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The first in a new series of Livestream Conversations hosted by the Rural Assembly and the Daily Yonder will dig into the need for rural broadband during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Daily Yonder is pleased to present a livestream conversation on rural broadband, taking place Thursday, April 16 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time.

The livestream will feature a panel of rural stakeholders working across a variety of fields, including education, healthcare, economic justice, and youth development. Thursday’s conversation will focus on the experience of rural and native people who are being asked to move their daily lives online in response to COVID-19, but who may not have the necessary access to do so. Future conversations in this livestream series will explore policy responses for expanding rural broadband and helping serve communities in need during the pandemic.

These Livestream Conversations are organized and led by the Rural Assembly, a program of the nonprofit Center for Rural Strategies, which publishes the Daily Yonder.

Livestream Details

Thursday’s livestream will be hosted on the Daily Yonder’s YouTube page, which can be accessed using the link The conversation will begin shortly after 4 p.m. Eastern Time.

Panelists include:

  • Mark Estrada, Superintendent, Lockhart Independent School District (ISD) – Lockhart, Texas
  • Dr. Libby Cope, Health Director, Sophie Trettevick Indian Health Center – Neah Bay, Washington
  • Tim Lampkin, CEO, Higher Purpose Co. – Clarksdale, Mississippi
  • Kim Phinney, Youth Practitioner; Senior Fellow, Center for Rural Strategies – Vermont
  • Moderator, Edyael Casaperalta, Attorney, Casaperalta Law – Denver, Colorado

The panel will grapple with this question: During a time when staying home is our collective duty, are rural and Native communities able to rely on broadband access to continue to study, work, and obtain healthcare?

You can visit the Rural Assembly’s website for all of the livestream details and to sign up to attend; registration is not required, but those who sign up will receive a reminder email with a livestream link when the conversation is about to begin.

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