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Recent News // Connect Michigan Announces Keynote Speakers for 2015 Michigan Broadband Conference

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Jay Elliot and Matthew DelNero to headline third annual conference in Lansing, Michigan

Lansing, MI: Connect Michigan is pleased to announce two keynote speakers headlining the 2015 Michigan Broadband Conference on Tuesday, October 20 at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan.  Jay Elliot, technology executive and best-selling author of The Steve Jobs Way and Leading Apple with Steve Jobs, will present the lunch keynote address sponsored by Frontier Communications.  In addition to Mr. Elliot, Matthew DelNero, the Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau, will close the event.  The two speakers will offer insight and advice for the private and public sectors creating robust content for this year’s audience.

“Each year, we build on the success of the previous years, gaining more momentum and providing perspectives from technology leaders across the country,” said Eric Frederick, Connect Michigan’s Executive Director.  “I’m excited to have such a high caliber of nationally recognized technology leaders  joining us here in Michigan.  The Michigan Broadband Conference is where connections are made, ideas are explored, and best practices are highlighted.  This year will be no exception.”

Previous keynote speakers included Lt. Governor Brian Calley; Blair Levin, Brookings Institution; Andrew Spurgeon, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA); Cable Green, Creative Commons; Allyson Knox, Microsoft; Bill Dutton, Quello Center at Michigan State University; and Harold Feld, Public Knowledge. 

Jay Elliot was a senior member of the original Macintosh development team and helped Steve Jobs develop the original user interface inspired by Xerox PARC. Becoming Senior Vice President of Apple reporting directly to Jobs, Elliot ran all corporate operations including business planning, IT operations, facilities, and HR for Apple worldwide.  As a mentor, Elliot was able to guide Jobs in learning and applying the management principles Elliot had learned at IBM and Intel, which helped to boost Apple into a multibillion dollar company and helped develop Jobs into an inspirational leader with the ability to create the society-changing Apple products.

Matthew S. DelNero is Chief of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau, where he leads a team of some 160 attorneys, economists, and other professionals who work to ensure that all Americans have access to robust, affordable broadband and voice services.  FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler appointed DelNero to this position in May 2015. DelNero previously served as Deputy Chief of the Bureau, beginning in February 2014.  During that time he played a leading role in the Bureau’s efforts regarding the nation’s transition to all-IP networks, the development of rules to protect and promote the Open Internet, and consumer privacy. 

Nationally recognized broadband and technology experts will join local leaders, sector champions, and state innovators to discuss best practices and insights into leveraging technology for improved community and economic development, education, digital literacy, healthcare, and workforce development.   Actionable information and case studies will be provided to empower participants to work with local stakeholders and broadband providers in their communities to expand technology access, adoption, and use.  In 2014, more than 700 participants attended the conference onsite and remotely via live stream.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available.  Please contact Eric Frederick, or go to to register and join our growing list of sponsors:, AARP,, Agri-Valley Services, CenturyLink, Clark-Hill PLC, COMLINK, Courtland Consulting, Frontier Communications, Library of Michigan, Lynx Network Group, Michigan Farm Bureau, Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, Peninsula Fiber Group,  Spectrum Business, and US Signal.

To register for the 2015 Michigan Broadband Conference, please visit

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About Connect Michigan: In partnership with the Michigan Public Service Commission, Connect Michigan is working to ensure that all Michiganders can experience the benefits of broadband. Technology, especially widespread access, adoption, and use, improves quality of life. More at