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Utah Broadband Project Hosts 2013 Broadband Tech Summit

October 21 2013 - 3:30 pm

For Immediate Release
October 21, 2013

Kelleigh Cole
Manager, Utah Broadband Project
Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Utah Broadband Project Hosts 2013 Broadband Tech Summit

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Broadband Project and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) will be hosting the 2013 Broadband Tech Summit on October 24, 2013 at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah.

Broadband infrastructure is a vital component in GOED’s information technology and software development economic cluster.  The summit will feature breakout sessions on social media, website development, digital marketing, commercial broadband, smart schools and broadband planning for local governments.

Spencer P. Eccles, executive director of GOED will host the event. As the executive director, he oversees all business, tourism and film development, including international trade for the State of Utah.

“Utah has received national recognition for its extensive broadband infrastructure and high broadband adoption rate,” said Kelleigh Cole, manager of the Utah Broadband Project. “This free Summit will focus on how Utah can maximize this infrastructure to greater grow our economy, improve on many aspects of our community and increase adoption throughout the state.”

Featured keynote speaker, Bhargav J. Shah, is the senior vice president of technology at and is responsible for providing vision and leadership for developing and implementing technology initiatives within the organization as well as influencing business strategy through the innovative use of technology.

Glenn Ricart, founder and CTO of US Ignite, will give a morning keynote address at the event. US Ignite is a non-profit organization catalyzing new applications based on next-generation Internet technology. In August 2013, Ricart was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame for implementing the first Internet interconnection point.

Featured speaker Matthew Might is an assistant professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah and a cybersecurity expert. Might has received research funding to investigate automated performance optimization, automated security analysis, provably secure software, high-performance next-generation programming languages and medical robotics safety verification.

With support from Broadband Tech Summit partners CenturyLink, Comcast, Google Fiber, Vivint iSchool Campus, Utah Rural Telecom Association, XMission, and Ballard Sphar, attendees will  benefit from workshops that focus on aiding community planners, economic developers, government officials, business leaders, educators and other stakeholders in learning strategies to better improve broadband access, adoption and technology usage throughout the state.

For more information about the 2013 Utah Broadband Tech Summit visit:


About the Utah Broadband Project
The Utah Broadband Project is a joint effort between the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Public Service Commission (PSC), and the Department of Technology Services’ Automated Geographic Reference Center (AGRC) to develop a statewide map of available broadband services and a plan to increase broadband adoption and deployment in Utah. The Project maintains Utah’s interactive broadband availability map, and works with broadband providers to gather and verify data twice each year.  The Utah Broadband Project has won several awards, including a 2011 GovMark Council Award and the 2011 January Achievement Award from the Utah Product Management Council.

About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission. For more information please contact: Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or