UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – With the COVID-19 pandemic, the rural divide has increased. The presence of adequate broadband impacts not only distance-learning for K-12, but also higher education, healthcare, economic development, and land use planning. Current circumstances are demonstrating broadband internet access as a requirement, rather than a luxury, for Pennsylvania residents.
Join Penn State Extension for the “Making Quality Choices in Broadband Deployment” webinar as Harry Crissy and Tom Beresnyak, Penn State Extension educators, and Joe Witmer, Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission, discuss these topics. The webinar will be held on January 20 at noon.
“While the need for accessible and affordable broadband extends far beyond the current crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic has added a newfound urgency to broadband expansion,” Crissy said. “Connectivity is an essential aspect of our day to day lives. In order to better enable innovation and development in the marketplace, this webinar aims to clarify pros and cons associated with various available broadband technologies.”
The webinar will also demonstrate mapping technologies being developed by Penn State Extension for use by communities, organizations, and individuals to better understand the current state of broadband in Pennsylvania.
“Making Quality Choices in Broadband Deployment” is the first webinar in the Penn State Extension Winter/Spring 2021 Land Use Webinar series that runs until May 19. The webinar series assists municipal elected and appointed officials, planners, landowners, farmers and community organizations in being informed regarding land use issues and decisions in their communities.
All topics and dates in the webinar series include:
- January 20: Making Quality Choices in Broadband Deployment
- February 17: Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and Potential Redevelopment Options for Retail Spaces
- March 17: Making Planning More Adaptable – “Adaptive Planning”
- April 21: Planning for Growth, Prosperity & Resiliency: Using the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) plan and process to innovate and guide strategic growth
- May 19, 2021: Community Needs Assessments That Planners Should Know About
All of these programs will be recorded and available for viewing.
The cost of the webinar series is $50 for all five sessions, or $95 for all five sessions for those who want to receive AICP certification maintenance credits from the American Planning Association. The cost is also $95 for all five sessions for Professional Engineers needing PDH credits.
In addition, Registered Landscape Architects can receive continuing education credits for a fee of $65.
–Penn State Extension