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Digital Northwest: A Summit for Regional Broadband Leaders

March 21, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Bell Harbor International Conference Center
Seattle, Washington

Over 200 local and federal policymakers from across the Northwest region attended Digital Northwest: A Regional Broadband Summit in Seattle, WA on March 20-21, 2016, hosted by Next Century Cities and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

At the Regional Summit, broadband leaders, including mayors, industry experts, and federal and municipal officials, shared successes and real-world impacts from next-generation broadband access. A Welcome Reception was held the evening of Sunday, March 20 at the World Trade Center Seattle, followed by a day-long Summit on Monday, March 21 at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center.

Check out a video of our What’s Working: Stories of Success panel below. Recordings of the remainder of the Digital Northwest main stage panels and presentations are available here.


March 20 – Early Evening Welcome Reception

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Seattle World Trade Center, 2200 Alaskan Way, Suite 410

March 21 – Regional Broadband Summit 

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. (Breakfast and Registration); 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Summit Program)

Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way

Welcome Remarks

  • Deb Socia, Executive Director, Next Century Cities
  • Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle, WA
  • Douglas Kinkoph, Associate Administrator, NTIA

Keynote Remarks

  • R. David Edelman, Special Assistant to the President for Economic and Technology Policy

Panel One: What’s Working– Stories of Success

  • Mayor Jill Boudreau, Mt. Vernon, WA
  • Mayor Wade Troxell, Fort Collins, CO
  • City Council President Jeremy Pietzold, , Sandy OR
  • Councilmember David Terrazas, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Chris Mitchell, Policy Director, Next Century Cities (Moderator)

Morning Remarks 

  • Michael Cockrill, Chief Information Officer, State of Washington

Panel Two: Increasing Access– Digital Inclusion

  • Michael Mattmiller, CTO, Seattle, WA
  • John Morris, Associate Administrator and Director of Internet Policy,  Office of Policy Analysis and Development, NTIA
  • Mary Beth Henry, Manager, Office for Community Technology, Portland, OR
  • Andrea Alexander, Energy and Telecommunications Co-Chair for the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
  • Deb Socia, Executive Director, Next Century Cities (Moderator)

Lunch Keynote

  • Lawrence E. Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator, NTIA

Breakout Session One: Getting Started–Models 101

  • Joe Knapp, IT Director, SandyNet, Sandy OR
  • Gary Carter, Community Broadband Manager, Santa Monica, CA
  • Dale Merten, COO, Toledotel
  • Bruce Patterson, Technology Director, Ammon, ID
  • Tony Perez, Director, Office of Cable Communications, Seattle, WA (Moderator)

Breakout Session Two: Rural Broadband Applications

  • State Senator John McCoy (WA-38)
  • Don Patten, General Manager, MINET, Independence, OR
  • Kim Kleppe, Information Systems Director, Mount Vernon, WA
  • Mark Erickson, EDA Director, City of Winthrop, MN
  • Todd O’Boyle, Deputy Director, Next Century Cities (Moderator)

Breakout Session Three: Partners in Innovation– Uses in Washington State

  • Forbes Mercy, President, Washington Broadband, Inc.
  • Betty Buckley, Executive Director, Washington Independent Telecommunications Association (WITA)
  • Monica Babine, Senior Associate, Program for Digital Initiatives, Washington State University
  • Tara Neumann, Digital Projects Manager, Spokane Public Library
  • Will Saunders, Office of the CIO, State of Washington (Moderator)

Breakout Session Four: Business Models 

  • Joanne Hovis, President, CTC Technology & Energy
  • Dave Spencer, COO, Noanet
  • Thomas Coverick, Managing Director, KeyBanc Capital Markets
  • Chris Mitchell, Policy Director, Next Century Cities
  • Mark Reynolds, Vice-President of Government Affairs, CenturyLink
  • Don Williams, Senior Broadband Development Officer, NTIA (Moderator)

Afternoon Remarks 

  • Brien Bell, Expansion Lead, West Region at Google Fiber

Panel Three: Broadband Financing– Understanding Options

  • Keith Adams, Assistant Administrator, Rural Utilities Service Telecommunications Program, United States Department of Agriculture
  • Lora Routt, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs, Office of Community Planning and Development, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Carol Mattey, Deputy Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
  • Karen Hanson, Director Partnerships and Interagency Affairs, NTIA
  • Aimee Meacham, Director of External Affairs, NTIA (Moderator)

Closing Remarks


March 21, 2016
8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Digital NW
Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121
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