Originally posted on LinkedIn Pulse by Ilissa Miller

Ilissa MillerDon’t you find, that in today’s dynamic, digital world, we sometimes find ourselves so caught up in convenience and seamlessness of advancing technology that we forget the importance of face-to-face interaction?

Video conferencing can’t replace a real in-person connection. Today, there are over 3 billion Internet users in the world – approximately 40% of the world’s population. An indispensable business tool, this network of networks has provided its users with an endless volume of advantages. As the Internet proliferates, however, so do inconsistencies in connectivity, resiliency and security, stemming largely from limited US interconnection options and lack of competitive Internet exchanges. Overcoming these Internet challenges will take motivation, inspiration and strategic exchange of information that can only be facilitated through direct connections in an open and neutral environment. America’s Interconnection Summit (AIS) has been master-planned to provide just that.

The inaugural AIS event, taking place April 7-10, 2015 at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, CA, fosters real-time connections between influential Internet community members, industry veterans and thought-leaders, and decision-makers for interconnection and related services aimed at networks around the globe. This includes Internet Service Providers, Content Providers and Content Delivery Networks, Data Center and Internet Exchange Operators, and related network hardware and software suppliers interested in discussing peering and interconnection industry trends and topics, with the ultimate goal of increasing the reliability, resiliency and competitiveness of massive-scale interconnection for all.

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