Futures + RCEDF: The Internet as a Public Utility
The Internet as a Public Utility: Prerecorded Webinar
What is the ideal future of the internet? How can communities expand access and create a more equitable digital future?
This past Thursday, April 7, DVRPC hosted “The Internet as a Public Utility,” a joint meeting of the Regional Community and Economic Development Forum and the Futures Group to discuss these questions and more.
This webinar features Jim Mercante, a volunteer with the Southern Chester County Opportunity Network (SCCON), who discussed two digital equity initiatives underway in Southern Chester County, and Jessica Zufolo, Vice President of Rural Broadband Strategy at Magellan Advisors, who discussed broadband funding and network deployment opportunities for rural unserved communities throughout Southern Chester County. They were joined by Amani Bey, DVRPC, who presented their review of “Visions of the Internet in 2035,” a collaborative report by Pew Research Center and Elon University. Mike Liebhold, Distinguished Fellow, Institute for the Future, had expanded on the future of the internet and what planners can do now to work toward ensuring a safe and equitable experience.
The presentations have a Q&A near the end.