[Air-l] 2003 Rural Telecommunications Congress - Sept 28 - Oct 1 - Washington, DC

S Clift slc at publicus.net
Fri Aug 15 14:35:01 PDT 2003

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Sept 28-Oct 1


If you're concerned about rural vitality and rural-urban partnerships in
the Internet Age, don't miss the third annual Rural Telecommunications
Congress and conference, entitled "Rural Broadband: A Recommitment to
America's Heartland" - Sept 28-Oct 1, 2003 at the Hyatt Regency
Washington, just down the street from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

To get more information and to register, go to

Register soon, as the cutoff for reduced rate hotel rooms at the Hyatt
Regency is August 28, and the early-bird registration discount ends on
Sept 1. Fall is a busy time in D.C., so rooms will go fast.

This is the third annual Rural Telecommunications Congress (RTC)
conference and the first to be held right alongside the national
policymakers in Congress. It is co-sponsored by the Appalachian Regional
Commission and the Rural Broadband Coalition. One of the greatest draws of
the RTC conference is the extensive connections that attendees are able to
make with each other because such a broad range of parties attend:
community advocates, elected officials, broadband providers, regulators,
and broadband users (including tele-medicine, e-government, education, and
economic development).

This year's RTC conference is organized into tracks based on the
following communities of interest:

 * Infrastructure
 * Policy and Regulation
 * Tele-Health and Tele-Medicine
 * E-Government
 * Education
 * Community and Economic Development

Keynote Speakers include
 * U.S. Senator Conrad Burns from Montana
 * Michael Copps, Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission 
 * Robert Atkinson, Vice-President of the Progressive Policy Institute 
 * Alan McAdams, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

In addition, we have scheduled over 16 general and concurrent sessions on
topics ranging from e-government to tele-health and telemedicine. A
sampling of sessions includes:
 * Andrew Cohill on community networking
 * Harry Roesch on demand aggregation strategies
 * Judith Sparrow and U.S. Dept. of Commerce Technology Opportunities
Program grant recipients

Again - register soon (http://www.ruraltelecon.org/conference/index.php)
and book your room now! Rooms in DC can be hard to find in the fall

For more information visit the site: 
http://www.ruraltelecon.org/conference/index.php or call Jane Leonard,
2003 Program Chair at 651-645-9403 or jane at communitytechnologyadvisors.com

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