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.
Event hosted by Merit Network and live streamed through Detroit Public TV.
Moderator: Joe Sawasky, President and CEO, Merit Network
- Quello Director Johannes M. Bauer, 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