Using Data To Guide Broadband Policy & Programming Interventions

August 6 – 2:45 pm to 3:30 pm
Plaza Court 8


Paul Garnett

Vernonburg Group: Founder and CEO

While data shows that broadband networks have been deployed equitably overall, rurality has a significant impact on broadband availability for people of all races and incomes. In addition, Native Americans in both urban and rural areas and irrespective of income have less access to broadband than other groups, and lower-income households have fewer competitive and technology options. Broadband adoption data tells a slightly different story. Broadband and technology adoption rates are lower among specific groups, including low-income households, residents of rural areas, communities with low rates of literacy and digital skills, aging individuals, persons with disabilities, and certain communities of color (namely Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans). Taken together, this data demonstrates the need for programs, such as the BEAD program, and a focus on addressing both broadband availability and adoption. This panel will discuss how federal, state, and policy makers can utilize available broadband availability and adoption data to target policy and programming interventions to maximize impact.


Kate Allison

Comcast: Executive Director of Research and Digital Equity

Geoffrey Blackwell

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI): General Counsel and Chief of Staff

Elizabeth Bowles

Aristotle Unified Communications Inc.: CEO

Alisa Valentin, Ph.D.

Public Knowledge: Broadband Policy Director

Jake Varn

Pew: Associate Manager, Broadband Access Initiative