The i3 Cooperative will host the third annual MountainConnect conference on Colorado rural broadband Monday, June 17 at Main Street Station in Breckenridge, CO. Last yearâ€™s event drew over 150 attendees from around Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West.
Online PR News – 08-June-2013 – Breckenridge, CO – The i3 Cooperative will host the third annual MountainConnect conference on Colorado rural broadband Monday, June 17 at Main Street Station in Breckenridge, CO. The conference is renowned statewide as an exchange for Coloradoâ€™s rural communities to compare notes on what solutions are effective in improving Coloradoâ€™s broadband environment. Last yearâ€™s event drew over 150 attendees from around Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West.
This yearâ€™s conference will include presentations on rural broadband solutions including: rural electric cooperatives as fiber-to-the-home and fiber-to-the-school providers, â€śBig Phat Microwaveâ€ť as alternative middle mile, carrier neutral locations for rural communities, distributed antenna systems (DAS) as alternative last mile solution for rural communities, and E-Rate for rural broadband infrastructure.
In addition to technical discussions, the conference will cover critical topics such as crowdfunding for rural broadband as well as significant policy discussions. State Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and Senator Gail Schwartz (D-Snowmass Village) will participate in a panel discussion on High Cost Fund reform. Vince Jordan, who led the ballot initiative enabling City of Longmont to sell commercial services on Longmont Power and Communications fiber optic cable network will share lessons learned on that communityâ€™s effort to improve their broadband environment.
The conference will wrap up with workshops on Carrier Neutral Locations, Distributed Antenna Systems, economic development through better broadband and public-private partnerships for fiber-to-the-home planning. The workshops enable attendees to gather much-needed background in planning solutions for their rural communities. No other conference in the Rocky Mountain West offers so much value at such a low cost.
Admission is free and the event is open to the public with online registration and sponsorships available at mountainconnect.org.