The 2015 N.C. Rural Assembly is fast approaching, and we hope you have already registered and plan to join us on September 28-29. If you haven’t, please register today for an information-packed agenda that you will not want to miss.
During our recent advocacy roundtable meetings, the fundamental importance of state-of-the-art broadband connectivity was a recurring theme in each of the rural communities we visited. Many of you voiced a similar observation: We need the same commitment to broadband that we had to rural electrification in the 1930s. Simply put, broadband is at the very foundation of being able to transact business, to access a high quality life, and to live a globally connected life. Clearly, though much has been accomplished in the last decade, many rural communities need better and more affordable broadband service.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to how a rural community improves its broadband, but any answer lies in first seeking to better understand the infrastructure. There are a wide range of already successful deployment models, and Assembly attendees will hear about many of them. Success will require a range of public/private partnerships that leverage what assets exist, integrate new and emerging technologies and on a community-by-communtiy basis, determine the right fit. The Rural Assembly pulls it all together for you in one place and at one time.
Speakers will include: FCC Chief of Policy and Strategy Jonathan Chambers, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson, N.C. Secretary of Cultural Resources Susan Kluttz, Jeff Sural from the N.C. Office of Digital Infrastructure, Chris Estes, Chief Information Officer for the State of North Carolina, N.C. Rep. Grier Martin, N.C. Rep. Jason Saine and N.C. Senator Jeff Tarte. From the private sector, we will be joined by Vennesa Harrison of North Carolina AT&T, Rondi Furgason with CenturyLink and Jean Davis with MCNC, among many others.
If you want more than just broadband, be sure to check out our pre-conference “mini-conferences” – five topics of paramount interest and importance to rural leaders. As always, the Assembly offers the state's best networking opportunity for rural leaders, along with our celebratory rural partners dinner and awards ceremony.