12th Americas Spectrum Management Conference

Washington, DC
10 October 2023
Hosted By: Forum Global

On 10 October, NERA Director Dr. Hector Lopez moderated an afternoon panel, “Delivering Rural Connectivity—Policy and Technological Solutions to Connect Unserved and Underserved Areas,” at the 12th Americas Spectrum Management Conference.

In recent years, a huge amount of money has been invested in projects and programs designed to help close the digital divide and deliver connectivity to unserved and underserved areas. This session will provide the opportunity to look back at recent projects and funds, including the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), and explore how successful they have been and the current state of play. Then, looking forward, the panel will examine how the $42 billion allocated as part of the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program is going to be distributed and how the FCC’s recent work on improving the accuracy of its national broadband map can help. The panel will also discuss technological issues, exploring different connectivity solutions that are already part of the technology mix to help tackle the solution, and will investigate how technological developments over the next few years could also play a part in achieving the ultimate goal of universal connectivity.

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