2015 Broadband Communities Summit
2015 Summit FAQ
How long has the Summit been in existence?
The 2015 Broadband Communities Summit is part of the company’s Towns & Technologies series of events, focusing on Fiber-to-the-Home and next-generation access technologies for buildings, communities, and municipalities. The 2015 event marks the 12th annual Summit, since launching the Towns & Technologies programs in 2004. Since then, the Summit has grown by 100 percent, with more than 900 in attendance in 2014.

How do you define “broadband”?
”Broadband is a term used to cover a wide range of data transmission speeds, but the Summit focuses on fiber-optic technologies capable of providing sufficient bandwidth to homes and businesses to enable smooth transmission of video, Internet traffic, data, and other high-bandwidth applications.”

Why do you distinguish between fiber to the home and other broadband access technologies?
The applications that consumers are increasingly demanding – video transmission, streaming, and downloads, online gaming, file sharing, and others – are really practical only with a network that takes fiber right to the home or business. Because this is the future of network technology, this is where the Summit focuses.

What is the economic significance of broadband technology?
For many multi-dwelling property owners, and developers of master-planned communities, as well as municipal and regional economic development organizations, the availability of a solid broadband infrastructure can be the key to attracting residents, businesses of all sizes, and other development. Whether it is a highly desirable amenity, as in multi-dwelling units, or a requirement for doing business, it is a true selling point.

How many exhibitors does the Summit typically attract?
Over the years, the Summit’s exhibition area has grown, and this year it will feature over 80+ exhibitors, including some of the best-known names in the telecommunications and cable industry. Among the 2014 exhibitors and sponsors were Verizon Enhanced Communities, Time Warner Cable, AT&T Connected Communities, Dish Network, Google Fiber, SpotOn Networks, Fujitsu, Charter, iPhotonix, Comcast and COX Communications.

Who attends the Summit?
The 2015 Summit anticipates about 1,000 attendees, representing the telecommunications industry, municipal and regional economic development officials, real estate owners and developers, cable systems providers, architects and builders, and more.

What types of presenters speak at the Summit?
The 2014 Summit featured keynote presentations were given by Rouzbeh Yassini, Executive Director, Broadband Center of Excellence, University of New Hampshire; Dahna Hull, VP and General Manager, Austin, AT&T Services, Inc.; Matt Murphy, President, Grande Communications; Michael Render, President, RVA LLC; Beniot Felten, CEO, Diffraction Analysis; William Sproull, President & CE?O, Richardson, Texas, Chamber of Commerce; Rhondella Hawkins, Telecom & Regulatory Affairs Officer, City of Austin.

How many educational sessions are there usually?
Counting the keynote presentations, the 2014 Summit featured more than 55 educational sessions.

What are the Cornerstone Awards?
The Cornerstone Awards are a highlight of the Broadband Communities Summit. These awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments of private developments, municipalities, communities, companies, and individuals in delivering broadband over fiber for the benefit of the end user. The Cornerstone awards have included recognition for the most notable deployments of Fiber-to-the-Home and next-generation access technologies in the U.S. and abroad.

What are the Outstanding Multifamily Partner Awards (OMPA)?
Nominated and voted on by owners, developers and managers, the Multifamily Partner Awards recognize vendors who understand the unique attributes of our industry and how best to serve our common customer, the resident. Candidates are nominated and voted on by multifamily owners with documented evidence of the vendor partner’s success at adding value to the owners business and/or communities.

What does it cost to attend the Summit?
For qualified press and industry analysts, there is no charge to attend the Summit. Complimentary press registration is available via the Summit website, at www.bbcmag.com, or by contacting Nancy McCain, Publisher/Conference Director at 281-342-9655 or via email at nancym@bbcmag.com.

Nancy McCain
Publisher/Conference Director
Broadband Communities Magazine/Summit


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