Broadband Communities

JUL 2017

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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The Atlanta conference encompasses a 9-state region: Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana Jim Baller President, Baller Stokes & Lide, P.C. Enhance Your Community With Advanced Fiber Networks Meet the Economic Development Chairman WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: How you can successfully leverage your fiber for economic development Discover how to get businesses to make the most of your fiber-based broadband investment. How to successfully plan for, monetize and manage your broadband investment Explore best practices for developing broadband strategies for the knowledge economy. Learn the strategies necessary to foster collaboration with economic development agencies. Differentiate your community with advanced broadband connectivity. Discover how your community can become a magnet for the tech industry. How to successfully fund your advanced communications project Find out about a variety of successful public and private efforts to fund fiber networks. Get timely information about federal investments in broadband communities. Explore both traditional and creative new financing mechanisms, including working with private-sector network providers, entering into public-private partnerships and collaborating with vendors. "NGN built this network so that the schools, hospitals, businesses and community could take ownership of it and use it to improve lives." – Paul Belk, CEO Meet Our Conference Partner, NGN We can all learn from the successful, and NGN, our partner at the Broadband Communities 2017 Economic Development Conference, has a lot to teach us. Ten years ago, visionaries from counties and core anchor institutions in North Georgia teamed up with the goal of boosting the region's economic development through high-speed broadband infrastructure. What started with a laudable idea moved quickly into reality as the company received the nation's first BTOP (Broadband Technology Opportunities Program) federal grant in 2009 to build 1,100 miles of new fiber. NGN now manages in excess of 1,600 miles of network for its members, providing them with gigabit connectivity that rivals the fastest in the world. And continued growth is definitely in its future! Jim Baller is the nation's leading telecom attorney dedicated to representing state and local governments, municipal utilities, non-profit organizations and private entities seeking broadband solutions. He has served as the chairman of all six Broadband Communities Economic Development Conferences and is committed to developing up-to-the-minute programming that helps communities understand what they can do to maximize the potential economic benefits of advanced broadband networks, as rapidly and efficiently as possible.

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