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Big Sky Broadband Workshop in Missoula, MT

Monday, August 8, 2016  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
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Please note special hotel rate expires at midnight on August 11, 2016


REGISTER NOW: August 31-September 1, 2016



Big Sky Broadband Workshop in Missoula, Montana

For Regional Broadband Stakeholders


Please join BroadbandUSA, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce for a Regional Broadband Workshop featuring keynote addresses by national broadband leaders. 


WHO:             The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (U.S. Department of Commerce), broadband leaders and state and local officials


SUMMARY:    Broadband is a critical driver of economic growth and prosperity across the country. The “Big Sky Broadband Workshop” will bring together state, local and federal officials; industry representatives, community leaders and other key stakeholders to share real-world broadband success stories and lessons learned from across the region. The Workshop will feature high-impact discussions on broadband, focused on everything from how to bring advanced telecommunications infrastructure to rural communities to how to ensure that all Americans have the broadband access and critical skills needed to thrive in today’s digital economy.  The Workshop will also examine the remaining gaps and strategize how to expand access to and adoption of high-speed Internet services for the benefit of all citizens.


Our Workshop will begin at noon on Wednesday, August 31, immediately following the Montana Telecommunications Association meeting, with a luncheon sponsored by the Montana Telecommunications Association and keynote address.


A networking reception will be held on Wednesday evening, August 31.


WHERE:         All events will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N. Reserve St., Missoula, MT, 59808.


WHEN:           Wednesday, August 31 (12:00 pm – 5:00 pm) – Thursday, September 1, 2016 (8:00 am – 12:00 pm)


HOTEL:         NTIA has secured a special room rate of $129 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Missoula, MT, which expires at midnight on August 11, 2016.  Reservations for the Hilton Garden Inn can be made online at this link. For phone reservations, please call (844) 563-2975 and use room block code “BroadbandUSA”


DETAILS:      The Workshop agenda will be posted on NTIA’s website at  Events on September 1 include: Technical Assistance office hours, a Tribal Broadband Meeting and a Community Connectivity Initiative Workshop.  The Technical Assistance office hours provide an opportunity to meet with local, state and federal officials, industry representatives and other experts.  The Tribal Broadband Meeting is an opportunity to discuss issues and challenges unique to native communities.  The Community Connectivity Workshop is an opportunity to learn about and contribute ideas for a new online interactive assessment tool that will benchmark broadband access, adoption, policy and use.


REGISTER:        You may register online through Eventbrite by clicking here.  More information about Big Sky Broadband Workshop is posted on the NTIA website and will be updated regularly.  Have questions?  Email


A special “thank you” to the Montana Telecommunications Association for their coordination and sponsorship.

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