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Mission Statement
Helping Communities Take Control Of Their Broadband Futures

By Conference Chairman Jim Baller

Your community cares deeply about creating jobs, attracting and retaining businesses, fostering economic development, and contributing to America’s global competitiveness.   Our mission is to help you to meet these goals, as rapidly and effectively as possible. 

To do this, we’ve created an event that is strikingly different from other broadband conferences you’ve attended.   We emphasize economic development throughout – in every session, with every speaker.

We’ll be giving attendees useful, practical information – including insights, examples and principles – that you can take home and put to use at once.

The speakers you’ll hear are prominent leaders in their fields, nationally and locally.  They include:

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn – whose administration has laid thousands of miles of fiber in Illinois and encouraged and funded world-class broadband infrastructure in every area of the state

Blair Levin – founder of Gig.U, a national coalition aimed at accelerating the deployment of world-leading, next-generation networks

Lev Gonick – head of OneCommunity, whose fiber network is driving economic development and improving health care, education, and government services in northeastern Ohio

Many other national, state, regional, and local leaders who have made breakthrough contributions to using advanced communications capabilities to foster economic development and create jobs.

You’ll learn from one of the most vibrant and innovative regions in America about linking the communications infrastructure of the future to economic vitality and the quality of life.   We will examine what is working well, what is not, and what lies ahead, particularly as federal stimulus funding ends.

You’ll receive a wealth of economic research, case histories, how-to materials, and other practical information that you can use effectively in your communities. Examples include the Illinois Gigabit Communities Challenge with its premise that “smart communities will foster the job engines of the future.” 

In our workshops and sessions, we will address the latest, hottest topics – including Google Fiber, telemedicine, broadband for agriculture, getting seniors online, ConnectEd, and much more.

You’ll learn about the Chicago Southland Fiber Network and many other state, regional, and community networks.   You’ll also hear about several ways to improve your chances of getting a gigabit network, including vehicles to attract private-sector network providers, public-private partnerships, and collaborating with  vendors.

You’ll hear about successful efforts to fund broadband in Illinois and elsewhere – 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 in creating commercial and innovation corridors
  • the value of broadband in bolstering neighborhood safety . . . enhancing education . . . and improving health care services.

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

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