BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: The long-awaited day has arrived for the "official" launch of the open-access fiber-optic network in Ammon, Idaho. This city of about 14,000 people has been making waves for some time with its unique approach to (a) providing advanced open-access technology and (b) enabling a financing model that leverages an opt-in Local Improvement District (a/k/a "Broadband Improvement District").
Although this is the "official" launch, the network has been operational for some time, and already has 150 customers. BroadbandBreakfast.com will be attending this all-day event on Thursday and providing periodic reports and updates from Ammon. It'll be the most fun we've had in Ammon since the totality of the solar eclipse here!
The Launch of the Ammon Fiber Utility Thursday, October 5, 2017, Ammon, Idaho
Hosted by the City of Ammon in Partnership With Next Century Cities
Find the day’s agenda here.
Come learn about the #AmmonModel!
This one day event will bring together representatives from Ammon and the region, policy and broadband experts, and key stakeholders to learn more about Ammon’s open access fiber network. The event will offer attendees the opportunity to hear more about Ammon’s economic model, how the conservative, rural town secured a 70% subscription take rate, its software defined networking technologies, 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 in Ammon, Idaho. The day will be split into two programs — one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The morning program will consist of keynote speakers and a series of panels.
The afternoon program will consist of two tracks — one with panel discussions on the politics and economics of Ammon’s model and the other with a tour of the facilities, products being using, and software defined networking technologies Ammon is using. 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.
The event will be livestreamed at this link beginning at 8:30am MT.
Keynote: Glenn Ricart, Founder and CTO, US Ignite
Speakers to include: Mayor Dana Kirkham; Ammon CTO Bruce Patterson; former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler (video address); Michael Curri, Founder and President, Strategic Network Group, Inc.; Shawn Irvine, Economic Development Director, City of Independence, Oregon; Chris Mitchell, Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance; Deb Socia, Executive Director, Next Century Cities
You can register for the event here. We look forward to seeing you at this important broadband discussion!
Hotel Information: Attendees are eligible for a discounted rate of $105/night at the La Quinta Inn & Suites. In order to receive this discount, please call the hotel directly at 208-552-2500 and tell them that you will be attending the Ammon event on October 5.
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