Bi-Weekly Member Call

This bi-weekly call provides updates on federal and state broadband policy and regulatory
developments across the broadband landscape. It’s the best way to stay informed about all of
SHLB’s broadband policy work and advocacy efforts in support of anchor institutions, and
how such policies impact your organization.

SHLB Staff: John Windhausen 

June Meeting Summary

June 3, 2024: SHLB’s biweekly member policy call opened with a Spotlight presentation from Annie Norman, Delaware’s state librarian.

Annie worked closely with the Delaware Broadband Office to receive a grant through the new Digital Equity Act Capacity grant program and has nearly $2 million in federal funds earmarked for its school library project.

ACP news was also relayed:

  • Congress did not renew funding for the ACP. The White House obtained commitments from a dozen of the largest ISPs to continue their affordable broadband rate of $30/month or less. The Senate Commerce Committee continues to pursue legislation to restore the FCC’s spectrum auction funding and use some of the funding for ACP.

Full meeting notes for this and prior meetings are available to members here.

  • Brittany-Rae Gregory, Communications Director, Next Century Cities
  • Annie Norman, Director, Delaware Division of Libraries
  • Stephanie Stenberg, Director, Community Anchor Program, and Therese Perlowski, Program Manager of the Community Anchor Program, Internet2
  • Eric Sasaki, Manager of Major Programs, Los Angeles County’s Internal Services Department
  • Erica Meyers, Senior Manager of Global Government Affairs, SpaceX
  • Dirk Gates, SVP of Customer Service, and Carl Guardino, VP of Government Affairs & Policy, Tarana Wireless
  • Robin Olds, Business Development Manager, Cisco’s Broadband Program Office
  • Dustin Loup, Director of Community Development, Ready.Net
  • Melissa Newman, SVP of Government Affairs, TIA
  • Phil Essington, Director of Broadband & Digital Inclusion, Hennepin County

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