An estimated 27% of students lack access to broadband in their homes. To spur discussion on closing this divide, this session will raise awareness around rural broadband connectivity issues in Michigan that exacerbate the “homework gap” and affect digital inclusion. Panelists will explore a variety of approaches, including community coalitions, changes in regulation, and public/private partnerships, which can be used to connect the underserved and impact Michigan’s collective progress.
2019 Mackinac Policy Conference
Johannes M. Bauer, Quello Chair for Media and Information Policy, Chairperson of the Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University
Garlin Gilchrist II, Lieutenant Governor, State of Michigan
Marc Hudson, Founder and CEO, Rocket Fiber
Moderator: Joe Sawasky, President and CEO, Merit Network
Special Thanks To: Detroit Public Television for the recording!