On May 12, the third Annual Emerging Technologies Conference was hosted by the California Department of Technology at the Sacramento Convention Center. This forum was designed to encourage innovative thinking, enhance technical skills and education, and promote collaborative networking. One of the keynote general sessions focused on broadband in California, noting that while the state is a leader in developing broadband infrastructure, thousands of Californians remain offline.
Rob Osborn (Senior Analyst, California Public Utilities Commission) moderated this plenary session, and panel members were Anne Neville (Director, California Research Bureau), Sunne Wright McPeak (President & CEO, California Emerging Technologies Fund), Eric Brown (President & CEO, California Telehealth Network), Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia, and Louis Fox (President & CEO, CENIC). The panel focused on California’s progress in closing the digital divide, current and future initiatives, and broadband adoption.
CENIC’s CEO, Louis Fox, highlighted CENIC's recently announced peering agreement with the California Department of Technology’s network, and he announced a new initiative with the City of Los Angeles (more on this in the article above), bringing together California’s research universities and LA’s ambitious open data initiative. The conference was attended by state and local government officials and private sector businesses that do business with government.
To watch the panel on video, click here >