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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Networking events and conferences slated in the coming months have plenty to offer for up-to-date analysis on all the hot issues affecting broadband connectivity and adoption.

  • FCC E-Rate Modernization Workshop (May 6)

The Federal Communications Commission will host an E-Rate Modernization Workshop on Tuesday, May 6 in the Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305).

The E-Rate Modernization Workshop will provide an opportunity for the FCC and E-Rate stakeholders to discuss the challenge of delivering high-speed connectivity to and within schools and libraries and highlight successful strategies. Additional details concerning the workshop agenda and panelists will be forthcoming.

The workshop will be free and open to the public, and also will be streamed live at this website.

  • SHLB Coalition’s Fourth Annual Conference (May 7-9)

The annual conference of the Schools Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition will be held on May 7-9 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C.

The program includes updates on E-Rate reform, ConnectED, the Healthcare Connect Fund, Connect America Fund, and several panels around digital inclusion, white spaces, and municipal broadband. Several FCC staffers (Jon Wilkins, Jon Chambers, and Matt Quinn) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration officials (Tony Wilhelm and Laura Breeden) and Obama Administration officials (Tom Power and Richard Culatta) are scheduled to present.

Visit this website to view the entire agenda and register.

  • U.S. Ignite Application Summit (June 24-27)

Registration is now open for the U.S. Ignite Application Summit in Silicon Valley.

The Application Summit is an opportunity for innovative developers, entrepreneurs, technology companies, forward-thinking communities, leading university researchers, students, and federal agency leaders that are interested in showcasing, networking, and learning about advanced technologies.

These technologies include software-defined networks (SDN), local cloud computing, and symmetric gigabit speeds to end-users. Presenters will demonstrate how next-generation Internet applications are transforming how we work, live, learn, and play.

  • Save the Date: Bridging the Gap 2014 (October 28-29)

Registration is now open for Bridging the Gap conference on Oct. 28-29 in Raleigh.

The goal of the annual event is to strengthen K-16 STEM education throughout North Carolina by bringing together educators, business leaders, government officials and others to share ideas and resources.

The conference is organized by the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research in partnership with the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology (SMT) Center.