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Community Broadband Summit Scheduled for March 20th

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Community leaders and activists seeking better broadband for their communities are invited to attend the 2018 Community Broadband Summit on March 20, 2018.  The Summit will be held at the Holiday Inn and Suites, 4800 Merle Hay Road in Urbandale, Iowa from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. There is no cost to attend.

Curtis Dean with SmartSource Consulting, one of the event’s organizers, says the Summit is a response to a growing interest among communities in bringing faster, more reliable internet access to citizens. “Across the nation, we’ve seen a growing trend toward community-based solutions for better broadband, especially in small towns and rural areas,” says Dean, who has been working with community-based broadband providers for twenty years. “In Iowa today, we have several communities that have invested in feasibility studies and are moving forward with community-based fiber networks to solve their broadband deficiencies”.

Dean points out a growing frustration – especially in rural areas and small communities - with the inability of large providers to close the gap between the broadband haves and have nots. Among the challenges that community leaders and activists are trying to overcome are the lack of broadband access, poor reliability, unresponsive customer service, and concerns over the repeal of net neutrality.

Summit attendees will learn how to advance community broadband from concept to reality and hear from people who've actually built and operated community networks. From referendum campaigns to feasibility to implementation, the Summit will help local efforts to take control of a community's technological future.

There is NO COST to attend the Community Broadband Summit, but pre-registration is required. The complete Summit agenda and registration are available at the website  For more information, contact: Curtis Dean, SmartSource Consulting, or (515) 650-0251.

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