Lab and the Boston Globe.

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Kathy Bisbee

Executive Director/Founder, Brookline Interactive Group/Public VR Lab
Kathy Bisbee is the executive director of Brookline Interactive Group (BIG), a community media arts center, and the co-founder/director of the Public VR Lab, where she and her team are building an empowered Community XR movement and new field that values accessibility, digital inclusion... Read More →

Wednesday April 18, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
Global Center Grand Ballroom 1 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA

1:45pm CDT

Digital justice including digital redlining
Disadvantaged communities are being systematically excluded from information communication tools. What data proves this exclusion and how can we fight it?

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Erika Anthony

Vice President, Government Relations, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
Erika L. Anthony, a native New York, is currently the Vice President of Government Relations and Strategy for Cleveland Neighborhood Progress. Erika is a co-founder for Cleveland VOTES and Hack Cleveland. She also sits on a number of Boards in the area, including Ideastream’s... Read More →

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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.
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Debbie Fisher

Director, HOPE Village Initiative, Focus: HOPE
Focus: HOPE is a nonprofit civil and human rights organization with a mission to use intelligent and practical action to overcome racism, poverty and injustice. Talk to me about Detroit, dismantling structural racism, digital redlining, comprehensive community change initiatives... Read More →
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Bryan Mercer

Executive Director, Media Mobilizing Project
Bryan Mercer - Bryan, a long-time staff member of Media Mobilizing Project, has served as Executive Director since 2013. He has led a number of major programs areas, including a collaboration with nearly two-dozen partner organizations to create Keyspots, a city-wide digital literacy... Read More →

Wednesday April 18, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
HIMSS B, 4th Floor 1 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA

1:45pm CDT

Digital literacy training materials and assessments
Moderated roundtable discussion for practitioners sharing innovative tools for digital literacy training and student assessment.

Notes from round table discussions

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Alaina Kozma

library associate, Saint Paul Public Library

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Steve Black

Founder, Techboomers.com
Steve Black is a serial entrepreneur who came up with the idea for Techboomers while looking for an entrepreneurial opportunity that brought purpose into his life. One day, while helping his parents learn how to use Facebook, he realized there were no reliable websites that have quality... Read More →
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Barry Glicklich

President, Partners Bridging the Digital Divide
Barry Glicklich is the founder of Partners Bridging the Digital Divide. After working 30+ years as an engineer and volunteering five years teaching computer classes at the People's Resource Center, Barry is dedicated to helping digital inclusion agencies share knowledge and learn... Read More →
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Crystal Schimpf

Founder, Principal Training Consultant, Kixal Training
Crystal is a librarian and a trainer, with a passion for instructional design, training, and technology. As founder of Kixal, she provides innovative, transformative training for libraries on a wide range of topics. She has provided training on projects for the Urban Libraries Council’s... Read More →

1:45pm CDT

FCC Policies: net neutrality, lifeline, mandated low-cost offers
Of all the federal agencies, currently, the Federal Communications Commission is the agency that most impacts local digital inclusion efforts. Panelists who interact with the FCC with discuss issues in front of the FCC that could impact broadband adoption in the U.S. and change available digital inclusion resources.


Amina Fazlullah

Tech Policy Fellow, Mozilla Foundation

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Dana Floberg

Policy Manager, Free Press & Free Press Action
Dana is the Policy Manager at Free Press/Free Press Action, where she researches and articulates tech policy solutions that serve the public interest, bringing a wide range of media and telecommunications policy expertise. She has written extensively on issues of broadband affordability... Read More →
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Christopher Lewis

Vice President, Public Knowledge
Public interest, tech policy advocate. Key issues include: Affordable Broadband Access, Net Neutrality, Rural Broadband, Education, Privacy, Emerging Tech Platforms, Antitrust/Competition Policy, Copyright/Intellectual Property.
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Carmen Scurato

Free Press
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Olivia Wein

Staff Attorney, National Consumer Law Center
Olivia Wein has been an attorney at the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) for over 16 years. NCLC is a non-profit focused on using consumer law to promote economic security for low-income and other disadvantaged people. Olivia focuses on policies and programs that protect low-income... Read More →

1:45pm CDT

Foundations as local digital inclusion partners
Local foundations are increasingly playing leadership roles in local digital inclusion efforts. What lessons can be learned from communities with strong foundation support?

