Spring refuses to appear here in Minnesota, home of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks Initiative team. The lingering snow and ice makes the 2018 Broadband Communities Summit seem super nice — it will be located in warm, sunny Austin. You can still register online for the opportunity to attend the event; this year’s theme is FIBER: Putting your Gigs To Work.
The program has been taking shape as new panelists and topics have been added to the agenda for the 4-day event.
As usual, Christopher will be at the event to answer questions, direct conversations, and tackle both new and persisting issues that relate to connectivity. On May 1st at 3p.m., he’ll be presenting as part of the "Economic Development Track Blue Ribbon Panel" along with Nicol Turner-Lee, Ph.D., from the Center for Technology Innovation Brookings Institution and Will Rhinehart, Director of Technology and Innovation Policy at the American Action Forum. Lev Gonick, CIO from Arizona State University, will be leading the discussion.
Later that day, Christopher will also be leading a panel titled "Creating a Tech Ecosystem," which brings together community leaders from different areas of the country who discuss the elements that complement broadband infrastructure. They have a conversation that includes supporting start-ups, developing a tech workforce, investors, incubators, accelerators and youth/adult tech programs.
Look for Christopher to participate in other discussions and sit in on other panels. You can also check out who else will be speaking at the Summit; it’s a long list that covers a broad range of expertise.
So Many Topics
A few of the other topics that will be tossed around by the long list of presenters include:
- Electric Cooperatives
- Open Access
- Rural Broadband
Topics are organized into tracks, so if you're attending the Summit in search of answers related to a specific area, it's easier to organize your day. If you're interests are broader, you may have a hard time deciding which panels and discussions to attend.
CLIC Special Program
The first day of the event, the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) plans to bring community leaders from different organizations and entities across the U.S. to discuss why local authority for telecommunications is critically important. They’ll present “The Vital Role of Local Internet Choice” on the afternoon of April 30th, which includes a panel discussion on local authority and preemption along with a conversation about the community of Westminster and their partnership with Ting Internet. Christopher will also be involved in CLIC’s discussion, "What’s Next," which closes out the CLIC program.
With three weeks left, you have plenty of time to make plans for Austin. Register for the event, to be held at the Renaissance Hotel — there’s still time.