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How Will the Future of Work Impact Rural Communities? Learn How at Rural Telecom Congress Next Week

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DALLAS, April 25, 2017 – What kind of workplaces and economic environment are rural areas likely to experience in the future?

At the Rural Telecommunications Congress program here at the 2017 Broadband Communities Summit next week, two of the sessions on Wednesday, May 3, will feature address that question. First, we’ll hear a “case study” about what’s working in economic development in Appalachia, and an exciting panel session on the role of fiber and co-working in expanding technology opportunities, including rural regions.

REGISTER TODAY to attend the RTC sessions by using the Rural Telecommunications Code discount code of RTC350.

From 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m., Eric Ogle of the Rural Telecommunications Congress Board will moderate a session on “Broadband is the New Coal,” and feature the perspectives of the Appalachian Regional Commission, plus projects in Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and elsewhere.

With a broad portfolio to serve a heavily rural area of the country, the commission has been actively engaged in ensuring that broadband is considered as part of economic development activities, and Manager Mark DeFalco will speak to this subject, along with other panelists.

Later in the afternoon on Wednesday, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Gene Crick, also of the RTC Board, will moderate a panel co-hosted by both the RTC and the leaders of the summit’s economic development track.

Centered around the theme of “Fiber Based Incubators and Tech Hives,” this afternoon session will consider how innovative communities are using fiber economic development tools to launch incubators that cultivate and support new businesses. The discussion will feature:

  • Robert Wack – City Council President, Westminster, MD
  • Matt Schmit, University of Minnesota
  • Dennis Donohue – Lead, Center for Innovation & Technology, Western Growers; Former Mayor, Salinas, CA
  • Gabriel Garcia – Director & Senior Counsel, CPS Energy

For additional information about other session in the RTC program, please visit https://broadbandbreakfast.com/2017/04/register-to-attend-the-rural-telecommunications-congress-program-at-broadband-communities-summit.

REGISTER TODAY to attend the RTC sessions by using the Rural Telecommunications Code discount code of RTC350. This registration code entitles you to the lowest possible rate to attend not only the RTC sessions, but the entire Broadband Communities Summit program. The $350 costs is about one-third of the standard ticket price.

(Illustration in the public domain from UNC Libraries Common.)

Drew Clark is the Editor and Publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com and a nationally-respected telecommunications attorney at The CommLaw Group. He has closely tracked the trends in and mechanics of digital infrastructure for 20 years, and has helped fiber-based and fixed wireless providers navigate coverage, identify markets, broker infrastructure, and operate in the public right of way. The articles and posts on Broadband Breakfast and affiliated social media, including the BroadbandCensus Twitter feed, 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.

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Fiber Broadband Association Kicks Off Fiber Connect 2021

The FBA doled out numerous awards during its first general session of the event.

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DALLAS, April 25, 2017 – What kind of workplaces and economic environment are rural areas likely to experience in the future?

At the Rural Telecommunications Congress program here at the 2017 Broadband Communities Summit next week, two of the sessions on Wednesday, May 3, will feature address that question. First, we’ll hear a “case study” about what’s working in economic development in Appalachia, and an exciting panel session on the role of fiber and co-working in expanding technology opportunities, including rural regions.

REGISTER TODAY to attend the RTC sessions by using the Rural Telecommunications Code discount code of RTC350.

From 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m., Eric Ogle of the Rural Telecommunications Congress Board will moderate a session on “Broadband is the New Coal,” and feature the perspectives of the Appalachian Regional Commission, plus projects in Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and elsewhere.

With a broad portfolio to serve a heavily rural area of the country, the commission has been actively engaged in ensuring that broadband is considered as part of economic development activities, and Manager Mark DeFalco will speak to this subject, along with other panelists.

Later in the afternoon on Wednesday, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Gene Crick, also of the RTC Board, will moderate a panel co-hosted by both the RTC and the leaders of the summit’s economic development track.

Centered around the theme of “Fiber Based Incubators and Tech Hives,” this afternoon session will consider how innovative communities are using fiber economic development tools to launch incubators that cultivate and support new businesses. The discussion will feature:

  • Robert Wack – City Council President, Westminster, MD
  • Matt Schmit, University of Minnesota
  • Dennis Donohue – Lead, Center for Innovation & Technology, Western Growers; Former Mayor, Salinas, CA
  • Gabriel Garcia – Director & Senior Counsel, CPS Energy

For additional information about other session in the RTC program, please visit https://broadbandbreakfast.com/2017/04/register-to-attend-the-rural-telecommunications-congress-program-at-broadband-communities-summit.

REGISTER TODAY to attend the RTC sessions by using the Rural Telecommunications Code discount code of RTC350. This registration code entitles you to the lowest possible rate to attend not only the RTC sessions, but the entire Broadband Communities Summit program. The $350 costs is about one-third of the standard ticket price.

