Financing Public-Private Fiber Networks Becoming a Reality, Say Experts at Broadband Communities Summit

Broadband Stimulus, Fiber, Gigabit Networks April 27th, 2015

Panel on Municipal Debt Financing and Public-Private Partnerships

Editor’s Note: This is one of several wrap-up articles about the 2015 Broadband Communities Summit earlier this month in Austin, Texas. For the complete list of articles from the summit, visit http://broadbandbreakfast.com/2015/04/articles-from-the-2015-broadband-communities-summit-in-austin/

AUSTIN, April 27, 2015 – Raising funds to build high-speed internet infrastructure through municipal debt financing is finally becoming a reality, according to a panel of financiers and broadband builders speaking earlier this month here at the Broadband Communities Summit.

Members of the panel, “Municipal Debt Financing and Public-Private Partnerships,” surveyed the landscape of typical municipal bond financing — traditionally used to build transportation infrastructure — and discussed how it applies in the broadband space.

While the financiers on the panel eagerly posed questions, some of the practitioners eagerly showcased models of bank-worthiness for building open-access fiber networks. [...]

Articles from the 2015 Broadband Communities Summit in Austin

Broadband's Impact April 27th, 2015

Editor’s Note: Below are links to the articles published on BroadbandBreakfast.com about the Broadband Communities Summit in Austin, Texas, from April 13-16, 2015: April 27, 2015 – Financing Public-Private Fiber Networks Becoming a Reality, Say Experts at Broadband Communities Summit April 16, 2015 - Rural Telecommunications Congress Elects New Slate of Officers April 14, 2015 - FCC […]

Don’t Turn Internet Independence Into Government Dependence

Broadband's Impact April 27th, 2015

Editor’s note: Daniel Berninger is the convener of the Tech Innovators, a coalition of individuals who helped build the Internet, including Bob Metcalfe, Bryan Martin, Charlie Giancarlo, Dave Farber, George Gilder, Jeff Pulver, John Gilmore, John Perry Barlow, Les Vadasz, Mark Cuban, Michael Robertson, Ray Ozzie, Tom Evslin and Tim Draper. April marks the 20th anniversary […]

Watch the Webcast on ‘GigUtah: How Fiber Networks Are Transforming Utah’ and Tweet to #utahbreakfast

Broadband TV, Gigabit Networks April 24th, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY, April 24, 2015 – At 2 p.m. ET, please visit to watch the Utah Breakfast Club FREE WEBCAST “GigUtah: How Fiber Networks are Transforming Salt Lake City, Provo and Utah.”

Ask your questions via Twitter, using the hashtag #utahbreakfast.

Photographs and Biographies for ‘GigUtah: How Fiber Networks Are Transforming Salt Lake City, Provo and Utah’

Broadband's Impact, Gigabit Networks April 23rd, 2015

Speakers for the Utah Breakfast Club and Broadband Breakfast Club Event 'GigUtah' Speakers for the Utah Breakfast Club and Broadband Breakfast Club Event ‘GigUtah’

From left to right, top to bottom: Devin Baer, Brock Johansen, Paul Cutler, Justin Jones, Nole Walkinshaw, David Shaw

Broadband Breakfast to Sponsor ‘GigUtah’ Luncheon Event on Friday, April 24: Register for Free

Broadband's Impact, Fiber, Gigabit Networks April 21st, 2015

SALT LAKE, April 21, 2015 – Utah’s Gigabit Networks — from Google Fiber to UTOPIA to others – will be the subject of discussion at the Utah Breakfast Club LUNCHEON event on Friday, April 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Utah State Capitol.

The Utah Breakfast Club LUNCHEON event, which will also be webcast live at UtahBreakfast.com, is being sponsored by BroadbandBreakfast.com: Lunch will be available FOR FREE to registered attendees. Register below or at the Utah Breakfast Club event page at http://UtahBreakfast.com/events.

Innovation Scorecard – CEA

Broadband's Impact April 21st, 2015

America is founded on choice, including the choice of where to live, innovate and prosper. Entrepreneurs and business owners in the U.S. have a choice when they decide to start new businesses ventures – 51 of them, really. Do they set up shop in a state with a strong talent pool, a favorable tax system […]

Drew Clark: After 50 years, Moore’s Law teaches the power in a grain of rice

Broadband's Impact April 21st, 2015

The world that we live in today is fundamentally different because of a four-page article published 50 years ago today in Electronics magazine. It is inspiring for me to try to quantify its impact. The article, “Cramming More Components onto Integrated Circuits,” was written by Gordon Moore, then director of research and development at Fairchild […]

Rural Telecommunications Congress Elects New Slate of Officers: Drew Clark as Incoming President; Jane Smith Patterson as Immediate Past President

Press Releases, Rural Utilities Service, Universal Service April 16th, 2015

AUSTIN, April 16, 2015 – The board of the directors of the Rural Telecommunications Congress voted here on Wednesday to elect a new slate of officers to lead the organization, building upon its work over the last several years.

At its annual meeting held jointly with the Broadband Communities Summit here, the Rural Telecommunications Congress unanimously approved as new officers:

  • Drew Clark, President
  • Jason Whittet, Vice President
  • Frank Odasz, Secretary
  • Eric Ogle, Treasurer
  • Jane Smith Patterson, Immediate Past President

“It is a humbling experience to be entrusted with the leadership of an organization with the history and institutional knowledge of the Rural Telecommunications Congress,” said Drew Clark, incoming President. [...]

Drew Clark, Incoming President, Rural Telecommunications Congress

Jane Smith Patterson, Immediate Past President, Rural Telecommunications Congress

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Pokes Finger in Eye of Telecom Incumbents at Broadband Communities in Austin

FCC, Gigabit Networks April 14th, 2015

AUSTIN, April 14, 2015 – The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission came to Broadband Communities Summit here to metaphorically poke his finger in the eye of the biggest incumbent communications companies.

He cited this city as Exhibit A for his mantra of “competition, competition, competition.”

And one day after the first of multiple legal challenges to the agency’s network neutrality rules, Wheeler delivered a full-throated defense of those regulations.

Wheeler also defended — to repeated applause from the crowd — a vigorous defense of municipalities and to communities’ rights to offer broadband internet services.

Chairman Tom Wheeler at the Broadband Communities Summit.

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