2019 Roundtable

The rural digital divide is one of the most pressing, and difficult to solve, public policy issues in America today. Since 2018 the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law program, now with the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center (NGTC), has hosted a local, regional, and national stakeholder roundtable for the telecommunications industry led by Professor and Director Gus Hurwitz. This ongoing work brings together experts from around the country who have been involved in digital divide policy, to discuss the challenges and potential solutions to this problem. Through a series of roundtables and student opportunities, NGTC capitalizes on our location and local relationships to advance this issue. The goal remains to foster organic, candid discussion between stakeholders, who may not often have the opportunity to interact. Past participants included representation from Google, Comcast, the Nebraska Telecommunications Association, Microsoft, the FCC, Iowa Communications Alliance, Great Plains Telecommunications, Century Link, the State Independent Telephone Association of Kansas, the Nebraska Public Service Commission, and more.

We are proud to continue these efforts and the details for the 2021 programming are now available.

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2020 Research and Tech Refactored++ Episodes

Continuing in this tradition, in spring 2020, we supported several empirical research projects conducted by academics active in this area of research. Presentation of these projects was ultimately delayed by COVID-19. Instead of the round table discussion that we had planned to hold together in person last April, we met virtually in October to discuss this research. That discussion has been cut down into individual podcasts and will be presented in a series of episodes over the coming weeks as part of the research initiative driven Tech Refactored++ series. These episodes will include short presentations from the authors and questions from other project researchers.

The Tech Refactored++ series is dedicated to in-depth and rich discussions of research initiatives and projects. This series is separate from the general Tech Refactored episodes given its highly specialized nature, but these episodes will continue to be available on this page and the NGTC MediaHub channel for sharing and download.

What are the economic effects of municipal broadband? | The Digital Divide Series for Tech Refactored++January 19, 2020

In this roundtable session Sarah Oh discusses her paper, "What are the economic effects of municipal broadband?" which investigates whether municipal broadband networks increase broadband adoption and create jobs.  Roundtable participants include Angela HollmanTim ObermierDavid ReedMatt LarsenMichael KotrousBrent SkorupBrian WhitacreRoberto Gallardo, and Will Rinehart. Please note, due to some errors in recording during the roundtable this episode has some audio infrequencies.

The Effect of the FCC’s High Cost Program on the Extensive and Intensive Margins of Rural Broadband Deployment | The Digital Divide Series for Tech Refactored++December 18, 2020

This episode of the Digital Divide Tech Refactored++ series features Michael Kotrous and Brent Skorup, discussing their paper on the effect of the FCC’s high cost fund. Roundtable participants include Sarah OhAngela HollmanDavid ReedMatt LarsenTim ObermierBrian WhitacreRoberto Gallardo, and Will Rinehart.

State broadband policy: Impacts on availability | The Digital Divide Series for Tech Refactored++December 17, 2020

In this roundtable session Brian Whitacre and Roberto Gallardo discuss their paper, "State broadband policy: Impacts on availability.” Roundtable participants include Sarah Oh, Angela Hollman, Tim Obermier, David Reed, Matt LarsenMichael Kotrous, Brent Skorup, and Will Rinehart.

Cost of Broadband in Rural America: Case Study of Best Fit Broadband | The Digital Divide Series for Tech Refactored++November 30, 2020

In this roundtable session David Reed and Matt Larsen discuss their project, "Cost of Broadband in Rural America: Case Study of “Best-Fit” Broadband.” Roundtable participants include Sarah Oh, Angela Hollman, Tim Obermier, Michael Kotrous, Brent Skorup, Brian Whitacre, Roberto Gallardo, and Will Rinehart.

Rural Measures: Visualizing the Rural-Urban Digital Divide | The Digital Divide Series for Tech Refactored++November 16, 2020

In this roundtable session Angela Hollman and Tim Obermier discuss their project, "Rural Measures: Visualizing the Rural-Urban Digital Divide" and gathering data directly from households to measure internet use in central Nebraska. Roundtable participants include Sarah Oh, David Reed, Matt Larsen, Michael KotrousBrent SkorupBrian WhitacreRoberto Gallardo, and Will Rinehart.

Tech Refactored++ Credits

Host: NGTC Director Gus Hurwitz

Theme Music: Collin McCarthy

Technical Production Assistance: Kaci Richter

Executive Producer: Elsbeth Magilton

Associate Producer: Lysandra Márquez