Setting a High Standard for Broadband Stimulus Funding (Updated)

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Date: May 7 2009 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Setting a High Standard for Broadband Stimulus Funding:
Urban and Rural Examples of the "Best in Breed"

Thursday, May 7th
National Press Club, The First Amendment Lounge
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045

The Benton Foundation hosts a panel discussion on the characteristics of the "best of the breed" broadband stimulus applications.

  • San Francisco and Seattle provide excellent examples of innovative approaches like fiber-to-the-home piloting in low-income neighborhoods; public ownership; dark fiber construction for private sector leasing; and robust, energetic digital inclusion efforts.
  • Members of the Rural Fiber Alliance will examine approaches that make sense to reach Rural America
  • Measuring Success: We'll make the case for community-level metrics as a necessary component of the broadband stimulus projects

Panel 1: Best Practices/Case Studies from Urban and Rural America

  • Joanne Hovis, moderator
  • Bill Schrier, Chief Technology Officer, City of Seattle
  • Chris Vein, Chief Information Officer, City of San Francisco
  • Tim Nulty, ECFiber
  • Gary Evans, Hiawatha Broadband
  • Donny Smith, Jaguar Communications

Panel 2: Respondants

  • Charles Benton, moderator
  • Dr. Kate Williams, University of Illinois
  • Mark Ansboury, Chief Technology Officer, OneCommunity
  • Geoff Daily, and Rural Fiber Alliance


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