One of the highlights for the broadband community in Colorado is the annual Mountain Connect Broadband Development Conference. As has become the custom, this year’s conference was bigger and better than the previous year! Returning to Vail, the conference theme was: Moving Beyond Risk to Compete in the New Economy. By the time the three and half day conference was completed, there were 120+ presentations to more than 500 attendees on a wide ranging series of salient topics. In addition, the Dale Hatfield Open Golf event raised $5,000 for the Hatfield Scholars Program.
With a heavy focus on enabling technologies like Smart Cities, Internet of Things (IoT), Intelligent Transportation, and Economic Development, the presentations helped move the conversation around broadband forward. In addition to long-term discussions focused on capitalizing on broadband’s potential, the conference also embraced pragmatic, logistical issues related to broadband installations. Several discussions on 5G implementation highlighted the challenges in developing the necessary infrastructure to allow communities to plan for and capitalize as industry begins deploying 5G nationwide. If you are interested in downloading any of the presentations or any of the videos, please visit the Mountain Connect website.
This year the Colorado Broadband Office (CBO) worked closely with the Mountain Connect organizers to integrate topics relating to public safety and critical communications. The CBO developed the Public Safety track which provided participants with the opportunity to learn about the complexities of public safety communications and providing broadband capabilities to first responders in real time and as authorized.
As always, our annual stakeholder forum, on the first day of the conference, provided a great opportunity to discuss some of the key developments of the past year, including the expansion of the Broadband Fund through Senate Bill 18-002, the efforts of Colorado Telehealth Network, and the CBO’s Statewide Telecommunications Infrastructure Plan being developed in partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
The CBO continues to work with the Mountain Connect organizers to provide opportunities and forums for connection and networking throughout the year. Keep and eye out for announcements.