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Past · July 18 – 20, 2023

Bridging California’s Digital Divide

Three-Day Virtual Conference

July 18, 19, and 20

Event will be livestreamed on this page.

About the Program

The pandemic highlighted longstanding gaps in reliable internet access and spurred unprecedented investments in broadband. What are the barriers to digital access across California’s diverse communities? How can we leverage recent funding to overcome obstacles and ensure digital equity? Join us for a multi-day conference about these critical issues.

Conference Schedule

Agenda

Session 1 – Tuesday, July 18

Historic Investments
What are the major federal and state resources aimed at expanding broadband access, improving affordability, and promoting digital literacy?

11:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
Joseph Hayes, Senior Research Associate, Public Policy Institute of California

11:05 a.m. Panel Discussion
Moderator: Niu Gao, Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California
Christina Snider, Tribal Affairs Secretary, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
Amy Tong, Secretary of Government Operations, California Government Operations Agency
Sanford Williams, Special Advisor to the Chairwoman, Deputy Managing Director, Federal Communications Commission

11:45 a.m. Audience Q&A

12:00 p.m. Adjourn

Session 2 – Wednesday, July 19

Local Innovations
How are communities across the state working to advance digital access and equity?

11:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
Niu Gao, Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California

11:05 a.m. Panel Discussion
Moderator: Joseph Hayes, Senior Research Associate, Public Policy Institute of California
Peggy Dolgenos, President and Co-CEO, Cruzio Internet
Barbara Hayes, Chief Economic Development Officer, Rural County Representatives of California
Selwyn Hollins, Director, Internal Services Department, County of Los Angeles

11:45 a.m. Audience Q&A

12:00 p.m. Adjourn

Session 3 – Thursday, July 20

Ensuring Equity
What is the role of digital equity in improving outcomes across a broad range of sectors, including education, health, and the economy?

11:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
Niu Gao, Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California

11:05 a.m. Panel Discussion
Moderator: Ji Soo Song, Digital Equity Advisor, Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education
Kristina Ishmael, Deputy Director, Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education
Mei Kwong, Executive Director, Center for Connected Health Policy
Nicol Turner Lee, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution

11:45 a.m. Audience Q&A

12:00 p.m. Adjourn

Speakers

Peggy Dolgenos

Cruzio Internet

Niu Gao

Public Policy Institute of California

Barbara Hayes

Rural County Representatives of California

Joseph Hayes

Public Policy Institute of California

Selwyn Hollins

County of Los Angeles

Kristina Ishmael

U.S. Department of Education

Mei Kwong

Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP)

Nicol Turner Lee

Brookings Institution

Christina Snider

Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

Ji Soo Song

U.S. Department of Education

Amy Tong

California Government Operations Agency

Sanford Williams

Federal Communications Commission

Event Videos

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Bridging California’s Digital Divide: Historic Investments

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Bridging California's Digital Divide: Local Innovations

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Bridging California's Digital Divide: Ensuring Equity

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Topics

Access Affordability Equity Higher Education K–12 Education Political Landscape