CoP: National Broadband Map: How Connected is your Community?

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Knowing how, where, and what type of internet connectivity is available is critical knowledge when helping residents adopt broadband at home and in planning digital inclusion programs. This information is now available to everyone through the new National Broadband Map.
Attend this free webinar. Kami Griffiths, Executive Director of Community Technology Network, will lead a discussion with Anne Neville, Director, State Broadband Data & Development Grant Program & National Broadband Mapping Program, Department of Commerce, and Richard Chabran, Policy Advisor of the California Broadband Policy Network on how to use the National Broadband Map.

This webinar will highlight how community-based organizations and local governments to inform planning digitally inclusive communities can use the map. It will also suggest ways the map can be used in broadband digital literacy activities.

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Specifically, you will learn to use the National Broadband Map to answer the following questions:
·               What do we mean when we talk about broadband?
·               Where is broadband in my community?
·               What different broadband technologies are available in my community?
·               How does my community compare with other geographic locations?
·               What is the demographic makeup of my community?
·               What community-based organizations are connected to broadband? Is mine represented?
·               What BTOP grants have been awarded in my state for deployment, adoption, and community access?
This webinar is sponsored by the California Broadband Policy Network and Community Technology Network, hosted by NTEN, and funded by the California Consumer Protection Foundation.


About Anne Neville

Director, State Broadband Data & Development Grant Program & National Broadband Mapping Program at US Department of Commerce, NTIA

Director Neville is responsible for both the development of national broadband map and grants to states to support broadband mapping and planning efforts.


She was most recently a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland and before that served as Assistant Secretary for Economic Development and Technology for the State of California where she served as the lead staff California's broadband initiative. She has additional experience in legislative and regulatory environments, focusing on broadband, digital inclusion and Internet issues.


Prior to this work, Anne managed a grant program to increase non-profit capacity through the use of technology programming and founded and directed a community center providing technology training and access to mainly immigrant populations.



About Richard Chabrán

California Broadband Policy Network

Policy Advisor Chabrán has been a public advocate for digital inclusion for over a decade. He has not only presented before the California State Legislature and the California Public Utilities Commission but has facilitated the voices of underrepresented communities in those public forums.


He directed the Chicano Studies Library at Berkeley and the Chicano Studies Research Library at UCLA during their formative years. From 1995 until 2003, he founded the Center for Virtual Research and developed the Community Digital Initiative and other community technology projects at the University of California Riverside. 

Since 2004, he has taught courses on diverse populations at the School of Information Resources and Library Sciences at the University of Arizona. Select publications include: Cyber Access in the Inland Empire (with Max Neiman); "Broadband -- Why It's Important and Why YOU Should Care," with Linda Fowells, Community Technology Review"; “Preparing Ethnic Non-Profits for the 21st Century," with Romelia Salinas, in Libraries Beyond Their Institutions: Partnerships That Work; “Place Matters, Journeys Through Global Spaces and Local Places” with Romelia Salinas, in Technological Visions: The Hopes and Fears that Shape New Technologies, and Wired for Wireless? Towards Digital Inclusion and Next Generation Government-Led Wireless Networks with Oscar Cruz, Linda Fowells, and Allen Hammond.



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Communities of Practice (CoPs) are intended to create a deeper networking and educational experience for members of the NTEN community at large. They are open to NTEN members and non-members alike and center on themes that reflect both a specific programmatic focus and an ongoing opportunity for growth. CoPs are supported by volunteer community organizers that agree to nurture and ignite conversation and engagement. Join the Community Technology CoP here.