FP Virtual Dialogue: Bridging the Digital Divide

October 22, 2020

How 5G can help equalize opportunity in business and education.

Despite 5G’s extraordinary potential, the physical infrastructure underpinning 5G’s rollout risks leaving rural regions behind, as high-density urban areas -with more users to support costs- speed ahead with the development. This threatens to exacerbate the existing urban-rural digital divide in the U.S. and around the world, and may widen inequalities in education and economic opportunity at a time where virtual access to schools, markets and customers has become more vital than ever. However, if implemented comprehensively across the digital divide, the rollout of 5G technology could have revolutionary impacts as an equalizing and connecting force.

Foreign Policy, in partnership with Nokia, explored strategies to incentivize 5G rollout across rural areas in the U.S. and around the globe. Policy makers, leading practitioners, and issue experts discussed the barriers and opportunities in deploying 5G technology for the benefit of students, entrepreneurs, and rural industries. How can 5G be leveraged to act as a major driver for global recovery in the coming years?

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Event Details
October 22, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM EDT
Ravi Agrawal
Ravi Agrawal is the managing editor of Foreign Policy. Before joining FP, Agrawal worked at CNN for more than a decade, including his most recent position as the network’s N...
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Grace Koh
Vice President, Legislative Affairs, Nokia
As a 15 year veteran of Washington, D.C., Koh has earned a reputation for bipartisanship and strategic advice on effecting change at the Administration and in Congress. A...
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Malcolm Johnson
Deputy Secretary-General, ITU
Malcolm Johnson was re-elected ITU Deputy Secretary-General on 1 November 2018 for a second four-year term starting on 1 January 2019. During his first term as Deputy Secretary-...
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Congressman Bob Latta
Since 2007, Congressman Bob Latta has served the people of Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Congress...
Roslyn Layton, PhD
Visiting Researcher, Aalborg University Center for Communication
Roslyn Layton, PhD is a Visiting Researcher at Aalborg University Center for Communication, Media, and Information Technologies and a Vice President at Strand Consult where she...
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Masayuki Matsui
Counselor, Embassy of Japan in the U.S. and Attaché, Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication
Masayuki Matsui is the counselor for communications policy at the Embassy of Japan in the United States. He covers ICT and digital policy issues including 5G, AI, IoT, cybersecu...

For more information, contact Diana Marrero, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development.