The Arkansas Department of Commerce invites you to attend our Broadband Forum on May 16th (flyer attached). The event is located at the Benton Event Center, 17322 Interstate 30, Benton, AR, 72019.

PBS is planning to live stream our event, so please feel free to share this link to anyone you’d like! The link will be available on the PBS site in archives for 30 days after the event concludes.

Forum Agenda:

9:05        Mike Preston – Opening Remarks (video)

9:15        Broadband Development Group Presentation of Report + Q&A

                Lou McAlister, CEO, Broadband Development Group

                Tom Flak, CTO, Broadband Development Group

FORUM DISCUSSION #1 (PANEL: Internet Service Provider Conversation & Feedback + Q&A)

9:45        Jeffrey Zern, VP, Broadband Expansion Strategy, Windstream

                Bob Mouser, SVP & General Manager of Hometown Services, Ritter Communications

                Doug Maglothin, Diamond State Networks, Director of Operations, Electric Cooperatives

                Jason Hunt, CEO,  CableSouth/Swyft Connect

10:30     **10 Minute Break**

FORUM DISCUSSION #2 (Stakeholder Conversation & Feedback)

10:40     Philip Powell, Assistant Director, Local Affairs & Rural Development, Farm Bureau

10:50     Angie Cooper, Chief Program Officer, Heartland Forward  

11:00     Comments from the floor

11:30     Event Concludes