The SHLB Coalition’s Fourth Annual Conference will take place from May 7-9, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The program will kick off with pre-conference workshops on Wednesday May 7th and a networking reception that evening. The following two days will feature exciting plenary speakers, breakout sessions and another networking reception on the evening of Thursday, May 8th. The program will wrap up at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 9th.
This year the SHLB Coalition’s Annual Conference will be held at the beautiful, brand new Marriott Marquis hotel in downtown D.C. located at 901 Massachusetts Ave Washington, D.C., (next to the D.C. Convention Center). The Marquis will offer splendid meeting rooms, comfortable accommodations and a variety of restaurants. It is a few blocks from the Mt. Vernon Square Metro station and a 10 minute ride from Reagan National Airport. The SHLB Coalition obtained hotel rooms at the (very low) government per diem rate of only $224 per night. Click here to make your reservation at the discounted rate.
The Annual Conference will have a variety of speakers from the public, private and non-profit sectors. Examples of expected speakers are: Officials from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), other federal agencies, Congress, state and local governments, BTOP awardees, community anchor institutions, commercial and non-commercial broadband providers and equipment manufacturers, broadband marketing firms, economic advisers and analysts.
The Benefits of Attending
The benefits of attending the SHLB Conference are numerous and include:
1. Up-to-date analysis of all the "hot" issues affecting community anchor institutions, including E-rate Reform, ConnectED, Rural Broadband Experiments, Wireless Broadband, Community Broadband Planning, Digital Inclusion and Broadband Adoption;
2. Cross-sector interactions and networking among community anchor institutions, broadband providers, BTOP awardees, and the broadband industry that can foster partnerships and collaboration;
3. Access to the key federal policy-makers;
4. Presentations about innovative and successful broadband projects around the country involving community anchor institutions (including “best practices”);
5. Financial and other sustainability strategies for broadband projects of all kinds.
*If three or more people from the same organization are planning to attend the conference please contact George Hall for discounted registration prices at George@fbcinc.com or at (240) 841-2208.
2014 SHLB Coalition's Annual Conference Sponsors