2015 Broadband Communities Summit

Our Mission
Helping Communities Take Control Of Their Broadband Futures
  Jim Baller, Chairman, Economic Development Program

JIM BALLER is the chairman of the Economic Development program at the Summit and at regional events produced by Broadband Communities around the country.

With the unique credentials of both economic development expert and the nation’s leading telecom lawyer for municipalities seeking next-generation networks, Jim Baller has a special appreciation for your community’s concerns. He knows these concerns involve creating jobs, attracting and retaining businesses, fostering economic development and contributing to America’s global competitiveness.

As Chairman of the Economic Development Program at our next Broadband Communities Summit, he has described his mission as follows:

“Our mission is to help you meet these goals – as rapidly and effectively as possible.”

To that end, our Austin economic development track will explore the relationship broadband and economic development in every session, with every speaker, and from multiple angles.

As a recent attendee observed, “There were town planners, activists, civil servants, elected officials, academics, consultants, economists, not-forprofits, educators, healthcare experts, regulators, lobbyists, lawyers, trade groups, analysts, design/build firms, hardware, software and outside plant vendors, among many others … The conversation revolved around ‘how?’ rather than ‘why?” Go here for the full review: http://goo.gl/pLh9T9.

  Corinne Hill, Executive Director,
Chattanooga Public Library

Attendees will get useful, practical information – including insights, examples and principles – that they will be able to take home and put to use at once.

We’re bringing together leaders and individuals at the very center of America’s gigabit revolution – in a city that is taking advantage of the development of entirely new fiber infrastructure. As a result, Austin is an ideal place to explore the best ways of linking the communications infrastructure of the future to economic vitality and the quality of life.

Attendees will also receive a wealth of economic research, case histories, how-to materials, and other practical information to take home and use effectively in their communities.

In our workshops and sessions, we will address the latest, hottest topics – including Google Fiber, telemedicine, distance learning, overcoming legal challenges, and much more.

Attendees will learn about Austin, of course, but also about many other state, regional, and community networks. We’ll address several ways to improve a community’s chances of getting a gigabit network, including approaches to attract privatesector network providers, develop public-private partnerships, and collaborate with vendors.

We’ll also highlight a variety of successful efforts to fund advanced communications capabilities – including investments in education, healthcare institutions, and community anchors in underserved areas.

Other topics include:
• the social and economic opportunities that ultra-fast broadband provides citizens and businesses
• the benefits of creating commercial and innovation corridors
• the value of broadband in bolstering neighborhood safety, enhancing education and improving health care services
• and much more

We’ll also have ample time for networking and learning about relevant cutting-edge products and services.

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