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
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
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
Luis Reyes – CEO/GM, Kit Carson Electric
Will Aycock – CEO, Greenlight, Wilson, North Carolina
Ron Walters - CEO, PANGAEA, Tryon, North Carolina
Bill Shilito – President, North Carolina Wireless, LLC
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
Tony Wilhelm – Vice President, Affiniti
Mark Dzwonczyk – CEO, Nicholville Telephone
David Salway – Executive Director, NY State Broadband Program
Luis Reyes – CEO/GM, Kit Carson Electric
Lessons from Successful Rural Broadband Deployments - session audio
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.
Mark Lewellen – Manager, Spectrum Advocacy, John Deere & Company
Phillip K. Brown – Director, State/Federal Policy and Broadband Planning, Connected Nation
Dan Hunter – Assistant Commissioner for Water and Rural Affairs, Texas Department of Agriculture
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
Mark Johnson – CTO and VP of Data Architecture, MCNC
John Chowdhury – Director of Utility Practice, Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.
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
David Kirby – Project Director, NC TeleHealth Network
Michael Keeling - Partner, Keeling Law Offices PC & Lobbyist for ATIC / Arizona TeleHealth
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
John Windhausen – Executive Director, Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB)
Myra Best – Executive Director, DigiLEARN
Gene Crick - Executive Director, Metropolitan Austin Interactive Network (MAIN)
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
Michael Curri – President, Strategic Networks Group, Inc.
Monica Lynn Babine - Senior Associate, Program for Digital Initiatives, Washington State University
Maria Alvarez-Stroud – Director, Broadband and eCommerce Education Center, University of Wisconsin
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
Marshall Cherry – COO, Roanoke Electric Cooperative
Mickey Slimp – Executive Director, Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities, UT Health Northeast
Paul Elswick – Owner, President & CEO, Sunset Digital Communications, Inc.