The Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference is coming to Ashland – Oct. 24-25

The Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference draws attendees from all regions of the state to share ideas, experiences and knowledge about broadband telecommunications. In its twenty-fourth year, the conference will be exploring Smart Communities: strategies, applications, enabling technologies and Oregon initiatives.

Oregon Connections is a grass roots conference first held in Bend and hosted by the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council in 1996. Since then it has moved to different Oregon communities, hosted by Lincoln County Economic Development in Newport, by Mid-Columbia Economic Development District in Hood River, and now in Ashland hosted by Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc.

 The initial focus of the Oregon Connections was on infrastructure deployment in unserved areas of the state, but has expanded to include technologies, applications, regulation and public policy.

In past years, Oregon Connections has enjoyed keynote addresses by speakers such as Morgan O’Brien co-founder of Nextel, Vinton Cerf of Google and co-author of TCP/IP the protocol of the Internet, Lee Rainie of the Pew Internet and American Life Project, Gigi Sohn of Public Knowledge and the Federal Communications Commission, Steven Bass of Oregon Public Broadcasting, and Paul Mitchell of Microsoft.

This year, Oregon Connections is looking forward to Keynote addresses by Jean Rice of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration from Washington, D.C. and by Trever Yarrish of ZEAL from Grants Pass.

Jean Rice is a telecommunications expert and advisor who works with federal agencies, tribal, local and state governments, industry, universities and non-profits on smart cities and communities projects and provides technical assistance to support the widespread deployment of broadband infrastructure. 

Trever is Chief Experience Officer and Founding Partner of ZEAL, a company empowering innovators to deliver the future of Web + Mobile Apps.  ZEAL is a leading expert in Agile development, pair-programming and “lean” methodologies.

Conference Registration Fee: $90.00. 

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