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Events: Update Statewide Broadband Boot Camp 
We had a great event last week, with over a hundred people joining us for our recent statewide Broadband Boot Camp in Wisconsin Rapids. The event connected those working on broadband in their communities to each other, to telecommunications providers, and to resources for broadband access, adoption and utilization. Afternoon breakout sessions provided more information on broadband and agriculture, aging in place, small business and low income populations. Find related materials and links here, including photos, presentations and handouts.  provider panel boot camp 2016
L:R: Sen. Tom Tiffany, Larry Quamme (Ferryville), Jared Hoel (CenturyLink), Ted Bogeman (ChoiceTel), Samuel Otterpohl (Land o' Lakes), Kelly Klein (Iron Co.), Brandon Yuchasz (GogebicRange.Net)
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National News/Events

  • Farm Bureau position statement on rural broadband
  • ITIF report analyzing the high-tech economy in each of the 435 Congressional districts and finds the economic impact is more diffuse than many believe.  Summary HERE; Report HERE; Data HERE
  • Reality of the Digital Skills Divide, Huffington Post UK
  • Google to Launch Huge Digital Training Program, Learning & Development Professional Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) and Mark Pocan (D-WI-02) introduced H.R. 6336 -- the bipartisan Broadband Connections for Rural Opportunities Program (B-CROP) Act to increase internet connectivity in rural communities through a combination of grants and loans. This legislation is a companion bill to one introduced by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) earlier this fall.
  • FCC Commissioner Pai speaks at Free State Foundation and suggests its time to "fire up the [regulatory] weed whacker and remove those rules that are holding back investment, innovation, and job creation."  Pai specifically mentioned rolling back Title II reclassification and discussed the FCC's municipal broadband decision. | Broadcasting & Cable; Full Text HERE
  • How Smarter Technology Can Humanize City Government, Curbed

International News
  • Aboriginal rangers in Australia overcome the digital divide to create a world first app that speaks their language, Yahoo News 

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