Rising Above Political Divisions – TIS20 Wrap-up with Matt Polka

“Hopefully, we can rise above political divisions and focus on better mapping, better identification of who needs broadband, and how we can work together to make sure they get it,” states Matt Polka. Polka, president and CEO of ACA Connects, is referring to a comment made at last week’s 2020 Independent Show (TIS20) by political journalist Ron Brownstein comparing to today’s political environment to the 1850s.

In the above interview, Polka reinforces comments he made at TIS20 about the importance of listening to views and opinions that we might not share. Finding common ground is critical, particularly for a smaller organization like ACA Connects, for creating good policy, according to Polka.

Polka also provides commentary on statements by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) about 5G and the need for the broadband industry to step up its game regarding connecting all students. Polka also reflects on FCC Commissioner’s Rosenworcel’s statement that we should have a goal of ensuring that, “No child is left offline.” He also addresses the challenge of broadband mapping.

Finally, Polka provides an early preview of ACA Connects Summit 21.

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