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MICHIGAN BROADBAND

SUMMIT
PRESENTATIONS & SLIDE DECKS

September 24, 2019

MICHIGAN BROADBAND SUMMIT

Treetops Resort, Gaylord, MI

 

Information is the great equalizer. Access to, and use of the internet has become an integral component of everyday life in the 21st century. Digital information has reshaped how individuals participate in nearly every dimension of society. It is imperative for communities to leverage broadband network access to eliminate the homework gap and for the benefit of education, socioeconomic equality, telemedicine, Smart Agriculture, public safety and economic development to maintain and grow quality of life for their citizens.

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Community leaders, officials and network champions
  • Grassroots “activists”
  • Incumbent providers
  • Community anchor institutions
  • Individuals with both technical and non-technical job titles

Registration has now been closed.

Time
Title
Presenter
September 24th, 2019
8:15-9:00 A.M.
Breakfast and Registration
9:00-9:35 A.M.
Opening Comments
Charlotte Bewersdorff (Community Network Overview)

Vice President of Community Engagement, Merit Network

Video Address By Garlin Gilchrist II

Lieutenant Governor of Michigan

Joe Sawasky (Welcome Address)

President & CEO, Merit Network

Pierette Widmeyer (Event Kickoff)

Director of Marketing & Communications, Merit Network

9:35-10:15 A.M.
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: National Broadband Overview
FRANCELLA OCHILLO

Executive Director, Next Century Cities

Read Abstract Fast, affordable and reliable internet access is an essential infrastructure for every community. Francella Ochillo discusses Next Century Cities' nationwide focus on developing a next-generation network and provides an overview of the state of Broadband across the country.
10:20-10:35 A.M.
Transition & Snack Break
10:35-11:20 A.M.
Session 1 - SOCIETAL NEEDS
Breakout 1 - Citizen Scientist Broadband Data Collection
Dr. Johannes Bauer

Quello Chair for Media and Information Policy, Michigan State University

Charlotte Bewersdorff

Vice President of Community Engagement, Merit Network

JASON KRONEMEYER

Director of Technology, Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD

JACOB ZYSNARSKI

Research Intern, Merit Network

Read Abstract "5 million households with school-aged children in the US lack access to broadband, creating the “homework gap,” which is likely to reinforce socio-economic divides that limit opportunities for households on the margins. Access to and use of the internet has become an integral component of everyday life in the 21st century. It is imperative for communities to leverage broadband network access for education, telemedicine, public safety and workforce development to maintain the quality of life. Our session will explore the Michigan Moonshot's approach to crowdsourced broadband availability data. We will also discuss preliminary results from our pilot data collection efforts."
Breakout 2 - Community Success Stories
BEN FINEMAN (Moderator)

President & Co-founder, Michigan Broadband Cooperative

BECKY LEHMAN

Technology Director, Holland Board of Public Works

ERIC SMITH

Director of Broadcasting & Audio-visual Services, Northern Michigan University

GARY MUNCE

Lyndon Township Broadband Implementation Committee Member

Read Abstract Broadband access provides significant benefits for communities. National statistics demonstrate significant economic development impacts - property values increase, unemployment levels drop and business and talent retention are improved. In this panel, our experts will explore several diverse success stories from Michigan communities who have each addressed the broadband gap in different ways, and will discuss the anticipated benefits for those communities.
Breakout 3 - Advocating for Broadband: Economic Development, Societal Impact and Community Anchor Institutions' Roles
JOSHUA D. EDMONDS (Moderator)

Director of Digital Inclusion, City of Detroit, Department of Innovation and Technology(DoIT)

MELANIE BELL

IT Department Head, Plymouth District Library

SARAH TENNANT

Strategic Advisor of Cyber Initiatives, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Read Abstract Melanie Bell, Plymouth District Library's Head of Technology, Joshua D. Edmonds from City of Detroit's Department of Innovation and Technology, and Sarah Tennant from Michigan Economic Development Corporation will discuss their experiences advocating for broadband. The discussion will include getting involved in local broadband groups, working on short term solutions like hot spots, long term solutions like municipal broadband, and the value of data gathering.
11:20-11:35 A.M.
Transition & Snack Break
11:35 A.M.-12:20 P.M.
KEYNOTE PANEL DISCUSSION: Community Network Myths Debunked
Pierette Widmeyer (Moderator)

