Closing the Digital Divide: The Role of Community Wi-Fi in Providing Connectivity to School-Age Children

August 8 – 10:00 am to 10:45 am


Candice Mayberry Storsveen

Calix: Director of Product Marketing, SmartTown & SmartSchool

In today’s world, access to the internet is crucial for students to succeed academically. However, many students lack reliable access to the internet, leaving them at a disadvantage when it comes to completing assignments and participating in online classes. This talk will explore the ways in which community Wi-Fi networks can bridge the digital divide for school-age children, providing affordable and accessible internet access to those who need it most. We will also discuss the importance of community engagement, the need for partnerships with local businesses and government entities, and the potential for community Wi-Fi to drive economic development in underserved areas. Learn from Calix and Allo Communications how Allo successfully provides connectivity to K12 and University students in Nebraska with eduroam and its impact on these communities.


Robert Beiersdorf

Allo: Regional GM - Colorado

Tanna Hanna

ALLO: Director of Marketing and Social Media

Tim Twohig

Calix: Area Vice President of SmartTown Alliances