More than 100 exhibitors—including 37 new exhibitors—showed
off the latest in rural broadband services and products at RTIME.
New this year, Expo Plus allowed broadband-company general
managers to make appointments with exhibitors for one-on-one
demonstrations and discussions. The feedback on Expo Plus
was so positive that plans are already underway to continue the
program next year.
Concurrent RTIME sessions were broken into two tracks—the Telco Track and Director
Track—that were well attended. A packed house greeted “The Internet of Everything”
with John McDonald, CEO of Clear Object, as he showed how everyday devices are
becoming smarter—with the power to create and destroy businesses.
Future Trends, Through the Eyes of Experts
Cybersecurity expert Marcus Sachs walked
attendees through different types of cyber
threats, and Dr. James Oliver at Iowa State
University showed how augmented reality can be
used to help the future workforce. NTCA used the
latest technology to highlight what was happening at RTIME—for both attendees who couldn’t be
everywhere at once, and for those rural-broad-band fans who couldn’t attend RTIME—through
NTCA Live, an online platform that streamed
RTIME highlights across the internet.
Add the NTCA Rural Broadband PAC Annual Awards breakfast, tours of
Waco and the Magnolia Market, the Foundation for Rural Service golf
outing and fun-filled evening at Austin’s Rattle Inn, and the Smart Rural
Community Grant and Showcase Award recipients—not to mention
the approval of amendments to NTCA’s bylaws—and you have a
good sense of all that went into the RTIME experience.