[CUWiN] TONIGHT: Tri-Cities Broadband Citizens' Group to Host Public Forum

Sascha Meinrath sascha at ucimc.org
Wed Jul 7 13:58:08 CDT 2004

Hi all,

Chase is planning to go to this, it's a major event and it would be good
to have folks from here attend.  It's about a 2.5 hour drive.  If anyone's
interested let Chase Phillips <shepard at ameth.org> know ASAP.



Tri-Cities Broadband Citizens' Group to Host Public Forum

Batavia--Fiber For Our Future will present a public forum and panel
discussion 7:00 pm, July 7, at Batavia City Hall, 100 N. Island Ave,
Batavia, IL. The forum, "Why Municipal Broadband is Good for the
Tri-Cities," will be led by Annie Collins, Chairwoman of Fiber For Our
Future. Ms. Collins has been an outspoken advocate of the concept of
municipal broadband, specifically Fiber to the Home (FTTH) systems, in the
TriCities and across the country. Ms. Collins, a longtime community
activist, strongly believes that a municipally owned, fiber optic network
will bring real economic development to a community.

Featured panelists scheduled to attend include:

Jim Baller . Founder - The Baller Herbst Law Group - Washington D.C.
telecommunications lawyer Jim Baller is widely recognized as one of the
nation.s leading lawyers and experts on public broadband matters. Working
regularly with multi-disciplinary teams of legal, financial, accounting,
engineering and other technical experts, Baller also assists government
entities in making comprehensive telecommunications plans, developing
state-of-the-art telecommunications systems, searching for strategic
partners, and integrating right-of-way and zoning ordinances, franchises,
licenses, pole-attachment agreements, contracts, forms, permits and other
related documents.

James Carlini - President of Carlini & Associates, adjunct professor at
Northwestern University, and eprairie.com columnist

Alex Chew . Regional Manager . OFS . Chicago, IL

John Crow - Account Manager for Education & Government - Cisco Systems,
Chicago, IL

Walter Czerniak - Associate Vice President for Information Technology -
Northern Illinois University - and Geneva resident

Ed Hodges - Chief Technical Officer, EMMtek Inc., St Charles, IL, and
Batavia resident

Rick Kaufmann - Co-founder & Principal - Aggregate Networks, Lisle,

Dennis Kintop - President - M.I.C., Inc. Construction - Batavia, Illinois
- and Geneva resident

David Larson . Director, Information Systems - The Sidwell Company, St.
Charles, IL

Brian Mehta - Senior Account Director:Fiber To The User - Alcatel

Don Petravick - Don Petravick, Head of the Computation and Communications
Fabric Department of Fermilab's
Computing Division - and Geneva resident

Dan Shanahan - Director of Batavia Access Television, Inc. (BATV) - and
Batavia resident.

Greg Snider - Treasury Manager, Equity Group Investments, LLC. and St.
Charles resident

Jack Tenison - Executive Director, DuPage County Technology Park, West
Chicago, Illinois

Gary White - President, Illinois Chapter of the National Association of
Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

Panelists. points-of-view include technology vendors, finance experts,
commercial/residential builders, local business owners, and the "average
Joe" end user. All will discuss how a fiber optic network will directly
benefit the Tri-Cities.

The public and members of the press are invited to attend and encouraged
to ask questions on the topic being presented.

Sascha Meinrath
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