Arkansas Farm Bureau is bringing together government and industry leaders to discuss the future of connectivity in the state of Arkansas during the Arkansas Connectivity Summit, September 8, 2021, at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
The summit’s focus is to develop plans to improve high-speed, broadband connectivity and cellular connectivity in Arkansas. Featured guests will include government and community leaders, industry stakeholders and others. The summit’s keynote speakers will be the Governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson and Commissioner Brendan Carr of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Aristotle Broadband will have a booth on the convention floor. Aristotle is committed to bringing Broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities in Arkansas. Aristotle CEO, Elizabeth Bowles, is currently the Chair of the FCC Broadband Deployment Committee that is working to develop policies that eliminate barriers to broadband deployment nationwide. “We look forward to sharing with you what we’re doing to make this happen.”
Event sponsors include the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas, the Association of Arkansas Counties, Arkansas Municipal League and the Arkansas Hospital Association. The summit will include sessions on the history of broadband connectivity in the state, best practices from other states, mobile phone connectivity challenges, and technology and competition issues. There will also be official legislative committee meetings on site.
“Connectivity – both broadband and cellular – is one of the most important issues Arkansas is facing, and how we address the challenge will impact the future of the state’s rural communities and economic development as a whole,” said Stanley Hill, Arkansas Farm Bureau vice president of public affairs and government relations. “We are excited to bring government and industry leaders together to discuss the future of connectivity in Arkansas and develop plans that will ensure all Arkansans have the access they need for businesses, schools and daily life.”