The Divide: Connected Nation's Heather Gate on maps, grants and the 'future-proof' fallacy6/30/2022
On this episode, we're joined by Heather Gate, vice president of digital inclusion at Connected Nation, a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 that works with communities across the US to increase broadband access and adoption.
We discuss the organization's work, including its broadband mapping projects and how states are using them. We also discuss the infrastructure law and how Connected Nation is helping states get and deploy the funding they need.
Here are just a few topics discussed in this episode:
- Background on Connected Nation and its digital divide work (01:05)
- Connected Nation's broadband maps (04:27)
- How the infrastructure law tackles digital equity (11:10)
- How Connected Nation works with states to get and deploy funding (18:17)
- Why Gate dislikes the phrase "future proof" (22:00)
Related stories and links:
- Connected Nation's February 2020 telehealth study (referenced at 25:30)
- The Divide: Ready's Scott Woods on what NTIA got right and wrong with BEAD
- WISPs freak over guidelines that may exclude FWA in unlicensed spectrum
- NTIA chief defends broadband rules in Senate hearing
- New playbook guides states on getting grants and funding fiber
— Nicole Ferraro, senior editor, global broadband coverage, Light Reading. Host of "The Divide" on the Light Reading Podcast.