JOIN CLIC in Ontario, CA: Making Local Internet Choice Happen!

Join CLIC in beautiful Ontario, California, at the DoubleTree Hilton Airport Hotel on October 23, as we hold an important strategic discussion on “Making Local Internet Choice Happen in a Changing Environment: Opportunities and Challenges in 2019. At the start of the Broadband Communities Economic Development conference: Fiber for the New Economy, we will address the challenges and opportunities created in 2019 by a new Congress, new state legislatures, and the FCC’s BDAC decisions. We will benefit from the recommendations of local communities and broadband advocates on how to use nonpartisan approaches to manage the politics of local broadband initiatives, and then move into our discussion on a 2019 game plan to fight for, and preserve local Internet Choice. Our detailed half-day agenda with speakers is here.


Today, a large and rapidly growing number of communities are aggressively seeking access to advanced Internet capabilities through public private partnerships or building their own networks. In these endeavors, the key to successful outcomes is the ability to choose among the options that work best for the community. We call this having “local Internet choice.”

Unfortunately, in some 20 states, local Internet choice is constrained by legal or other barriers.  Moreover, the “model state codes” developed by the Federal Communications Commission’s industry-dominated Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee foretell new barriers being proposed in many other states in 2019.

For these reasons and more, CLIC and its allies — government officials, private sector leaders, community and broadband advocates –must redouble efforts to make local Internet choice a national priority at all levels of government, to oppose new state barriers and to roll back as many of the existing barriers as possible.


Ontario, California exemplifies the growth and opportunity inherent in having access to critical modern infrastructure. Having emerged from a small farming town, this community of now 170,000 residents utilized its gateway location to southern California, its train, plane, freeway and now fiber infrastructure to become a global e-commerce center. Ontario has utilized its municipal fiber network, OntarioNet, to attract and grow globally-oriented small businesses and to offer residents a dedicated fiber connection with gigabit Internet speeds. OntarioNet also provides fiber to the home in Ontario Ranch, the city’s 8,200-acre, 13-square-mile master planned development and southern California’s first gigabit community. Ontario Ranch will ultimately boast 46,000 new homes and is one reason the U.S. Census Bureau predicts Ontario’s population will double by 2035.


Join us in this critical discussion at the DoubleTree by Hilton Ontario Airport hotel.* CLIC members can register here and receive a $25 discount, by using our code:  CLIC-ONT18. This registers you for CLIC’s half day session and the entire BBC conference (Oct 23-25). Or become a member of CLIC by joining here (it’s free).

*The conference hotel discount rates ends September 22