Objectives of this session:
• Understand the field of philanthropy and funding trends;
• Offer tips to build strategic relationships with local funders;
• Discuss how to convey impact/value in language a funder understands

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Karen Hanson

Manager, Partnerships/Interagency Affairs, BroadbandUSA/NTIA
As Manager of Partnerships and Interagency Affairs, Karen Hanson promotes the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) BroadbandUSA program among government stakeholders and the philanthropic community, and coordinates interagency efforts to encourage... Read More →

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Daniel Cohn

Vice President, Strategy, Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation
Dan boomeranged back to Cleveland in 2015 after nearly ten years of city-hopping along the east coast. He currently serves as Vice President with the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, where we develops and executes grantmaking strategies in community health and public policy. Before... Read More →
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Katy Locker

Program Director/Detroit, Knight Foundation
Katy Locker joined Knight Foundation in September 2013. In her role as Detroit program director, Locker focuses on Detroit’s unique opportunity to help the people of Detroit become more informed about the changes the city is undergoing and more engaged in being a part of the change... Read More →
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Stephanie Powers

Vice President, Policy and Partnerships, Council on Foundations
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Leon Wilson

Chief of Digital Innovation & CIO, The Cleveland Foundation
Leon Wilson, has over 25 years in the field of Information Technology, currently as the Chief of Digital Innovation & Chief Information Officer at the Cleveland Foundation. In this dual role, Leon is part of the executive committee leading the foundation’s Information & Technology... Read More →

1:45pm CDT

Making the most of low-cost home internet offers
Addressing the affordability barrier of a home internet subscription, low-cost offers from Internet service providers are a valuable resource. What should practitioners know about the realities of the eligibility requirements, signing up, how long the low-cost offers will be available and what support is available with each offer?

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Angela Siefer

Executive Director, National Digital Inclusion Alliance
Angela envisions a world in which all members of society have the skills and the resources to use the Internet for the betterment of themselves and their communities. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, a unified voice for local technology... Read More →

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Ed Blayney

Innovation Project Manager, Louisville Metro
Ed Blayney (@edblayney) is an Innovation Project Manager in the Office of Performance Improvement and Innovation (@opi2lou) for Louisville Metro Government (KY) and a 2016 Route 50 Navigator Award recipient. His projects focus on Smart Cities, Smart Mobility, digital inclusion, and... Read More →
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Alyssa Kenney

Executive Director, DANEnet
Alyssa started her digital equity career in 1999 building community technology centers and teaching digital literacy classes. She pivoted away from technology and spent fifteen years of leading and managing two thriving community centers. In 2014, she returned to digital equity work... Read More →

Wednesday April 18, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
HIMSS C, 4th Floor 1 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA

1:45pm CDT

Overcoming Barriers to Health Information Technology Adoption
This panel will consider different approaches to engaging underserved patients with health information technology. Three case studies will be reviewed in depth:  Use of community health workers and partnerships with local digital inclusion advocates in Cleveland, OH; working in community health facilities in San Francisco, CA, and training hospitalized patients in Columbus, OH.

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Anupama Cemballi

Program Analyst, UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations
After graduating from Case Western Reserve University with a bachelors in Medical Anthropology and a masters in Bioethics in May 2017, I started working at UCSF's Center for Vulnerable Populations at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. As a Program Analyst, I work with... Read More →
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Jennifer Hefner

Assistant Professor, Ohio State University
I study healthcare transformation in response to new information technologies. I am currently conducting a research study on how patients and providers would like to learn about engaging with secure electronic messaging through a patient portal.
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Adam Perzynski

