The 2014 Mountain Connect Rural Broadband Conference was an overwhelming success! Thank you to Audrey Danner and Jeffrey Gavlinski for dedicating their time and efforts to organize this event. Mountain Connect has helped raise awareness of broadband and Colorado and will continue to play a significant role in how we move forward as a state.
Mountain Connect 2014 was very well attended - with over double the number of participants as last year - and brought a wide variety of speakers from all geographies and industries. Session topics ranged from “Health Care Drivers for Broadband Utilization” to “Fiber to the Home: Building Blocks for Last Mile Planning” to “Regional Economic Development Opportunities”. The theme for the conference - “Progress through Education” - was demonstrated in every session with opportunity to expand our knowledge base by learning from local Coloradans as well as experts from across the country.
While the conference is a great place to learn and to meet others in the Colorado broadband community, the real opportunity lies in what happens next. We can use the lessons learned at Mountain Connect to take action towards broadband improvement in Colorado communities. OIT will be working with Jeff, Audrey and other key stakeholders to identify ways to maintain the conversations and learning opportunities that were created through the conference.
Below are a few notes from the experiences of the OIT team members in attendance:
From Megan Chadwick:
From Kass Rezagholi:
From Monica Coughlin:
From Jon Gottsegen: