Wednesday, July 10, 2013

MountainConnect 2013: Outline for Colorado Strategic Broadband Plan

MountainConnect 2013, the third annual gathering of Colorado's rural broadband activists was held in Breckenridge, CO JUN 17 and 18 and once again an overwhelming success. With over 130 attendees and over a dozen speakers, the event provided an outline for Colorado's Strategic Broadband Plan. Of note:
1. Power Points of speaker presentations can be found at
2. Topics covered:
a. carrier neutral locations (CNLs) for rural broadband
b. crowdfunding for rural broadband
c. distributed antenna systems (DAS) for rural broadband
d. fiber to the home from rural electric cooperatives
e. aerial fiber for community anchor institutions' broadband
f. E-Rate for rural school districts and service providers
g. Digital Economy index
h. Online statewide testing for schools: train wreck or opportunity for improvement?
i. Big Phat middle mile: 8 Gbps microwave middle mile; transmission lines as alternative middle mile; rural electric cooperatives as alternative middle mile
j. High Cost Fund Reform

See also:

Sponsors included:

$3,000: Viaero
$1,500: Tri-States Generation and Transmission, Skywerx, Mid State Consultants/OHIvey, Epitome Design
$500: Grand County, Crestone Telecom, Colorado Central Telecom, advoda, CGAIT, KNS, Region 9 Economic Development District, NW CO Council of Governments, Fasttracks, Arona Enterprises

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