Broadband Opportunity Council Webinar on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET

Broadband's Impact, Press Releases May 20th, 2015

Editor’s Note – The Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration is hosting a webinar at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, to discuss the recently-announced Broadband Deployment Council. The press release is below. Broadband Opportunity Council Seeks Comment on Ways to Further Expand and Promote Broadband Deployment, Adoption and Competition FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April […]

Drew Clark Quoted in Communications Daily on Municipal Broadband and Wired West

Universal Service May 20th, 2015

In a story from Communications Daily about the progress of WiredWest, the Massachusetts-based municipal broadband effort, reporter Samantha Madison quotes me as follows. Drew Clark, of counsel to Kirton McConkie, said this is an exciting time because it’s a great implementation of the next phase of what the broadband stimulus efforts were about. States are making […]

Schools, Health and Libraries Conference a Vital Connection for Public Broadband

Education, FCC, Health, Minority, NTIA, Universal Service May 18th, 2015

Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition Conference

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2015 – More than five years after the unveiling of the National Broadband Plan, policy-makers and on-the-ground-advocates seeking to build better broadband networks will convene here this week at the annual conference of the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition.

The conference, “Enhancing Broadband Through Innovation, Investment and Inclusion,” has become the regular Washington gathering point for those engaged in public broadband initiatives.

Among the keynote and plenary sessions at this year’s conference include addresses by Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, former Virginia Gov. and Sen. George Allen, plus Mayor Jill Boudreau of Mount Vernon, Washington.

Rural Telecommunications Congress Videos and Presentations Posted

Broadband's Impact, States, Universal Service May 18th, 2015

AUSTIN, May 18, 2015 – The Rural Telecommunications Congress posted the entire video and presentations made at the recent Rural Telecommunications Congress held here last month at the Broadband Communities Summit.

The original link to the sessions is at http://www.ruraltelecon.org/2015-rtc-bbc-summit.html

2015 RTC Program Agenda and Session Content


Tuesday, April 14
3:00pm – 4:00pm: Looking Forward by Looking Back: Digital Inclusion from 1980 to Today
From the first community technology center (1980), the first community network (1986), to the first open gov/data initiative (1989), this presentation explores the history, themes, and future of our work.
Moderator:
  Jane Patterson – RTC President; President, The View Forward
        Speaker:  Anne Neville – Director, NTIA State Broadband Initiative, U.S. Department of Commerce
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Digital Nation NTIA-SBI Highlights – session audio

Anne Neville Presentation

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Drew Clark: Utah Ignite exists to find new light bulbs for the Internet age

Broadband's Impact May 18th, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY — It’s easy to plug a refrigerator, television, alarm clock or toothbrush into a wall socket. We forget the lesson that electricity became widely available only after a single application — the light bulb — caught the imagination and desire of the public. Electricity is history. Today we face the next-generation infrastructure: […]

Consider the Broadband Breakfast Club in Salt Lake City, Discussing ‘GigUtah’: How Fiber Networks Are Transforming Utah

Broadband TV, Fiber, Gigabit Networks April 28th, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY, April 28, 2015 – The Utah Breakfast Club and Broadband Breakfast Club released the video of the organizations’ most recent event, “GigUtah: How Fiber Networks Are Transforming Salt Lake City, Provo and Utah.”

Panelists from the event included:

  • Devin Baer, Head of Fiber Business, Salt Lake, Google
  • Paul Cutler, Mayor, City of Centerville
  • Brock Johansen, President, Emory Telecom, Orangeville, Utah
  • Justin Jones, Vice President, Public Policy and Communications, Salt Lake Chamber
  • David Shaw, Shareholder, Kirton McConkie; Chair, Government and Utilities Practice Group
  • Nole Walkingshaw, Manager, Institutional Engagement, Salt Lake City
  • Moderated by Drew Clark, Of Counsel, Kirton McConkie; Founder, Utah Breakfast Club

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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.

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