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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LAST SUMMIT: John Padalino, acting administrator of the USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS), addresses a full crowd. 50 States in 50 Minutes Get the picture fast – the state of the states in 2014 and how far they have come. Representatives from eight regions of the country will each speak for six minutes on broadband developments in their states. • Where are the states with regard to deployment as the BTOP program wraps up? • What are the right metrics to defne and identify citizens who are ready to bring digital advances into their lives? • How can we bring citizens on the wrong side of the digital divide up to speed? We'll discuss these broadband-related metrics for businesses, community anchor institutions and households: • Availability – Ability to subscribe to broadband services. • Adoption – Actual subscription to broadband services. • Utilization – Level of broadband use by subscribers. • Commercial impact – New business revenues and cost savings from increased broadband use. • Economic impact – Increase to local GDP and tax base related to broadband use. • Employment impact – Jobs gained (and maybe lost) from increased broadband use. • Improved quality of life – Increased opportunities for residents. Envisioning a Future of Public-Sector Broadband Eforts A panel of national experts, moderated by Drew Clark, will discuss how state initiatives can help deliver gigabit capacity throughout the country. Among those speaking: • Rachelle Chong, former California public utilities commissioner • Christopher Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance • Lev Gonick, CEO of OneCommunity • Top federal ofcials. BBC_Gatefold PagesDIGITALONLY_Jan14.indd 3 2/6/14 10:21 AM

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