i3 TO HOST THIRD ANNUAL MOUNTAINCONNECT CONFERENCE ON COLORADO RURAL BROADBAND

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 year’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 Colorado’s rural communities to compare notes on what solutions are effective in improving Colorado’s broadband environment. Last year’s event drew over 150 attendees from around Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West.

This year’s conference will include presentations on rural broadband solutions including: rural electric cooperatives as fiber-to-the-home and fiber-to-the-school providers, “Big Phat Microwave” 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 community’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.

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Frank Ohrtman
i3
628 Columbine Street
Denver CO, 80206

7208394063