The Next Century Cities’ Regional Broadband Summit is quickly approaching. Summer tends to slip by without notice, but we don’t want this summer opportunity to also slip by. You can still register for the July 23 - 24 event in Pittsburgh, “Making Connections,” and touch base with elected officials from cities, towns, and counties from across the U.S. Municipal, nonprofit, and academic staff can register for free.
On Monday, Next Centuries Cities will bring together experts in policy, broadband champions, and community leaders from all levels of government to tackle issues surrounding broadband deployment. Some of the topics they will discuss include digital equity, financing, rural connectivity, 5G, and they’ll offer success stories.
In addition to Christopher, you can expect to see presentations by:
- Jonathan Chambers of Connexon and formerly of the FCC
- Jim Baller from the premier law firm Baller, Stokes & Lide
- Melanie McCoyfrom Sebewaing, Michigan
- Tom Coverick from KeyBanc Capital Markets
On Monday evening, attendees are invited to a welcome reception in Pittsburgh City Hall where vendors and public officials can connect in a casual setting.
Tuesday’s Speed Networking
On Tuesday, the event will focus on the Second Annual City-Vendor Connect, a “speed networking” event in which participants can speak to each other individually:
The pairings of cities and vendors will be curated based on mutual interest, needs, and priorities between cities and vendors. Possible discussion topics range from fiber builds to 5G deployments to smart city analytics platforms. Cities and vendors will have the option during registration to opt in or out of City-Vendor Connect.
The deadline to register for the City-Vendor Connect portion of the event is July 16th. Seats at Monday’s Summit are available until they’re full. The event will be held at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center and there are a limited number of rooms available at the hotel for a group rate until June 29th or until full.