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Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research focused its second 2018 Public Policy Forum on the state’s broadband challenges – connecting citizens to the world of jobs, lifelong learning and consumer information.

Four panelists from MSU and commercial networks across Michigan discussed strategies for closing the access gap and showcase the paths to more fiber optic connections and affordable digital access.

Scheduled panelists were:

  • Pierrette Renée Dagg-Templeton, director for marketing, events and educational programs, Merit Network
  • Bianca Reisdorf, PhD., assistant professor and assistant director, Quello Center, Communication Arts and Sciences, Michigan State University
  • Eric Frederick, vice president, Community Affairs for Connected Nation
  • Kevin Schoen, CEO and broadband provider,

See their presentations from the Forum.

IPPSR has lined up a list of compelling Public Policy Forums for the spring, including:

  • Health of the Great Lakes, Wednesday, March 28, 2018.
  • Career and technical education, Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
  • Foster care and group homes, Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

IPPSR is part of MSU’s College of Social Science and is the home for the Michigan Political Leadership Program, the Office for Survey Research, the State of the State Survey, State of the State Podcast , Michigan Policy Insiders Panel and the Correlates of State Policy.