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Sociology, MetroHealth and CWRU
Dr. Perzynski is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Sociology in the Center for Health Care Research and Policy at MetroHealth and Case Western Reserve University. His research methods expertise ranges from focus groups and ethnography to psychometrics and structural equation modelling... Read More →
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Cynthia Sieck

Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University
Dr. Sieck has 20+ years conducting health services research. Her current work focuses on the interaction of health information technology and patient engagement. She will speak about the use o f HIT to engage patients in health care and the need for training to address diverse patient... Read More →

1:45pm CDT

“I can't afford a computer”: Acquiring affordable devices for people who need them
Affordable devices are a key element of digital inclusion strategy in most communities. Panelists discuss solutions including local and national refurbisher partnerships and other options.


Ken Kovatch

Director, ret3 job corp, inc

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Pat Millen

President/Co-Founder, E2D, Inc.
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Casey Sorensen

CEO, PCs for People
Casey Sorensen is the CEO of PCs for People, a national non-profit organization based in St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN. Casey began his career working in technology automation with Deloitte Consulting, however, his true passion was to help others join the digital world. Casey left consulting... Read More →
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Domingo Vazquez

Director of Curriculum and Training, Tech Exchange
Domingo Vazquez joined Tech Exchange in 1999 and has worked in the capacity of Director of Curriculum and Training since 2006. Domingo conducts and oversees all digital literacy trainings. Tech Exchange is dedicated to providing digital equity to San Francisco Bay Area residents... Read More →

Wednesday April 18, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
HIMSS A, 4th Floor 1 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA
Thursday, April 19

10:30am CDT

Community data strategies: Quantifying local digital inclusion patterns and program results
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Initiatives that use existing data resources, as well as new survey research, to document local digital divides and digital inclusion program impacts for community practitioners and policymakers.

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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.

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Roberto Gallardo

Assistant Director, Purdue Center for Regional Development
Roberto Gallardo is Assistant Director of the Purdue Center for Regional Development and a Purdue Extension Community & Regional Economics Specialist. He holds an electronics engineering undergraduate degree, a master's in economic development, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration... Read More →
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Katherine Messier

Executive Director, Mobile Beacon
Katherine is the founder and Executive Director of Mobile Beacon, an organization that provides essential and low-cost internet exclusively to nonprofits, schools, libraries, and other CAIs. In this role, Katherine has spent the last seven years building one of the most digitally-inclusive... Read More →
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Bibi Reisdorf

Assistant Professor, Quello Center
Bibi Reisdorf is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Information and the Assistant Director of the Quello Center at Michigan State University. Her research examines digital inequalities with a specific focus on marginalized communities. She is the Principle Investigator... Read More →
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Samantha Schartman

CEO, Connected Insights
Samantha Schartman-Cycyk is the Executive Director of Connected Insights, a Cleveland-based national-facing nonprofit dedicated to helping organizations to strategically use data to better manage and measure their programs and impact. She is also the lead designer of the newly-released... Read More →

Thursday April 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
HIMSS A, 4th Floor 1 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA

10:30am CDT

Computer Refurbishing 101
Are you considering a new computer refurbishing initiative to provide affordable devices in your community? Find out what's involved from experienced refurbishers. Yes, we will be raffling off a laptop or maybe an Iphone 5!

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Bud Rizer

CEO, National Cristina Foundation
Bud is the CEO of the National Cristina Foundation and one of the founders of the Alliance for Technology Refurbishing and Reuse (AFTRR). Bud has been involved in the disability and technology field for over thirty years, having earned his Doctoral degree from The Johns Hopkins University... Read More →


Robert Akers

Enterprise Director, e-Stewards
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Tom Mehlert

Executive Director, Arizona Students Recycling Used Technology
Tom Mehlert, MAEd serves as the Executive Director for Arizona Students Recycling Used Technology (AZ StRUT), a non-profit organization that facilitates the refurbishing of computers from industry by students for other non-profit organizations and schools. He also served on the AZ... Read More →
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Oleg Nepliouev

Head Technician, Triangle Ecycling

Thursday April 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
HIMSS C, 4th Floor 1 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA

10:30am CDT

Digital inclusion funding through public investment
Discussion of local government funding mechanisms for digital inclusion, including small cell fees, cable franchise agreements and public fiber builds.

