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Arizona Broadband Workshops

As part of Arizona’s continued prioritization of broadband initiatives to enhance rural connectivity, the Arizona Commerce Authority is proud to announce a new partnership with BroadbandUSA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and Economic Development Administration (EDA) to launch a new webinar series — the Arizona Broadband Workshops.

 

Sessions will be offered on the first Wednesday of every month from 10 am to 12 pm, March through July. Through interactive exercises and discussions, city officials, economic developers and business leaders who attend will be connected with resources to build a roadmap for planning projects, including identifying funding opportunities and service providers.


July Regional Technical Assistance Breakout Sessions

Join us for our fifth round of regional technical assistance breakout sessions. As a follow up to the fifth Arizona Broadband Workshop, this interactive meeting is a great opportunity to connect with state and federal representatives about broadband in your community.

 

Each breakout session is geographically broken down by councils of government. Please note if you are unable to attend your community's session, you are welcome to register for other breakout sessions even if you don't belong to that location.

 

MAG, CAAG, PAG, & SEAGO

12 - 1:30 p.m. July 21, 2021 

This session is specifically held for Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), Central Arizona Governments (CAAG), Pima Association of Governments (PAG) and Southeastern Arizona Governments Organization (SEAGO), which includes Maricopa, Pinal, Gila, Pima, Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Santa Cruz counties.

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WAEDD & NACOG

2 - 3:30 p.m. July 21, 2021

This session is specifically held for Western Arizona Economic Development District (WAEDD) and Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG), which includes La Paz, Mohave, Yuma, Yavapai, Coconino, Apache and Navajo counties.

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TRIBAL BROADBAND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE SESSION

10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Thursday, July 29 on Zoom

 

Join us for the Tribal Broadband Technical Assistance Session for a discussion on how Arizona is prioritizing critical broadband projects in underserved tribal locations statewide. Learn how to build tribally-owned networks and further support tribal learning centers and digital training, plus information on available funding, community resources and more.

 
Speakers include:

  • Kristine FireThunder, Policy Advisor, Tribal Affairs, Office of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
  • Jeff Sobotka, Vice President & State Broadband Director, Arizona Commerce Authority
  • Gabriel Montoya, Broadband Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce

 

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Past Webinar Recordings


BROADBAND 101 – BROADBAND AS A FOUNDATION TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Wednesday, March 3 on Zoom

Join us for the first session in the Arizona Broadband Workshop series, featuring a variety of experts from the Governor's Office on Tribal Relations, BroadbandUSA and local experts. Learn about  broadband terms, networks, and speed, and hear from others in your community about how broadband is transforming education, healthcare, agriculture and our economy. Then roll up your sleeves  and complete exercises to help you identify the priorities that impact broadband in your community.

 

Speakers

  • Jeff Sobotka, Vice President & State Broadband Director, Arizona Commerce Authority
  • Scott Woods, Manager, Technical Assistance, BroadbandUSA, NTIA
  • Don Williams, Senior Broadband Development Specialist, BroadbandUSA, NTIA
  • Karen Archer Perry, Senior Policy Analyst, BroadbandUSA, NTIA

 

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Creating Broadband Action Teams and Building Local Partnerships

10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Wednesday, April 7 on Zoom

Arizona has worked collaboratively with public and private partners to coordinate broadband planning across the state. In this session, learn how to create a roadmap for your community’s broadband projects as you build a framework for community priorities, stakeholder engagement, asset inventories and more.

 

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USING DATA AS A FOUNDATION FOR YOUR BROADBAND PLAN

10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Wednesday, May 5 on Zoom

Open public data is readily available to jumpstart your broadband planning efforts. The key is understanding how to use the data effectively to tell your community story. Experts from BroadbandUSA will review the three main broadband data sets and demonstrate tools that you’ll be able to use to access the data for planning, business cases, partnership development, and grant applications.

 

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FEDERAL RESOURCES AND LOCAL SUPPORT FOR BROADBAND

10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Wednesday, June 2 on Zoom

Broadband projects often require a mix of investment sources. Our panel of experts will highlight some of the Federal, State, local, and philanthropic programs that could be available to support broadband infrastructure and digital inclusion programs.

 

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PLEASE NOTE THIS SESSION IS SPECIFIC TO TRIBAL COMMUNITIES AND REGISTRATION IS by INVITation ONLY.

TRIBAL BROADBAND

10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Wednesday, June 9 on Zoom

Arizona is prioritizing critical broadband projects in underserved tribal locations across the state. In this session, the Kristine FireThunder, director of the Governor’s Office on Tribal Relations, will facilitate a discussion on strategies to build tribally-owned networks and further support tribal learning centers and digital training, including information on available financing and funding, community resources and more.

 

Speaker

  • Kristine FireThunder, Director, Governor’s Office on Tribal Relations

 

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BROADBAND ADOPTION AND USE - THE SECRET TO SUSTAINABLE NETWORKS

10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Wednesday, July 14 on Zoom

This session will draw from national and local models to explore new ways to bridge the digital divide and dive deep on topics such as: digital skills training, WiFi hotspots, broadband subsidies and tech mentoring. Practitioners in education, nonprofits and more will facilitate exercises to identify your community’s underserved segments and partners to reach those populations.

 

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