2012 Broadband Communities Summit
New Rules to the Game
Connecting Rural America Communities to Future Prosperity
  A One-Day Forum Sponsored
by the Rural Telecommunications Congress
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See All Rural Broadband Sessions (April 24-26) and Speakers


RTC ONE-DAY PROGRAM – Thursday, April 26

Thursday, April 26
9:00 am – 9:10 am
Welcome Remarks


Thursday, April 26
9:10 am – 10:20 am
Redefining Relevant Adoption and Utilization in Rural America
The FCC reports that 1/3rd or 100 million adult Americans don't have broadband at home. A 2010 Pew Internet and American Life survey found that 50 percent of adults in rural areas do not have broadband at home, even though availability/accessibility is much higher.  There is broad recognition that the availability and adoption of broadband is one of the necessary conditions for economic and community development. At issue is the perceived lack of relevance regarding whether they would benefit in practical terms.

Frank Odasz – president of Lone Eagle Consulting

Craig Settles – Co-Director, Communities United for Broadband
Daniel Aghion – Executive Director, Digital Inclusion Forum
Bill Shuffstall – Extension Educator, Penn State University
Eric Ogle – The Howard Baker Center for Public Policy
Michael Ramage – Executive Director, Connected Tennessee Program, Connected Nation


Thursday, April 26
10:30 am – 11:40 am
Alternative Rural Futures: Emerging Opportunities
Broadband infrastructure is a platform for developing innovative strategies and opportunities that will enable rural Americans to more fully participate in the $8 trillion global Internet economy.   This panel will explore how rural fiber, wireless broadband, and mobile devices might be leveraged by creative public and private partnership models to develop intentionally innovative rural communities. What gets measured gets done, and new metrics are evolving.

Bill Shuffstall – Extension Educator, Penn State University

Frank Odasz – president of Lone Eagle Consulting
Deb Watts – Senior Director, Research and Grants, NC Dept of Commerce
Michael Curri – Founder and CEO, Strategic Networks Group
Karen Archer Perry - Senior Program Officer, U.S. Libraries, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation



Thursday, April 26
2:30 pm – 3:40 pm
Mapping Sessions I
Making Use of the National and State Broadband Maps

The broadband maps have almost immeasurable value as America seeks to tap into full broadband capacity. Whether for business recruitment, real estate construction, economic development or quality of life (better health care, education, etc.), the maps provide a wealth of data that provide the tools for specific solutions.

Drew Clark – Executive Director, Partnership for a Connected Illinois

Keith Montgomery — Senior Program Director, ICF International
Jason Hoekstra — Technology Solutions Advisor, U.S. Department of Education
Eric Fogle — President, Broadband Consulting Group


Thursday, April 26
4:00 pm – 5:10 pm
Mapping Sessions II
Ensuring the Sustainability of State Broadband Initiative Entities

A variety of creative solutions are being proposed that will ensure the longevity and durability of state broadband entities. To do so, state entities must prove the value of the data as a way to ensuring continued state and federal funding.

Galen Updike – Broadband Dev. Manager, Arizona Dept. of Adm. (AZDOA)

Jane Patterson – President, The Way Forward
Michael Golden – Director, Broadband Planning, Arizona Broadband Project
Jason Whittet – Deputy Director, Massachusetts Broadband Institute
Don Shirley – Executive Director, Connected Texas



Thursday, April 26
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Evening Roundtable For All:
Emerging Best Practices and Adoption

Panelists from RTC’s sessions — and all conference attendees —are invited to participate in a roundtable discussion on emerging best practices for broadband awareness, adoption, and meaningful measurable outcomes.

Share Your Ideas

Bring your challenges, hard questions, and known best practices to share at a roundtable discussion on how we can better use the Internet for effective collaboration on resources and economic development best practices as they emerge on an ongoing basis.

Help Create An Innovative “Community of Communities”

On the table will be the opportunity to create an intentionally innovative “Community of Communities” working together online to share what’s working for others like you. We will be creating the beginnings of an online clearinghouse of online resources welcoming all contributions for free distribution. If we all share what we know, we’ll all have access to all our knowledge.

Individuals can scout the world for the best innovations to post locally, to fuel the home fires of local innovation.

Take 15 minutes to view this video to see what “We can do for ourselves, together!”

How Web Video Powers Global Innovation http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/chris_anderson_how_web_video_powers_global_innovation.html

Creating a citizen skills database is viable and marketing collective talents worked for rural Scottish communities as shown in this 7 minute Scottish Rural Telework video is at http://youtu.be/yXnu6qquvHI

For information contact:
Frank Odasz
Lone Eagle Consulting
PH/Fax: 406 683 6270
Cell: 406 925 2519

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