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Emy Tseng

Senior Broadband Program Specialist, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
Emy Tseng is a Senior Broadband Program Specialist with the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) BroadbandUSA program. She provides technical assistance on expanding broadband access, adoption and use in underserved communities and smart inclusive communities.Prior... Read More →

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Rondella Hawkins

Officer, City of Austin- Telecommunications & Regultory Affairs Dept
Rondella Hawkins is the City’s Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs Officer. Her office has direct responsibility over utility rights-of-way franchise agreements and license agreements with telecommunications and wireless providers.  She serves as the City’s single point of... Read More →
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Chance Hunt

Broadband and Community Technology Manager, City of Seattle
Chance Hunt has a 25 year professional history in public libraries in Washington at the King County Library System and The Seattle Public Library. He currently works for the City of Seattle IT department managing public programs and policy issues that address digital equity and... Read More →

Thursday April 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
HIMSS B, 4th Floor 1 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA

10:30am CDT

Digital literacy training strategies and models
Moderated roundtable discussion of the variety of approaches to digital literacy training and management: including use of volunteers, class structures, certifications, use of online tools, curriculum, etc.

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Rebecca Ranallo

Information & Technology Literacy Manager, Cuyahoga County Public Library
Rebecca Ranallo is the Information & Technology Literacy Manager for the Cuyahoga County Public Library where she oversees innovation, implementation and training. Technology in libraries is a constantly changing environment and Rebecca works to help staff embrace the challenges and... Read More →

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Andrew Farrelly

Communications and Marketing Coordinator, Rising Tide Capital
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Qumisha Goss

Librarian, Detroit Public Library
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Theodora Hanna

CEO, Tech Goes Home
Theo joined Tech Goes Home in 2012 as a New Sector AmeriCorps Fellow to develop the TGH Small Business program and design and implement a social media strategy. Before coming to Boston, she worked in communications at Ashoka's global headquarters in the DC area. She earned a BA in... Read More →
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Brandy McNeil

Associate Director - Adult Tech Education, New York Public Library
Brandy McNeil is the proud recipient of the 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker award. Ms. McNeil is the Associate Director of Tech Education & Training for one of the largest public library systems in the United States, the New York Public Library. She exemplifies the mission... Read More →

10:30am CDT

Diversifying your fundraising: Relationships, planning, grants, grassroots
Nonprofit digital inclusion programs, large or small, need a variety of funding strategies to survive and thrive. Successful program managers share their best practices and ideas for building support from funding institutions as well as the communities they serve.

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Jackie Chisholm

President & CEO, CEOGC
Jacklyn A. Chisholm, Ph.D.President and Chief Executive Officer   Jacklyn A. Chisholm, Ph.D. is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland (CEOGC), a private nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives through education, personal... Read More →

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Mark Batson

Mark C. Batson oversees Information Technology, Facilities and Transportation for the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland. His core focus is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations in order to better serve the Council’s client base. Mark has... Read More →
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Susan Corbett

CEO, Axiom
Axiom is a last-mile broadband provider and a digital inclusion expert located in rural Maine. In September 2017, under the direction of our non-profit, the Axiom Education & Training Center, we launched the National Digital Equity Center (NDEC). NDEC provides communities the expertise... Read More →
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Wanda Davis

Executive Director, ASC3
Wanda Davis has served the University Circle / Ashbury / Glenville communities in various capacities for several decades. She volunteered and worked for many organizations in management and administration, including: Ashbury Community Services, Inc., Northeastern Neighborhood Development... Read More →
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Kami Griffiths

Executive Director, CTN
Kami Griffiths is currently the co-founder and Executive Director of Community Tech Network, a nonprofit that advocates for digital inclusion by providing technology training, mentorship, and networking opportunities to underserved communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. With nearly... Read More →

10:30am CDT

Financial institution support for digital inclusion programs via the Community Reinvestment Act
The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) encourages banks to meet the credit needs of the communities they are licensed to serve. Digital inclusion support by financial institutions has been identified as CRA eligible. Regulations of CRA includes the following:
  • Broadband is included as a form of infrastructure investment. It is an essential community service.  
  • Under the CRA service test, banks should show evidence that their “alternative delivery systems” using online banking and financial technology are being adopted and are effective in providing services to low to moderate income individuals. 
  • Workforce development and small business development was already included. The regulation recently added workforce development/job training examples and technical assistance for businesses in the use of technology. 

