Digital Access Task Force Meeting
Monday August 16, 2021
7:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Next Task Force Meetings - August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
We will begin promptly at 7:30 am!
See Meeting Agenda Tab below
Please engage by video rather that just audio so that we can
also share our screens with you.
Zoom Meeting ID: 919 9321 8962
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Registration Required: To enable collaboration, we are requiring you to register when you join the meeting so that we can capture and share presenter and attendee contact info. This contact info will then be included in the meeting report.
Launching Kibitzing with Colleagues:
A New Task Force Experience
Monday mornings after the Task Force Meeting
8:45 - ?
Kibitzing is a yiddish word that, among many definitions, means people being together talking, sharing and yes, sometimes gossiping. Well, after the last Task Force meeting about 5-6 Task Force members remained on line for almost an hour kibitzing about education, technology, STEM and more. They had such a great time meeting each other, sharing ideas and resources, they thought we should make this a regular part of the Task Force Monday morning experience. So, beginning August 19, you are invited to Kibitz With Your Colleagues after the regular Task Force meeting.
There will be no agenda, no presentations, no ending time, just discussion, sharing and collaborating. The meeting will remain open as long as people want to keep kibitzing. Mark your calendar and come kibitz with us. Just stay online after the meeting.
Download Task Force Reports and
Download August 9 Task Force Report
Download Janet Major's August 9 Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP) Presentation
Missed the August 9 Task Force Meeting?
View August 9 Task Force Meeting Recording
See Meeting Reports and Recordings
from Previous Months Here
Steve Peters, AZBSN and Task Force Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org Phone or Text: 520-321-1309
August 16 Digital Access
Resource Highlight Presentation
Investing in America’s Communities
U.S. Department of Commerce
EDA Economic Development Administration
3 Billion Grants Program
Presented by Cindi Ptak, Arizona EDA Economic Development Representative
Cindi will provide an overview of the Investing in America’s Communities grant programs (see info below). You’ll learn how these grants could apply to transformational broadband investments, economic and workforce development, and other infrastructure projects.
The $3 billion Investing in America’s Communities grant programs is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to support economic development focused on advancing equity, creating good paying jobs, helping workers to develop in-demand skills, building economic resilience, providing broadband funding and accelerating the economic recovery for the industries and communities hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Investing in America’s Communities grant programs include (Download Information Files):
Contact: Cindi Ptak, (206) 888-3386
Updates and Digital Access
Federal and State Updates
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic the world is creating the largest telecommunity of all time. Social and physical distancing is becoming the new normal requiring unpresented demand for digital access for all Arizona communities including tribal, rural and other underserved communities and low-income neighborhoods in Arizona.
AZBSN, the Arizona Broadband Stakeholder Network, led by ATIC, the Arizona Telecommunications and Information Council, GAZEL, the Greater Arizona Educational Leadership organization, in cooperation with many other stakeholder organizations, have created an AZBSN COVID-19 Digital Access Task Force.
What Is Digital Access
Digital access is more than just access to fast affordable and reliable Internet access.
Everyone, especially students, also require access to technology such as computers, laptops, and smart phones as well as other digital equipment such as routers, hotspots, and web cameras. They also need digital content resources and skills to effectively use technology.