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COMMUNITY EVENTS

MICHIGAN MOONSHOT BROADBAND EDUCATIONAL SERIES WEBINARS

MICHIGAN MOONSHOT
BROADBAND FRAMEWORK OVERVIEW

Presenters

Ben Fineman, President & Co-Founder, Michigan Broadband Cooperative

Pierette Widmeyer, Director of Marketing & Communications, Merit Network

 

The Michigan Moonshot team has collaborated with national subject matter experts to write and build a community network broadband toolkit and framework. This step-by-step guide provides local champions with a playbook for understanding and deploying a regional network. Our speakers will provide an overview of the contents of this free resource in addition to outlining tangible next steps in your connectivity journey.

EVENT DATE:

OCTOBER 22, 2019

12:00-1:15 P.M.

CITIZEN SCIENTIST
BROADBAND DATA COLLECTION

Presenters

Charlotte Bewersdorff, Vice President for Community Engagement, Merit Network

Dr. Johannes Bauer, Quello, Chair for Media and Information Policy, Michigan State University

 

5 million households with school-aged children in the US lack access to broadband, creating the “homework gap,” which is likely to reinforce socio-economic divides that limit opportunities for households on the margins. Access to and use of the internet has become an integral component of everyday life in the 21st century. It is imperative for communities to leverage broadband network access for education, telemedicine, public safety and workforce development to maintain the quality of life. This presentation will explore the Michigan Moonshot’s approach to crowdsourced broadband availability data. We will also discuss preliminary results from our pilot data collection efforts and the ways in which communities might leverage data collection to better inform their broadband plans.

EVENT DATE:

NOVEMBER 12, 2019

12:00-1:30 P.M.

BROADBAND FINANCIAL MODELING FOR
DECISION MAKERS

Presenter

Joanne Hovis, President, CTC Technology & Energy

 

Investigating the feasibility of broadband requires a financial model. Components of a financial model, such as the inputs and outputs and the ways in which modeling might be used as a tool for business planning will be explored. Various financial models examples will be provided as real-world examples. Pitfalls and best practice guidelines will also be shared.

EVENT DATE:

DECEMBER 4, 2019

12:00-1:00 P.M.

PRACTICAL, LOW-COST STRATEGIES TO HALT
MUNICIPAL NETWORK ADVERSARIES

Presenter

Kevin Hayes, Chief Information Security Officer, Merit Network

 

As a broadband network operator, you are a special and valuable target for attackers the world over.  In addition to the threat of having your own sensitive organizational and payment information breached, your network could be the weak link that attackers focus on when assaulting your clients and members.  In this presentation, learn how to harden your organization and service network from these pervasive attacks, navigate the regulations in force by governmental authorities, and act as a model Internet citizen in ensuring infected customers cause little to no damage to either your own systems or the Internet at large.

EVENT DATE:

JANUARY 14, 2020

12:00-1:00 P.M.

OPEN BROADBAND MEASUREMENT TOOLS FOR COMMUNITY DRIVEN DATA COLLECTION

Presenter

Chris Ritzo, Program Management & Community Lead, Measurement Lab at Code for Science and Society

 

Broadband Internet service has become essential for most aspects of modern life, yet we know that the availability and quality of Internet service varies widely by location and price. Accurate data on broadband availability from federal government agencies is supposed to inform our understanding of where federal dollars should be invested to improve service quality and availability equitably across the nation. While this data has flaws and inaccuracies, the FCC is ostensibly working to improve the accuracy of provider data, and other government agencies like NTIA are also working on data and visualizations. While we wait for improvements in official government data, community and industry led initiatives are seeking to collect their own broadband availability, quality of service, speed, and pricing.

This webinar will share information about the publicly available datasets and tools from Measurement Lab (M-Lab), and how they have been used for planning, decision making, and advocacy. M-Lab is an open source, civil society led, global platform for measuring broadband Internet service. In addition to supporting a portion of the FCC’s Measuring Broadband America program since its beginnings, M-Lab’s open source tools and data have been used in similar initiatives on local and regional levels, enabling communities to gather data about broadband in their communities, including the Michigan Moonshot initiative.

EVENT DATE:

MARCH 4, 2020

12:00-1:00 P.M.

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