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Upcoming Agenda Alexandria panel explores the city’s ‘broadband frontier’

Empty municipal fiber cables to be laid in the ground (staff photo by Vernon Miles)

An Agenda Alexandria panel later this month will dive into how the city’s digital landscape isevolving and what it means for local residents.

In 2021, the city broke ground on a new municipal fiber optic network to boost internet speeds at city facilities and schools and earlier this year Internet provider Ting started to break Comcast’s hold over Alexandria’s internet.

Beyond just the technological angle, the panel will also take a look at legal considerations of the city moving from a third-party provider to establishing its own network.

According to the website:

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.

Panelists include:

  • 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)

The panel is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Lyceum (201 S Washington Street). Tickets are $10.

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