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Jordana Barton

Senior Adviser in the San Antonio Branch, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
@dallasfedcomdevJordana supports the Federal Reserve System’s economic growth objectives by promoting community and economic development and fair and impartial access to credit. Her focus areas include the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), community development finance, digital... Read More →
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Jeanne Milliken Bonds

Senior Manager, Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
I lead the Regional Community Development for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s District which includes Maryland, D.C., Virginia, most of West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. I also lead several Federal Reserve System teams, including a team focused on the Community... Read More →

Thursday April 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
HIMSS Tech Showcase, 4th Floor 1 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA

10:30am CDT

Smart cities and digital inclusion
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Municipal digital inclusion efforts are often part of larger "smart city" initiatives. Learn how open data, civic tech, and internet of things efforts can and do include the whole community.

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Catherine Crago

Head of Strategic Initiatives & Resource Development, Housing Authority of the City of Austin
Let's talk about public-private partnerships, sustainability, metrics, smart cities and funding! Eager to hear about your most successful digital inclusion programming - from branding, promoting, monitoring and measuring results.Catherine began her career in the semiconductor industry... Read More →

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Justin Bibb

Co-Founder, Hack Cleveland
Justin Bibb is a Senior Adviser at Gallup where he advises clients in the public, private and nonprofit sectors on strategies to advance the well-being of cities. His work is grounded in Gallup’s global analytics platform which tracks behavioral economic indicators in more than... Read More →
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Geoff Millener

Digital Equity Officer, The Enterprise Center
Geoff Millener serves as Digital Equity Officer for the Enterprise Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he works with a team leveraging the city’s unique gigabit infrastructure to develop, test, deploy and scale solutions for the 21st century. An honors graduate of Amherst College... Read More →
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Denise Linn Riedl

Manager of Ecosystem Development & Benton Fellow, City Tech/Benton Foundation
Ask me about digital inlusion coalitions, digital inclusion pilots/grantmaking models, equitable deployments of smart city tech, and collaborative data projects!

1:00pm CDT

Community-wide digital inclusion coalitions
Limited Capacity seats available

Cities, libraries, housing authorities and others are leading community-wide digital inclusion coalitions across the country. Panelists will discuss common challenges, decision making structures, essential coalition members, and advocacy from first steps to advanced efforts.

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Angela Siefer

Executive Director, National Digital Inclusion Alliance
Angela envisions a world in which all members of society have the skills and the resources to use the Internet for the betterment of themselves and their communities. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, a unified voice for local technology... Read More →

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Bruce Clark

Executive Director, Digital Charlotte, Knight School of Communicaton @ Queens University
Digital Charlotte is a project of the Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte. Our mission is to empower community organizations to deliver digital inclusion resources to their communities. As part of my role as ED of Digital Charlotte, I also serve as the... Read More →
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Carrie Coogan

Deputy Director, Kansas City Public Library
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Munirih Jester

Connecthome Manager, San Antonio Housing Authority
Munirih Jester has been working on Digital Inclusion efforts for the past 4 years. Currently, she is the Digital Inclusion / Connecthome Coordinator for San Antonio Housing Authority and is a lead member of the San Antonio Digital Inclusion Alliance - a citywide coalition that aims... Read More →

1:00pm CDT

Digital inclusion funding through workforce development (including certifications)
People seeking employment are a big part of the constituency served by many local digital initiatives. This session will focus on programs that integrate digital skills training with employment programs, including certification training, and look at Workforce Investment funding and other support opportunities in the workforce system.