Director of Marketing & Communications, Merit Network

JIM BALLER

President, Baller Stokes & Lide, President, Coalition for Local Internet Choice

Doug Dawson

Owner & President, CCG Consulting

Chris Mitchell

Director of Community Broadband Networks, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Bob Stovall

Vice President of Strategy & Research, Merit Network

Read Abstract This panel discussion will examine some common misconceptions regarding community networks such as building requirements, financial implications and associated risks.
12:20-12:55 P.M.
Lunch
12:55-1:05 P.M.
Transition
1:05-1:50 P.M.
Session 2 - FINANCE
Breakout 1 - Community Network Funding Sources
Ben Fineman

President & Co-founder, Michigan Broadband Cooperative

JASON KRONEMEYER

Director of Technology, Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD

Steve Mann

Attorney, Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, P.L.C.

Chris Mitchell

Director of Community Broadband Networks, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Read Abstract Closing the broadband gap generally requires investment of new funds - whether these are from private sources, public sources, or a combination of both. This session will explore the options that are available to communities to fund broadband infrastructure projects in Michigan. Grants, private equity, bonding and financing, citizen initiated taxes, E-Rate, and other alternative sources of funding will be explored.
Breakout 2 - Financial and Feasibility Models
Doug Dawson

Owner & President, CCG Consulting

Read Abstract This session will lead champions through the process of conducting financial feasibility models and the challenges associated with multiple methodologies.
1:50-2:05 P.M.
Transition
2:05-2:50 P.M.
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Walking Through the Michigan Moonshot Broadband Framework
Ben Fineman

President & Co-founder, Michigan Broadband Cooperative

Pierette Widmeyer

Director of Marketing & Communications, Merit Network

Read Abstract The Michigan Moonshot team has collaborated with national subject matter experts to write and build a community network broadband toolkit and framework. This step-by-step guide provides local champions with a playbook for understanding and deploying a regional network. Our speakers will provide an overview of the contents of this free resource in addition to outlining tangible next steps in your connectivity journey.
2:50-3:05 P.M.
Closing Comments
Charlotte Bewersdorff

Vice President of Community Engagement, Merit Network

3:05-4:00 P.M.
Afternoon Coffee & Networking

SUMMIT GOALS

The first annual Michigan Broadband Summit, as part of our educational series, aims to:

  • Provide an overview of the Moonshot Broadband Framework and Toolkit to help communities jump start their regional networks
  • Share and discuss results from the Citizen Scientist Data Collection project
  • Explain the financial models, funding sources and feasibility cases for community networks
  • Explore wired and wireless solutions for connectivity
  • Overview current and future broadband policy
  • Create next steps and action items for communities and anchor institutions

MICHIGAN BROADBAND SUMMIT SPONSORSHIP

Change happens when the right collaborators and leaders to come together at the right time. The time is now.

More than 380,000 households in our state lack access to broadband. Help us #FixTheDamnInternet for Michigan students, strengthen regional economic development efforts, provide a platform for telemedicine and more.

Get involved by sponsoring the Michigan Moonshot Broadband Summit this fall or join our partnership of community network vendors working to end the digital divide in our state.

SECURE YOUR SPONSORSHIP

Questions? Email [email protected]

MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS

Michigan Moonshot Educational Series events aim for inclusivity, regardless of an organization’s economic situation. If you would like to attend the event, but find cost a barrier, we encourage you to complete our scholarship form. Scholarships for this event, and all other Merit events are generously provided by our Community Supporters.

APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP

Merit has reserved a limited block at Treetops Resort. You must contact 1-855-257-1273 to receive the room at the discounted rate (while still available).

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