Harnessing Broadband Access for Community Change

Tue, March 22, 2016,
9:30am to 11:00am PDT
Seattle + Telephone
Philanthropy Northwest, 2101 Fourth Avenue, Suite 650 Seattle WA 98121

Harnessing Broadband Access for Community Change, a Conversation with Next Century Cities at Philanthropy Northwest

  • How can extending affordable, ubiquitous broadband access to Northwestern communities help your grantees and partners better achieve their goals?
  • What are the particular connectivity needs of rural, geographically remote, and tribal communities?
  • What are the barriers to better Internet access for different communities?
  • How do these barriers, and the resulting difficulty in accessing broadband Internet, impact the vibrancy of communities?

Please join Philanthropy Northwest in hosting Next Century Cities for a conversation about strategies for engaging community leaders and city government in the national broadband conversation. Learn about the links between broadband access and civic engagement, economic development, digital literacy, distance learning and health. Engage in a conversation about local-level opportunities to expand broadband access across the Northwest. 

ELIGIBILITY: This conversation is open to Philanthropy Northwest members, non-member grantmaking entities, and city governments. Registration is required.

ABOUT: Next Century Cities is a non-partisan, solutions-oriented coalition of mayors and community leaders committed to achieving fast, universal, and affordable broadband access for all. Their nationwide membership of almost 130 communities includes cities large and small. Northwestern members include Missoula, MT; Ammon, ID; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; and Sandy, OR, and almost a dozen more. Next Century Cities is a platform for these communities to share their enthusiasm for better access to next-generation Internet and the economic, social, educational and civic benefits high-speed connectivity brings. Their next regional summit, Digital Northwest, will be in Seattle, WA on March 21. It will feature high-level conversations with Senator Patty Murray, as well as panels with mayors and broadband leaders across the Northwest. It will also include breakout panels that range from the nuts-and-bolts of getting communities wired to innovative strategies telehealth strategies.

Please contact Lyn Hunter for questions regarding this briefing: lhunter@philanthropynw.org. Please contact Paul Kim with any questions on the day of the event: 206-443-8430.