Future-Ready City: Planning for Broadband
You'll learn about:
How to leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) to advance your communities goals, and how how appliances can interact over your broadband network to control city lighting; utilities, and services.
How planners can integrate this knowledge into our planning projects to build future ready communities that automate services, eliminate redundancies, save money, and improve quaility of life.
Why broadband access and adoption is important and how it impacts healthcare, education and workforce development.
What are best practices in planning for a future-ready city, including sourcing and securing financing?
What are the pros and cons of different technologies; and how does modeling and setting benchmarks and and baselines help improve network capacity?
How can Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) impact a community’s broadband deployment plans?
Why are affordable, high speed home broadband important to CAIs and their work?
Why is digital literacy important to CAIs and their work?
how can new tools accelerate broadband planning?
Why are public-private-partnerships important to community broadband networks
Broadband planning is a critical component of future-ready communities. The benefits of smart cities are compelling: using the Internet of Things (IoT), communities of all sizes can realizereductions in energy consumption, decreases in traffic, lower crime rates and fiscal savings across the board in city services like, waste water, law enforcement and healthcare: Ubiquitous broadband is a prerequisite for smart cities. Whether you are planning for a small, isolated and rural community, an urban center, or places in between, having robust, redundant, low-latency broadband is the driver of the new economy. Broadband is the engine that makes possible all smart cities. Delve into why broadband has proven economic impact on communities, and the best practices for incorporating broadband into comprehensive community plans.
Start with an overview to broadband planning, including financing, infrastructure and technology, public-private-partnerships, municipal broadband models, community engagement, and innovation. The focus is on how cities can plan for next generation broadband access to enhance the economic vitality of businesses, the education of students and the well-being of local citizens.
Get a primer on the basics of planning a broadband network, and the tools and best practices that are rapidly shaping today’s gigabit cities. Find out how cities become future-ready, what digital technologies create efficiencies, why faster internet paves the way for improvements in healthcare, education, transportation, utilities, water and waste management services, and more.
Learn the basics of high-speed broadband infrastructure, and the importance of public-private-partnerships in funding infrastructure builds. Examine the factors that enable or prohibit all communities from having the ability to chose tools that right for their community. Understand why and when you should work with incumbent providers, and discuss a variety of broadband models. Learn why broadband is a key to economic development and sustainability. Understand the value of feasibility studies; the role of information management and how to leverage census data, land-use patterns, circulations patterns and infrastructure availability of vertical and horizontal assets to plan your sustainable broadband network,
Discuss the unique challenges of remote, rural, small and tribal communities in planning for future-ready communities.. Take away the Five C”s of broadband planning : Connectivity, Capacity, Cost, Choice and Community. Join in the discussion about wired and unwired communities, and why you should be technology-neutral. Learn the trends leading to smart cities, and the technological, political, environmental, and social bellwethers that can shape and accelerate your planning efforts.
Hear tales from leaders on the innovation front on what to prioritize, what to forget, challenges, and surprises in planning a future-ready community. Learn about San Leandro, California’s broadband deployment and the public private partnership that was developed for San Leandro’s expansive fiber project; the city’s renewable energy micro grid project; and the cost savings "fun" project for trash removal on "main" street.
Finally, learn how to be a beta tester of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s newly launched interactive “Community Connectivity Initiative” interactive online tool, which aggregates local, regional and national data for a blueprint you can use to accelerate planning and implementation. This new tool collects information about broadband, cellular services, and digital access from the Internet and creates local graphs and maps that put that national data into a local context. The in-depth assessment incorporates data from questions about leadership, partnerships, public assets, fixed broadband access, mobile broadband access, technology infrastructure, social infrastructure, broadband use, inclusion, digital skills, and “purposes” such as economic development, education, healthcare, transportation, public safety, government services, culture, or community sustainability. The result is a blueprint for broadband planning that can turbocharge broadband planning for a future-ready city.
, Brown and Partners Strategic Communications and Special Events
Invited SpeakerBarbara Brown, founder and principal of Brown & Partners Strategic Communications and Special Events, is an award-winning Project Manager and Public Relations strategist, with expertise in government, telecommunications and high-technology. She has 14 years of government experience at the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. At NTIA, Ms. Brown was Federal Program Officer for the $4.2B Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). BTOP enabled communities nationwide to develop high-speed broadband programs and services. Across 230 broadband infrastructure projects, BTOP deployed more than 116,000 miles of new and upgraded high-speed broadband network miles and connected nearly 26,000 anchor institutions. Ms. Brown obtained an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). She obtained a BS in Industrial Administration from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She is certified in Project Management, Public Relations and Federal Grants Management. Ms. Brown is an active member of the planning community. She is Commissioner of the Bloomfield, NJ Zoning Board and Corporate Engagement Officer for JerseySTEM, and is a member of the American Planning Association (APA), PMI, PRSA and Toastmasters International.
, Applied Communications
Confirmed SpeakerKathleen McMahon has 30 years of community planning experience and has been consulting since 1994. Her consulting practice has focused on comprehensive planning, community development and land use planning. She has worked on Growth Policies in Montana and has also completed housing needs assessments, broadband plans, park plans and comprehensive economic development strategies. She is currently co-chair of the American Planning Association Smart City Task Force. She has written numerous articles on planning, economic development and rural broadband including a PAS report on broadband planning. Ms. McMahon has a Bachelors Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois and a Masters Degree in Educational Technology from George Washington University. She is a member of the Montana Association of Planners, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and Montana Economic Development Association.
, Connected Nation, Inc.
Confirmed SpeakerEric Frederick is a broadband community planning expert and a sought-after speaker on broadband and technology issues with eleven years of experience working with local and international stakeholders to improve the access, adoption, and use of technology in communities of all types. Mr. Frederick’s long-term and comprehensive approach to technology-related community development provides the hundreds of communities and thousands of stakeholders engaged by Connected Nation with wide-ranging insights, education, and solutions to create digitally inclusive and equitable communities. Mr. Frederick and his team have engaged more than 350 communities across eleven states to offer advice, solutions, and planning to improve broadband and technology access, adoption, and use. Through Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program (www.connectednation.org), Mr. Frederick and his team are providing local and national stakeholders with extraordinary insights into many broadband and technology issues and advocating for the continued expansion of infrastructure and greater inclusion of all in the digital economy. Mr. Frederick holds a Bachelors of Science in planning from Northern Michigan University and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University and has served as an advisor to the FCC, Department of Commerce, and the White House Broadband Opportunities Council.
Confirmed SpeakerKaren Rosenberger is the Grants Compliance Manager for the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA). Karen joined NJTPA in 2017, after having worked for the FHWA NY Division for 8 years and being previously self-employed through Rosenberger Planning Incorporated. Karen holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree from NJIT and is a licensed Professional Planner. She has over 30 years of experience and has given expert testimony on various planning issues and has received urban planning awards from APA NJ, the NJ Department of Community Affairs, and the NJ State Governors’ Conference and spoken at several APA National Conferences.
, Resilient Communities, New America
, New York