Navigating the Broadband Frontier: A Vision for Alexandria’s Digital Future
Join us at Agenda Alexandria’s upcoming program as we delve into the dynamic landscape of broadband expansion within the City of Alexandria. As technology continues to evolve, the expansion of broadband providers holds the potential to reshape the very fabric of our city, influencing how we work, live, and conduct business.
This shift will not only impact citizens and businesses, but also government operations. This engaging session will not only explore the technical aspects of broadband evolution but also look into the legal considerations that accompany the city’s shift from relying on third-party provider to establishing its own municipal broadband fiber network.
Our expert panel will explore the history of broadband in Alexandria, tracing its evolution and the pivotal role it has played in shaping our city’s digital infrastructure. We’ll unravel the complexities of this technological frontier and discuss how the city’s operations stand to be impacted by this imminent broadband expansion.
The conversation will not only focus on the technical aspects of broadband but also shed light on the broader implications for city policies. As the City of Alexandria rapidly adapts to the reality of a broadband expansion, we’ll address key policy areas that require swift reshaping. Education, privacy, telehealth, artificial intelligence, and more—these are critical facets of our civic life that will undergo accelerated transformations.
The program aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities presented by this digital shift. How will education systems leverage increased connectivity? What measures will be taken to ensure the privacy and security of our residents in this hyper-connected era? How might telehealth services be revolutionized, and what role will artificial intelligence play in shaping our city’s future?
As we embark on this exploration of the broadband frontier, Agenda Alexandria invites you to engage in a thought-provoking discussion that goes beyond the technicalities. Join us and to learn and contribute to envisioning a connected, resilient, and innovative future for our beloved city.
The panel discussion will take place on Monday, January 22, 2024, 7:00pm at the Lyceum and will be moderated by Agenda Alexandria Board Member and former Chair Ricardo Alfaro.
- Sara Crifasi, Of Counsel at Levine, Blaszak, Block & Boothby, LLP
- Dr. Elizabeth Hoover, Chief Technology Officer at Alexandria City Public Schools
- Fernando Torrez, President of NanoTech Computer Consulting, LLC
- Dr. Alan Shark, Executive Director of Public Technology Institute (PTI)