The COVID pandemic has painfully underscored the need to more effectively expand affordable high-performance broadband in underserved and disadvantaged communities……or to borrow a phrase from President Biden, to Build Broadband Better.
There are many challenges facing efforts to achieve this goal, including identifying and prioritizing unserved and underserved areas; funding, designing, building and operating networks to serve these areas and; ensuring that network access is affordable and that the devices and skills needed to benefit from that access are accessible to all.
With increased federal funding now available to support expanded broadband access, key decisions must be made at the state and local level about how best to address this web of interrelated challenges.
This webinar will examine a promising approach to Building Broadband Better: Community Empowerment Networks that utilize Automated Open Access (AOA) technology. As you will learn, these networks provide unique benefits, including reduced cost of operation; increased competition and innovation among ISPs; lower prices, increased choice, security and ease of use for customers and; an open platform for innovation and value creation by community service providers (CSPs), including organizations operating in the healthcare, education, public safety, government, public utility and nonprofit sectors.