SPECIAL EVENT: Join the Utah Breakfast Club for LUNCH!
GigUtah: How Fiber Networks Are Transforming Salt Lake City, Provo and Utah
Utah Breakfast Club Event
Copper Room, Utah Senate
Utah State Capitol Complex
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. MT
(Gather at the auditorium at 11:30 a.m. for a box lunch and networking; the program will begin promptly at Noon, and end by 1:30 p.m.)
Google has captivated the enthusiasm of internet users -- and the attention of economic development professionals -- by offering Gigabit Network service in selected cities across the country.
In announcing on March 24, 2015, that Google Fiber will expand to Salt Lake City (its eighth metropolitan area nationwide), the broadband world turned its envying eyes on Utah. With Google Fiber in Provo and now Salt Lake -- and with Gigabit Networks available in the 11 cities served by the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency, or UTOPIA -- Utah is poised to be the first state where a substantial portion of its residents have access to the fastest-possible broadband internet services.
What does Google's investments say about the economic health and technology-savvy nature of Utah? What do cities and citizens get from Google Fiber that they haven't gotten from traditional telecom companies? And, for cities and states seeking to get a Gig, what are the best options to build and enhance Gigabit Networks?
Join us for discussing the future of GigUtah!
Panelists include representatives from cities, from the builders of Gigabit Networks, and from business officials who can speak to the benefits that such networks provide to the health of the economy.
- Devin Baer, Head of Fiber Business, Salt Lake, Google
- Paul Cutler, Mayor, City of Centerville
- Brock Johansen, President, Emory Telecom, Orangeville, Utah
- Justin Jones, Vice President, Public Policy and Communications, Salt Lake Chamber
- David Shaw, Shareholder, Kirton McConkie; Chair, Government and Utilities Practice Group
- Nole Walkingshaw, Manager, Institutional Engagement, Salt Lake City
Moderated by Drew Clark, Of Counsel, Kirton McConkie; Founder, Utah Breakfast Club
The "GigUtah" LUNCHEON event and webcast are sponsored by BroadbandBreakfast.com.
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