Arizona Telecommunications and Information Council

Living In a Networked World

Wired or wireless, with the proliferation of the Internet, mobile phones, communication devices, and wireless networks we are rapidly moving from a world of simple voice communication and isolated desktop computing to an interconnected world of networked communities and anytime/anywhere connectedness where everyone and everything is connected. The Network will operate everywhere, connecting people and devices seamlessly. -Living in a Networked World-Computer Systems Policy Project

 

Presented by:
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Arizona Telecommunications
and Information Council (ATIC)

Communications Infrastructure Advisory Committee (CIAC) of the Governorís Council on Innovation and Technology (GCIT)

In Cooperation With The:
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Arizona Consumers Council
Arizona  Association for Economic Development
Arizona Department of Commerce
Arizona Government Information Technology Agency
Arizona Small Business Association
County Supervisorís Association
of Arizona
Arizona Technology Council
Arizona Telemedicine Program

eLearning System For Arizona Teachers and Students

Greater Arizona eLearning Association

League of Arizona Cities
and Towns
Navajo Nation Telecommunications Regulatory Commission
Tucsonís Community Information and Telecommunications Alliance
 

Who Is Invited

Federal, State, Local and Tribal elected officials, policy advisors/legislative analysts (City Councils, County Supervisors, Tribal Councils, the Congressional Delegation, Arizona Legislators)

Key Arizona State Agency Directors and policy advisors (Governorís Office, Government Information Technology Agency, Commerce, Transportation, Education, Libraries, School Facilities Board, Land Department, others)

City and County Managers, planners, policy advisors and CIOs

Product and Service providers (telecom, technology, or Internet service provider executives or consultants)

State and local School Superintendents

Application Solution leaders (eGovernment, eLearning, telemedicine, libraries, public safety)

Regulators and Policy Advisors (Arizona Corporation Commission, Federal Communications Commission, Navajo Nation Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, Bureau of Indian Affairs, others)

Key Experts (government, private, other states)

ATIC/ CIAC Members

Federal Government Agencies (Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Indian Health Service, USDA/RUS, US Forest service, Bureau of Land management

Economic Development Professionals

Lobbyists

Organizations (Arizona Technology Council, AEA, Health-e Arizona, Telemedicine, Arizona Small Business Associations Arizona Association of Economic Development)

 

The Summit

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May 17, 2007

Mesa Convention Center

April 9, 19, 30, and May 10

Pre-Summit Online Briefing Sessions (details below) Live participation available in Phoenix

 April 9, 19 and 30  Briefing Session Recordings now online. Click Here

Purpose

In our Networked World affordable broadband Internet and advanced telecommunications services are critical for community development and the health, safety, welfare, educational advancement, and economic prosperity in Arizona communities. Unfortunately many rural and other underserved communities lack the telecommunications infrastructure to support deployment of these services.

On May 17, 2007 ATIC, the Arizona Telecommunications and Information Council and CIAC, the Communications Infrastructure Advisory Committee to GCIT, the  Governorís Council on Innovation & Technology,  will convene Arizona Telecom Summit 2007 - Advanced Telecom And Broadband Deployment In Arizona.  We expect over 300 people including federal, state, local, and tribal elected officials, policy advisors and CIOs, telecom service provider executives, and other key stakeholder representatives (economic development, education, government, health services, public safety, libraries, homeland security, CIOs, etc) will participate in these deliberations.  They will engage in planning, policy, and decision making workshops to explore options and to reach consensus on policies and strategies to accelerate deployment of affordable broadband Internet and advanced telecommunications services to all Arizona communities.

The plan is to leave the Summit with consensus on policies and  implementation plans to remove barriers to the deployment of this critical infrastructure.

ATIC and CIAC have been developing initiatives to address these barriers. The Summit will provide an update on these and other Arizona initiatives, and engage people throughout the state in addressing the following priorities:

  • State Strategic Telecom Plan

  • Funding mechanisms and strategies

  • Rights-of-Way access

  • Local community/Tribal planning and policies

  • Telecom provider requirements  

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Focus On Middle Mile

The primary focus of the Summit will be on the Middle Mile. There are two primary telecom services required to deploy broadband into a community Ė Last Mile and Middle Mile. The Last Mile is the Internet connection between the Internet service provider (ISP) and businesses, homes, schools, etc. The Middle Mile is the high capacity trunk lines and associated infrastructure to connect communities to the Internet backbone points-of-presence located in major metropolitan areas such as Phoenix and Tucson. If a common middle mile infrastructure is not available, at reasonable rates, communities or last mile providers must construct their own middle mile infrastructure. This may prohibit deployment of broadband service or significantly increase the last mile costs and end users monthly rates.

Should You Attend?

You should attend if you are a federal, state, local, or tribal elected official or policy advisor, telecom service provider executive, or other key stakeholder representative (economic development, education, government, health services, public safety, libraries, homeland security, CIOs, etc)

See Who Is Invited

Events & Online Pre-Summit Briefings

Summit Events

The Summit includes:

  • Pre and Post Briefing Documents on the Summit Web Site

  • Four Statewide Online Briefing Sessions prior to the May 17 event

  • Keynote Presentations

  • Planning and Policy Development Breakout Sessions

  • Technology Expo and the Arizona Technology Council  After5 Reception and
    Networking Event (Free and Open To The Public)

Pre and Post Briefing Documents on the Summit Web Site

The Summit Briefing Document is available for download from this site.

Online Pre-Summit Briefing Sessions

Join Online Briefing Sessions

The Summit includes four online Pre-Summit Briefing Sessions prior to the May 17 event. You will be able to participate from the convenience of your office or community by statewide audio and web conferencing provided by iLinc Communications. In order to keep the Summit event to a single day we will utilize the online meetings to provide background information, technology overviews, updates on Arizona issues and initiatives, best practices, etc. This will enable us to focus on policy and strategy deliberations on May 17.

Please note that if you cannot attend these sessions at the scheduled time they will be available for viewing from this web site a day or two after each presentation.

Topics include:

  • Issues and Overview

  • Local Community/ Issues, Policies and Best Practices

  • Telecom Technologies

  • Telecom Providers Perspective

One day Summit event May 17 at the Mesa Convention Center

Keynote Presentations

We hope to have the Governor or the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission keynote this Summit

Planning and Policy Development Breakout Sessions

You will have the opportunity to participate in the following planning, policy, and decision making sessions that will produce consensus, strategic direction and tactical implementation plans:

  • State Strategic Telecom Plan

  • Funding mechanisms and strategies

  • Rights-of-Way access

  • Local community/Tribal planning and policies

  • Telecom provider requirements

Telecom/Technology Expo

The Technology Expo will showcase companies providing telecom, Internet, and other technology products and services in Arizona You are encouraged to come early and plan to stay for the Arizona Tech Council After5 Showcase and Networking Event to see some of the latest and greatest technologies.

 Arizona Technology Council After5 Reception/Showcase/Networking Event

The Summit will conclude with the outstanding Tech Council After5 free Showcase and Networking event hosted by ATIC and AZTC, the Arizona Technology Council. AZTC is the largest technology association in Arizona. The Summit participants will be joined by Tech Council members and the public. Summit sponsors and exhibitors will showcase their telecom, Internet, and other technology products and services.