Digital Southwest

JUST CONFIRMED: Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to Keynote


NEW: NTIA Announces Event Following Digital SW

See Below for Details


April 17-18, 2017

Mesa Convention Center

Mesa, Arizona


Hosted by Next Century Cities 

In Partnership With the City of Mesa, AZ 


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Please save the date for our next regional broadband summit, Digital Southwest, in Mesa, AZ. This full-day event will bring together broadband champions from federal, state, and local government, as well as community leaders and broadband policy experts from the Southwest and across the nation. The event will feature stories of broadband deployment success, digital inclusion initiatives, financing opportunities, and more.

Participants will hear from mayors, other city officials, state and federal policymakers, rural and tribal representatives, as well as national broadband experts. From financing to infrastructure development to smart cities, panelists will share a wealth of practical information.

Participants may also take advantage of NTIA’s connected event on broadband planning and funding the following day. See below for details.

Conference: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 8:30 to 5pm at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N Center Street, Mesa, AZ 85201

Welcome Reception: Monday, April 17, 2017 from 5:30 to 7pm at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201



Register now for Next Century Cities’ third regional broadband summit, Digital Southwest, in Mesa, AZ. This conference is an opportunity for cities from the state and region to learn about successful models for ensuring that all have access to fast, affordable, reliable broadband access.

Registration is free for all government employees, and $100 for general admission. You can register online by following this link.  



A very limited number of hotel rooms will be made available at the group rate of $129/night for a Standard King or Double Room at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa, which is conveniently located just steps from the main event space. Please book your room HERE by March 31 to receive the group rate.   

We have also secured a very limited number of hotel rooms in the Residence Inn Phoenix Mesa, which is just 3 miles from the conference. You may reserve either a Studio Style Suite for $129/night or a One Bedroom Suite for $139/night. Please book your room HERE by March 27 to receive the group rate. 



NTIA’s BroadbandUSA will host a free half-day, in-depth technical assistance workshop on broadband planning and funding on April 19, the day after Digital SW, in Mesa, AZ. For more information and to register, follow this link.    




Panel One: What’s Working– Stories of Success

Hear from elected officials and city leadership as they share stories about what is working in their communities.

Panel Two: Broadband Infrastructure Needs

Where are the gaps in broadband infrastructure in our country? What can be done to improve access for the underserved and the unserved?

Lunch Keynote

Breakout Session One: Models 101

What are the ways in which counties, cities, or towns might successfully bring broadband to their communities?

Breakout Session Two: Small Cells and Pole Attachments

What do communities need to know about pole attachments? What are small cells and how can local leaders create a collaborative and mutually beneficial process with vendors who are seeking to deploy them?

Breakout Session Three: Rural and Tribal Broadband

What are the unique issues and barriers in rural and tribal lands that leave many of these areas unserved? What solutions exist that can help to improve access?

Panel Three: Broadband Financing

How are communities funding broadband expansion? What resources exist to help local communities fund infrastructure and digital inclusion efforts?

Closing Keynote


* If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Deb Socia for details.


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