While the U.S. government has spent billions of dollars to increase wired and wireless infrastructure, tens of millions of Americans still lack access. Join the discussion and watch the live stream Nov. 5 for Washington Post Live’s Bridging the Digital Divide summit.
8:30 a.m. | Opening Remarks
- David Cohen, Executive Vice President, Comcast
8:35 – 8:45 a.m. | Overview: Digitally Divided in the United States
- Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project
8:45 – 9:15 a.m. | Panel One: Who are These Tens of Millions of Americans Without Access to the Internet?
- Laura Breeden, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
- Diane Russell, Maine State Representative
- Terry Bradwell, Executive Vice President, AARP
9:15 – 9:35 a.m. | A Conversation with the Mayor of Baltimore
- Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake with The Washington Post’s Mary Jordan
9:35 -9:45 a.m. | Break
9:45 to 10:15 a.m. | Keynote Remarks and Conversation
- Gene Sperling, Director, National Economic Council
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. | Why Does Bridging the Digital Divide Matter So Much?
- Mignon Clyburn, Acting Chairwoman, FCC
10:30 – 10:35 a.m. | Break
10:35 – 10:50 a.m. | View From Capitol Hill
- Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., with The Post’s Ed O’Keefe
10:50 – 11:25 a.m. | How Do We Close the Divide?
- Richard Culatta, Director of the Office of Education Technology, U.S. Department of Education
- Kelley Ellsworth, Executive Director, Byte Back
- Zach Leverenz, CEO, EveryoneOn
11:25 to 11:30 a.m. | Estella’s Brilliant Bus
- Estella Pyfrom — CNN Hero Estella brings her Brilliant Bus from Florida that offers computers to inner-city kids
11:30 a.m. | Forum Closes