National & Local Speakers to Headline Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 30th, 2005

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On-line registration is available for the March 30th Conference: Fiber Optics to the Home: Connecting Minnesota to the World. The one day conference will be held at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in St. Paul, MN.

FiberFirst Minnesota today announced that on-line registration is available for the March 30th Conference: Fiber Optics to the Home: Connecting Minnesota to the World. The one day conference will be held at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in St. Paul, MN.

National and local experts in Fiber to the Home (FTTH) deployment will share their expertise. With over 200 United States communities now offering fiber optics to homes and businesses, Minnesota attendees are registering for the conference to learn how it was done. Approximately a dozen Minnesota communities already benefit from at least one telecommunication service being delivered to the home or business by fiber optics. Homeowners in the Evermoor development in Rosemount enjoy a “triple play” service offering (telephone, television and internet) from FTTH Communications, an affiliate of CPDC, a major Roseville-based developer. The same is true of CPDC projects in Albertville and Hugo. Hiawatha Broadband (HBC) of Winona is in the process of bringing fiber to the home connections to its customers in Winona and St. Charles, and will begin construction of a full fiber optics voice, video and data bundled service system in Wabasha, Minnesota this summer. Windom, Minnesota is about to turn on a $9.4 million municipally owned FTTH system to serve some 2000 customers in that community.

With the advent of High Definition Television (HDTV) and demand for high speed internet access, many communities are turning to fiber optics. Widely used in long distance networks, fiber optic networks are capable of transmitting at speeds far faster than DSL or cable modem technology. The expected applications include telemedicine, distance learning, telecommuting and HDTV, as well as the current voice, video and data services.

Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Conference in St. Paul on March 30th, 2005

“This is the first comprehensive conference with all the experts in one place in our state,” said Jim Erickson, President, FiberFirst Minnesota. “We’re pleased to be able to offer complete coverage of the relevant topics: feasibility, design, equipment, financing, and case studies by the people who’ve lead the way in this field.” One such expert is Paul Morris, Executive Director of UTOPIA, a fourteen city consortium of Utah cities who are installing a fiber optic backbone for all providers to share. Another is James Hettrick, IS Director for the City of Loma Linda, CA, the first city to require fiber optic connections to the home in all new developments.

Conference attendees may register on-line at http://www.fiberfirstmn.org. Conference fees are $75 for the morning session, $75 for the afternoon session, or $100 for the entire day. Lunch is included with all registrations. Substantial group discounts apply for groups of 10 or more.

About FiberFirst Minnesota:

FiberFirst Minnesota (FFMN) is a public interest, educational non-profit organization dedicated to helping bring world-class bandwidth at the speed of light all the way to the homes and businesses of telecommunications consumers throughout the state of Minnesota. FiberFirst Minnesota is both an independent Minnesota non-profit corporation and the first state-level affiliate of FOCUS, Fiber Optic Communities of the United States. FFMN and its members and sponsors offer educational conferences and private consulting seminars to bring local and national expertise to interested communities and all potential providers of FTTH.

For additional information on FFMN or the March 30th Conference, see http://www.firbertstmn.org or call 612-325-3009.

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