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Introducing the FTTH Council Americas Community Toolkit
By Heather Burnett Gold,
President and CEO,
FTTH Council Americas

To complement the economic development program, which focuses on the “whys” of all-fiber deployment, the FTTH Council Americas will offer a parallel track focusing on its Community Toolkit – a compendium of the “hows” of all-fiber deployment.

Broadband Communities’ economic development conferences show why communities across the U.S. must upgrade their broadband networks to remain competitive in the global economy. But information about how to achieve that goal is hard to find and often overwhelmingly technical. Building upon the experiences of its members and its partners, the FTTH Council Americas developed a program to provide communities with the toolkit they need to deploy all-fiber networks.

In the Community Toolkit program, you will hear from those on the front lines of the FTTH revolution - public and private-sector leaders who have brought (or are working to bring) ultra-high speed broadband to communities. General sessions and workshops will provide communities with the tools they need to get fiber deployed, underscore the value proposition of advanced broadband networks and demonstrate how to create an asset inventory, aggregate demand, issue an RFP and manage implementation.


Mission Statement:
Helping Communities Take Control Of Their Broadband Futures
By Economic Development Chairman Jim Baller

Across America, hundreds of communities are seeking to acquire or develop advanced communications networks. Such networks, they believe, can drive and support simultaneous progress in multiple fields that are of critical importance to them, including economic development and global competitiveness, education, health care, public safety, transportation, energy, environmental protection, democratic engagement, and much more. In virtually every case, fostering robust economic development has ranked at or near the top of the list of considerations motivating these communities.

Our regional conferences are in response to strong and widespread interest
Responding to the strong and widespread interest in the relationship between advanced communications networks, economic development, and job creation, Broadband Communities has hosted a series of regional conferences that examine these matters from all angles, drawing on the insights of experts across multiple disciplines and on the first-hand experiences of the communities within the region in question.

The Lexington event encompasses the 12-state East-Central Region
Following up on our highly successful conferences in Danville, Virginia, Chicago, Illinois, and Springfield, Massachusetts, we will hold our next conference in Lexington Kentucky, from September 15-17, 2015. The conference will focus on the 12-state East-Central Region, including Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. This region is extraordinarily rich in experience, talent, and representative projects.

You’ll get useful info and insights you can put to use at once
Our entire economic development program – every session, every speaker – will concentrate on the relationship between broadband, economic development, and job creation. We will provide you useful, practical information that you can take home and put to use at once – including economic research, case histories, how-to materials, examples of what’s working and what’s not, lessons-learned, and invaluable insights.

From Google Fiber to public-private partnerships, we’ll address the timeliest and most important topics
Our workshops and sessions will address the latest, hottest topics – including Google Fiber and other public and private fiber deployments, telemedicine, distance learning, getting seniors online, and much more. You’ll learn about many of the state, regional, and local projects in the region. You’ll also hear about ways that communities are improving their chances of getting a gigabit network, including working with private-sector network providers, entering into public-private partnerships, and collaborating with vendors.

You’ll also hear about a variety of successful efforts to fund broadband – including investments in education, healthcare institutions and community anchors in underserved areas.

Please plan to join us in Lexington, and if you have suggestions for strengthening our program, please let us know as soon as possible.


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