AUSTIN, May 18, 2015 - The Rural Telecommunications Congress posted the entire video and presentations made at the recent Rural Telecommunications Congress held here last month at the Broadband Communities Summit.
The original link to the sessions is at http://www.ruraltelecon.org/2015-rtc-bbc-summit.html
2015 RTC Program Agenda and Session Content
Tuesday, April 14
3:00pm – 4:00pm: Looking Forward by Looking Back: Digital Inclusion from 1980 to Today
From the first community technology center (1980), the first community network (1986), to the first open gov/data initiative (1989), this presentation explores the history, themes, and future of our work.
Moderator: Jane Patterson
- RTC President; President, The View Forward
Speaker: Anne Neville
– Director, NTIA State Broadband Initiative, U.S. Department of Commerce
Digital Nation NTIA-SBI Highlights - session audio
|4:10pm – 5:00pm: Broadband Is Like Oxygen to Rural America – What Technology and Companies Will Provide It?
Will Gigabit networks or wireless services best meet the needs of the nation’s rural communities? What options are rural communities missing without good-quality broadband? And when commercial providers are in short supply, how do non-profits, cooperatives and municipal broadband providers help fill the void? Hear the perspectives of a range of rural Internet providers.
Moderator: Drew Clark
- RTC Board Member; BroadbandBreakfast.com; Of Counsel, Kirton McConkie
– CEO/GM, Kit Carson Electric
– CEO, Greenlight, Wilson, North Carolina
- CEO, PANGAEA, Tryon, North Carolina
– President, North Carolina Wireless, LLC
Wednesday, April 15
9:00am – 9:50am: Lessons From Successful Broadband Deployments
Join this session to learn and discuss the state of rural broadband access. Hear actionable details about the innovative projects that are providing solutions in rural areas to create positive economic and community outcomes from broadband deployment.
Moderator: Jason Whittet
– RTC Board Member; Program Officer, IDC Research
– Vice President, Affiniti
– CEO, Nicholville Telephone
– Executive Director, NY State Broadband Program
– CEO/GM, Kit Carson Electric
Lessons from Successful Rural Broadband Deployments - session audio
|10:00am – 10:50am: Broadband and the Farm
Broadband technology is an essential tool to those who are linked to the land – modern farmers and ranchers, landowners, builders, and loggers that feed and supply the nation. Their efforts and success drive a significant component of the USA and world economy. The panel will provide a commercial perspective of how broadband is needed on the farm, a state perspective on its importance to the state economy, and discussion on how fiber and wireless networks are essential infrastructure to rural America.
Moderator: Keith Montgomery
– RTC Vice President; CFO Declaration Networks Group, Inc.
– Manager, Spectrum Advocacy, John Deere & Company
Phillip K. Brown
– Director, State/Federal Policy and Broadband Planning, Connected Nation
– Assistant Commissioner for Water and Rural Affairs, Texas Department of Agriculture
Broadband and the Farm - session audio
|2:30pm – 3:20pm: The Internet of Things – Its Impact on Rural Communities
Your refrigerator can order groceries when you need them, your house can call the plumber when there's a leak, share a diabetic's blood sugar values with his doctor, and turn on the irrigation system when the soil is too dry or wait if rain is forecast. Along with medical devices and the fitness industry, these are examples of the Internet of Things that will add to our lives and integrate measurement, analysis, and even social media. Ubiquitous broadband with low latency is critical to make it happen.
Moderator: Jane Patterson
– RTC President; President, The View Forward
– CTO and VP of Data Architecture, MCNC
– Director of Utility Practice, Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.
3:30pm – 4:20pm: Monitoring Rural America’s Health
Learn from projects that have outstanding outcomes in rural and statewide telehealth networks. There will be time to ask questions and have an interactive discussion about telehealth topics important to you. Hear about how current laws and regulations have impacts at state levels with privacy and security.
Moderator: Galen Updike
– RTC Past President; Mesa, Arizona
– Project Director, NC TeleHealth Network
- Partner, Keeling Law Offices PC & Lobbyist for ATIC / Arizona TeleHealth
5:10pm – 6:10pm: Digital Education and its Impact at the Community Level
Relating adequate broadband to assure quality of life, diverse Community Anchor Institutions (libraries, schools, colleges, economic agencies, public safety, and health organizations) are challenged with finding the most effective practices for training to outcomes. Solutions are evolving across multiple platforms for innovation from mobile devices to Gigacities, across sectors from health to digital entrepreneurship, and across diverse demographics, particularly the 1:2 Americans who are low income and living in poverty.
Moderator: Frank Odasz
– RTC Secretary; President, Lone Eagle Consulting
– Executive Director, Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB)
– Executive Director, DigiLEARN
Gene Crick - Executive Director, Metropolitan Austin Interactive Network (MAIN)
Thursday, April 16
9:40am – 10:30am: Plows to Tractors to Computers to Prosperity
The ability to drive the economy and enable business from anywhere can happen no matter where you live. The digital divide is not only about access, but more about having the resources and awareness to effectively utilize broadband and its ever-changing solutions to business. The session will highlight current research with examples across the nation to get a look into how rural homes and businesses are utilizing broadband, and offer solutions to drive economic improvements where you live.
Moderator: Eric Ogle
– RTC Treasurer, Baker Center for Public Policy, University of Tennessee
– President, Strategic Networks Group, Inc.
Monica Lynn Babine - Senior Associate, Program for Digital Initiatives, Washington State University
– Director, Broadband and eCommerce Education Center, University of Wisconsin
Plows to Tractors to Computers to Prosperity - session audio
|10:40am – 11:30am: Who Will Gigafy Our Rural Infrastructure?
This session will focus on how cross-sector partnerships provides broadband to rural communities. This will be an opportunity to interact with a rural electric cooperative moving towards providing their customers broadband (North Carolina), and with Sunset Digital Communications, the oldest rural Fiber-to-the-Premises company in the USA , partnerships with Powell Electric (Tennessee and Virginia) and a major health initiative (the Northeast Texas Medical and Educational Fiber Optic Network).
Moderator: Joel Mulder
– RTC Board Member; Senior Director of Business Development, G4S Technology
– COO, Roanoke Electric Cooperative
– Executive Director, Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities, UT Health Northeast
– Owner, President & CEO, Sunset Digital Communications, Inc.
Who Will Gigafy Our Rural Infrastructure? - session audio