In today’s economy, having reliable and speedy access to the Internet has become a key factor in business success. Businesses that have superior broadband hold an advantage over those that have subpar access to the World Wide Web.

There are many rural broadband initiatives currently taking place throughout the U.S. Communities that have top-notch connectivity edge out others when it comes to attracting businesses, making reliable broadband an important economic catalyst.georgia-gigabit-communities-logo

NGN, a member-owned cooperative operating over 1,600 miles of fiber-optic infrastructure in Georgia, is hosting the first Georgia Gigabit Communities Summit to help local community leaders that have gigabit capacity market their infrastructure assets and further develop their potential as a Gigabit Community. The Inaugural event takes place on September 28, 2016 and features a distinguished lineup of speakers who will share real-world broadband success stories and lessons learned from their own communities.

The speaker lineup includes:

-Georgia State Senator Steve Gooch, Co-Chair of the Senate Broadband Study Committee
-Jonathan Chambers, Partner at Conexon, LLC, a firm established to work with electric coops to build fiber to the home (FTTH) networks throughout rural America
-Joey Durel, Former Mayor of LaFayette, LA, the 1st municipal FTTH system to serve an entire community in Louisiana
-Deb Socia, Next Century Cities, an organization committed to helping communities recognize the importance of leveraging their gigabit level Internet
-Tim Moyer, NTIA – Broadband USA, a federal program developed to provide assistance to communities that want to expand their broadband capacity and promote broadband adoption
-Bailey White, Civitium, Co-Creator of CrowdFiber, a web-based crowdfunding application for broadband

Georgia Gigabit Communities Summit Details:

WHEN: September 28, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Habersham Electric Membership Corporation, 6135 State Highway 115, Clarkesville, GA, 30523

REGISTRATION: The event is open to state, local and federal officials, as well as leaders and other stakeholders from counties that have gigabit broadband capacity through the NGN network. Visit here to register.

Sponsors for the event include the Development Authority of Dawson County, gold sponsor, and White County Community Development and the Development Authority of Rabun County, bronze sponsors. For information on sponsorship opportunities, email [email protected].

Please click here to read the full media alert on the Georgia Gigabit Communities Summit.