Connect Michigan Announces Keynotes For Broadband Conference

LANSING — Connect Michigan has announced two keynote speakers who will headline its 2015 Michigan Broadband Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Lansing Center.

Jay Elliot, technology executive and best-selling author of “The Steve Jobs Way” and “Leading Apple with Steve Jobs,” will present the lunch keynote address sponsored by Frontier Communications.

Also, Matthew DelNero, the Chief of the Federal Communications
Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau, will close the event.

“Each year, we build on the success of the previous years, gaining more momentum and providing perspectives from technology leaders across the country,” said Eric Frederick, Connect Michigan executive director. “The Michigan Broadband Conference is where connections are made, ideas are explored, and best practices are highlighted. This year will be no exception.”

Elliot was a senior member of the original Macintosh development team and helped Jobs develop the original user interface inspired by Xerox PARC. Eventually becoming senior vice president of Apple, reporting directly to Jobs, Elliot ran all corporate operations including business planning, IT operations, facilities, and HR for Apple worldwide. As a mentor, Elliot was able to guide Jobs in learning and applying the management principles Elliot had learned at IBM and Intel, which helped to boost Apple into a multibillion dollar company and helped develop Jobs into an inspirational leader with the ability to create the society-changing Apple products.

DelNero leads the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau, where he leads a team of some 160 attorneys, economists, and other professionals who work to ensure that all Americans have access to robust, affordable broadband and voice services. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler appointed DelNero to this position in May. DelNero previously served as deputy chief of the bureau, beginning in February 2014. During that time he played a leading role in the bureau’s efforts regarding the nation’s transition to all-IP networks, the development of rules to protect and promote an oipen internet, and consumer privacy.

The conference will bring together nationally recognized broadband and technology experts, local leaders and state innovators to discuss best practices and insights into using technology for improved community and economic development, education, digital literacy, healthcare, and workforce development. In 2014, more than 700 participants attended the conference onsite and remotely via live stream.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Eric Frederick at or visit to register and join a growing list of sponsors that includes, AARP,, Agri-Valley Services, CenturyLink, Clark-Hill PLC, Comlink, Courtland Consulting, Frontier Communications, the Library of Michigan, Lynx Network Group, Michigan Farm Bureau, the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, Peninsula Fiber Group, Spectrum Business, and US Signal.

To register for the 2015 Michigan Broadband Conference, please visit

In partnership with the Michigan Public Service Commission, Connect Michigan is working to ensure that all Michiganders can experience the benefits of broadband. More at

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