Is your Community Connecting to the Future?

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 from 4:45 – 5:30pm in B301

Excerpt

Are you taking the underlying infrastructure that allows you to do the cool stuff you do online for granted? Do you think that ubiquitous, affordable, high speed broadband will just happen? Merger mania in the telecommunications arena means we prosumers will have less and less of a choice in our connectivity options. What role can communities play in ensuring broadband communications infrastructure and connectivity strategies promote openness, and improve accessibility and responsiveness of government to citizens.

Description

High-speed, accessible and affordable broadband is now mission-critical infrastructure for job creation, education, health care, the enhancement of safe and connected communities, civic engagement, government transparency and responsiveness, reduced carbon emissions, and emergency preparedness. Portland is developing a broadband strategic plan to ensure that its broadband infrastructure and adoption and utilitization strategies meet the community’s future needs. Find out why it’s important to organize and advocate for accessible and affordable broadband at the local level.

Speaking experience

Speaker

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    Mary Beth Henry

    City of Portland

    Biography

    Mary Beth Henry mbhenry@ci.portland.or.us

    Mary Beth Henry is an amateur geek. She does Twitter(@pdxcycle), Facebook, LinkedIn and spends too much time online. She is currently putting together a Broadband Strategic Plan for Portland along with some great community partners. She has been deeply involved in local government efforts to protect the public interest in legislative efforts on communications policy at the State and federal level. She is currently the Deputy Director of the Office of Cable Communications and Franchise Management for the City of Portland, Oregon and the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission. She also serves as Immediate Past President of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (www.natoa.org) and as a member of the League of Oregon Cities Broadband Standing Committee. Over the last twenty years she has focused her attention on legislative and policy issues related to broadband communications, maintaining local authority and digital inclusion. In her spare time she enjoys exploring the wonders of Oregon with her husband of 29 years and her two boys, who insist on growing up despite her best efforts to keep them young.

    Sessions

      • Title: Is your Community Connecting to the Future?
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B301
      • Time: 4:455:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Are you taking the underlying infrastructure that allows you to do the cool stuff you do online for granted? Do you think that ubiquitous, affordable, high speed broadband will just happen? Merger mania in the telecommunications arena means we prosumers will have less and less of a choice in our connectivity options. What role can communities play in ensuring broadband communications infrastructure and connectivity strategies promote openness, and improve accessibility and responsiveness of government to citizens.

      • Speakers: Mary Beth Henry