Worlds Apart: Bridging Rural and Urban Divides


Shirley Bloomfield

NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association

Brendan Carr

Federal Communications Commission

Nicol Turner-Lee

The Brookings Institution

Christopher Wood

LGBT Technology Partnership

More than 70% of the world’s Internet traffic runs through data centers in Northern Virginia, but you can’t even get 4G LTE wireless service on more than 7,700 road miles in rural parts of VA. Unfortunately, this is true in states nationwide. If you live in rural America, there’s a better than 1-in-4 chance that you lack access to fixed high-speed broadband at home, compared to a 1-in-50 probability in our cities. Collectively, we must work together to close the #DigitalDivide in America.

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Primary Entry: Music Badge, Platinum Badge, Film Badge, Interactive Badge
Format: Panel
Event Type: Session
Track: Government
Level: Beginner