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Tuesday, March 11 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Gigabit coming to Austin

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Given America’ mediocre broadband service, Google Fiber has generated great attention and expectation across the country. From more than 1,100 communities that have applied, Austin is chosen as the second city to experiment with the gigabit broadband network.
This panel focuses on the process, dynamics and impact of the installment of Google Fiber in Austin. First, what's going to be Google Fiber's impact on the city, in terms of entrepreneurship, education, and health? Second, how should the public, private, and non-profit sectors work together to make sure that members of disadvantaged social groups would be included in our digital future? The experience in Kansas City shows that community groups can play a vital role in mobilizing disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Panel speakers include Mark Strama from Google, Juanita Budd from Austin Free-Net, and scholars from the Digital Inclusion Project at UT Austin. The panel will be moderated by Professor Sharon Strover.

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Juanita Budd

Exec DirAustin Free-NetJuanita Budd has more than 20 years of nonprofit experience in a plethora of roles including strategic planning, volunteer, board member, and staff. Ms. Budd serves as the Executive Director of Austin Free-Net and is responsible for the strategic vision of direct... Read More →
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Wenhong Chen

Asst ProfThe University of Texas at AustinWenhong Chen is an assistant professor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film, College of Communication, at the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto and was a SSHRC postdoctoral research... Read More →

Tuesday March 11, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Austin Convention Center, Room 6AB

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