Digital Access Task Force Meeting
Monday July 12, 2021
7:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Next Task Force Meetings - July 12, 19, 26,
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 No Meeting July 5
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Steve Peters, AZBSN and Task Force Coordinator
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July 12 Digital Access
Resource Highlight Presentation
Andrew Metcalfe, founder, and
CEO of Native Network
Andy has spent his entire 35-year telecom career working to “bridge the digital divide” in rural and underserved markets in the United States. After successfully building and selling a mobility company and a fiber based CLEC company, Native Network was formed in 2015 to specifically assist tribes in all facets of their broadband and overall telecommunications road map. In the last year Native Network has expanded its reach to municipalities and extended the long haul fiber network into Arizona.
Today, Native Network is particularly suited to design, develop, project manage and, in some cases, construct broadband infrastructure utilizing a variety of fiber and wireless technologies.
As a Microsoft Airband partner since 2018, Native Network can offer a variety of digital skilling, inclusion, and equity programs to partner customers.
Contact: Andrew Metcalfe.509-300-0101
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.