Connecting the Dots: Broadband and Stimulus

August 12
Duration: 1 hour

Event Description

Washington included more than $7 billion in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to increase high-speed Internet access in unserved and under-served communities.

Join GOVERNING as experts from state and municipal government organizations explain the new federal broadband programs and discuss whether $7 billion is enough to significantly change the United States' status as a digital "slow-poke" compared to other countries.

  • How are the Departments of Commerce and Agriculture prioritizing those grants, and what kinds of projects are most likely to get funded?
  • How is the grant-making process affecting the relationship between states and localities when it comes to setting telecom policy?
  • How are cable companies and phone carriers responding to the possibility of increased public sector competition?


Jeff ArnoldJeff Arnold
Deputy Director for Legislative Affairs
National Association of Counties (NACo)


Casey LideCasey Lide
Baller Herbst Law Group


James RamsayJames Bradford Ramsay
General Counsel and Policy Department Supervisor/Director
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)


John GogginJohn Goggin
Director, Public Sector Internet Business Solutions Group
Cisco Systems, Inc.


Chris SwopeChristopher Swope (moderator)
Managing Editor