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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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Lisa Chambers

National Executive Director, TECH CORPS
Lisa M. Chambers has nearly 20 years of experience developing and implementing nationally-recognized and award winning, Computer Science (CS) and Information Technology (IT) informal education programs. TECH CORPS is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring K-12 students... Read More →
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Tom Esselman

CEO, Connecting For Good
Computer donations, refurbishing, reselling, and recyclingWorkforce development resourcesSpin Class, Rock/Pop/Alt MusicItalian Food and WineGolf
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Stu Johnson

VP, Connected Nation
Connected Nation believes that states, communities, families, and individuals can realize great economic and social advantages when we accelerate broadband availability in underserved areas and increase broadband use in all areas, rural and urban, alike.Stu Johnson serves as Vice... Read More →
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Creola Rice

Workforce Development Program Manager, CEOGC
Creola Rice, M.Ed.Manager, Workforce Development - Designs and develop instructional material for training and professional development purposes. Also implementation of programs with emphasis on achieving Information Technology Certifications. Creola oversees the Workforce Development... Read More →

Thursday April 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
HIMSS A, 4th Floor 1 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA

1:00pm CDT

Digital inclusion in public housing
Local housing authorities continue to drive digital inclusion strategies in many communities. Panelisrs will discuss their experiences and future plans with ConnectHome and related initiatives.


Dina Lehmann-Kim

Program Manager, HUD
Dina Lehmann-Kim came to HUD in 1998 as Presidential Management Intern to work on the Multifamily Housing Neighborhood Networks (NN) program.  Established in 1995, the NN program was one of the first federally-sponsored digital inclusion programs.  In 2002, Dina moved from Multifamily... Read More →

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Juleian Curtis

Digital Inclusion and Planning Manager, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority
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Tony Frank

Fund Development Manager, Denver Housing Authority
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Patricia Steward

Manager, Chicago Housing Authority
Patricia Steward is the Manager of Special Projects at the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and has over 25 years’ experience working in the non-profit industry. She currently has oversight of nine Digital Resource Centers (DRCs) located throughout CHA’s housing developments and... Read More →
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Vicky Yuki

Strategic Advisor, City of Seattle IT

1:00pm CDT

Digital inclusion rural and tribal strategies
Digital inclusion programs in rural and tribal communities with limited broadband access face special challenges in their efforts to increase digital literacy and adoption. This session will explore successful strategies and partnerships.

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Lev Gonick

Chief Information Officer, Arizona State University

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Veronica Creech

Chief Programs Officer, EveryoneOn
Veronica Creech joins EveryoneOn as its Chief Programs Officer, leveraging more than 15 years experience leading public and nonprofit social enterprise initiatives. Most recently, Veronica led global partnership outreach and engagement for First Book, where she oversaw sector, partnership... Read More →
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Sandy Tharp-Thee

Sandy Tharp-Thee, was a former member of the 2017 Digital Inclusion Pilot Project in Oklahoma serving under served and rural communities. She is a 2017 Library Mover and Shaker. 2013 Whitehouse Champion of Change for libraries and museums, 2013 Oklahoma Ruth Brown Award for Social... Read More →
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Nicole Umayam

Digital Inclusion Librarian, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
Archivist & linguist turned librarian. I got in the digital inclusion game as part of NDIA's Digital Inclusion Corps, and have since been involved in projects such as wi-fi hotspot and laptop lending, broadband 101 training for rural tribal libraries, and digital inclusion strategic... Read More →

Thursday April 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
HIMSS C, 4th Floor 1 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA

1:00pm CDT

New infrastructure solutions for affordable home broadband
Panelists will share opportunities and models for communities to deploy affordable home access, using rising technologies like millimeter wave, TVWS and small cell.

