Austin creates excitement surrounding the Summit as it joins Kansas City as one of America's leading Gigabit projects.
(PRWEB) April 10, 2013
The announcement of Google Fiber’s new deployment in Austin, Texas, is heightening interest in next week's Broadband Communities Summit, where Milo Medin, Google’s senior VP of access services, will keynote.
The Summit, which is showcasing Google's Kansas City fiber project – now America's leading gigabit deployment – is in Dallas, April 16–18.
Medin’s keynote address at the Summit awards luncheon on Wednesday April 17 will highlight the economic and social benefits of fiber in Kansas City. The mayors of both the Kansas and Missouri communities will be recognized for their leadership in building support for the successful Google Fiber project.
Government, corporate and academic leaders involved in financing and building advanced networks nationwide will be among the attendees.
With over 150 speakers and presenters at the three-day event, the Summit focuses on the infrastructure that underlies the achievements of companies such as Google and on advanced broadband applications such as smart electric grid, distance education, and telemedicine.
The Summit’s special Economic Development program, with more than 30 speakers, will connect the dots between broadband and job creation. This event, which shows how local and regional broadband strategies help produce 21st century jobs, has been standing room only for the last two years.
NOTABLE SUMMIT SESSIONS:
*Keynote by Blair Levin: Former chief of staff at the Federal Communications Commission and the country’s leading broadband strategist, Levin launched the ambitious Gig.U project that is bringing gigabit speeds to university communities across the country.
- Public Safety: Three sessions and 12 panelists will analyze the coming impact of the nation’s first interoperable public safety network, to be built for $7 billion. Aimed at enabling police and fire personnel nationwide to connect seamlessly with one another, the First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, will distribute $121.5 million in grants to aid states and territories in their planning.
- Multifamily housing and commercial buildings: A three-day track on the broadband needs of apartments, condos and student housing includes a new survey on the value apartment residents place on fast and reliable broadband. Additional sessions explore new opportunities for delivering high-speed, reliable broadband in multi-tenant commercial buildings.
- Agriculture: A first this year is a major session on the broadband-enabled revolution in precision agriculture, or “broadband to the tractor.” Speakers include Chris Batdorf, product marketing manager of the John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group.
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