Minnesota Broadband Conference ~ Border to Border Broadband: A Call to Action

feb 2014 Conf logoI know I’ve mentioned it before – but I think the conference is going to be really, really good! And there’s an added pre-conference sessions:

Bill Coleman will facilitate a pre-conference session “A Comprehensive Community Approach to Broadband” from 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm.  There is no additional fee to attend this session.

In a rapid-paced and interactive session, Bill will cover these topics: Broadband Infrastructure; Digital Inclusion; Broadband-based Economic Development; and Broadband Applications.  This session will prepare both broadband beginners and experts to better participate in the conference, especially the policy discussions on Tuesday afternoon.  Attendees will also receive a free FTTH guide from the FTTH Council.

Register Today!!!

Close your eyes and imagine your life without access to the Internet. Consider what it would be like not to know anything about how or why to use an Internet-connected computer. This may feel like a bad dream, but unfortunately it is the reality for far too many Minnesotans.

Last week the St. Cloud Times featured “stories of frustration” from Annandale residents about inadequate broadband connectivity in their community. These stories “underscore the need to aid areas lacking quality broadband service,” wrote the Times, quoting state Senator Matt Schmit. Similar meetings elsewhere in greater Minnesota have uncovered comparable stories describing the effect of poor broadband access across communities – on property values, small business growth and quality of life.

The need is great and the time is now. A flood of organizations, from across the state, have joined in the call for this conversation to occur now. Be a part of it at the statewide conference, Border to Border Broadband: A Call to Action, February 4-5 in St. Paul.

Your voice, as community leader and Minnesotan, is needed. Gain knowledge, share stories and build coalitions. Shape, spread and amplify a strong and convincing message to help move Minnesota forward into the dream-come-true state of Border to Border Broadband.

Visit the conference website for more information and registration.

Sponsored by: Arrowhead RDC, Association Minnesota Counties, Connect Minnesota, Economic Development Association of MN, FTTH Council, Greater Minnesota Partnership, Headwaters RDC, Initiative Foundation, League of Minnesota Cities, MN Association of Community Telecommunications Administrators, MN High Tech Association, MN Rural Education Association, MN Rural Health Association, Northland Foundation, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, Region Five Development Commission, Region Nine Development Commission, Resilient Region Virtual Highway Taskforce, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation, Southwest RDC, West Central Initiative

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