The COVID-19 pandemic exposed a major flaw in global infrastructure when it turned out that millions (if not billions) of people were unable to work or attend school from home due to lack of reliable connections to the internet. With the digital divide a concern even in “first world” countries, internet access has taken its place alongside roads, bridges and utilities as a new kind of infrastructure in the purview of governments. In this IEEE panel discussion, experts will discuss the impact that this shift in thinking is having on local governments, property values, our visual environment, and on the rural communities that struggle to obtain broadband access.
- David Witkowski (Oku Solutions)
- Amy Huffman (National Digital Inclusion Alliance)
- Alex Wyglinski (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
- Paul Garnett (The Vernonburg Group)
For more information on the conference, visit the IEEE Future Networks Initiative website.