Expanding Broadband Access in Your Community

Recorded On: 02/25/2021

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While those of us living in major metropolitan areas often take our broadband access for granted, even in 2020 many areas of the country still don't have reliable access to high-speed internet. While some local governments have intervened by developing their own broadband networks, in many states there are laws restricting or sometimes outright barring the ability of local governments to offer these services. However, even in states with these restrictions there are still actions your jurisdiction can take to make broadband internet more accessible for your residents.

In this webinar, you'll join speakers from Lincoln, NE and Mont Belvieu, TX as they discuss how their jurisdictions have either set up their own broadband networks or laid the groundwork for the private sector to do so. You'll also hear from Carrie Goetz, an expert in IT infrastructure and smart cities, as she explores case studies from other municipalities across the country who have tackled this important issue.

ICMA Practice Areas: [9] Community and Resident Service; [10] Service Delivery; [11] Technological Literacy

Carrie Goetz

Principal/CTO, StrategITcom

Carrie (Higbie) Goetz , Principal/CTO, StrategITcom, personifies nearly 40 years of global experience designing, running and auditing, data centers, IT departments, and intelligent buildings. She is an international keynote speaker. Having traveled nearly 4,000,000 miles, Carrie works with end users in enterprise, colocation, hosting and cloud facilities with a broad background in the Financial, Government, Healthcare, Education, Retail, Hospitality and Industrial/Manufacturing. With a background in consulting and as a Fortune 500 IT executive, Carrie now provides technical direction and strategic planning spearheading CTOaaS fractional CTO services. She has developed and delivered over 800 hours of curriculum, and has taught at a collegiate level.

Nathan Watkins

City Manager, Mont Belvieu, TX

Nathan is currently the City Manager for the City of Mont Belvieu and has served the community for 9 years. Prior to working for the City, Nathan served in the United States Navy for 6 years as a member of Naval Special Warfare and as a crewmember of the USS Enterprise deploying to Iraq and the Persian Gulf. Nathan’s primary focus as City Manager is implementing value-creating strategies that deliver results while fostering innovation and building a cohesive enterprise that continues to position the City for success during unprecedented growth. Nathan attended the University of Houston where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Administration. Post-graduation Nathan continued his education completing an in resident program at Harvard University and obtained a certificate from the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma.


02/25/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)   |  90 minutes
02/25/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)   |  90 minutes
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Recorded 02/25/2021
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1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available