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NATOA’s 31st Annual Conference a Resounding Success

September 27, 2011 9:47 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 27, 2011 – Last week the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) held its 31st Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA. The conference featured a dynamic speaker roster including keynotes from Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark, Google Vice President Milo Medin, Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and NTIA Deputy Assistant Secretary Anna Gomez.

With more than 25 dynamic general sessions, keynotes and panels including a full-day pre-conference workshop on Using Broadband to Deliver Local Government Savings and a hands-on programmers training at Bay Area Video Coalition, the four-day event was received with great enthusiasm by more than 280 NATOA members, sponsors, exhibitors and industry colleagues in attendance.

Awards presentations included the 2011 Jane Lawton Commemorative Award to City of Lenexa Councilmember Andy Huckaba; NATOA Member of the Year to Best Best & Krieger’s Gerry Lederer; the Brian Wilson Memorial Award for Programming Excellence to Keith Reeves; and NATOA’s prestigious Community Broadband Awards to a handful of exceptional leaders and innovative programs that champion broadband deployment in local communities nationwide. The program culminated with the 26th Annual Government Programming Awards during a celebration held Friday, September 23 at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District Hotel.

Sponsors and exhibitors of the event included Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Best Best & Krieger LLP, Calix, Ciena, Columbia Telecommunications Corp., Comcast, Constant Contact, Google, Granicus, Kissinger & Fellman, LightSquared, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, and Playbox Technology.