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Recent News // Press Release: Connect Michigan Prepares for 3rd Annual Michigan Broadband Conference

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Early Registration for 2015 Michigan Broadband Conference Begins Today

Lansing, MI: Building on the successes of the 2013 and 2014 Conferences, Connect Michigan is pleased to announce that the 2015 Michigan Broadband Conference will be on Tuesday, October 20 at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan.  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.

“The Michigan Broadband Conference provides attendees with a comprehensive overview of the state’s current broadband landscape and complexion by bringing together decision makers,” said Eric Frederick, Connect Michigan’s Executive Director.  “This is the ideal technology event for community champions, legislative leaders, sector stakeholders, and technology vendors.  The Michigan Broadband Conference is where connections are made, ideas are explored, and best practices are highlighted, and I hope you will be part of the event.”

Each year, Connect Michigan has welcomed keynote speakers including Lt. Governor Brian Calley; Blair Levin, Aspen Institute; Andrew Spurgeon, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA); Cable Green, Creative Commons; Allyson Knox, Microsoft; and Harold Feld, Public Knowledge.  The following topics will be discussed during breakout sessions, ensuring there is relevant content for all participants:

  • Innovative Solutions for Rural Connectivity
  • Ultra-High-Speed Connections in Michigan’s Small Towns
  • Cybersecurity Across Your Community
  • Technology in Tourism
  • Broadband 101
  • Decreasing the Digital Divide Among Older Adults
  • Community Driven Digital Literacy
  • Michigan’s Mobile Industry – Driving Development
  • Improving the Online Presence of Michigan’s Small Businesses
  • Expanded Educational Opportunities via Technology
  • Improving Rural Health Through Technology
  • The 21st Century Library

“[The 2014 Michigan Broadband Conference] was the most unique and useful conference that I have ever attended.  We need more opportunities for this type of ‘cross-pollination’ of ideas,” according to a 2014 conference attendee. 

Sponsorship opportunities are still available.  Please contact Eric Frederick, efrederick@connectmi.org, to join our growing list of sponsors: CenturyLink, Clark-Hill PLC, COMLINK, Courtland Consulting, Frontier, Library of Michigan, Lynx Network Group, Michigan Farm Bureau, and US Signal.

To register for the 2015 Michigan Broadband Conference, please visit www.connectmi.org/broadband-summit.  Discounted early bird tickets are currently available until August 15, 2015. 

Download the press release.

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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 www.connectmi.org.