Broadband Communities

Show Guide 2018

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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32 BROADBAND COMMUNITIES SUMMIT 2018 Show Guide Sponsor SPEAKERS Jordana Barton Senior Adviser, Community Development Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Barton supports the Federal Reserve System's economic growth objectives by promoting community and economic development and fair and impartial access to credit. Her focus areas include the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), community development finance, digital inclusion, financial education, affordable housing, workforce development and small business development. She is lead author of Las Colonias in the 21st Century: Progress Along the Texas- Mexico Border (2015) and author of Closing the Digital Divide: A Framework for Meeting CRA Obligations (2016). Publications forthcoming in 2018 include Preparing Workers for the Expanding Digital Economy and Telehealth: A Tool for Addressing Health Disparities on the Texas-Mexico Border. Barton serves on the board of directors of SA2020 and on the advisory board of the Texas Health Improvement Network of the University of Texas System. She holds an MPA from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. Aaron Bean Operations Manager Westfield Gas + Electric Light Department (WG+E) and Whip City Fiber Bean has spent more than 28 years in the natural gas and electric industry, focusing on engineering and operations. He has managed Westfield Gas + Electric Light Department's gas, electric and telecommunications operations since 2009 and is also project manager for its FTTH business, Whip City Fiber. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Hartford and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Bob Bennett Chief Innovation Officer City of Kansas City, Missouri Bennett joined the City of Kansas City in 2016 after a 25-year career in the U.S. Army. He leads the Smart City initiatives, a suite of projects that include data analysis, public Wi-Fi, digital kiosk installation and smart lighting programs in the city's downtown core. Kansas City's initiatives earned an Edison Award (Gold) for "Collective Disruption" and civic innovation in 2017. Bennett is currently working on plans to extend Smart City infrastructure throughout the 318 miles of KCMO with an emphasis on digital inclusion and collaborating with Avis on deployment of the first fully connected wireless vehicle fleet in a municipality. Angela Bennink Telecommunications Business Manager Kitsap Public Utility District Bennink has supported rural communities in getting access to broadband for the last 10 years. She focuses on Washington state, working with the not-for-profit telecommunications company NoaNet (Northwest Open Access Network). NoaNet has connected public utility districts throughout the state to expand the reach of broadband facilities and bridge the digital divide between rural and urban communities. Bennink supports the Kitsap Public Utility District in making sure all residents of Kitsap County have the same access to high-quality broadband. She has a chemical engineering degree from the University of Washington and enjoys sailing and playing with her two children in Poulsbo, Washington.

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