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Virtual Event: Delivering Broadband Connectivity

Strategies for closing the digital divide

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Start: 12:00pm ET / 9:00 PT

Agenda Overview:

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the disadvantages of being without access to broadband. Within a week everything including schools, colleges, workplaces, health appointments were online – and it was robust and reliable broadband that enabled that transition. However, that level of access is not a reality for everyone.   

Initiatives such as the recent High-Speed Access for All: Canada’s Connectivity Strategy are among the solutions and advancements being made at the provincial and municipal levels are rapidly helping to ensure all Canadians benefit from digital service delivery. To get there, we will need creative ideas, community partners and new infrastructure and technology.

PSN’s Delivering Broadband Connectivity virtual event provides practical and implementable solutions to overcome broadband connectivity challenges, including for rural and remote communities with the help of technological advancements, funding and partnering models. This 2-hour webinar promises to bring together community leaders and related stakeholders to provide a wealth of economic research; how-to materials; case histories highlighting what is working well and what is not; and other practical information for immediate use.

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Key Takeaways:

Understand the role of the government in minimizing the digital and social divide impacting broadband connectivity  

Be the first to see the latest technologies in the broadband domain and gain insights to benefit your community

Learn from best practices to deploy home broadband in your rural, remote, or Indigenous community

Analyze various partnership models for successful implementation of broad technologies 

Event Speakers:

Ian Baggley

Director General, Strategic Planning, Broadband Fund and NetworksCanadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

Mayor Allan Thompson

Town of CaledonChair of Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA)

Mayor Dan Mathieson

City of Stratford

Kirby Koster

Senior Manager Broadband Programs
Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN)

Riaz Razvi

PMP, MEng, MBA, Broadband SpecialistThe Regional Municipality of Durham

Lis McWalter

West Parry Sound SMART Community Network Inc

Jason Presement

Regional Vice President, Canada

Helen Hambly

PhD, Professor and Project Leader, Regional and Rural Broadband Project
University of Guelph

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Agenda Highlights:

12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT
Welcome from PSN
12:10pm ET / 9:10am PT
Welcome from Chair
12:20pm ET / 9:20am PT
Federal Keynote: Implementing Universal Broadband Across Canada
12:35pm ET / 9:35am PT
Partner Session: Don’t Let WiFi Be The Weakest Link In the Broadband Chain
12:50pm ET / 9:50am PT
Government Case Study: Unravelling complexities to deploy the Next Gen broadband networks
1:05pm ET / 10:05am PT
Government Case Study: Community-Driven Strategies to expand and improve Canada’s Digital Divide
1:20pm ET / 10:20am PT
1:25pm ET / 10:25am PT
Panel Discussion: Lessons learned from past broadband projects to enhance the user experience
2:15pm ET / 11:15am PT
End of Session


Complimentary to attend

Free for Public Sector only

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