The National Telecommunications and Information Initiative (NTIA) will be hosting a nine-part webinar series in an effort to grow the Community Connectivity Initiative.
The webinars, taking place on the second Thursday of each month starting in July through March 2017, will support accelerated broadband access, improve digital inclusion, strengthen policies and support local priorities. These hands-on and interactive sessions will allow stakeholders the chance to have a say in the future growth of the initiative while identifying tools that could benefit communities in the present and future.
The planned discussion topics are as follows:
- July 14: Initiative update and framework and assessment design discussion
- Aug. 11: Initiative update and discussion of the report and recommended output
- Sept. 8: Initiative update and recommendations discussion
- Oct. 13: Initiative update and discussion on user support requirements
- Nov. 10: Initiative update and evaluation discussion
- Dec. 8: Initiative update and discussion of training requirements
- Jan. 12: Initiative update and discussion of roll-out timeline
- Feb. 9: Initiative update and communication discussion
- March 9: Initiative update and next steps discussion
Admission is open to the public, although it is requested that participants pre-register for each webinar. Questions during the webinar may be sent to BroadbandUSA@ntia.doc.gov. For more information about the webinars, how to register and the webinar topics, visit the Federal Registrar.
Additionally, NTIA has invited several thought leaders to Washington D.C. for a two-day design workshop to help complete the next level of detailed design for the Community Connectivity Framework, Online Assessment Tool, and Reports.
This event is invitation only and is scheduled for June 28-29.
The NTIA’s BroadbandUSA team is developing new tools to support communities working to accelerate broadband deployment, deepen broadband adoption, strengthen local policies, and use broadband to advance local priorities. The Community Connectivity Initiative design is based on the best practices and best thinking of leading practitioners in communities throughout the country. The program structure encourages continuous improvement, inviting community leaders to take stock of their current broadband assets, access, and applications, identify opportunities and next steps, and re-assess later. The goal is to support more communities as they develop local plans to increase access, adoption and use and to use common measures rooted in local practice to create a foundation for further investments in broadband.
For more about the initiative, visit http://www2.ntia.doc.gov/CCI