2019 Broadband Communities Summit
 

Agenda for the CLIC Half-Day Program:
April 8,  2:00 pm – 5:15 pm

An Action Plan for Local Internet Choice in 2019 and Beyond 

Great nations are built on great cities and towns. Over the last few years, local communities across America have come to realize that their ability to achieve greatness, or even success, in the years ahead will increasingly depend on their ability to acquire affordable access to fiber-rich communications networks. That is so because fiber networks, like electric power systems a century ago, are platforms and drivers of simultaneous progress in just about everything that is important to communities, including economic development, education, public safety, health care, transportation, environmental protection, energy, government services, democratic discourse, entertainment and much more.

Today, a large and rapidly growing number of communities are aggressively seeking access to advanced communications capabilities by working with willing incumbent carriers, entering into public-private partnerships with new entrants, building their own networks or developing other creative approaches. In these endeavors, the key to successful outcomes is the ability to choose among the options that work best for the community.

Unfortunately, in some 20 states, local internet choice is constrained by legal or other barriers.  Moreover, the “model state code” developed by the Federal Communications Commission’s industry-dominated Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee may result in new barriers being proposed in many other states in 2019.

CLIC and its allies must redouble efforts to make local internet choice a national priority at all levels of government, to oppose new state barriers and to roll back as many of the existing barriers as possible.

Join us in Austin, on April 8th for our next half-day CLIC program, where we will bring together some of the key thought leaders in our field, review what we’ve learned from 2017-18 and further develop a game plan for all of us in the CLIC community — government officials, private sector leaders, community advocates and many others — to be as effective as possible in 2019.

 

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 

Washington 2019: Challenges and Opportunities for the Local Broadband Future 
2019 is proving to be a pivotal year for local governments and broadband planning. Both the new Congress and the Trump administration have been discussing infrastructure funding and there is speculation about the potential for bipartisan collaboration on rural broadband funding. The FCC will complete several major regulatory initiatives, some of which may seek to intrude upon traditional local powers. The USDA’s new $600 million in rural broadband funds are rolling out, as are the FCC’s expanded rural health care programs. In this session, we will explore what this new reality in D.C. means for local internet choice and how CLIC and its members and allies will continue to make the most of the opportunities that 2019 presents. 

Moderators:
Jim Baller
(CLIC President) & Joanne Hovis (CLIC CEO)


3:00 pm - 4:00pm

The States and BDAC: What it Means for Local Internet Choice
What has the 2019 legislative session meant for local internet choice and for the future of broadband in our local communities? Has the anti-local choice state "model" code of the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) led to new state barriers to local broadband and public-private partnerships? This session will address these questions and how we can continue to protect and promote local broadband authority at the state level. 

Moderators:
Jim Baller
(CLIC President) & Joanne Hovis (CLIC CEO)  


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In a Partisan Era Local Broadband Transcends Partisanship  
Broadband is a community issue, not a partisan one. In this session, a group of experienced city officials and broadband advocates will discuss the unifying, non-partisan elements of broadband for communities and will recommend strategic, nonpartisan approaches to managing the politics of local broadband initiatives. Learn from the experts about what made their approach to broadband a success in their communities. 

Moderators:
Catharine Rice
(CLIC Project Director) & McKenzie Schnell (CLIC Legal Advisor)  


5:00 pm

The Path to 2020

Speakers:
Jim Baller (CLIC President) & Joanne Hovis (CLIC CEO)  

 

 

 

Copyright © Broadband Properties, LLC