We all know it's coming. But how will businesses, from small to large, local governments, healthcare providers and consumers cash in on fiber-optic, ultra-high speed Internet access?
Brookings Institute Metropolitan Policy Program nonresident senior fellow Blair Levin and former MCNC CEO Joe Freddoso are among the headliners for the half-day conference Oct. 13 presented by WRAL TechWire at SAS as part of WRAL TechWire's Executive Exchange series.
Blair Levin, former chief of staff at the FCC and executive director for Gig.U and a recognized international authority on broadband networks, will be the keynote speaker for the event.
Freddoso, former chief executive officer at MCNC, which built the state's first statewide fiber-optic network (North Carolina Research and Education Network), will moderate a panel discussion featuring service providers. They will discuss what their networks offer for commercial and consumer clients and detail the timeline for change in the Triangle.
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“Fiber transforms the Triangle” takes place on the Cary campus of SAS, the world’s largest privately held software company and one of the first to embrace the Internet two decades ago.
8 a.m.: Check-in and light refreshments, sponsored by Sentinel Data Centers
8:45 a.m.: Auditorium open for seating
9:00 a.m.: Opening remarks - Michael Goodmon (VP, Capitol Broadcasting Company), Venessa Harrison (President, AT&T North Carolina), Pat Moody (CEO, MCNC), Keith Collins (CIO, SAS)
9:30 a.m.: Keynote speaker - Blair Levin
Forrmer chief of staff at the Federal Communications Commission and a recognized international authority on broadband networks.
9:50 a.m.: Keynote Q&A
10:00 a.m.: Break. Beverages available in lobby, sponsored by Sentinel Data Centers
10:10 a.m.: Panel #1 - Service Providers
Moderator: Joe Freddoso (broadband consultant and entrepreneur)
Will Aycock (Greenlight Operations Manager, City of Wilson)
Dennis Bloss (VP and GM, Frontier Communications North Carolina)
Ray Carey (CEO, NeoNova Network Services)
Mark Johnson (CTO, MCNC)
Eric Small (VP Project LightGig, AT&T)
10:55 a.m.: Break. Beverages available in lobby, sponsored by Sentinel Data Centers
11:05 a.m.: Panel #2 - Business Opportunities
Moderator: Nick Otto (Senior IT Manager, SAS)
Brian Baker (VP, Sentinel Data Centers)
Joanne Rohde (CEO, Axial Exchange)
Bill Stice (City of Cary, N.C. Next Generation Network)
Jim Roberts (Executive Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship - University of North Carolina Wilmington)
11:50 a.m.: Beverly "Bev" Perdue (Former Governor, State of North Carolina - 2009-2013)
Why have this conference?
The pending deployment of ultra-fast Internet access across the Triangle by AT&T and possible deployments by other firms - possibly including Google Fiber - has the potential to transform the way your employees and your customers are entertained, how businesses sell goods and services and how we all communicate.
Ultra-high definition TVs and networks; virtually instantaneous movie and TV program downloads; near-live videoconferencing; faster ecommerce; and almost-anywhere rapid access to data and entertainment stored in "cloud computing" networks: Those are among the many benefits promised by fiber networks.
This could be the biggest new wave of technology development to hit RTP and surrounding areas since the advent of the Internet and World Wide Web.
”Fiber Transforms the Triangle” will be open to WRAL TechWire Insider annual subscribers only.
Current subscribers were sent a promotional code via email on Aug. 18, 2014, to register without charge. If you did not receive that email, please contact Marketing@WRAL.com to receive your code. Those who register above at the $49 rate will receive a code via email for an annual WRAL TechWire Insider subscription.
Thank you to our sponsors!
Thank you to AT&T for serving as a presenting sponsor of this event! AT&T is bringing it all together for customers, from revolutionary smartphones to next-generation TV and broadband services and sophisticated solutions for multi-national businesses. Click here to learn more.
Thank you to MCNC for serving as a presenting sponsor of this event! MCNC is a technology non-profit that builds, owns, and operates a leading-edge broadband infrastructure for North Carolina’s research, education, non-profit healthcare, and other community institutions. Click here to learn more.
Thank you to Sentinel Data Centers for serving as the refreshments sponsor of this event. Sentinel Data Centers deliver premium turn-key data center suites, optimized for the large enterprise. Click here to learn more.
Parking and Special Accommodations
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PARKING:
Parking is NOT available at SAS. All program attendees must park at PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Road (Raleigh, 27607), in the West 6000 Lot. Signage will be visible inside entrances at Trinity Road and Edwards Mill Road to direct drivers to the appropriate lot.
Complimentary EcoStyle Transportation shuttle service will run continuously from PNC Arena to SAS Building V from 7:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. to transport attendees.
If you require any special assistance, we are happy to accommodate and welcome you to contact us at Marketing@WRAL.com to coordinate in advance.
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