Baller Herbst Law Group
|Leader, Seminar For Planners|
American Planning Association – Tech Division
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Tuesday, September 16:
Wednesday, September 17:
6 Free Workshops:
Topics and Themes Include
DEVELOPING broadband strategies for the
BUILDING advanced broadband systems
Following up on our highly successful conferences in Danville, Virginia, and Chicago, Illinois, we will hold our next conference in Springfield, Massachusetts, from September 15-18, 2014. The conference will focus on the 12-state Northeast Region, including Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. This region is extraordinarily rich in experience, talent, and representative projects. Read more.
Why Springfield, MA?
Attendees from the region and around the country will benefit from the extensive experience of projects in the area, including . . .MassBroadband 123 – A Robust, Regional Fiber Backbone
5 College Fiber Optic Network – Serving Bandwidth Intensive Customers
Five College Net and its partner G4S Technology offer dark fiber to businesses and organizations in western Massachusetts. Customers with a need for intensive bandwidth can connect ... Read More
Leverettnet: Small Town Seizes Control of Its Broadband Destiny
Leverett, a town about 30 miles north of Springfield with fewer than 2,000 people, was underserved with broadband and took matters into its own hands. Citizens voted to fund ... Read More
The ION Upstate New York Rural Broadband Initiative:
This middle mile infrastructure project will serve more than 70 rural communities in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Its 1,308-mile fiber network will offer speeds of one to 10 Gbps ... Read More
Hometown Utilicom – A Fiber-to-the-Home Pioneer
Kutztown, a small community near Reading, Pa., deployed its FTTH network as early as 2002. As if to prove that no good deed goes unpunished, its efforts led to legislation that made ... Read More
Axcess Ontario – Dark Fiber Lights Way To Economic Development
Ontario County, NY, put itself on the fast track to greater economic development with its open-access, dark-fiber infrastructure. Axcess Ontario, the non-profit that manages the 200-plus-mile fiber ... Read More
Connecticut: The Nutmeg Network – Helping Municipalities Get Fiber
The Connecticut Department of Administrative Services and the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) are responsible for this statewide, fiber optic infrastructure ... Read More
OpenCape Network – Creating Opportunities In SE Mass and Cape Cod
Already creating jobs via the hiring of local workers with skills in fiber optic installation, the new network is expected to generate tremendous growth in jobs and economic development ... Read More
New Hampshire FastRoads – FTTP to CAI’s and Homes in 19 Towns
FastRoads’ goal is to ensure that the region’s businesses, institutions and residents have a broadband infrastructure that supports jobs and sustainable economic development ... Read More
NHOS – New Hampshire Optical Systems, Inc. – Enabling Growth
“By building this network,” states the NHOS mission statement, “we enable economic growth and long-term sustainability.” NHOS was awarded the contract to design ... Read More
Three Ring Binder in Maine – Open Access 1,100-Mile Network
The Three Ring Binder project proposes to create an open access fiber-optic network linking the unserved and underserved areas of the state together with a modern communications network ... Read More
EC Fiber – 24 Towns in East-Central Vermont
ECFiber is a community-owned, subscriber-funded group of 24 towns building a Fiber-to-the-Home network providing ultra-high-speed Internet services and telephone to residents ... Read More
Vermont’s Sovernet – Fiber Network To 340 Anchor Institutions
Sovernet is in the final stages of constructing a 900-mile fiber optic network in Vermont. Funded through the federal BTOP program, and the State of Vermont, it will provide fiber-based ... Read More
VTel – Vermont Telephone Company – Gigabit to Rural Subscribers
VTel operates one of the most rural telephone networks in America – and offered DSL speeds up to 24 Mbps. Now it is extending GigE gigabit Internet over active fiber to every ... Read More
The Economic Impact of Advanced Broadband Networks
BROADBAND STRATEGIES FOR COMMUNITIES: The only conference series of its kind in the country, the event is devoted entirely to the relationship between a community’s economic vitality and its access to advanced broadband networks. For public officials at the local, state, county and federal level; economic development professionals; educators; investors; business leaders; broadband activists; county managers and administrators; county commissioners and supervisors; county IT directors; public safety directors; county attorneys; school officials; mayors; Positive feedback from the first two conferences has been extraordinary, with attendance doubling from the first to the second event.
Getting to Springfield
An easy drive from major airports in the Northeast; 20 minutes from Bradley International Airport; 90 Minutes from Logan International Airport in Boston, or from Albany; 2 Hours from LaGuardia in NYC.
Driving? The roads are great and distances short; 5 hour drive from Montreal, 4 from Philadelphia, 6 from DC.
Great family opportunity. Aside from magnificent scenery and historic Boston and Salem less than 2 hours away, you won‘t want to miss such local Springfield attractions as The Big E – the giant Eastern States Exposition Sept 12-28. www.thebigE.com, Basketball Hall of Fame, www.hoophall.com, and Six Flags New England – family fun at the region’s largest theme park, just 15 minutes away in Agawam (most rides still open in September, weekend operation).
A Must-Attend Event
Explore best practices for developing fiber-based broadband strategies for the knowledge economy.
Learn the strategies necessary to foster collaboration with economic development agencies.
Discover how your community can become a magnet for the tech industry.
See what people said about our past conferences of the series:
Danville, Virginia & Tinley Park, Illinois
"Thanks for putting this conference on! For me, it highlighted how fiber can be a game changer like it was for Danville. I obtained a good overview and came away with more knowledge than I came with."
Patty Eller - President, Altavista Area Chamber of Commerce
"I thought the conference was excellent. It was well organized and kept to the schedule. I learned a lot, made some helpful and important acquaintances, and enjoyed the sessions."
Dave Corn - Senior Telecommunications Consultant, ECC Technologies
"Your inaugural Broadband Communities Economic Development Conference in Danville, Va., was great. The conference attracted both experienced and newcomers who offered stimulating ideas, case studies and networking opportunities. Everyone had something to contribute and we learned from each other."
Sheila R. Dalmat - Key Bridges
"It generated a lively discussion among the attendees and provided me with valuable information that I can transfer to the real economic developers within my organization."
Jim Baker, Chief - Information Technologies Group, SEDA-Council of Governments