Presentations & Related Articles
Daniel Aghion, Executive Director, W2i
How to Rationalize Public-Access Models through Government Applications
Mike Dillon, Director, Industry Solutions, Safety, Security & Community Broadband, IBM
Thomas Cooper, Market Development Manager, Motorola Networks & Enterprise, MOTOwi4 Wireless Broadband Networks
Then and Now: The Muni Market Matures
James L. Freeze, Senior Vice President, BelAir Networks
RFP Best-Practice Sharing for Fellow Travelers
In an interactive town-hall-styled session, the audience of local-government attendees is invited to ask questions of half a dozen city and county CIOs project champions about their broadband-wireless plans and goals, from concept and organizational structure to RFP preparation and early-stage service delivery. Emphasis is on community needs analysis, building consensus, and creating sustainable business models.
• Chair: Marty Hahnfeld, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, SkyPilot Networks
• Rodney Akers, Deputy CIO, City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
• Bill Beck, Deputy CIO, City of Minneapolis
• David Behen, CIO, Washtenaw County, Michigan
• Hardik Bhatt, CIO, City of Chicago
• Varinia Robinson, Program Director, Future Network Technologies, City of Philadelphia
Plenary Panel Sessions
Broadband-Wireless Applications for Cities and Communities
This panel gathers together field practitioners to present their experiences implementing a range of applications enabled by broadband-wireless infrastructure to spur social, economic and educational development, improve city management, and increase citizen satisfaction.
• Panel I Presentations
• Chair: Yancey Johnson, Sales Manager, Firetide Networks
• Tomas Bennich, Project Manager, Kista Science City, Stockholm, Sweden
• Dr. Don Green, Director of Technology, North Forest Independent School District, Houston, Texas
• Judith Miller, President, Ninth Wave Media; PhilaVoice
• Anthony Tull, Information Technology Director, Granbury, Texas
• Richard Y. Yin, Chairman, Information Technology Total Services (Advisor to Taipei City Government)
Technology Roadmap: Wi-Fi, WiMAX, and Cellular Networks
In a comparative context, this panel explores overlapping networks and their strengths and weaknesses. How do municipal Wi-Fi networks match up against 2.5G and 3G solutions? What is the role of unlicensed versus licensed spectrum? What is the WiMAX opportunity for cities and counties? Two case-study presentations (one U.S. and one overseas) round out this session with an exploration of field-based experiences.
• Panel II Presentations
• Chair: James Hueser, Sales Executive, Wireless Broadband Americas Group, IBM
• Phil Belanger, Principal, Novarum
• Kenneth Carter, Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, FCC
• Frank Ohrtman, President, WMX Systems
• Beth Thomas, Information Technology Coordinator, Allegany County, Maryland
• Glenn Strachan, Project Director, Macedonia Connects
Public-Private Partnerships: A Diversity of Models and Actors
This general-session panel of broadband-wireless project consultants and network-provider executives explores the range of approaches to public-private partnership models, with an emphasis on leveraging local assets to meet local-government needs and improve citizen satisfaction. The panel kicks off with a moderators' report on the Service Provider Executives and Local-Government CIOs Roundtable on Day 1.
• Panel III Presentations
• Chair: John Rivers, Sales Business Development Manager, Cisco Systems
• James Farstad, President, rClient (Consultant to the City of Minneapolis)
• Tony Hylton, Broadband Technology Associates, LLC (Consultant to the City of Aurora, IL)
• Kurt Lange, President, US Internet
• Bill Tolpegin, Vice President, Development and Planning, EarthLink Municipal Networks
• Roberta Wiggins, Research Fellow, Yankee Group
The Role of Nonprofit Organizations
From Philadelphia to the San Francisco Bay Area, nonprofit organizations are playing a direct role in focusing broadband-wireless plans and projects on digital inclusion and economic development. These organizations work hand in hand with local authorities to transform neighborhoods by providing wireless Internet access to improve the lives of citizens and the community. The panel kicks off with a moderator's report on the findings from the Digital Inclusion Roundtable on Day 1.
• Panel IV Presentations
• Chair: Lou Waters, CEO, Simdesk Technologies
• Mark Ansboury, Chief Operating Officer, OneCommunity
• Anne-Rivers Forcke, WW Human Ability & Accessibility Center, IBM
• Harold Galicer, Principal, Seakay
• Lynda Goff, Executive Director, WinstonNet
• Greg Goldman, CEO, Wireless Philadelphia
• Joe Mefford, Statewide Broadband Director, ConnectKentucky
2006 W2i Wireless Communities Best Practices Awards
To pay tribute to local governments implementing broadband-wireless deployments for their communities, the Wireless Internet Institute presents the second annual Wireless Communities Best Practices Awards at a special ceremony sponsored by EarthLink. Jury Chair Costis Toregas, Chair of the National Academy of Public Administration Standing Panel on Social Equity in Governance, leads an interactive discussion among the finalists about project objectives, lessons learned and next steps.
2006 Award Winners
Technology Innovation: Kista Science City, Stockholm, Sweden
Community Momentum Building: OneCommunity, USA
Digital Inclusion: Basque Government, Spain
E-Government Applications: Taipei City, Taiwan
Neighborhood Portals: E-Mexico National System, Mexico
Ones To Watch
• City of Granbury, Texas, USA
• Town of Knysna, South Africa
• Paris Local Transport Authority (RATP), France
• Rhode Island Wireless Innovation Networks (RI-WINs), USA
• PhilaVoice Portal, Philadelphia, USA
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