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Advancing connectivity: Reflections on the 2024 Broadband Communities Summit

The Woodlands, Texas (May 21st, 2024) – Thousands of the brightest minds in broadband came together for the 2024 Broadband Communities Summit to discuss current challenges and opportunities for digital equity and broadband access, adoption, and use.

Among those in attendance, Connected Nation’s (CN) broadband and digital inclusion experts. Throughout the week, CN made a significant impact through participation and insightful contributions. Our Executive Vice President of Digital Inclusion, Heather Gate, took center stage on a panel discussing how to make broadband more affordable and accessible for everyone. Her insights highlighted solutions to bridge the digital divide, ensuring that connectivity reaches all communities, regardless of socioeconomic status. Additionally, Brent Legg, our Executive Vice President of Government Affairs, engaged in a forward-thinking panel about the current landscape of and prospects for Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), emphasizing their critical role in enhancing network performance and reliability. Learn more about IXPs HERE.

The Connected Nation podcast, hosted by Jessica Denson, was also on-site, capturing the discussions and diverse perspectives from the summit. Over the course of two days, Jessica interviewed 13 guests from various segments of the broadband and technology sectors. The podcast hosted guests varying from a leader in Tribal broadband, team members from eero, the author of Farm Fresh Broadband, the Administrator of the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service and multiple CEO’s and Presidents of companies present at the event. Click HERE to listen to the insightful discussions on the BBC Summit installments of the Connected Nation podcast.

The summit provided a unique opportunity for many of our team members to network, collaborate, and exchange ideas with leading stakeholders, innovators, and leaders in the broadband and connectivity field. This event underscored the commitment of Connected Nation, and all others present to advancing broadband connectivity and fostering digital inclusion across the nation.

Visit HERE to register for Broadband Communities Summit West taking place later this year in California.

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About Connected Nation: Connected Nation celebrated 20 years of service in 2021. The national nonprofit’s mission is to improve lives by providing innovative solutions that expand access to and increase the adoption and use of broadband (high-speed internet) and its related technologies by all people. Everyone belongs in a Connected Nation.

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