(Illustration in the public domain from UNC Libraries Common.)

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Craig Settles: Libraries, Barbershops and Salons Tackle TeleHealthcare Gap

Craig Settles describes the important role that community institutions have played in promoting connectivity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DALLAS, April 25, 2017 – What kind of workplaces and economic environment are rural areas likely to experience in the future?

At the Rural Telecommunications Congress program here at the 2017 Broadband Communities Summit next week, two of the sessions on Wednesday, May 3, will feature address that question. First, we’ll hear a “case study” about what’s working in economic development in Appalachia, and an exciting panel session on the role of fiber and co-working in expanding technology opportunities, including rural regions.

REGISTER TODAY to attend the RTC sessions by using the Rural Telecommunications Code discount code of RTC350.

From 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m., Eric Ogle of the Rural Telecommunications Congress Board will moderate a session on “Broadband is the New Coal,” and feature the perspectives of the Appalachian Regional Commission, plus projects in Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and elsewhere.

With a broad portfolio to serve a heavily rural area of the country, the commission has been actively engaged in ensuring that broadband is considered as part of economic development activities, and Manager Mark DeFalco will speak to this subject, along with other panelists.

Later in the afternoon on Wednesday, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Gene Crick, also of the RTC Board, will moderate a panel co-hosted by both the RTC and the leaders of the summit’s economic development track.

Centered around the theme of “Fiber Based Incubators and Tech Hives,” this afternoon session will consider how innovative communities are using fiber economic development tools to launch incubators that cultivate and support new businesses. The discussion will feature:

  • Robert Wack – City Council President, Westminster, MD
  • Matt Schmit, University of Minnesota
  • Dennis Donohue – Lead, Center for Innovation & Technology, Western Growers; Former Mayor, Salinas, CA
  • Gabriel Garcia – Director & Senior Counsel, CPS Energy

For additional information about other session in the RTC program, please visit https://broadbandbreakfast.com/2017/04/register-to-attend-the-rural-telecommunications-congress-program-at-broadband-communities-summit.

REGISTER TODAY to attend the RTC sessions by using the Rural Telecommunications Code discount code of RTC350. This registration code entitles you to the lowest possible rate to attend not only the RTC sessions, but the entire Broadband Communities Summit program. The $350 costs is about one-third of the standard ticket price.

(Illustration in the public domain from UNC Libraries Common.)

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Broadband Breakfast CEO Drew Clark and BroadbandNow’s John Busby Speak on Libraries and Broadband

Friday’s Gigabit Libraries Network conversation will feature Drew Clark of Broadband Breakfast and John Busby of BroadbandNow.

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DALLAS, April 25, 2017 – What kind of workplaces and economic environment are rural areas likely to experience in the future?

At the Rural Telecommunications Congress program here at the 2017 Broadband Communities Summit next week, two of the sessions on Wednesday, May 3, will feature address that question. First, we’ll hear a “case study” about what’s working in economic development in Appalachia, and an exciting panel session on the role of fiber and co-working in expanding technology opportunities, including rural regions.

REGISTER TODAY to attend the RTC sessions by using the Rural Telecommunications Code discount code of RTC350.

From 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m., Eric Ogle of the Rural Telecommunications Congress Board will moderate a session on “Broadband is the New Coal,” and feature the perspectives of the Appalachian Regional Commission, plus projects in Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and elsewhere.

With a broad portfolio to serve a heavily rural area of the country, the commission has been actively engaged in ensuring that broadband is considered as part of economic development activities, and Manager Mark DeFalco will speak to this subject, along with other panelists.

Later in the afternoon on Wednesday, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Gene Crick, also of the RTC Board, will moderate a panel co-hosted by both the RTC and the leaders of the summit’s economic development track.

Centered around the theme of “Fiber Based Incubators and Tech Hives,” this afternoon session will consider how innovative communities are using fiber economic development tools to launch incubators that cultivate and support new businesses. The discussion will feature:

  • Robert Wack – City Council President, Westminster, MD
  • Matt Schmit, University of Minnesota
  • Dennis Donohue – Lead, Center for Innovation & Technology, Western Growers; Former Mayor, Salinas, CA
  • Gabriel Garcia – Director & Senior Counsel, CPS Energy

For additional information about other session in the RTC program, please visit https://broadbandbreakfast.com/2017/04/register-to-attend-the-rural-telecommunications-congress-program-at-broadband-communities-summit.

REGISTER TODAY to attend the RTC sessions by using the Rural Telecommunications Code discount code of RTC350. This registration code entitles you to the lowest possible rate to attend not only the RTC sessions, but the entire Broadband Communities Summit program. The $350 costs is about one-third of the standard ticket price.

(Illustration in the public domain from UNC Libraries Common.)

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