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03/20/2018 Tennessee Broadband Summit Conference

Event Time: Tue, March 20, 2018 08:00 AM
Type Of Event: Workshop
Event Location: Southeast, TN

NTIA's BroadbandUSA Program, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, will host a Broadband Summit about Creating Partnerships to Ensure Access for Allon March 20, 2018. For further information please contact Janice Wilkins, NTIA, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-5791; email:jwilkins@ntia.doc.gov.

Notice of 03/20/2018 Tennessee Broadband Summit Conference

Agenda

Tennessee Broadband Summit – Creating Partnerships to Ensure Access for All
Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37243

Summit Objectives

  1. Explore opportunities created through the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act.

  2. Accelerate projects through peer learning, new partnerships, wider vision, and avoiding pitfalls.

  3. Build community and bring new resources to bear.

  4. Cultivate opportunities for partnerships and collaborations.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

8:00Registration and Continental breakfast

8:30Welcome and Opening Remarks
Amy New, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
Laura Spining, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Congressman Marsha Blackburn via video

8:45 Advancing Broadband Partnerships to Ensure Access for All
Doug Kinkoph, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

9:10The Broadband Accessibility Act – One Year Later
One year accomplishments; looking forward to new steps.
Amanda Martin, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

9:20Working Together to Strengthen Infrastructure: The Power of Partnerships
How can strong partnerships lead to bolder and more sustainable projects? Industry and civic leaders will share insights and describe how they overcame challenges to accelerate broadband deployments.
Speakers:

  • Jonathan West, Twin Lakes Telephone

  • David Murphy, Volunteer Energy Cooperative

  • Trevor Bonnstetter, West Kentucky and Tennessee Telecommunications Cooperative

  • Mayor Randy Brundige, Martin, Tennessee

  • Moderators: Tennessee Senator Mike Bell and Tennessee Representative David Hawk (invited)

10:20Break

10:45Providers Leading the Way
What criteria makes it easier to invest and deploy next generation networks? Learn how providers are leading the way to advance broadband in Tennessee.
Speakers:

  • Levoy Knowles, Tennessee Telecommunications Association

  • Mike Knotts, Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association

  • Amy Martin, Tennessee Cable Telecommunications Association

  • Moderator: Laura Spining, BroadbandUSA, NTIA

11:45 Lunch

12:45Inclusion and Equity: Successful Digital Inclusion Efforts
Learn about the variety of programs across the country and state and why these programs are critical.
Speakers:

  • Larry Combs, The Center for Rural Development

  • Stephen Jenkins, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center

  • Ben Ferguson, TheCO

  • Moderator: Karen Archer Perry, BroadbandUSA, NTIA

1:40Funding and Sustaining Inclusion and Skills Programs
There is no single solution for building a sustainable digital inclusion and skills program. Speakers highlight how they cultivate a range of resources to support skills training.
Speakers:

  • Kent Oliver, Nashville Public Library

  • Charter Communications

  • Sammy Lowdermilk, The Enterprise Center

  • Moderator: Crystal Ivey, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

2:40 Break

3:00Federal Partners and Funding Opportunities
Federal partners share the latest on federal funding opportunities.
Speakers:

  • Jim Tracy, State Director, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service (RUS)

  • Mark DeFalco, Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)

  • Alex Holland, Delta Regional Authority (DRA)

  • Moderator: Katherine Bates, BroadbandUSA, NTIA

4:00Steps to Create Partnerships
What are the next steps to create successful partnerships for increasing broadband access? Join the discussion and gain tips on how to begin the process.

  • Facilitator: Laura Spining, BroadbandUSA, NTIA

4:30 End