Broadband Today Agenda

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Solution Center

Unique to the conference is a SOLUTION CENTER that will be open throughout the day to answer questions and provide information about broadband in Nebraska. The SOLUTION CENTER will be staffed by representatives of the Nebraska Telecommunications Association and the Nebraska Broadband Initiative. 


8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Registration, mix and mingle

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Nebraska Broadband Present & Future

Welcome—Ed Toner, Chief Information Officer, State of Nebraska, and Chair, Nebraska Information Technology Commission

Broadband Map UpdateCullen Robbins, Nebraska Public Service Commission

How has the broadband landscape in Nebraska changed since 2010? Cullen Robbins will unveil the Nebraska Public Service Commission’s newly updated Nebraska Broadband Map.

Importance of Broadband and Technology in Nebraska—Chuck Schroeder, Founding Executive Director of the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska

Chuck Schroeder is passionate about the importance of broadband for the future of Nebraska. His inspiring vision will challenge each of us to work together to ensure that all Nebraskans have access broadband.

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


Broadband 101

Understanding telecommunications terms and policies can be a hurdle for many communities when working with providers. This session will give you a basic understanding of broadband technologies and telecommunications policy.

Panelists:  Jason Axthelm, NebraskaLink; Dwight “Doc” Winiger, Pinpoint Holdings

Moderator:  Anne Byers, Nebraska Information Technology Commission

 Put your Business on the Map with Broadband: Build an Online Presence

Creating an online presence is important for businesses to expand their market reach. GROW Nebraska and Nebraska Extension will share research documenting the importance of online marketing and highlighting successful strategies. A small business owner will share a firsthand account of using online marketing to grow a business. 

Panelists:  Janell Anderson Erhke, GROW Nebraska; Connie Hancock and Jenny Nixon, Nebraska Extension Community Vitality; Angela Lee, SHOLDIT

Moderator:  Charlotte Narjes, UNL Ag Economics

Funding, Grants and Partnerships - Oh My!

Funding and partnerships are critical to the deployment of broadband. Funders, broadband providers, and communities will share resources, success stories and suggestions on how to work through the funding maze.  

Panelists:  Maxine Moul, USDA Rural Development; Jeff Pursley, Nebraska Public Service CommissionTom Shoemaker, Cambridge Telephone Company

Moderator:  Roger Meeks, USDA Rural Utilities Service

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Registration, mix and mingle

Lunch with the Governor

Governor Pete Ricketts (invited) will share his perspectives on how broadband can grow Nebraska’s economy and retain talented young people. 


1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


SCORE!  Broadband and Social Media in Sports  

Broadband has become an essential component of athletics. Game analysis, using social media in using recruiting efforts and the massive transfer of game films are just some of the ways broadband and technology are impacting sports.

Panelists:  Taylor Siebert,; Hunter Rabenslaben, Waverly; Kelly Mosier, UNL Athletic Department; Dan Floyd, UNL Director Information Technology

Moderator:  Chad Mohling, NebraskaLink

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.


How Broadband Feeds the World

Smart agriculture applications depend on broadband. Learn how these ag businesses are changing the landscape from monitoring the health of livestock and crops to conducting auctions for equipment online. 

Panelists:  Vishal Singh, Quantified Ag; Brad Ramsdale, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture  Evan Welch,

Moderator: Public Service Commissioner Tim Schram

Be an Entrepreneur in Your Home Town: Use Nebraska’s Broadband Capacity to Develop Your Business

Learn how Nebraska businesses are using broadband technologies to increase their bottom line and increase employee satisfaction.  

Panelists: Taylor Siebert,; Paige Paradeis, Coffee + Dunn; Sharon Connealy, Connealy Angus

Moderator:  Jay Anderson, NebraskaLink

Information Technology:  Training, Jobs and Opportunities

From installing security systems or smart thermostats to laying broadband fiber, companies are hiring skilled people. Learn what skill sets are needed and what training is available.  A list of available jobs will be shared.

Panelists:  Jason Davis, Allo Communications; Jeremiah Duerksen, Diode Technologies; Tim Obermeier, UNK Networking & Telecommunications; Shonna Dorsey, Interface

Moderator:  Rod Armstrong, AIM

3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Registration, mix and mingle

4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks Eric Carstenson, Nebraska Telecommunications Association

4:30 p.m.



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