MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, November 10, 2015 - Local broadband institutions seeking to leverage high-speed connectivity for the benefit of their broader communities will benefit from attending the inaugural AnchorNETS conference here on November 16 and 17.
Sponsored by the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, the AnchorNETS conference is being hosted in conjunction with the federal government's BroadbandUSA initiative on Tuesday, November 17.
The AnchorNETS event will be keynoted by former Gov. Pat Quinn, the Illinois Democrat responsible for completion of a nearly $100 million, four-year project to install 1,000 miles of fiber-optic infrastructure throughout Illinois.
“Governor Quinn's role in bringing together state, federal and local resources, from private and public sectors, in the pursuit of improved digital literacy and internet connectivity to Illinois anchor institutions is a model for all public officials," said John Windhausen, executive director of SHLB Coalition.
Other highlighted speakers include Evan Marwell, CEO of the Education Superhighway, and Susan Walters, senior vice president of the California Emerging Technology Fund, and Catherine Sandoval, California Public Utility Commissioner.
The AnchorNETS conference is designed to introduce leaders from community anchor institutions to partners, solution providers and capital resources that will help provide a strategic road map to bringing Gigabit connectivity to more and more communities.
The following day, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration hosts a regional broadband summit titled the "California Broadband Workshop." The aim of this program is to share best practices and lesson learned from network buildouts and innovative digital inclusion programs.
Speakers include Anne Neville, director of the California Research Bureau at the California State Library (and formerly director of the NTIA's State Broadband Initiative program), plus Doug Kinkoph, assistant administrator of the NTIA, and others and the agency.
Additional speakers include San Francisco Chief Information Officer Miguel Gamino, Michael Ort from the California Broadband Cooperative, and Jory Wolf, Chief Information Officer from the City of Santa Monica.
Both events are being hosted at the Computer History Museum at 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, California.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct list of speakers at the NTIA event.
Drew Clark is the Chairman of the Broadband Breakfast Club. He tracks the development of Gigabit Networks, broadband usage, the universal service fund and wireless policy @BroadbandCensus. He is also Of Counsel with the firm of Best Best & Krieger LLP, with offices in California and Washington, DC. He works with cities, special districts and private companies on planning, financing and coordinating efforts of the many partners necessary to construct broadband infrastructure and deploy “Smart City” applications. You can find him on LinkedIN, Google+ and Twitter. The articles and posts on BroadbandBreakfast.com and affiliated social media are not legal advice or legal services, do not constitute the creation of an attorney-client privilege, and represent the views of their respective authors.