Technology Networking - Survival and Success"
National Community Networking Conference
December 7-9, 2003, Austin, Texas
Today's leaders recognize information technology is vital for community
survival and success. But this year, challenge has become crisis
as economic downturns, dwindling financial support, and confusing
technical choices make it very difficult to develop and sustain
local telecommunications resources. Many rural and urban areas still
lack adequate connectivity, yet local leaders who want to help build
advanced telecommunications for their communities do not always
have the information, guidance and support they need and deserve.
The 2003 National Community Networking Conference is a "How
To" summit meeting where top leaders from government and industry
join community networking experts to help local leaders develop
and sustain successful community technology. Interactive sessions,
grant and funding workshops, hands-on technology demonstrations,
and pragmatic advice from professionals highlight this year's agenda.
Don't miss one of the world's premier gatherings for everyone interested
in community and technology networking.
Presented by the TeleCommunity Resource Center, this unique conference
clearly explains rapidly changing technologies, policies, project
services and practical sustainability strategies for community technology
beginners and veterans alike.
Sunday afternoon offers a specialized grant writing workshop that
addresses the basics that community leaders need to know when searching
and applying for community technology funding. Next comes a detailed
grant information session presented by Program Officers from NTIA's
Technology Opportunities Program (TOP). The day will conclude with
an interactive session on "How to Conduct a Community Web Raising:
Simple Steps for Building Community Telecommunications Resources."
Monday and Tuesday presentations will offer experts' practical
- Sustaining Community Networks in today's difficult economy
- New (and sometimes surprising) resources for funding and support
- Telecom for economic development, workforce skills, and employment
- Financial planning, grant search and application strategies
- Serious new legal, regulatory and liability concerns, with new
- Affordable broadband Internet access for your entire community
- Open Source Software: Choices and Considerations
- Expanded Educational Opportunity for people of all ages
- New techniques for TeleHealth and Telemedicine services
- Wireless Internet Access: Broadband, Hotspots and WISPs
- E-commerce and Internet tools to help build local businesses
- Internet access to "e-government" information and
tools for online leadership
- ISPs' growing role as leaders in Community Technology Networks
- Outreach, Communications, and Marketing community Internet programs
- Public Access Management: Security, Safety, and Replacement
- SocialWare: Blogs, Wikis, Lists, and other innovative tools
- Serving people of diverse languages, literacy and cultural heritage
- Special initiatives: Senior, Neighborhoods, Disability, and
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