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Making Connections: Regional Broadband Summit and City-Vendor Connect

July 23, 2018 @ 8:00 am - July 24, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

Please find our blog post about the event here, and a full recording of this event below:


Making Connections: A Regional Broadband Summit


July 23-24, 2018

Hosted by Next Century Cities

Marriott City Center

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Keynote speakers: Mignon Clyburn, Blair Levin, and Sascha Meinrath


Monday, July 23: Summit. This summit was a two-day event that brought 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 featured community success stories, and dug in to digital equity, network financing, 5G, rural solutions, and more. 

Next Century Cities also hosted a welcome reception on Monday night at Pittsburgh City Hall.  This intimate event provided vendors and municipalities the opportunity to network in an informal setting.

Tuesday, July 24: Second annual City-Vendor Connect. City-Vendor Connect brought 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 was 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 were curated based on mutual interest, needs, and priorities between cities and vendors. Possible discussion topics included fiber builds, 5G deployments, or smart city analytics platforms. Cities and vendors had the option during registration to opt in or out of City-Vendor Connect. 


Full event agenda available here.


Venue and Hotel:

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



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July 23, 2018 @ 8:00 am
July 24, 2018 @ 3:00 pm