Bringing Fiber to Rural America: Harnessing the Power of the Public-Private Partnership

October 1 – 10:00 am to 10:45 am
Shore Room

If it could have been done, it would have been done…but it hasn’t.  It’s no secret that bringing fiber to rural America remains one of the nation’s biggest challenges.  Fiber-based broadband is essential for job creation, effective education, accessible healthcare, and sustained population growth – and small towns know it.  Making it worse, local communities feel that they are on their own.  But wait. Help is on the way.

Private partners are emerging to help local municipalities, co-ops, and civic leaders bring the 21stcentury to rural communities.  Federal and state governments feel the urgency and are stepping up with millions of dollars in funding.  Innovative partnerships are working together, led by the local community.

In this session, you will hear how these partnerships really work and could make the difference for your community.


David Ficken

Point Broadband: Vice President Strategic Growth