Written by The Independent Staff
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
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Lafayette will soon be the most wired city in the world, and our municipally-owned fiber optic network is the envy of visionaries across the country, including leaders in thriving cities like Seattle and San Francisco. How will those cities use their networks to improve the quality of life and economic development there? And can their visions help us maximize the investment we've made in Lafayette?
Hear the plans first hand from the people responsible for making things happen in two of the most vibrant cities in America. This event is the only ticketed event open to the general public during Fiber Fête, a three-day, invitation only conference designed to jump-start the economic development that LUS Fiber makes possible. (Fiber Fête registration is full.)
Seattle's chief technology officer Bill Shrier has been working to get his city wired with fiber for years, slowly deploying a citywide community anchor fiber network. Now, with a new mayor committed to see his community realize the dream of a fully fibered city, Shrier's goal is to ensure that up-to-date technology tools are used efficiently and effectively to run government and keep Seattle competitive in business. Shrier, whom Computerworld
Magazine named a Premier 100 Leader for 2010, was also recognized as one of Government Technology Magazine's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in 2008.
Called San Francisco's "tech zeitgeist" by Computerworld Magazine, chief information officer Chris Vein has also been recognized as one of the nation's Top 50 CIOs by Information Week Magazine and was named this year to the Top 25 Dreamers, Doers and Drivers list by Government Technology Magazine. Now responsible for setting the city's technology vision and direction, Chris' has worked in the public sector at Science Applications International
Corporation and, in a non-political role, at the White House, supporting three Presidents of the United States.
The speakers will be introduced by Joanne Hovis, president of Columbia Telecommunications Corporation. An attorney with a background in communications and commercial litigation and a recognized authority on the broadband market, Hovis recently testified before Congress on the economics of broadband deployment.