Bridging the Digital Divide Begins with Partnerships | Microsoft’s Stephanie Joshi Offers Insight Into Building an Ecosystem to Connect More People

LEESBURG, VA – CAPRE’s inaugural Women of Mission Critical Summit dove into some of the most critical issues facing the data center industry, but one panel sought to examine those same issues as they extend beyond our lens. Bridging the Digital Divide: Expanding Inclusivity Beyond the Workplace featured a quartet of leading ladies from the mission critical space talking about how our work could improve the lives of countless people around the world. After some remarks about broadband access, Moderator Ilissa Miller, Founder & CEO of iMiller Public Relations and President of NEDAS touched on one of the strategies that might propel our industry the next revolution. “We usually are pretty linear about how we approach partnerships, enablement and accessibility within communities,” began Miller, looking to panelist Stephanie Joshi, Azure Federal Solutions and Account Executive at Microsoft. “I know that you focused on these various stages of partner development. WISPs [wireless internet service providers] are absolutely partners and so are rural carriers and so are tower companies and edge data centers and urban data centers. So why don’t you talk about the stages of partner development, so that we can being to think about our approach in developing under-served markets.” “In particular, Microsoft is very philanthropic about making sure that there is connectivity to everybody locally, to ensure that we’ve brought in the population in combination, not only because, the larger population you have, the more people you have to…