Fiber Launch Event In Ammon Oct. 5th

The City of Ammon, Idaho, in partnership with Next Century Cities will host an event titled “The Launch of the Ammon Fiber Utility” to bring together representatives from Ammon and the region, policy and broadband experts, and key stakeholders to show off Ammon’s open access fiber network. 

The City’s open access fiber network, named 2016 Community Broadband Project of the Year by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), is delivering gigabit connectivity to a community of 14,500 people.

The Launch of the Ammon Fiber Utility

The event will offer attendees the opportunity to hear more about the Ammon Model, learn how a conservative, rural town secured a high take rate, its software defined networking technologies (SDN), as well as a tour of its cutting edge facilities.

The full day event will take place Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the Ammon Operations Center and will include presenters from local government, nonprofit, and the private sector. In addition to Christopher, you can expect to see:

  • Glenn Ricart, Founder and CTO of US Ignite (Keynote)
  • Dana Kirkham, Mayor of Ammon
  • Bruce Patterson, Ammon CTO
  • Tom Wheeler, former FCC Chairman (video address)
  • Michael Curri, Founder and President, Strategic Network Group, Inc
  • Shawn Irvine, Economic Development Director, City of Independence, Oregon
  • Deb Socia, Executive Director, Next Century Cities

A Learning Experience

If you attend the conference, the morning program will start with keynote speakers and a series of panels:

Smart Cities Panel; researchers, developers, legal and policy experts will discuss current and future challenges.

Policy Discussion with Christopher Mitchell; on the role of government to solve the broadband challenges faced by communities utilizing historical experience inform future policy.

Economic Feasibility with Michael Curri; on community broadband feasibility studies.

Infrastructure as a Platform Panel; open access models and the need for innovation and competition illustrated through the Ammon Model.


The afternoon program will consist of dividing attendees into two groups. The first will take physical tour of the Ammon Central Office and a virtual tour of the network nodes. The second will participate in a series of roundtable discussions hosted by numerous experts. The groups will rotate after completion of each iteration. The day will conclude with an evening reception to give attendees the opportunity to network and ask any additional questions of panelists and Ammon representatives.

Check out the preliminary agenda, and register online now while there is still space.

Be sure to check out our conversations with Bruce Patterson and Michael Curri in episodes 86, 173, 207, and 259 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast.