Share Your Expertise

Broadband Communities’ High-Speed Broadband: Driving America’s Growth conference and expo will be held October 30-31 at the Weston Alexandria – Old Town Hotel, Washington, D.C. Chaired by noted telecom attorney Jim Baller, it will focus on Bridging the Digital Divide.

Conference organizers are seeking experts on the new technologies, strategies and services aimed at getting all Americans connected to high-speed broadband to present their findings and participate in panel discussions. Subjects of interest include:

  • Funding broadband infrastructure needs
  • Making high-speed broadband affordable for all Americans
  • Weighing the technologies -- fiber, wireless, fixed wireless, satellite -- to determine what works best in varied scenarios
  • The roll out of 5G in both urban and rural areas and the crucial role fiber playsEliminating laws that keep communities from addressing their local broadband needs
  • Creating an accurate broadband map: how and what should it be measuring… and who should be collecting the data?
  • Cooperatives’ role in providing community broadband
  • Establishing successful partnerships
  • Educating the workforce of tomorrow
  • Leveraging teleheath technologies to bring better healthcare to all Americans

 Please email your proposal to speak to Nancy McCain,, by Thursday, August 1st with the following information:

  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Brief description of proposed subject matter
  • Brief description of relevant experience.

Attach or link to any documents that help conference organizers decide if your proposed presentation is relevant to the program.

Thank you for your interest.


What Broadband Leaders Are Saying

"Telehealth is a game-changer for rural veterans. It breaks through the barriers of cost, time and distance. Bringing rehabilitation services to the veteran's living room can connect patients with the care they might otherwise struggle to receive."

Thomas Klobucar, PhD

Executive Director, Office of Rural Health, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

"The bottom line: no internet, no business." 

Rep. Peter Welch


“One of the top issues I hear about is the need to bring fast, reliable internet to our rural areas. For education, for jobs, for medicine, broadband is really essential to helping rural communities thrive today.”

Sen. Ron Wyden


“Broadband connectivity has become vital in our 21st century economy…. Accurate broadband availability maps are essential for us to evaluate who has access and who does not.”

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito

(R-W.Va.), Co-chair Senate Broadband Caucus

“I believe the future belongs to the connected. No matter who you are or where you live in this country, you need access to modern communications to have a fair shot at 21st century success.”

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

Federal Communications Commission

“As we rely more on technology in our everyday lives, we have to make sure that every family has access to broadband, regardless of their zip code.”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

(D-Minn.), Co-chair Senate Broadband Caucus

“I strongly believe that in 2019, we shouldn’t be a country of haves and have-nots when it comes to using the internet… Congress can and should help states, counties, tribes and others do more to close the growing digital divide… it’s the right thing to do.”

Sen. Patty Murray


“We are leaving thousands of people on the sidelines. Significant human capital and economic development suffer without access to high-speed internet.”

Rep. Rob Wittman

(R-Va.), Co-chair Rural Broadband Caucus

“If we don’t act to connect all of America to the internet, we will absolutely be left behind.”

Jannine Miller

former Senior Advisor for Rural Infrastructure, USDA

“Broadband access is not a luxury. It is a necessity equal to roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure. Access to the internet expands economic and social opportunities for commerce and strengthens our economy.”

Sen. Angus King


“The internet is a powerful tool that has become instrumental in economic and social mobility and civic engagement.”

Sen. Mazie K. Hirono


October 30 – 31, 2019

The Westin Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria, VA

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