The “Digital New England” broadband summit brought together over 250 state, local and federal officials, industry representatives, community leaders and other key stakeholders to share real-world broadband success stories and lessons learned from across the region. The summit examined the gaps that remain and strategized on what still needs to be done to expand access to and adoption of high-speed Internet services for the benefit of all citizens.
A welcome reception was held late in the afternoon of Sunday, September 27, followed by a day-long summit on Monday, September 28. The summit featured keynote addresses and high-impact discussions focused on everything from how to bring advanced telecommunications infrastructure to rural communities, to how to ensure that all Americans have the broadband access and critical skills needed to thrive in today’s digital economy.
An agenda for the event can be found here.
Check out a video of the Keynote Conversation with Senator Angus King below. Recordings of the remainder of the Digital New England main stage panels and presentations are available here.
Federal Government Leaders
The event featured participation from national policymakers, including federal and state-level elected leaders and representatives from the Administration:
- Sen. Angus King (I-ME)
- Larry Strickling, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
- David Edelman, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) at the White House
- Karen Hanson, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
- Don Williams, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
Regional Government Leaders
- Tim Schneider, Public Advocate, State of Maine
- Rep. Norm Higgins, Maine State House of Representatives
- Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Chief Information Officer, Boston, MA
- Elin Katz, Office of Consumer Council, State of Connecticut
- Denzel Hankinson, Leverett, MA
- Chris Dumais, Information Technology Director, South Portland, ME
- Jim Nimon, Director of Economic Development, Sanford, ME
Industry and Nonprofit Sector Leaders
- Fletcher Kittredge, Great Works Internet
- Jill Szuchmacher, Google Fiber
- Emy Tseng, Berkman Center for Internet and Society
- Susan Crawford, Harvard Law School
- Sharon Gillett, Microsoft
- Monica Webb, Ting
- Josh Broder, Chief Executive Officer, Tilson Technology
- Chris Campbell, Tilson Technology
- Susan Corbett, Axiom Technologies
- Jeff McCarthy, Maine Fiber Company
- Irv Thomae, ECFiber
- Pam Goldberg, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
- Chris Mitchell, Next Century Cities
The welcome reception on the evening of September 27 was held with the support of Tilson Technology.