A speedy and stable internet connection is critical for community's health, education, and economic development, yet many barriers remain. High costs, outdated infrastructure, and historically low public investments have left nearly 40 million Americans with insufficient broadband access. 

President Biden has prioritized broadband access in the American Rescue Plan and the Inflation Reduction Act, but not all communities in need have been able to access the full benefits of the legislation. 

This October, Semafor will convene national stakeholders and industry leaders to discuss the biggest barriers to greater broadband connectivity. Those most impacted by inadequate broadband infrastructure will guide the event’s conversations in an effort to address the disconnect between American citizens and leaders that frequently hinders progress to bridge the digital divide. 


October 10, 2023


The Gallup Building, Washington D.C.


John Stankey

Chief Executive Officer, AT&T

Brendan Carr

Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

Maria Lehman 

President, American Society of Civil Engineers and Vice Chair, President Biden's National Infrastructure Advisory Council

Kim A. Anderson

Executive Director, National Education Association

Shirley Bloomfield

Chief Executive Officer, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association

Kathryn de Wit

Project Director, Broadband Access Initiative, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Michael O'Rielly

Former Commissioner, Federal Communications Comission

Evan Marwell 

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EducationSuperHighway

Nicol Turner Lee

Senior Fellow, Governance Studies and Director, Center for Technology Innovation, The Brookings Institution

Jade Piros de Carvalho

Director, Kansas Office of Broadband Development

Veneeth Iyengar

Executive Director, ConnectLA

Paroma Sanyal

Principal, The Brattle Group 

David Wade

President and Chief Executive Officer, EPB of Chattanooga 

David Hartshorn

Chief Executive Officer, Geeks Without Frontiers


Steve Clemons

Founding Editor at Large, Semafor


Gina Chon

Business & Tech Editor, Semafor



8:00 a.m.
Doors Open

8:30 a.m. — 10:50 a.m.

901 F Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20004


08:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. ET

Doors Open - 08:00 a.m. ET

Interested in Attending?

Kindly note, we will not be accepting onsite registrations. All guests must present a valid photo ID matching the first and last names with which they registered in order to be admitted.