Key Member of Utah Rural Telecom Alliance Joins 'GigUtah' Panel on Friday, April 24, at 11:30 a.m. MT

SALT LAKE CITY, April 22, 2015 - The Utah Breakfast Club, in conjunction with the Broadband Breakfast Club of Washington, D.C., is sponsoring a FREE SPECIAL LUNCHEON EVENT, "GigUtah: How Fiber Networks Are Transforming Salt Lake City, Provo and Utah."

"We are pleased with the addition of Brock Johansen, President of Emery Telecom in rural Utah, to a stellar panel that include Gigabit Network providers along with officials from cities with fiber-optic networks, such as Centerville," said Drew Clark, founder of the Utah Breakfast Club and Of Counsel at Kirton McConkie.

Because of water damage to the auditorium of State Office Building at the Utah Capitol Complex, this SPECIAL LUNCHEON EVENT will be held in the Copper Room of the Utah State Senate Building. 

Luncheon will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m., and the program will begin at Noon MT, and run no longer than 1:30 p.m. MT. Those unable to attend in person may register for the free webcast.

As previously announced, is sponsoring this luncheon event: Registration is available on a complimentary basis below, or at

Event Description:

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.

CONFIRMED Panelists:

  • 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