• Our Mission

    facilitate and accelerate the maturation of broadband infrastructure transforming technology innovation, policy, and sustainable economic prosperity for communities in the greater Midwest.

  • Connections

    Connect with your peers, customers, and prospects

  • Premier Program

    Dynamic speakers, innovative ideas, and new perspectives.

WELCOME TO GREAT LAKES CONNECT!

2018 LOCATION AND DATES ANNOUNCED!

We're pleased to announce the location and dates for the Midwest's newest Premier Broadband Development Conference!

Hilton Hotel
Fairlawn, OH
September 24-26, 2018

We are happy to be hosting our event at the Hilton and DoubleTree Hotels in Fairlawn, OH!

Our 2018 Conference Theme is "Creating Intelligent Network Infrastructure to Compete in the Global Economy"

We will explore creative and collaborative community examples throughout the midwest as well as highlight the network infrastructure and economic achievement in Fairlawn.  Our three Conference Tracks include:

  • Community Development 
  • Intelligent Communities
  • Emerging Technologies

For those familiar with the success of Mountain Connect in Colorado, please join us in Fairlawn, OH where we will focus our attention on advancing all things broadband throughout the greater midwest communities!

2018 Conference Registration Pricing

Attendee Registration $449
Speaker Registration $249
Government Registration      $249


Making Digital Equity a Priority

September 26, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

As a former FCC Commissioner, Mignon Clyburn has both passed and fought against legislation we care about! Passionate about achieving digital equity, Clyburn will discuss the issues of the day and answer your questions in an interactive Q&A led by Next Century Cities’ Deb Socia.  Currently Clyburn is a consumer advocate who cares about many issues, including prison phone reform, Continue Reading

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Tuesday Keynote: Broadband as a Community Investment, not a Profit Center

September 25, 2018 @ 8:15 am

Fairlawn, Ohio has taken a different approach with building broadband.  Instead of asking if the financial upside of a network build is feasible, the City instead asked – what are the ramifications to our economic future if we don’t build? In our opening keynote, Ernie Staten will review how Fairlawn approached broadband as essential infrastructure, forming a municipal broadband utility Continue Reading

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