Alliant Energy Virtual Speaker Series

Speaker series overview

Join Alliant Energy for a series of discussions on expanding access to broadband and digital opportunity in some of the Midwest's most digitally challenged rural communities. Sign up to receive the latest news and invites on the broadband initiative from Alliant Energy.

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In mid-September, our guest speakers discussed the power of collaboration and the partnerships they’ve developed to advance digital literacy, upskill a regional workforce and create learning hubs. Our panelists – Barb LaMue of New North, Inc.; Michelle Schuler of TechSpark Wisconsin with Microsoft; Matt Valiquette of the Bay Area Workforce Development Board; and Joe Kirgues from gener8tor – discussed the root causes of the digital divide and shared how they’ve successfully leveraged capital investment to address some of these challenges. Attendees gained knowledge and ideas for ways to replicate their successes locally in order to increase digital literacy for all.

Video: Rural Broadband — Power of Collaboration (59:16)

Earlier discussions

The role of state agencies in helping bridge the digital divide

July 2022

Panelists Alyssa Kenney, Liesl Seabert and Matt Behrens discussed the initiatives and actions state agencies are taking. Representing the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, the Center for Rural Revitalization at Iowa Economic Development Authority, and the state of Iowa, the panelists also provided overviews of their areas of focus and the partnerships they’ve formed with the private sector.

Video (57:50)

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Broadband's impact on telemedicine, education and economic development

March 2022

Panelists included: David (Dave) Schneider, MD, MS, is a tenured Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin Health in the Department of Surgery; Gene Dalhoff, IOM, VP of Talent and Education at Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP); Steve Goldberg, Executive Director, WEA Member Benefits Foundation.

Video (53:58)

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Why utilities are getting involved in the broadband space

November 2021

Aryeh Fishman, Associate General Counsel Regulatory Legal Affairs at Edison Electric Institute, discussed why utilities are getting involved in the broadband space.

Video (59:22)

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