2017 Broadband Communities Summit

Rural Broadband Track

Broadband Communities Summit
Dallas, Texas – May 1 – 4, 2017

 

Tuesday, May 2

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Track Session
A VOICE FROM WASHINGTON
How the Universal Service Fund Reforms Are Rolling Out

How to make sure that the reforms to the Universal Service Fund help advance the needs for getting broadband, including eRate and Health Connect fund, to Rural America

Moderator:
Keith Montgomery
– CFO, Declaration Networks, Group, Inc.


4:10 pm – 5:00 pm
Track Session
BUILDING BETTER BROADBAND
Case Studies in Rural Deployment: New York State's Broadband Buildout

How the state-run infrastructure project is tackling high-quality connectivity for citizens of the state, including rural areas.

Moderator:
Drew Clark
– President, Rural Telecommunications Congress; Editor & Publisher, BroadbandBreakfast.com

Panelist:
Hon. Kirsten Gillibrand
– Senator, New York (Invited)

 

 

Wednesday, May 3

9:00 am – 9:50 am
Track Session
BUILDING BETTER BROADBAND
Broadband is the New Coal: How Appalachia is Tackling Broadband

What the Appalachian Regional Commission has done in spurring the development of broadband from Kentucky to Pennsylvania

Moderator:
Eric Ogle
– Treasurer, Rural Telecommunications Congress; Research Associate, University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy

Panelists:
Mark DeFalco
– Appalachian Regional Commission
Brian Rathbone – Broadband Planner, Broadband Catalysts


10:00 am – 10:50 am
Track Session
USING BETTER BROADBAND
Learn from the Winners

(Presented with NTCA)
Find out what earned three showcase communications companies the NTCA’s prestigious Smart Rural Community Showcase Award, given for promoting rural broadband networks and the broadband-enabled applications that communities can leverage to foster innovative economic development, commerce, education, health care, government services, public safety and security and more efficient energy distribution and use.

Presenter:
Josh Seidemann
– Vice President of Policy, NTCA


2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Track Session
USING BETTER BROADBAND
Fiber-Based Incubators and Tech Hives

For most communities that develop or partner for high-speed broadband network, economic development and job creation is the primary motivation.  Some particularly innovative communities are taking the next step and developing incubators that cultivate and support new businesses.  These communities are leveraging their connectivity to attract new entrepreneurs and high-tech companies into their community.  Our panelists each have experience working with fiber-based incubators and will talk about some of the positive outcomes and lessons learned.  

Moderator:
Gene Crick
– Rural Telecommunications Congress

Panelists:
Doug Dawson 
– President,  CCG Consulting
Jason Stambaugh – MAGIC Project, Westminster, MD


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Track Session
BETTER BROADBAND POLICY
Paying for the Last Mile: Check Out This Essential Service Approach that Pays for the Last Mile
There are proven models (e.g. electrical co-ops, gas utilities) to finance broadband in higher-cost areas by approaching it as an essential service. This session will examine a new way to fund the last mile by combining Broadband Improvement Districts, cost reduction financing and local economic growth in a manner that is sustainable and low risk. And if you're wondering if it's a solution for a problem that doesn't exist.... Recent SNG research reveals that rural broadband subscribers receive half the bandwidth for the same price as their urban counterparts. Furthermore, subscribers with one broadband provider are getting less than half the bandwidth that subscribers with two or more providers get in their area -- again for the same price. There are still far too many unserved and underserved areas and the current business case approach is not addressing their needs. 

Moderator:
Michael Curri
– Founder & President, Strategic Networks Group, Inc.

Panelist:
Bruce Patterson
– Technology Director, City of Ammon, Idaho

 

 

Thursday, May 4

9:10 am – 10:00 am
Track Session
USING BETTER BROADBAND
Using Open Access as a Tool for Rural Areas
Providing affordable broadband for rural America is a cost and funding challenge.  Rural areas and smaller communities continue to search for ways to make providing broadband justifiable and sustainable to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural.   This session will feature industry expert panelists to discuss open access for middle mile and last mile networks and various ownership models available for rural America.

Moderator:
Joel Mulder
– Vice President of Sales, ex2 Technology


10:10 am – 11:00 am
Track Session
USING BETTER BROADBAND
Rural Quality of Life; Balancing Digital Opportunities and Disruptions

The growth mindset, lifelong learning, changing nature of work, and the search for stability and sustainability amid a world of accelerating change. What the smaller rural communities can learn to do for themselves to be prepared, once broadband is available.

Moderator:
Frank Odasz
– President, Lone Eagle Consulting


11:10 am – 12:00 pm
Track Session
BETTER BROADBAND POLICY
Revising the Telecom Act to Meet the Needs of Rural America

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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