Building on Bipartisan Momentum behind Broadband: A Chat with FCC Commissioner Nathan Simington

Tue, Sep 28, 2021 2:00 PM ET

Please join us for a virtual fireside chat with FCC Commissioner Nathan Simington and Bruce Mehlman, Founding IIA Co-Chairman and former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Tech Policy.

Republicans and Democrats in the Senate recently reached a historic agreement on broadband, approving the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package that includes $42.5 billion for high-speed internet infrastructure and $14.2 billion to help low-income Americans afford service. But many partisan pitfalls in tech and telecom still threaten the continued advancement of the broadband ecosystem.

The Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA), a broad-based coalition supporting broadband availability and access for all Americans since 2004, invites you to hear a discussion on how to ensure that the United States continues to lead the world in internet investment and innovation between FCC Commissioner Nathan Simington and Bruce Mehlman, Founding Co-Chairman of IIA and former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy. Commissioner Simington and Bruce will explore:

  • the post-pandemic outlook for broadband deployment and adoption;
  • extension of the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit in the form of the Affordable Connectivity Program, as part of the bipartisan infrastructure bill;
  • the future of American competitiveness in next-generation wireless; and
  • the optimal regulatory environment for broadband investment and innovation.

Questions from the audience will be answered following the Q&A.

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