Designing Scalable Co-Funding Solutions for Broadband and Digital Equity

Rural LISC has worked with exceptional partners in recent years to help rural communities get and use high-speed internet, including Schmidt Futures, Lead for America’s American Connectivity Corps, and the T.L.L. Temple Foundation.

Join this ROADS discussion with these innovators on creative mechanisms that can unlock private and philanthropic contributions to help public broadband and digital inclusion funding reach underserved communities.

LISC will share its national map of opportunity for mission-aligned investment in broadband for more than 3,500 communities, and we’ll invite the audience to help charter the next steps for collective impact.

This ROADS webinar will be part of Rural LISC’s Annual Seminar on Tuesday, Dec 12th at 2 PT / 4 CT / 5 ET. Register here to attend (choose the virtual registration option).

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Christa Vinson, Rural LISC Senior Program Officer – Broadband & Infrastructure


Jerry Kenny, Program Officer, T.L.L. Temple Foundation

Brian Rathbone, Principal, Broadband Catalysts

Benya Kraus Beacom, Co-Founder, Lead for America

About the ROAD Sessions and Organizing Partners

The ROAD Sessions highlight and unpack rural development ideas and strategies that promote access to inclusive economic opportunity and long-term resilience. ROAD Sessions feature stories of on-the-ground practitioners with experience, wisdom, and savvy to share. The series reflects and emphasizes the full diversity of rural America, spotlights rural America’s assets and challenges, and lifts voices and lived experience from a wide range of rural communities and economies. Each Session includes an added opportunity for peer exchange.

Overall, the ROAD Sessions aim to infuse practitioner stories and lessons into rural narratives, policymaking, and practice across the country and to strengthen the network of organizations serving rural communities and regions. 

The ROAD Sessions are virtual exchanges co-designed as part of Thrive Rural – an effort of the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – and in collaboration with the Housing Assistance Council, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership, Rural LISC, the International Economic Development Council, and the Federal Reserve Board.

Support for this event was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group