Postponed: Leveraging Federal Funding to Solve the Digital Divide – A Step-by-Step Guide

POSTPONED PENDING THE FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE BILL 
To make this class as helpful and relevant as possible, we've delayed it until more details are available about the pending $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. You won't want to miss this chance to learn about how your community can access new funding to develop broadband solutions!
   
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Description

It is estimated that as many as 42 million Americans lack high-speed internet service. While millions more have internet access, because of heavy usage or poor network design, in reality it is far from “high speed.” One major impact of the pandemic has been to show the clear need for strong and resilient infrastructure. This is true for buildings, roads, bridges, utilities, and particularly broadband networks. While a few years ago broadband was considered a luxury – important mainly for consumers who used it to stream entertainment, the shutdown of 2020 made reliable high-speed internet critical to people working from home, attending school through remote learning and conducting telemedicine appointments with their doctors. As communities begin to envision their new, post-pandemic normal, a key part of most strategies is to develop new approaches to improve broadband services. The Federal ARPA and pending Build Back Better infrastructure legislation prioritizes funding for broadband enhancement. Learn how to assess needs, develop solutions, and access funding from this session.

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Tuesday, November 16 at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Virtual Event
Event Type

Lectures, Presentations and Workshops

Topic

Professional Development

Target Audience

General Public

Website

http://go.niu.edu/cla

Cost

$33 Single; $10 NIU Student

Group
Civic Leadership Academy
Department
Center for Governmental Studies
Contact Name

Janiece Bollie

Contact Email or Phone

civicleadershipacademy@niu.edu

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