The Kansas Statewide Broadband Initiative (KSBI) has announced that it will partner with the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition to host a “State of Broadband” conference Jan. 20-21 in Overland Park. Speakers and panelists representing businesses and communities will discuss a number of broadband issues to provide insight on the digital economy. Topics will include connecting Kansas schools, libraries and health services, advancing broadband access and utilization in rural and urban Kansas, and public safety broadband. The conference will also include a networking reception and service provider exhibition.
“Broadband is creating opportunities and posing challenges in areas ranging from economic growth to public safety,” said KSBI Director Stanley Adams. “The broadband conference is an exciting chance to feature ideas and success stories from rural and urban businesses, communities and internet service providers in Kansas.”
WHEN/WHERE: 8 a.m.-5:15 p.m., Jan. 20, and 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Jan. 21, at the DoubleTree Hotel, 10100 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66210.
SESSION INFORMATION: A complete list of speakers and workshops is available at KansasBroadbandConference.org. Topics of the conference include:
• Advancing K-12 broadband access and utilization in Kansas.• Solutions for improving rural broadband connectivity.• Trends in gigabit deployment.• An overview from the Federal Communications Commission.• Innovative rural/urban solutions to drive digital inclusion.• Broadband planning and emerging best practices from across the country.• Local policies that attract private sector service provider investment and increase accessibility.• Community anchor institutions.• Kansas’ role in deployment of a new nationwide public safety broadband network.• Community planning and stakeholder engagement success in Dodge City.• Critical broadband connectivity and utilization issues facing schools and libraries.• Increasing broadband access and digital skills through local partnerships.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION: A complete agenda and online registration is available through KansasBroadbandConference.org. The cost is $55 for both days, or $40 for one day.