Next week (May 3, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM) Redwood Coast Rural Action (a group of community leaders from Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity and Mendocino Counties) will host Broadband Forum III at the Arcata Community Center.

This year’s theme is:
Rural Connections: Where Should We Fit in California’s Broadband Future?

The Keynote Speaker is Sunne Wright McPeak, President and Chief Executive Officer, of the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF).

This Forum will also feature presentations from local members of the Governor’s Broadband Task Force, business and education members, and leaders in technology development.

Sounds good. I will be there. If you want to attend you should contact Connie Stewart by the 27th since there’s a freee lunch involved!

But really, I am getting exhausted by all the talking about broadband. We should get the alternate fiber built now and move on. We should get true broadband distributed to every nook and cranny of the region. There’s so much happening and that will happen that already presumes a healthy telcommunications infrastructure. I am hoping this Forum will be more about that than the nuts and bolts of laying pipe.