Partner Opportunities

SETDA offers organizations and companies  sponsorship opportunities  at our in person events. To learn more review the SETDA Emerging Technologies Sponsorship Opportunities and contact Melissa Greene at [email protected] or 202-715-6636 x703.


The ET Leadership Forum takes place at:
Philadelphia 201 Hotel (formerly Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown) – Rate $280
201 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Distance from Pennsylvania Convention Center: 0.3 miles

The SETDA housing block is open. Rate: $280/night. Reservation Deadline: March 19, 2019 (click HERE to book room).

If you have any questions about the process or need assistance please contact [email protected].

E-Rate SIG Agenda
Monday, June 24, 2019
*E-Rate SIG members only

8:00 am Breakfast and Welcome

8:30 am The Power of E-rate

  • Effectiveness and impact of E-rate/broadband

9:00 Year 1 Special Interest Group Reflections

9:30 am Equity, Access, and Opportunity

  • Presenter: Bob McLaughlin, Executive Director, National Collaborative for Digital Equity

10:00 Break

10:15 am States Sharing: Data tools with other States

  • Best Practices
  • Trainings
  • Leveraging State Leader Support

11:15 am The Value of Data 

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm U.S. Department of Education  Broadband Efforts

Success With the newest American Community Survey, published in December 2018, we have detailed information on Internet access, computer ownership, cell phone use, as well as income and poverty data for every county and nearly every neighborhood (census tract) in the country. Our speakers will give participants overview of the major open datasets that describe broadband availability and use and provide and hands-on introduction to the newly developed I3 Connectivity Explorer – an interactive tool that allows you see computer and Internet data neighborhood-level. This session will highlight use cases to demonstrate how the data tells a story that can be translated into action steps to improve access to broadband and promote equity.

  • Sara Trettin, Policy Advisor U.S. Department of Education
  • Karen Archer Perry, Senior Policy Analyst, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
  • Bob Ballance, Principal, The Center for Internet as Infrastructure, LLC

2:30 Break

2:45 pm Working Together to Reduce Costs for E-rate

  • Statewide Application Ideas
  • Ways to reduce cost
  • Collaborating with large providers
  • Suggestions for changes and Improvements to USAC Lifecycle

3:45 Reflections and Next Steps

4:00 pm Adjourn

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