We have greatly enjoyed being on the road in rural North Carolina over these past few weeks. Thanks to the hundreds of you who participated in a regional advocacy roundtable.
Now our full attention turns to the 2015 N.C. Rural Assembly, the state's largest annual convening of rural leadership. Join us September 28th and 29th in the Triangle as we proudly present "Cultivating Connectivity: Leveraging Broadband to Accelerate Opportunity." Click here to see a detailed agenda.
Broadband infrastructure was an item of discussion in every regional roundtable, and it's clear we all agree its widespread availability and affordability is a critical short and long-term economic development priority for rural North Carolina. Speakers include FCC Chief of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis Jonathan Chambers, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson, N.C. Secretary of Cultural Resources Susan Kluttz, CenturyLink Vice President Rondi Furgason, President of AT&T North Carolina Venessa Harrison, N.C. Chief Information Officer Chris Estes and Jeff Sural, general counsel and policy director for the N.C. Office of Information Technology Services. Joe Freddoso of Mighty River LLC, who formerly served as CEO of MCNC, will serve as the conference emcee.
A broad range of expertise is lined up to join us as speakers, representing all the major federal and state agencies with broadband responsibilities, as well as the private and nonprofit sectors. Topics will include:
Framing the Broadband Discussion
Rural Broadband Deployment Models
Expanding Our Leadership: High Speed Education
Broadband to Community Anchor Institutions
Community Initiatives: Rural Communities meeting their broadband needs
Broadband as a Rural Jobs Engine
Broadband Funding Overview
As always, the conference will include great networking oppportunities, including the Rural Resource Fair and Reception. I look forward to seeing you.