There’s still time to register and make your plans to attend the Fiber for the New Economy: Economic Development Conference presented by Broadband Communities Magazine. A fall trip to Atlanta on November 7 - 9 will include workshops, a range of economic development discussions, and the opportunity to view a new film on the broadband struggle in Pinetops, North Carolina.
There will be panel discussions and/or workshops on:
- Financial modeling for community networks, CAF II, and other funding sources
- Smart City and IoT initiatives
- Rural communities, jobs, attracting entrepreneurs, and connectivity
- Fiber and gigabit connectivity and their impact on local jobs, education, and residential access
- State legislative efforts to improve connectivity and federal policies
- Electric Cooperatives and connectivity
- TV White Spaces, 5G, small cell deployment
- Cooperative efforts between economic development and broadband experts
- Latest research on broadband, economic development, and investment
- Marketing for broadband networks
- Partnerships between the private and public sectors
- Fiber connectivity and MDUs
- Approaches to addressing and reducing the digital divide
Pass The Popcorn
As an added bonus, attendees will be able to screen Do Not Pass Go: The Battle For Broadband, a short documentary film about Pinetops, North Carolina. The community was able to obtain gigabit fiber optic service from Greenlight, the municipal network from nearby Wilson. Shortly after, an appellate court determined that Wilson was acting outside of state law, forcing the two communities to find another way for Pinetops to keep high-quality Internet access. Their situation is still uncertain.
Christopher will be participating on the "Broadband Champions Speak Out" panel at 10 a.m. on Nov. 8th and will also lead the panel on "Spawning an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem" at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 9th.
If you’re able to come to the conference by Tuesday, November 7th, attend a special program offered by the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC). Members and leaders from CLIC will present updates on key legislative events, coping with misinformation, and the drive to ensure local authority. Christopher will moderate the panel titled "Debunking the Myths about Community-Driven Broadband Initiatives" at 4 p.m.
This year, CLIC will also present a focused look at the future of work and local Internet choice with Gary Bolles, Director of the Future of Work program at Singularity University.
Detailed agendas for the main conference and the CLIC program are online. You can also register in person in Atlanta at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport hotel or online at the conference website.