Broadband Communities

JAN-FEB 2014

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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Financing Future Bandwidth Joel Mulder, senior director for business development at G4S Technology (formerly Adesta), leads an all-star panel to discuss Public-Private Partnerships, new fnancing techniques and more. The panel includes • John Honker, president of Magellan Advisors • Bill Maguire, partner at Reluminati and former chief of staf to the BTOP program • Cynthia Schultz, president of The Schultz Group and former director of compliance and audits for the BTOP program. Education – From Chalkboards to Personal Digital Tablets Jane Patterson will moderate this panel on state responsibilities for supporting digital learners, rural and urban. Hear about the collaboration among teachers, administrators and technicians that is necessary to support the connected classroom, massive online courses (MOOCs), charter schools and more, from those who have done it – including Myra Best, executive director of DigiLEARN, and a representative of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, founded by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Broadband for Economic Development in a Gigabit World Eric Ogle, research associate at the University of Tennessee's Baker Center for Public Policy, will moderate a high-level panel that brings together experts to cover the topic from all sides: • Mark DeFalco, telecommunications manager at the Appalachian Regional Commission, will describe hands-on issues. • Sharon Strover, director of the University of Texas Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute, will present a range of issues and solutions informed by her latest data on broadband and economic growth. • Frank Odasz, president, Lone Eagle Consulting, shows how training people to use abundant broadband improves a network's economic impact and increases revenue for system operators. APRIL 7: PRE-CONFERENCE EDUCATION CONNECTIVITY (CONNECT ED) WORKSHOP Arrive on Monday and enjoy a free pre-conference workshop about the educational and administrative benefts of connecting schools to high-speed broadband. Hear from Jane Patterson and others who made North Carolina the frst state to create a digital educational network for its schools, community colleges, colleges and universities and give them access to statewide administrative and educational management systems. Truly a $1,500 value included FREE with the cost of admission to the 2014 Summit. More details on that and on other FREE workshops, page 10. Money matters. This is the place to fnd some for your community. BBC_Gatefold PagesDIGITALONLY_Jan14.indd 4 2/6/14 10:21 AM

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