Update: 6/20/18: The recorded event is available online: www.youtube.com/thefarmfoundation
Creating opportunities for people living in rural America to have reliable access to robust broadband services drives the work of NTCA and its member companies. As such, NTCA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Farm Foundation and other industry stakeholders, will host the listening session, “What’s on the Horizon for E-Connectivity in Rural America?,” Tuesday, June 19 at 9:00–11:30 a.m. Central. The event, to be held in Faribault, Minn., will also be livestreamed online. I hope many of you who have some “desk time” today can try to listen in!
These tours have been under development for awhile and are a follow up April’s e-connectivity partnership kickoff with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, myself and other representatives in Washington, D.C..
The listening session is an opportunity for NTCA to share success stories from small, rural broadband providers and to explore solutions that can be applied in the future, for the benefit of rural communities across the country.
While some of the groups involved have different agendas, I think the tour is the perfect opportunity to highlight partnerships and to ensure that rural utilities find ways to work together instead of against each other to create more robust broadband for the communities they serve.
Here’s the scoop:
Listening Session: What’s on the Horizon for E-Connectivity in Rural America
When: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 from 9:00-11:30 a.m. CST
Where: Archery Building, Rice County Fairgrounds (Faribault, Minn.)
Constance Cullman, president and CEO, Farm Foundation
Bill Esbeck, executive director of Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association
Dana MacKenzie, executive director of the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development
Kristi Westbrock, CEO/GM of Consolidated Telephone Co. (Brainerd, Minn.)
Brian Zelenak, GM, Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative, (Aitkins, Minn.)
Jannine Miller, USDA senior advisor for rural infrastructure