I'm at David Isenberg's Freedom to Connect Conference in Silver Spring MD, i.e. in Washington DC, almost.
There no coverage of wireless, but an excellent roster of speakers and panelists on the Fiber and on the political layers both in the US and internationally.
I particularly liked this morning's panel of six separate entrepreneurs who are running local fiber networks w/o government subsidy:
Big Enough to Succeed: small carriers at the leading edge — entrepreneurial (non-Municipal) carriers show a fourth way (after Telco, Cable and Muni) to the future of connectivity. (60 min)
- John Brown, CityLink Telecommunications
- Gary Evans, Hiawatha Broadband Communications
- Ken Johnson, Conneaut Telephone Company
- Pat Kennedy, Lit San Leandro
- Levi Maaia, Full Channel
- Leslie Nulty, ValleyNet
They are each building fiber access networks independent of the incumbents or the Federal or local government (although all have to deal with local governments of course). Each story is different, but that's excellent. It means there are multiple paths forward.