Join CLIC in beautiful Ontario, California, 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 conference, we will bring together some of the key thought leaders in the field to talk about what we have learned this year and to develop a game plan for all of us in the CLIC community — government officials, private sector leaders, community advocates and others — to be as effective as possible in 2019. See our half-day agenda here.
Today, a large and rapidly growing number of communities are aggressively seeking access to advanced communications capabilities by working with willing incumbent carriers, entering into public-private partnerships with new entrants, building their own networks or developing other creative approaches. In these endeavors, the key to successful outcomes is the ability to choose among the options that work best for the community.
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 may result in new barriers being proposed in many other states in 2019.
For these reasons and more, the coming year will be critical for local Internet choice. CLIC and its allies 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.
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.