Join NLC and guest experts for this virtual series to get up to speed on what your city needs to know to improve digital equity, make investments in broadband infrastructure and internet access and take advantage of new federal funding for connectivity.

Following the launch of NLC’s Digital Equity Playbook, this series will walk participants through the process of assessing community broadband needs, finding partners, understanding new federal grant programs and learning more about the technology that makes local broadband infrastructure work.

Getting Started with Digital Equity: Conducting a Local Needs Assessment

January 19, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Is your city struggling to get all residents online? Do you want to spend Coronavirus Relief Fund money on connectivity, or apply for federal grant support, but don’t know what would be the most effective way to start? The first step in promoting digital equity is gaining a thorough understanding of your community’s challenges, gaps, and assets through a needs assessment.

In this webinar, local experts discussed the best ways to engage residents, gather information and understand the challenges keeping community members disconnected. They also reviewed the free resources available to assist cities in the needs assessment process.

Speakers included:

  • Chrelle Booker, Mayor Pro Tem, Tryon, North Carolina (moderator)
  • Richard Leadbeater, State Government Industry Manager, Esri
  • Rebecca F. Kauma, Economic and Digital Inclusion Officer, City of Long Beach, CA
  • Candelaria Mendoza, Interim Digital Inclusion Administrator, City of San Antonio, TX

Finding Your Digital Equity Partners

February 16, 2022, 2:00- 3:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

More than ever, America’s cities recognize that digital equity is a critical component to enable their residents, businesses and local economies to flourish. Local leaders have achieved extraordinary gains to connect residents before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to position their communities to benefit from an increasingly digital future. However, cities can’t go it alone and partnerships are a key piece of the puzzle. Whether it is partnering with philanthropic organizations, the private sector or other units of government, city leaders must rely on these relationships to amplify their digital equity work. 

Join our panel of experts to talk about the best ways to find your digital equity partners in your community, no matter where your city is in its digital equity journey. 

What Do City Leaders Need to Know about the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program?

April 20, 2022 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

More information to come.

Doing it Yourself: Municipal Broadband Networks for Beginners

May 18, 2022, 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

More information to come.