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John Windhausen

Executive Director, SHLB Coalition
John Windhausen, Jr. is the founder and Executive Director of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition based in Washington, DC. The SHLB Coalition is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) advocacy and educational organization with 132 members from across the U.S., including representatives... Read More →

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Bobby Coulter

Senior Manager, Information Technology & Systems, Fresno Housing Authority
After nearly two decades of private sector IT experience, Bobby Coulter joined the Fresno Housing Authority in 2015. As a lifelong Fresno native-- raised on the same streets as Fresno Housing residents, Coulter understands first-hand the challenges in pursuing a career in technology... Read More →
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Paul Garnett

Senior Director, Microsoft Airband Initiative, Microsoft
Paul Garnett is the Senior Director of Microsoft Airband Initiative, where he focuses on new technologies and business models that will enable billions more people to affordably get online and gain access to energy. Garnett and his Airband team work with internet access providers... Read More →
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Liz Lazar

Director of Programs & Partnerships, DigitalC
Liz is passionate about leveraging the power of technology to create opportunities for individuals and the communities in which they live. She leads DigitalC's Technology in the Neighborhoods pillar, including the Connect the Unconnected internet access initiative with Cuyahoga Metropolitan... Read More →
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Diana Nucera

Diana Nucera has expertise in engaging multi-generational, diverse communities in exploring innovative technology solutions. In 2014 Diana founded the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP), a sponsored project of AMP. Her work focuses on developing popular education materials that empower communities to use media and technology to investigate, illuminate, and develop visionary solutions to challenges. Diana is expanding community technology in Detroit through the Equitable Internet Initiative and in New York through the New America Foundation’s RISE: NYC Program. Her latest publications include the Opening Data Zine and the Teaching Community Technology Handbook. As a fan of joy and celebration, Diana is known for leading office wide rounds of applause when a friend walks into the AMP office., Detroit Community Technology Project
Diana has expertise in engaging multi-generational, diverse communities in exploring innovative technology solutions. In 2014 Diana founded the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP), a sponsored project of AMP. Her work focuses on developing popular education materials that... Read More →

1:00pm CDT

Partnerships with Internet Service Providers
Internet Service Providers are an essential partner in digital inclusion efforts. In addition to low-cost offers, how are digital inclusion programs partnering with ISPs on internet service sign up events, digital literacy trainings and outreach?

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Cari DelMariani

Director of Programs, Kramden Institute
Cari DelMariani joined Kramden Institute, a North Carolina based non-profit, in 2010. As Director of Programs, she works to develop and implement initiatives aimed at creating a digitally equitable community. These programs provide access to computer devices and technology education... Read More →

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Ilene Albert

Executive Director, Value Added Services and Diversity Products, Cox
Ilene Albert serves as Executive Director, Value Added Services and Diversity Products for Cox Communications, in Atlanta, GA, leading its broadband adoption and accessibility programs, and setting direction for Cox’s value-added services, including email, data usage and security... Read More →
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Rahman Khan

Vice President, Community Impact, Charter Communications/Spectrum
Rahman Khan (pronounced Rock-mon Kon) serves as Vice President, Community Impact for Charter Communications/Spectrum, in Stamford, CT, leading its flagship philanthropic and community engagement programs, and setting direction for how employees volunteer. In this role, he manages... Read More →
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David Urbanowicz

External Affairs & Partnerships, Comcast Internet Essentials

Thursday April 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
HIMSS B, 4th Floor 1 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA

1:00pm CDT

The community broadband movement and digital inclusion
Across the country, municipalities and other local leaders are investing in community-owned high-speed broadband networks. Community broadband can bring gigabit speeds to homes and businesses, extend fast broadband to unserved rural communities, create needed competition for private monopolies, and preserve the principles of open, neutral networks. Can it also support digital inclusion and affordable access for the disadvantaged residents of the communities it serves?

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Chris Mitchell

Director, Community Broadband Networks, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) in Minneapolis. On a day-to-day basis, Mitchell runs MuniNetworks.org, the comprehensive online clearinghouse of information about local government... Read More →
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Deb Socia

President, The Enterprise Center
Deb Socia is the Executive Director of Next Century Cities, a nonprofit that strives to support community leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet. More than 180 cities strong, Next Century Cities is committed... Read More →