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–>June 18, Economic Impact of Broadband and Second Homes in WI

Guest speaker Russ Kashian, Fiscal and Economic Research Center (FERC) at UW Whitewater, speaks about his updated research on the economic impact having broadband can have in “vacation home” or second home areas. | Archived Call

Download the reports: The Economic Impact of Broadband Deployment – An examination of Door County, Wisconsin

The Impact of Broadband Deployment on Recreational and Seasonal Property Values- A Hedonic Model

–> May 21, Fab Labs in Wisconsin

Fab labs are laboratories that aim to transform ideas into prototypes and products. Join us as we discuss the role of fab labs in Wisconsin with guest speakers Dr. Steven Yahr and Dr. George Karling of Three Lakes School District, and Don Sidlowski of the Northwoods Broadband & Economic Development Coalition. Any follow up questions can be sent to Dr. Yahr, syahr@threelakessd.k12.wi.us  |Archived Call

–>April 16, Vernon Communications and the Smart Rural Communities Award 

Vernon Communications Corp. (previously Vernon Telephone Cooperative) is one of 13 rural communications firms in North America to be honored with the National Smart Rural Community Showcase Award. Vernon Communications Member Manager Emily Rozeske discusses the company’s collaboration with local leaders in agriculture, health care, public safety and education as keys to its success in securing the award, and what this award means for the company, the community and economic development in this discussion.

Speaker: Emily Rozeske, Vernon Telephone Cooperative | Archived Call

–>March 19, 2015: Understanding the Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a computing concept that describes a future where everyday physical objects will be connected to the Internet and be able to identify themselves to other devices. Join guest speaker  Lori Vergin, President of MPower, to discuss opportunities of IoT and the broadband needs of IoT.
Speaker: Lori Vergin, MPower Consulting | Archived Call

–>February 19, 2015: Understanding Common Technologies (WiFi, WiMAX)

What’s the difference between Wi-Fi and Wi-Max? Frank Livermore, founder of Livermore Technologies joins us to talk about how to  understand these common technologies. Speaker: Frank Livermore, Livermore Technologies, Twitter @LivermoreTech | Archived call

–>January 15, 2015: Hiring an E-Commerce Specialist

Hot tips and frequently asked questions about hiring an e-commerce specialist, in under 30 minutes with Dennis Deery, Irish Rose Consulting. Speaker: Dennis Deery, Irish Rose Consulting, Twitter @DDeery  | *No archived call is available for this program. 

–>December 18, 2014: How USDA Can Help You Get Broadband

Access to broadband technology has become essential for the social and economic benefits it provides to American residents, businesses, governments, and communities. However, access to broadband and telecommunication services is a challenge for many living and working in rural areas. Learn how USDA Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Programs provide a variety of loans and grants to help build and increase access to broadband technology and 21st century telecommunications services in rural communities. These programs support a variety of infrastructure improvements that create and expand sustainable opportunities for education, business and job creation; and increase economic activity in rural America.

Speaker Stan Gruszynski |*No archived call is available for this program. 

–>November 20, 2014: What Small Business Needs to know about the IP Transition

Telephone companies are phasing out traditional telephone technology and moving to Internet-based and wireless alternatives. While over 2/3 of U.S. residential subscribers have voluntarily switched to from traditional copper technologies, the vast majority of small and mid-sized businesses remain dependent on traditional copper technologies for critical services. Harold Feld, Senior Vice President of Public Knowledge, will discuss the impact of the “IP Transition” (the transition of the phone system to an “Internet Protocol” technology) on small businesses and the ongoing policy process at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and in Wisconsin. You can learn more about the IP Transition of the phone system at the Public Knowledge website.

Speaker: Harold Feld, Senior VP – Public Knowledge, Washington D.C., Twitter @HaroldFeld  | Archived Call

–>October 16, 2014: White Spaces and Broadband

You’ve likely heard about the use of TV whitespace. Jim Klas, of Wisconsin Educational Communications Board, described what it is, and what the future holds for whitespace devices as television is about to undergo another transition. Jim serves as the Director of Media Technology / IT for WI Educational Communications Board, is a graduate of UW-Platteville and has first hand experience working in telecommunications, public safety communications IT, and radio and television broadcasting. He is an active member of the state of Wisconsin IT community and also is a member of the state FirstNet committee.

Speaker: Jim Klas, WECB   | Archived Call

–>September 18, 2014: Ag & Apps: Using Technology in Agriculture

Chippewa County UWEX Agronomy Educator Jerry Clark  is instrumental in  infusing technology with his constituent base in Chippewa County teaching farmers the advantages of using technology such as tablets and smart phones to identify and manage weeds, diseases, insects, and nutrient deficiencies that affect corn, soybeans, and alfalfa. Jerry will share how he engages “digital immigrants” to use mobile devices and  UW-Extension created Apps to keep abreast of the news, communicate/share images with specialists for diagnosis, and tips/tricks for using device in the field.

Speaker Jerry Clark, UW Extension  | Archived Call

–>August 21, 2014: How to Get People Excited About Broadband

Sure, broadband industry insiders may salivate at the thought of a gig. But if that “deer in the headlights” look is all you get from average folks in homes, businesses, school districts, etc., your broadband drive is in trouble. Here’s how to fix that and win customers.

Speaker: Craig Settles| *No archived call is available for this program

Related materials: Powerpoint | Ebook (by Craig Settles), Building the Gigabit City

–>July 17, 2014: Net Neutrality

Speaker: Harold Feld, Senior VP of Public Knowledge, Washington D.C. | Archived Call
Related materials:

–>June 26, 2014: Economic Impact of Broadband on Second Homes in rural Wisconsin

Speaker: Russ Kashian, Fiscal and Economic Research Center (FERC) at U.W. Whitewater and Andy Lewis, [formerly] UW-Extension Broadband & E-Commerce Education Center | Archived call

Related materials: Powerpoint |

–>April 24, 2014: Wisconsin K12 schools and broadband

Speaker: Kurt Kiefer | *No archived call available

Related materials: Powerpoint

–>March 20, 2014: New economic impact data for broadband

*No archived call available

Related materials: Notes and data

–>Feb. 20, 2014: PSC Broadband Grant Program: What you need to know

Guest speaker: Dennis Klaila, PSC-W Program Analyst | Archived call