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Wed, Sep 30



Our Country: The election and COVID - Day Two

Today's highlights: Political journalist, Ron Brownstein; a look at this year's Broadband story including the good that came and the challenges going forward; and FCC's senior Democrat, Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel will discuss her views of the industry.

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Sep 30, 2020, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT


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Ron Brownstein When Winning is Everything – The November Election, Politics Today, 

   and the Next Four Years (50 min)

Part journalist, part historian, and shrewd political observer, Ron Brownstein will explain the complexities of our current political landscape with lucid precision. Twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, he writes weekly columns for both The Atlantic and and appears regularly in National Journal. The Economist calls Ron “one of America’s best political journalists.” ​

Broadband for All – Keeping Everyone Connected (30-40 min)

The recent pandemic caught literally everyone off guard, but our ACA Connects/NCTC Members met our country's broadband needs as they stepped up in countless ways to "Keep Americans Connected." Yet, policymakers in Washington are concerned there are broadband gaps for students, low-income families, health care institutions, and others that still need to be filled. This session will explore the broadband good accomplished during the pandemic and the upcoming broadband challenges of truly serving all Americans. Our Special Guest Panelist is Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA), Chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and Guest Member Panelists Tom Williams, CTO of Schurz Communications; and Andy Walton, Chief Communications Officer of Atlantic Broadband.

Standing in the Gap - Broadband and the FCC with FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel (30 min)

The FCC’s senior Democrat, Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, joins the Independent Show speaker line-up to discuss her views.  ACA Connects Chairman Patty Boyers will sit down with the Commissioner who is an expert and leader on spectrum policy and merging broadband technologies, as well as a tireless advocate on consumer and public safety issues.  The Commissioner will provide attendees with invaluable insights on the FCC’s activities for the rest of 2020 and beyond.

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