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  2014 SHLB Annual Conference

Thursday, May 7th to 9th, 2014 -- Washington, DC

1. Up-to-date analysis of all the "hot" issues affecting community anchor institutions, including E-rate Reform, ConnectED, Rural Broadband Experiments, Wireless Broadband, Community Broadband Planning, Digital Inclusion and Broadband Adoption; 

2. Cross-sector interactions and networking among community anchor institutions, broadband providers, BTOP awardees, and the broadband industry that can foster partnerships and collaboration;

3. Access to the key federal policy-makers; 
4. Presentations about innovative and successful broadband projects around the country involving community anchor institutions (including “best practices”);

5. Financial and other sustainability strategies for broadband projects of all kinds.

The Annual Conference will have a variety of speakers from the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Speakers include:
Louis Fox, CEO, CENIC
Jon Wilkins, Managing Director, FCC
Jon ChambAnnual ers, FCC Office of Strategic Plans and Policy
Matt Quinn, FCC Director of Healthcare Initiatives Dr. Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools
Tom Power, Deputy Director, White House OSTP
Richard Culatta, U.S. Dept of Education
Laura Breeden, NTIA
Erica Swanson, Google
Michael Daum, Microsoft
Jeff Campbell, Cisco
Blair Levin, Executive Director, Gig.U

LOCATION: Washington, DC

This year the Conference will be held at the beautiful, brand new Marriott Marquis hotel in downtown D.C. located at 901 Massachusetts Ave Washington, D.C., (next to the D.C. Convention Center).

The Marquis will offer splendid meeting rooms, comfortable accommodations and a variety of restaurants. It is a few blocks from the Mt. Vernon Square Metro station and a 10 minute ride from Reagan National Airport.

The SHLB Coalition obtained hotel rooms at the (very low) government per diem rate of only $224 per night.

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