Curtis Dean with SmartSource Consulting, one of the event’s organizers, says the Summit is a response to a growing interest among communities in bringing faster, more reliable internet access to citizens. “Across the nation, we’ve seen a growing trend toward community-based solutions for better broadband, especially in small towns and rural areas,” says Dean, who has been working with community-based broadband providers for twenty years. “In Iowa today, we have several communities that have invested in feasibility studies and are moving forward with community-based fiber networks to solve their broadband deficiencies”.
Dean points out a growing frustration – especially in rural areas and small communities - with the inability of large providers to close the gap between the broadband haves and have nots. Among the challenges that community leaders and activists are trying to overcome are the lack of broadband access, poor reliability, unresponsive customer service, and concerns over the repeal of net neutrality.
Summit attendees will learn how to advance community broadband from concept to reality and hear from people who've actually built and operated community networks. From referendum campaigns to feasibility to implementation, the Summit will help local efforts to take control of a community's technological future.
There is NO COST to attend the Community Broadband Summit, but pre-registration is required. The complete Summit agenda and registration are available at the website www.ourbroadbandfuture.com. For more information, contact: Curtis Dean, SmartSource Consulting, firstname.lastname@example.org or (515) 650-0251.