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September 13, 2012

Re: League Professional Development Seminar

Broadband and its Role in Our Communities: Preparing for a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network”
October 23, 2012
The Robert Meyner Reception Center at PNC Arts Center
Holmdel, NJ
9:00 AM – 12:30PM

Communities must take into account the vital role that broadband plays in our daily lives.  Increasingly, a community’s economic and civic vitality depends on its access to high-speed, reliable, and affordable broadband services. A nationwide public safety wireless broadband network is on the way, and along with it come many challenges that local governments will have to face.  Who’s going to built it and where’s the money coming from?  Will we finally solve the problem of interoperability?  How will new technologies change the game?  And what about Next Generation 911 services like text, photos, and data? 

This first part of this session will look at the business, technology, regulatory, and political factors affecting the availability of these services, with a look at emerging technologies and delivery models.  Our panel of experts will discuss how the provision of these services can improve the financial, social, and educational well-being of our communities and residents. The second part of this session will tell you everything you need to know about the new network and what local governments must do to prepare for it. 

Schedule of Events:

8:30a.m.-9:00a.m. -     Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Networking

9:00a.m.-10:45a.m. -   Panel Discussion: Broadband and Its Role and Our Communities

10:45a.m.-10:55p.m. - Networking Break

10:55a.m.-12:30p.m-   Panel Discussion: How to Prepare for a Nationwide Public Safety Network


Broadband and Its Role and Our Communities:

Sean Stokes, The Baller Herbst Law Group

Joanne Hovis, President of NATOA, and President of CTC Technology and Energy: Engineering and Business Consulting for the Public Sector

How to Prepare for a Nationwide Public Safety Network:

Mitchell Herckis, Principal Associate for Federal Relations, National League of Cities

Andrew Afflerbach, Ph.D., P.E., CEO/Director of Engineering, Columbia Telecommunications Corporation

Registration Fee:   Member Rate: $55.00*      Non-Member:    $75.00
*Member rate applies to: Municipalities, State, County, and Municipal Utilities & Authorities. 

To Register:

-Visit and click on Services
-Select Calendar of Events, Go to the date you are attending
-Download registration form, complete and fax it with your voucher to (609) 695-0151

Questions about registering – contact Suzanne Delany or 609-695-3481 ext. 111


IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER OR CANCELLATION: We will announce emergency seminar cancellations via recorded announcement on our Weather Hotline: 609-695-3481 ext. 200 and post announcements on our website  after 6:00am on the morning of the meeting.




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