SXSW Interactive Director to Keynote Broadband Communities Magazine Summit Next Week in Austin

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More than 1000 registrants -- MDU and PUD property owners and managers, network deployers, public officials and financiers -- are set to attend the Broadband Communities Magazine Summit in Austin, April 4-7, 2016. Join them!

Broadband Communities Magazine readers build the ultra-broadband networks that make the digital revolution possible.

Longtime Austin SXSW Interactive director Hugh Forrest is set to keynote the Broadband Communities Magazine annual Summit in Austin, April 4-7. His topic: The Broadband Future as Forecast at SXSW 2016.

Austin's SXSW Interactive and its music and film festival siblings have been helping set the nation's cultural and technology tone since 1986.

The magazine's readers make the digital revolution possible. As the leading conference on broadband technologies for housing and commercial developments and for municipalities, the Broadband Communities Summit attracts broadband system operators, network builders and deployers of all kinds. Many of the country’s major property owners and real estate developers attend the Summit each year, along with independent telcos and cable companies, municipal and state officials, community leaders and economic development professionals.

This year's Summit (details and registration at features more than 150 speakers in three tracks over four days. Among the unique workshops, keynotes, panels and daylong events:

  • Latest data on economic development, deployment costs, and more.
  • Sessions on when -- and when not to -- use new wireless technology inside large buildings.
  • A Thursday workshop by federal NTIA officials, explaining the financial incentives behind the White House broadband initiative.
  • Three connected sessions on new approaches for financing broadband, especially in low income housing and in rural areas.
  • New network providers, business models, content and technologies.
  • Dozens of case studies, real-world examples and actionable details -- what works and what doesn't.
  • Detailed workshops on technology, financial modeling, and more. Get the latest financial models on a thumb drive, free!
  • Broadband and education, and what the stakes are for parents, schools, and communities.
  • Great contract practices for service providers, property owners and managers, and municipalities and coops thinking about public-private partnerships.

Three days of Rural Telecommunications Congress sessions, co-located with the Summit, focus on what rural America needs to achieve high speed broadband, and to leverage it and unlock community benefits. Get the details of new financing options for network builds. Understand what kind of broadband rural America needs, given new applications and the Internet of Things. Discover the rural strategies of successful providers and communities that are moving ahead. Get a reality check on where we stand now.

Join CLIC, the Coalition for Local Internet Choice, for a day of learning and discussion about how to overcome barriers that impede development of advanced communications networks. Interactive panels of experts will share best practices and experiences about developing robust, resilient network strategies — including a full range of public-private partnerships — and overcoming a range of barriers that limit community Internet choice, including political, legal, financial, market, and resource barriers.

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