Connecting Arkansas Internet Conference Set for Sept. 25-26

The Connecting Arkansas Internet Conference, scheduled for Sept. 25-26 at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Little Rock, will provide a big-picture look at high-speed Internet in Arkansas and how it impacts local communities.

The event is sponsored by Connect Arkansas, a project of the Arkansas Capital Corporation.

Connect Arkansas estimates that 30 percent of Arkansans don't have access to high-speed Internet from home and most of that number indicating they can't afford to have it or don't believe it's beneficial to them to have it.

The conference will look at the challenges of delivering high-speed Internet to all Arkansans and how local, regional, and state leaders from both the public and private sectors are working to address them. It will include Gov. Mike Beebe and a lineup of national and local speakers who will discuss how high-speed Internet affects areas such as health care, education, government, agriculture and economic development.

"The Internet has become an integral part of life, and Arkansans deserve every opportunity to participate," said Sam Walls III, senior vice president of Connect Arkansas. "This conference is a platform for both leaders and citizens around the state to discuss the impact of high-speed Internet on Arkansans."

The event is open to the public, but space is limited. A $25 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch. The full conference agenda is available here.