The Educational Broadband Service (EBS) is a portion of the 2.5 GHz wireless spectrum that was licensed to educators in roughly half the United States. Due to a license freeze since 1995, EBS remains unavailable to roughly 50 million Americans, mostly in rural areas. Now the FCC has proposed to finish licensing this spectrum to local educational entities and rural Tribal Nations, and the entire nation stands to benefit.
"Window of Opportunity" will shine a light on the immense potential of EBS to address rural broadband access in even the most remote areas. The event includes an expert panel of current EBS license-holders and other groups using EBS to end the homework gap and digital divide as well as educators, rural Tribal Nations, and commercial partners seeking access to new EBS licenses. Panelists will share their success stories, and discuss how policymakers can enable others to follow suit.
This event is a widely-attended briefing open to Congressional staff and the press. A gourmet box lunch will be served in accordance with ethics rules. All attendees must register in advance.
Katherine Messier, Director of Development, North American Catholic Educational Programming Foundation
Gavin Leach, Vice President for Finance and Administration at Northern Michigan University
Mitchell Koep, Chief Executive Officer, A Better Wireless
SuAnn Witt, State E-Rate/Tech Project Coordinator, Nebraska Department of Education
Mariel Triggs, Chief Operating Officer, Mural Net
Moderator: John Windhausen Jr., Executive Director, SHLB Coalition
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