2017 Nebraska Broadband TODAY!


7: 30 am
Registration Opens/Visit Vendors

8:30 – 8:50 am
Welcome – Eric Carstenson
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
Keynote Brad Barker, Associate Professor of Science & Technology, University of Nebraska

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
Panelists: 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, Public Service Commission
Panelists: Tom Shoemaker, Pinpoint Holdings, Brad Moline, Allo, and Jonathan Jank, Seward County Economic Development Corporation

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 your home network down 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 McMannus, 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

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

Room 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 4th