Ohio Planners' Municipal Broadband 101 Gabfest

APA Ohio Chapter


Friday, September 29, 2017
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. EDT

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This session will examine the lack of high-speed broadband and the digital divide, and explain why municipal broadband projects are becoming important for small towns and rural communities. He will also review the results of APAs 2017 Municipal Broadband Survey, which highlights the role that small town and rural planners see themselves playing in municipal broadband projects and will discuss what training, education and tools APA members have said that they will need in the future in order to help them make these community broadband projects successful. The session will also explore the key aspects of the Ohio municipal broadband movement, explaining the evolving legal and regulatory framework for municipally-sponsored broadband in Ohio, and comparing various governance and funding arrangements being chosen by communities in Ohio involved in municipal broadband projects. Finally the session will provide a first-hand account of his experience in the highly-successful municipal broadband project in Dublin, Ohio, and discuss the planning and management issues that planning officers can be expected to play in a community broadband initiatives.


Stu Johnson

Connect Ohio and Digital Works

Dale Neef

Dale Neef is an author and strategic technology consultant who advises organizations and communities on digital-economy issues. He has been a technical consultant for the Asian Development Bank, has worked for IBM and Computer Sciences Corp., and was a fellow at Ernst & Young's Center for Business Innovation. He is ... Read More

Dana McDaniel

City of Dublin

Contact Info

Christine Dersi Davis, info@ohioplanning.org