Broadband Infrastructure Funding: What Should The Plans Be?

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The Internet has become essential for Americans as they participate in commerce, culture and democracy. The Internet and the Internet of Things is rapidly becoming an important part of how our cities and transportation networks operate. Increasingly rural communities are incorporating Internet-enabled technologies into their communities and lifestyles. The possibilities seem endless.

Do the Trump Administration’s impending infrastructure plans and tax plans include approaches to increasing Internet access and Internet-enabled technologies in America? If so, how and for whom? And what types of technologies? What about rural and low-income Americans? As we wait for more detailed proposals from the Administration and from the FCC we’ve assembled a panel of experts to explore the possibilities and challenges for expanding Internet access and for incorporating the Internet of tomorrow into the American way of life. Join us.


  • Shirley Bloomfield – CEO, NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association
  • Doug Brake – Senior Analyst, Telecom Policy, ITIF
  • Blair Levin – Non-resident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
  • Lisa Schoenthaler – VP Association Affairs and Office of Rural/Midsize Operators, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association