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Making Connections: Regional Broadband Summit and City-Vendor Connect

July 23 @ 8:00 am - July 24 @ 3:00 pm


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Making Connections: A Regional Broadband Summit


July 23-24, 2018

Hosted by Next Century Cities

Marriott City Center

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Register now for Next Century Cities’ next regional broadband summit, Making Connections, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from July 23-24, 2018! Registration is available at the bottom of this page or at this link. 


Monday, July 23: Summit. This summit is a two-day event that will bring together broadband champions, community leaders, and policy experts from federal, state, and local government to discuss today’s most pressing issues in broadband deployment. Expert panelists will feature community success stories, and will dig in to digital equity, network financing, 5G, rural solutions, and more. 

We are looking forward to our welcome reception on Monday night at Pittsburgh City Hall.  This intimate event provides vendors and municipalities the opportunity to network in an informal setting.


Tuesday, July 24: Second annual City-Vendor Connect. City-Vendor Connect brings together representatives from counties, cities, and towns that are looking for creative solutions to connect their communities to high-speed, reliable, affordable broadband and representatives from organizations offering a variety of proposed solutions.

City-Vendor Connect will be set up in a “speed networking” format, to provide cities and vendors the opportunity to speak one-on-one to build relationships, discuss assets and needs, and create potential partnerships. The pairings of cities and vendors will be curated based on mutual interest, needs, and priorities between cities and vendors. Possible discussion topics range from fiber builds to 5G deployments to smart city analytics platforms. Cities and vendors will have the option during registration to opt in or out of City-Vendor Connect. 

Attendees are welcome to register for the summit portion of the event, day one, until seats are full. The deadline to register for City-Vendor Connect is Monday, July 16, or until the limited seating has been filled.

Please find the event agenda here.


Sponsorship slots are still available! Learn more about opportunities here, and contact Cat Blake for details on how you can help make the summit a success.


Venue and Hotel:

The summit will be held at the centrally located Pittsburgh Marriott City Center112 Washington Pl., Pittsburgh PA 15219.

A very limited number of hotel rooms will also be made available at the venue at the group rate of $149/night for a Standard Single or Double Room. Please be sure to reserve your room here as soon as possible to receive the group rate! The group rate is available until June 29 or until the block is booked.




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July 23 @ 8:00 am
July 24 @ 3:00 pm