Representatives of anchor institutions within the Inter-County Broadband Network are invited to attend the ICBN Community Anchor Symposium on Monday, March 26th at the Johns Hopkins APL Kossiakoff Center in Laurel, MD. Attendees will learn the practical benefits of the ICBN and what it will mean to the organizations and the citizens they serve. If you are a local or state government employee of Maryland, you are welcome to join the day’s activities.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and Senator Barbara Mikulski will be opening the symposium with a few remarks relating to topics being covered throughout the day. Large panel discussions and small breakout sessions will focus on a Visionary Outlook for the ICBN and How Broadband Works for Health, Public Safety and Education. Participants will benefit from the insights of national, state, and locally recognized panelists and keynote speakers from a range of disciplines. A vendor showcase of leading industry representatives will be taking place in conjunction with the symposium sessions. Demonstrations, information exchanges and brief presentations will be highlights of the day.
This event will draw off the success of the December of 2010“One-Maryland ICBN Vendor Fair” which was held in Columbia, MD for individuals and businesses in the public and private sector interested in learning more about economic development opportunities associated with the development of the ICBN. The Inter-County Broadband Network in conjunction with the One Maryland Broadband Network (OMBN), will help establish a single high-speed broadband network that will provide every county in the State of Maryland with the critical high-tech infrastructure it needs for decades to come. By the time it is completed in 2013, ICBN will connect more than 700 community anchor institutions—from K-12 schools and libraries to public safety facilities and community centers—across central Maryland. As a key part of the OMBN, ICBN will connect to hundreds of additional anchor institutions in others parts of the state.
There is no fee to attend this one day event. Industry companies are allotted 2 representatives each; this is limited to the first 150 attendees. Government personnel of the Anchor Institutions may participate with no restrictions. Visit the symposium website at www.fbcinc.com/icbn to register and to find additional information including the agenda.
Jennifer Resnick, Symposium Coordinator