2016 Broadband Communities Summit

CLIC BCC Preconference Day Date:
Monday, April 4, 2016


Join the Coalition for Local Internet Choice for a day of learning and discussion about how to overcome barriers that impede development of advanced communications networks. Our interactive panels of experts will share best practices and experiences about developing robust, resilient network strategies — including a full range of public-private partnerships — and overcoming a range of barriers that limit community Internet choice, including political, legal, financial, market, and resource barriers.

8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(Open to all Conference Attendees)

8:45 - 9:00 a.m.
Welcome to Austin & Introductions
Jim Baller – President, CLIC
Joanne Hovis – CEO, CLIC
Steve Traylor – Executive Director, NATOA


A Discussion of How Successful Community-Led Networks Have Responded to Barriers and Challenges

9:00-10:00 am
Overcoming Legal and Political Barriers: Strategies to Advocate for Your Community’s Authority

Jim Baller
– President, CLIC

Deb Socia – Executive Director, Next Century Cities
Heather Burnett Gold – CEO, Fiber to the Home Council
Ellen Satterwhite – Director, Glen Echo Group, Washington, D.C
Marcia Rubensohn – Legislative Affairs Counsel, Georgia Municipal League

10:00-10:15 am

10:15 – 11:15 am    
Overcoming Financial Barriers: Strategies to Identify and Use Funding Sources to Finance Networks from Build-outs to Upgrades

Gail M. Roper – CIO, St. Joe Company

NTIA Representative
J. Guevara – Economic Development Manager, Santa Cruz, CA
Jeremy Pietzold – City Council President, City of Sandy
Robert Wack – City Council President, Westminster, MD
Sandeep Taxali – Senior Policy Analyst and Broadband Development Specialist – NTIA/US Department of Commerce      

11:15 am – 12:15 pm         
Overcoming Market Barriers: Strategies to Maximize the Use and Benefits of the Network Once You Have It

Jane Patterson – President, The View Forward-Go Forward, CLIC Board of Advisors, Chapel Hill, NC

Lev Gonick – CEO, OneCommunity
Danna Bailey – Vice President, Corporate Communications, EPB, Chattanooga, TN
Mark Johnson – Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Data Architecture, MCNC
Terry Huval – Utility Director, Lafayette Utilities System, Lafayette, LA

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm 
Lunch Keynote

Joanne Hovis – CEO, CLIC

Keynote Speaker:
Yiaway Yeh – Strategic Initiatives Lead, Google Fiber National Expansion Team


Public-Private Partnerships

1:15 – 1:45 pm   
An Introductory Survey of Business Models and Legal Considerations in Building Broadband Public-Private Partnerships
Communities that do not operate their own utilities, and even some that do, are finding that public-private partnerships (PPPs) may be the best solution for them. Such PPPs can come in many shapes and sizes. This session will present a detailed analysis of the full range of business models—from full public risk to full private risk, and all the shared-risk variations in between. We will also present an overview of the legal issues (state, local and federal) that may arise for communities in such partnerships.

Jim Baller – President, CLIC

Joanne Hovis – CEO, CLIC  
Ashley Stelfox – General Counsel, CLIC

1:45 pm – 3:15pm   
Private Perspectives on Partnerships: Meet the Private Sector Gigabit Partners
This session will showcase a number of private sector broadband companies who are seeking partnerships with localities for their common Gigabit future.

Lev Gonick – CEO, One Community, and member, CLIC Board of Advisors

Elliot Noss – CEO, Tucows Inc. and TING Internet
Ben Bawtree-Jobson – CEO, SiFi Networks 
Nicholas Hann – Senior Managing Director, Macquarie Capital/Macquarie Group Limited 
Bob Nichols – CEO, Declaration Networks Group
Derek Slater – Policy Manager, Google, San Francisco, CA
Steve Biggerstaff – President, MetroNet

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm   

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm   
Public Perspectives on Partnerships: Lessons Learned and Best Practices
In this session you will hear from localities on what strategies, business models, and technical efforts led to successful public and public-private partnerships for their Gigabit futures.

Catharine Rice – Project Director, CLIC

Elin Katz – Consumer Counsel, Office of Consumer Counsel, State of Connecticut, New Britain, CT
Jon Gant – Director, UC2B
Chris Mitchell – Community Networks Director, ISLR
Gabriel Garcia – Director, Senior Counsel, General Counsel, Legal Services, CPS Energy, San Antonio, TX
Drew Clark – Chairman and Publisher, BroadbandBreakfast.com; Of Counsel, Best Best & Krieger, President, Rural Telecommunications Congress

5:00 pm   
Closing Remarks



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