CBN’s second Zoom breakfast will be Friday, February 19, 2021 at 8:30am EST. We will be hearing about New York State’s Reimagine Commission's connectivity initiative from representatives of Schmidt Futures. This purpose of this initiative is to increase opportunities for New Yorkers by reducing the digital divide. The Commission’s Connectivity Working Group’s initial report on the state of connectivity, current market dynamics, and emerging deployment models to promote access to affordable, at-home broadband can be found here.
The Center for the Study of Inequality (CSI) has announced the 2020-21 Faculty Research Grant program. This program supports cutting-edge social scientific research into the patterns, causes, and consequences of social and economic inequality. The deadline for proposals is April 1, 2021. Authors of winning proposals will be notified in May, and funds will be available by summer of 2021. For details, click https://inequality.cornell.edu/faculty-research.
Public-private partnership for building a resilient broadband infrastructure in Puerto Rico, Amado Cordova and Karlyn Stanley, Telecommunications Policy. Exploring the use of an innovative approach to a public-private partnership (PPP) to spur the deployment of broadband and create more resilient telecommunications networks in Puerto Rico. Such a partnership is a critical ingredient of the plan for rebuilding the telecommunications sector of Puerto Rico after the island was devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017. The proposed partnership also has the potential for enabling the expansion of citizen access to broadband services throughout Puerto Rico.
The National Urban League, working with other civil rights organizations and public policy experts, has developed a detailed and comprehensive agenda to:
Deploy networks everywhere;
Get everyone connected;
Use networks to improve how we deliver essential services, such as workforce development, health care and education; and
Create new economic opportunities to participate in the growth of the digital economy.