Rural Telecommunications Congress Announces World-Class Agenda for 2005 Conference in Lexington, Kentucky

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 23, 2005  
Contact Information:  Jeff Rose

Frankfort, Kentucky, August 23, 2005: The 2005 Rural Telecommunications Congress is expected to be the highest-impact rural technology conference in the United States. The Commonwealth of Kentucky is hosting the Ninth Annual Congress October 9-12 in Lexington. 

The October conference is set to address important technology issues including: broadband infrastructure expansion; technology-based community and economic development; state success stories; e-health and education applications; and broadband policy and regulation.  Themed “States as Broadband Laboratories,” the Congress will bring together government leaders from federal, state and local levels; technology professionals from a broad range of fields; and small and rural business owners to Lexington, corresponding with the fall horse racing meet at Lexington’s Keeneland Race Track. Space will be limited to the first 500 registrants. To register or find additional information about the Congress visit

Speakers at the event include Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher, Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-5), University of Kentucky Head Basketball Coach Tubby Smith, Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-Chair Anne Pope, and Office for the Advancement of Telehealth Director Dena Puskin.  Each of these exciting keynote speakers brings to the conference a different and appealing perspective on the importance of broadband technology and its impact on community and economic development.

In 2004, Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher unveiled his Prescription for Innovation, a comprehensive technology deployment and adoption plan.  The initiative was featured in July at the National Governors' Association annual meeting in Des Moines, Iowa; and the Federal Communications Commission recently recognized that Kentucky leads the nation in growth rate of broadband subscribers over the previous two years.

Congressman Hal Rogers, representing Kentucky's fifth district, serves as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security and has long been a proponent of broadband technology and its positive impact on economic development in rural communities. 

Coach Tubby Smith, Head Basketball Coach at the University of Kentucky, has lead the Wildcats to one national championship, five SEC Tournament titles, and six Sweet 16 finishes, since taking the job in 1997.  However, it is Coach Smith's service work in the Lexington, Kentucky area that sets him apart in the ranks of college coaches.  Coach Smith's charitable foundation, Tubby's Clubhouse, is dedicated to bridging the technology education gap for middle school students in Kentucky.  In conjunction with Dell's TechKnow program, Tubby's Clubhouse has graduated 216 middle school students from the summer education program.

Federal Co-Chair Anne Pope leads the Appalachian Regional Commission, a federal-state partnership committed to improving the quality of life of citizens living in the Appalachian Region in nine states.  Understanding the potential impact of broadband technology in rural communities, Co-Chair Pope and the Appalachian Regional Commission have long supported technology efforts and initiatives impacting the lives of Appalachian people. 

Director Dena Puskin represents the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, a division of the Health and Resource Service Administration.  Dedicated to the implementation and development of telehealth services, the Office of the Advancement of Telehealth works to widen the adoption of advanced technologies.  Telehealth technology assists in providing the best health services to remote areas with increased technology applications. 

Those interested in registering or sponsoring this important event may contact Kyle Lanphear at 270-781-4320 or