CHICAGO — Terrapinn/Total Telecom acquired Broadband Communities, owner of the annual Broadband Communities Summit that brings education and innovation in the broadband technologies industry to professionals, companies and stakeholders.
The 2024 Broadband Communities Summit is expected to attract more than 1,200 registrants and will provide networking opportunities and connect buyers and sellers over the course of three days at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center in Houston.
“For Broadband Communities, the acquisition gives access to a multitude of resources that were simply not possible to finance for a small independent show, and it brings in new blood, vision and enthusiasm,” Broadband Communities CEO Barbara DeGarmo said. “We had a big jump between 2021 and 2022 shows and 2023 showed healthy gains as well — exceeding pre-pandemic attendance numbers. As for what will be the same, the BBC staff is intact, and I’m sure attendees will find the same helpful and “yes, we can do that for you” crew they’ve come to expect.”
The acquisition of Broadband Communities, an events and publishing business focused on providing broadband services in the U.S., will help to expand Total Telecom’s U.S. business. Total Telecom was purchased by Terrapinn in 2004, and it has a portfolio of communications events, including Connected Britain, Connected North, Total Telecom Congress and Submarine Networks EMEA.
“Broadband Communities gives them another presence in the U.S. with a loyal and enthusiastic attendee base. The Summit is a show with a somewhat different twist from the other broadband-oriented events in that we have a large contingent of attendees and exhibitors from the multiple dwelling unit side. We also have very good and very strong relations with broadband associations who give us a leg up in terms of creating a relevant and exciting program,” DeGarmo said.
Reach Barbara DeGarmo at email@example.com