Iowa communities have invested in local municipal networks for decades. Across their state map sits rural communities where local residents and businesses can connect to high-quality Internet access that rivals urban centers. On March 20th - 22nd, two separate events in Iowa will celebrate local efforts to improve broadband.
Community Broadband Summit 2018
On March 20th at the Des Moines Holiday Inn and Suites:
The Community Broadband Summit brings together community leaders and activists from across the Midwest who want better broadband for their communities.
At the Summit, you'll learn how to advance community broadband from concept to reality and hear from people who've actually built and operated community networks. From referendum campaigns to feasibility to implementation, the Summit will help your efforts locally to take control of your community's technological future.
There is no fee to attend the Summit and you can register online.
Some of the topics to be explored include:
- Organizing a Citizen Campaign
- Steps Toward Municipal Broadband
- Basics of Fiber Networks
You can view the full agenda here.
Six local Iowa communities, Belmond, Charles City, New Hampton, Maquoketa, Vinton, and Adair are considering or working toward municipal networks and are coming together for the event. Learn more about efforts in the communities and check out the resources they’ve collected to share at the Summit website.
IAMU 2018 Broadband Conference
The 8th Annual Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities 2018 Broadband Conference falls on the heels of the Summit and will also be located at the Des Moines Holiday Inn. The event starts with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21st and includes several tracks that primarily address leadership issues for telecommunications utilities. Christopher will be speaking at the conference, which he always describes as one of his favorite annual events.
At this year’s conference, we’ll have a track of concurrent sessions focused on leadership issues for telecom utilities. In addition to utility managers, this would be a great opportunity for Board members and other utility leaders to learn more about the rapidly evolving world of telecommunications.