Why You Should Attend the Rural Telecom Congress in Dallas from May 2-4

The Rural Telecommunications Congress program at the 2017 Broadband Communities Summit in Dallas on May 2-4, 2017, will feature panelists on the Universal Service Administrative Corporation’s role in bringing broadband to underserved and unserved communities, the role of broadband mapping in today’s telecommunications ecosystem, a case study of bringing broadband to Appalachia, a robust discussion of co-working spaces and the impact they can have on rural communities, and many other topics.

REGISTER TODAY to attend the RTC sessions by using the Rural Telecommunications Code discount code of RTC350. This registration code entitles you to attend the entire Broadband Communities Summit program at the lowest possible rate. The cost to attend is $350.

Among the topics that will be highlighted during the Congress include:

  • A VOICE FROM WASHINGTON
    How the Universal Service Fund is Bringing Broadband to Underserved and Unserved Communities: A View from the Universal Service Administrative Corporation
    How will the strategically important Universal Service Fund and ongoing Federal Communications Commission modernization of programs that support broadband infrastructure affect rural America?
  • MAPPING BETTER BROADBAND
    What are Government Officials and Private Companies Doing to Fill the Void?
    Understanding the locations where high-speed internet service is available has never been more important to the FCC, to USAC, and to the private sector. 
  • Broadband is the New Coal: How Appalachia is Tackling Broadband
    What the Appalachian Regional Commission has done to spur the development of broadband and technology-based economic development to help offset the loss of the coal economy in communities from Pennsylvania to Maryland and beyond. 
  • Fiber-Based Incubators and Tech Hives
    For most communities that develop or partner for high-speed broadband network, economic development and job creation is the primary motivation.  How are they leveraging their connectivity to attract new entrepreneurs and high-tech companies? 
  • Financing the Last Mile with an Essential Services Approach
    Municipal networks that have the benefit of leveraging a utility have shown the ability to build and launch community service at a successful level. But what happens if you’re also in an underserved community, like much of rural America? 
  • Ownership Models for Rural Broadband
    In metropolitan areas, broadband providers are usually vertically integrated – the same company builds, owns and manages the infrastructure and also delivers services. Rural network owners have been more willing to experiment with different ownership and funding models. 
  • Rural Quality of Life; Balancing Digital Opportunities and Technological Disruptions
    Given affordable broadband access and appropriate devices, bridging the digital divide depends on what you choose to do with broadband. This panel will address actionable strategies for scalable training, motivation, and ongoing support for grassroots champions, and social entrepreneurs, in rural, tribal, and urban communities. 
  • BETTER BROADBAND POLICY
    Revising the Telecom Act to Meet the Needs of Rural America
    What laws need to change?  What partnerships need to develop? How can smaller firms and community access institutions get financing?

REGISTER TODAY to attend the RTC sessions by using the Rural Telecommunications Code discount code of RTC350. This registration code entitles you to attend the entire Broadband Communities Summit program at the lowest possible rate. The cost to attend is $350. Visit http://ruraltelecon.org to learn more about the history and activities of the Rural Telecommunications Congress.

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