Economic Stimulus Plan Prompts Rescheduling of SUPERCOMM 2009 to Fall

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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Washington, DC – The owners of the reconstituted SUPERCOMM said the move from June to October was made to coincide with the anticipated arrival of Federal economic stimulus contracts in the broadband telecommunications industry.

SUPERCOMM is under new management by EXPOCOMM Events LLC, a joint venture by Reed Exhibitions and E.J. Krause & Associates, and will run October 21-23 at McCormick Place in Chicago. The show was originally scheduled for June 8-11; however, events in Washington convinced the owners of the event, the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), that it would be worth the effort to push the date back to the Fall.

President Obama’s stimulus package passed in early March includes $7 billion in grants and tax credits aimed at spurring the deployment of broadband.

Walter McCormick, president of USTelecom, said broadband was a significant segment of the SUPERCOMM market. “Our goal is to have a productive and timely forum at SUPERCOMM where all of the broadband technology stakeholders are present to realize, leverage and communicate the scope, opportunity and impact that the $7 billion stimulus package will offer,” he said.

SUPERCOMM 2009 will mark the return of the brand that had been discontinued in 2006 when USTelecom and TIA decided to stage separate events for their respective market segments. The two associations decided last Fall to join forces again as the broadband and telephone industries became more intertwined.

Reach Karen Haigh, operations director, at (203) 840-5356 or khaigh@reedexpo.com