Minnesota Broadband Conferences are always a great place to learn what you need to know about community broadband initiatives – from new technologies to digital inclusion. There’s always a range of opportunities to fit your style – straightforward content delivery from the front of the room to “open space” participant-centered interactive sessions to straight out networking. Plus some fun!
Border to Border Broadband: A Call to Action
When: Feb 4-5, 2014
Where: St Paul RiverCentre
Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect this year:
On Wednesday morning, February 5, attendees will have rapid-fire opportunities to hear speakers on a range of topics organized in four tracks:
- Broadband infrastructure development
- Fiber optic networks
- Wireless networks
- Successful public sector initiatives
- Broadband co-ops – a new take on an old model
- Common barriers to rural broadband deployment
- Digital inclusion
- Computer refurbishment strategies
- Digital literacy training
- Digital literacy for New Americans
- Broadband provider digital inclusion programs
- Business and Economic Development
- Hosting social media events
- Encouraging business adoption and utilization
- Gigabit networks for innovation
- Applications by sector
There’s even a bonus track – in the form of a pre-conference session…
For those new to broadband initiatives and those seeking to broaden their approach, a special pre-conference session at 1 pm on February 4 will provide an overview of the necessary components of successful community broadband program. This interactive session will provide a roadmap for communities to increase both access to and use of broadband within their communities. The session will help you answer these questions:
- What is broadband and how do technologies compare?
- How do we assess broadband availability and quality in our community?
- If necessary, how can we improve the broadband services offered in our community?
- How is our community using broadband now?
- How can our community institutions, businesses and residents make more effective use of broadband?
- How can we use broadband as a tool for economic development?
If there is a topic that you want to learn more about, let us know!