ConnectME Authority Broadband Summit 2.0 - March 1, 2012

Live Streaming of the Summit

Sessions in the Oxford room starting at 10:00 EST will be streamed live.

The ConnectME Authority is pleased to partner with the Maine Municipal Association in bringing the Maine Broadband Summit 2.0 to Portland on March 1st. Attendees will be able to avail themselves to 24 plus conference sessions from multiple disciplines including municipal, GIS and broadband focused panels. There will be 20 speakers addressing broadband!

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The ConnectME Authority is pleased to partner with the Maine Municipal Association in bringing the Maine Broadband Summit 2.0 to Portland on March 1st. Attendees will be able to avail themselves to 24 plus conference sessions from multiple disciplines including municipal, GIS and broadband focused panels. There will be 20 speakers addressing broadband!

24 Sessions!

Join us in Portland this year! There is something for everyone.

Speakers

8:55 - 9:45 The opening address, "Technology for Local Government: Delivering Government Services Faster, Better, Cheaper," will be presented by Greg McNeal, Chief Technology Officer, State of Maine. This address will highlight key areas where technology is helping local governments deliver services faster, better, and cheaper. Greg McNeal will give examples of best practices being used by local governments in many areas of government service: finance, public safety, social services, transportation, etc. Greg will also highlight technology being provided Statewide that local governments can benefit from, such as the Broadband initiative (ConnectME Authority) and geographic information systems initiatives coordinated through the Maine GeoLibrary Board.

12:00 - 1:30 The Luncheon speaker, David Hobbins, professor of forestry and environmental studies at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, will examine community mapping projects conducted at the University of Maine at Fort Kent and other member schools of the Maine Geospatial Education Consortium. This will be followed by a discussion of ways budget-strapped communities can complete mapping needs and begin to implement GIS.

Broadband Specific Sessions

10:00 - 10:45 Maine's Broadband Revolution The adoption and use of broadband is critical to Maine's rural and regional growth. How might the new changes in the federal universal service fund and state telecommunications regulations impact broadband adoption on all levels? What can infrastructure bring to the table? This session lays the foundation for discussions throughout the day.

Presented by: Phil Lindley, Executive Director, ConnectME Authority, Susan Corbett, CEO, Axiom Technologies, Tom Welch, Chairman, Maine PUC, and Fletcher Kittredge, CEO, GWI

11:00 - 11:45 Maine's Strategic Broadband Plan: An Overview In 2011, the ConnectME Authority, working with the James W. Sewall Company, completed the first comprehensive statewide broadband needs assessment and the first statewide strategic plan to increase broadband availability, reduce barriers to adoption, and increase broadband uptake. In this presentation, an overview will be given of the needs assessment's main results and the strategic plan's key recommendations.

Presented by James H. Page,PhD, CEO of James W. Sewall Company

11:00 - 11:45 Educations Role in Broadband Availability and Adoption Education is the central pillar to broadband adoption and growth. Maine is building a robust outreach program from one to one beginner level assistance to the GigU powered by 37 universities and their host communities. This session will focus on new directions, applications and programs happening now, to benefit our rural and urban citizens.

Presented by Bob McIntire, Adult Education Team, Dept. of Education, Jeff Letourneau, Exec. Director, Networkmaine, and Janet McKenney, Director of Library Development, Maine State Library,Shannon Packard, RN, MSN, Simulation Lab Coordinator, CMMC

1:45 - 2:30 Economic Development and Innovation Why is broadband critical to rural communities? What best practices exist for economic models and modeling? How is innovation being fueled through broadband? This session will discuss the public-private partnership between municipalities and providers with funding and use of broadband as a focus.

Presented by Josh Broder, President, Tilson Technology, Melinda Poore, VP of Government Relations, Time Warner Cable, Deb Neuman, Deputy Commissioner at DECD, Tom Murray, Manager of State Govt. Affairs, TDS, and Mike Reed, President, FairPoint Communications

2:45 - 3:30 Health Information Technology Real life experiences in implementing Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems and the exchange of health care data and results and telehealth:the advantages and challenges, and opportunities for improved efficiency and health care outcomes. The session will begin with the big picture view of Maine's Health Information Technology initiative including federal and State policies and available funding , to a local provider leveraging a ConnectME Authority grant and then to the hands on implementation of utilizing the technologies.

Presented by Dawn Gallagher, Social Service Program Manager, DHHS, Mary McCarthy, Manager of Tele-Medicine, EMMC,and Ralph Johnson, CIO, Franklin Community Health Network

3:45 - 4:30 Understanding Maine's Broadband Landscape This session provides an overview of the ConnectME Authority's ARRA Mapping and Planning projects. Methods and tools utilized for tracking and mapping the impact of broadband over time with households and industry sectors will be highlighted. The capability of technically integrating planning results into the existing mapping project should be a very powerful tool for long-term development of Maines broadband needs.

Presented by Clarence Young, Sr. Project Manager, James W. Sewall Co. and Randy Claar, Project Manager, James W. Sewall Co.

3:45 - 4:30 Reaching Out Community Digital Inclusion through the Maine State Library's $1.36 million BTOP (Broadband Technology Opportunities Program)

Presented by Linda Lord, Maine State Librarian, Maine State Library

Register & Program

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Questions?

Registration: cweigelt@memun.org
Programs: mnoel@memun.org
Sponsors: jclark@memun.org

Call: 623-8428 & ask for Carol or Denise.