2017 Nebraska Broadband TODAY!

Objective: To increase understanding of how broadband adoption can impact economic well-being and quality of life in Nebraska


7: 30 am
Registration Opens/Visit Vendors

8:30 – 8:50 am
Welcome – Eric Carstenson, President, Nebreaska Telecommunications Association
Nebraska Public Service Commissioner Tim Schram: Where we are, what we’ve done, and where we’re going with Broadband TODAY!

8:50 – 9:20 am
Co-Locating Makerspaces in Nebraska’s Rural Communities

Keynote Brad Barker, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Professor and Technology Literacy Specialist for Nebraska 4-H
Starting in 2017, the first Nebraska Innovation Makerspace Co-Laboratory (NiMC) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) will be launched in Sidney.  Learn how this new project will help advance an experimental model of interdisciplinary learning, educational connectedness and social innovation focused on rapid prototyping and making. Broadband Technology is critical to the success as you will see during a live demonstration.

9:20 – 9:30 am
Break/Visit Vendors

9:30 – 10:30 am
Breakout Session I

Broadband 101
Understanding telecommunications terms and policies can be a hurdle for many communities when working with providers. This session will give you a basic understanding of broadband technologies and telecommunications policy.
Moderator: Anne Byers, Nebraska Information Technology Commission
Panelists: Jason Axthelm, NebraskaLink and Doc Wininger, Pinpoint Holdings

Do You Feel the Need for Speed?
Learn about what speed you need to accommodate multiple devices and common applications in homes, businesses and the medical field. Also, learn about future applications which will require greater speeds. Finally, learn what you can do with a gig?
Moderator: Jeff Kuenne, Allo Communications
Panelists: Dave Junker, Great Plains Communications and Shane Farritor, University of Nebraska Lincoln

Student Equity of Access
Digital Inclusion, Homework Gap, and Equity of Access are all terms that refer to the problem of K-12 students who have insufficient Internet bandwidth at home to complete their assignments and access their school’s network resources. Attend this session to learn how big a challenge it is for Nebraska, what school administrators can do about it, and a number of technology interventions that can be deployed to narrow the “homework gap” and improve students’ equity of access.
Co-Presentors: Holly Woldt, Nebraska Library Commission and Tom Rolfes, Nebraska Information Technology Commission

10:30 – 11:15 am
Break/Visit Vendors

11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Broadband 102 – Better Together: How Communities and Telecommunications Providers Can Work Together to Identify Solutions that Improve Services
Learn how telecommunications providers and community leaders can work together as strategic partners to help identify service needs, overcome barriers, and create effective technology solutions that will help communities reach their current and future goals.
Moderator: Cullen Robbins, Nebraska Public Service Commission
Panelists: Tom Shoemaker, Pinpoint Holdings, Brad Moline, Allo Communications, and Jonathan Jank, Seward County Chamber & Development Partnership

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch
Like! A Facebook Data Center Comes to Nebraska
Learn about the partnerships and hard work behind the successful recruitment of the Facebook Data Center.
Speaker: Andrew Rainbolt, Sarpy Economic Development

 1:15 – 1:30 pm
Break/Visit Vendors

1:30 –3:00 pm
Broadband 103 – Reaching Rural and Low-Density Areas
Learn how new technologies may make it easier to serve rural areas of the Nebraska.
Moderator: Nathan Weber, Vantage Point
Panelists: Dan Spray, Connecting Point and Alana Pilkington, National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Break/Visit Vendors

3:15 – 4:05 pm
Breakout Sessions II

Optimizing Your WiFi
Learn some common obstacles that may slow down your home network performance, and review best practices to ensure your home is up to speed.
Speaker: Dave Junker, Great Plains Communications

What Funding is Available?
Broadband deployment comes down to a business case and that means funding.  Fortunately, there are many sources communities and providers can consider.
Speaker: Brian Thompson, Consolidated Companies

Explore * Collaborate * Create * Learn * Invent – Library Innovation Studios Makerspaces
This session will share information about how makerspaces in local public libraries can facilitate youth and adults working together through hands-on participatory learning activities. The Nebraska Library Commission was recently awarded a National Leadership Grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for Nebraska’s Library Innovation Studios: Transforming Rural Communities to enable local libraries to host rotating makerspaces. Join us to explore how the foundation of broadband infrastructure can combine with innovative learning tools, equipment, instruction, and training in libraries, and be paired with community engagement to accelerate local entrepreneurship, skill development, and economic development.
Co-Presenters: Connie Hancock, Nebraska Extension and JoAnn McManus, Holly Woldt, Nebraska Library Commission

4:05 – 4:15 pm
Break/Visit Vendors

4:15 – 5:00 pm
Keynote Speaker: Jeff Yost, President & CEO, Nebraska Community Foundation
In the 21st century, with new technologies and the Internet, more and more people can live and work almost anywhere they want. Today, our community economic development question in Nebraska today should be: “why would I want to live and work and raise my family in this community?”
Nebraska Community Foundation works with volunteer community leaders in over 250 Nebraska hometowns to answer this question. Dozens of Nebraska hometowns have many more young families living in their communities than they did 10 years ago.
Yost will discuss how NCF partners with community leaders to create hometowns where talented young people choose to live, work and raise their families. And he will share several success stories of community building, new economic opportunity, and people attraction.

The conference is convened by the Nebraska Telecommunications Association in collaboration with the Nebraska Broadband Initiative.

Register Today!

For questions please contact Jamanda Wolfe at  jwolfe@ntaonline.net or call us at 402-476-2423

Rooms available at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel
Book your group rate for Nebraska Broadband TODAY! 2017 or call 402-474-7474
Last day to book a room is Wednesday, October 11th