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Wednesday, May 25 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Broadband Access & Digital Equity

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High speed broadband is a foundation of innovation behind everything from education to the rapid evolution of smart cities. Broadband access is linked to economic opportunity but also to disparity, leaving some to question whether faster speeds are creating a new digital divide. Leaders from Detroit and beyond will reflect on this challenge and share what their organizations are doing to address these issues.

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Jessica Robinson

Strategy Supervisor, Ford Motor Company
Jessica works on smart mobility strategy at Ford Motor Company and where she partners across the global organization on new initiatives. She previously launched new startup accelerator programs at Techstars as part of a global ecosystem focused on empowering entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market. Before joining Techstars, Jessica helped grow Zipcar’s innovative car sharing model as Seattle Marketing Manager, San Francisco Bay Area... Read More →

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Marc Hudson

Co-founder / CEO, Rocket Fiber
Marc Hudson is Co-founder and CEO at Rocket Fiber and is leading the effort to launch 1,000 times faster Internet, advanced HDTV, and hyper speed business services here in Detroit.
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Michael Koenig

VP Business Development, Lunar Labs
Michael is the VP of Business Development at Lunar Labs in Detroit and leads initiatives to connect the unconnected. 40% of Detroiters are without reliable internet access. Before joining Lunar, Michael was an early employee at 7 other startups including 6 years at Automattic, the makers of WordPress which powers 25% of websites. He got into tech through an 80's punk cover band that he played the bass in... funny story... ask him about it over... Read More →
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Monique Tate

Digital Steward, Detroit Digital Justice Coalition
Monique Tate  is a committed community activist and leader in Detroit and has worked across the private sector, government, and in the community. She instinctively follows the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition (DDJC) objectives of initiating projects, weaving networks, building transformative education practices and community organizing to bring about digital justice in Detroit. She is currently engaged in multiple projects, piloting a web... Read More →