OneCommunity presented their annual Report to the Community at Shaker LaunchHouse in Shaker Heights, Ohio. It was a fitting setting for the innovative group.
After some networking time, OneCommunity CEO Lev Gonick welcomed the crowd and gave some success stories and examples from the annual report.
He explained that the 3 key messages of OneCommunity are to Engage the community, Partner with the Community and to Celebrate. He also gave examples of the creative successes resulting from the intersection of traditional disciplines. OneCommunity CEO Lev Gonick with the annual report
Lev Gonick, CEO of OneCommunity
Lev and OneCommunity presented some awards to community partners.
Along with those awards, the inaugural OneCommunity Broadband Hero Award was given to Susan Crawford for her body of work which, combining scholarship with activism, and policy work with a commitment to an open Internet, has exerted a far-reaching influence on our times.
Lev Gonick and University Hospitals
Lev Gonick and Sam Krichevsky, COO of LaunchHouse
Lev Gonick and Susan Crawford
Susan Crawford is a professor at Cardozo Law School, author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age
, and a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where she leads the Telecommunications Equality Project in making the case for affordable high-speed Internet access for all. She is also a former special assistant to President Barack Obama for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy.
After her keynote adress, Ms Crawford took questions from the audience. The first question was about the opposition of the telecom industry to affordable high-speed Internet access for all.
The next question was question was about how the first question that businesses ask when looking at a location is about the high-speed Internet but as a country we don't publish the availability and cost of broadband because of security.
Scott Garson asking a question
She was also asked what she saw as the greatest impact on society of having inexpensive high capacity broadband access.
Lev Gonick, CEO of OneCommunity said that OneCommunity is ready to work with any mayors and cities that want to bring Gigabit Fiber Services to their communities. Shaker Heights Mayor Earl Leiken, outgoing OneCommunity board chair Dorothy Baunach and Sam Krichevsky, COO of LaunchHouse unfurled a banner that will be hang from poles in the city near LaunchHouse that shows the Gigabit fiber access. The banner unfurling concluded OneCommunity's Annual Report to the Community at Shaker LaunchHouse.
Lev Gonick, Dorothy Baunach, Shaker Heights Mayor Earl Leiken
and Sam Krichevsky unfurl the banner
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