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White House Official to Headline Broadband Stimulus National Town Hall Meeting on June 4

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A special live Webcast event presented by TV Worldwide, National League of Cities TV, TV Mainstream and

Press Release

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2009 - Jim Kohlenberger, Chief of Staff in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, has confirmed that he will headline the Broadband Stimulus National Town Hall Meeting, live on the Internet, on Thursday, June 4, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET.

The free webcast is being produced by, in cooperation with TV Worldwide, National League of Cities TV, and TV Mainstream.

Registration is available at

With the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) scheduled to release their first Notices of Funds Availability (NoFA) by the end of June, the topic of broadband stimulus remains extremely timely. Applicants will be expected to know and understand the landscape as they prepare their submissions.

This June 4 webcast is the first of two planned town hall meetings on the broadband stimulus. The second, a the Broadband Stimulus Workshop Webcast, is planned for Thursday, July 9, 2009, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. That is after the expected release of the NoFA.

Registration for the June 4 event is available at

The webcast will be jointly hosted by Drew Clark, Executive Director of and Marty Stern, Partner at K&L Gates. This webcast will focus on three areas with discussion by the following speakers:

Special Introductory Remarks

  • Jim Kohlenberger, Chief of Staff, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

The Broadband Stimulus and Tribal Initiatives

  • Deswood Tome, Executive Director, Navajo Nation Telecommunications Regulatory Authority

Scoring Grants - The latest thinking on how projects will be evaluated. What we know and what we've learned from other grant programs that can be applied to the broadband stimulus:

  • Joanne Hovis, Columbia Telecommunications Corporation
  • Lisa Scalpone, Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs, WildBlue
  • Scott Wallsten, Vice President, Research, Technology Policy Institute
  • Rich Wonders, Vice President, Strategic Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent

Show me the Money - What sources of private financing are available to help capitalize broadband stimulus projects

  • John Badal, CEO, Sacred Wind Communications
  • James Owen, Director, Bank Street Group
  • Tim Nulty, Chairman, ECFiberNet, the East Central Vermont Community Fiber-Optic Network

Public Private Partnerships - What are they expected to look like and how important will they be to a successful grant application

  • Jim Baller, President, Baller Herbst Law Group
  • Jonathan Banks, Senior Vice President, Law and Policy, US Telecom Association
  • John Goodman, President and CEO, A-Vu Media
  • Dan Gillison, National Director, State and Local, and Public Safety Sales, Sprint Nextel Corporation

For individuals  whose schedule do not permit attendance during the live broadcast, archived recordings of the event will be available on TV Mainstream.

Logistical Details

Thursday, June 4, 2009 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET

Online Webcast

To register: Click here to register for the webcast

Drew Clark is the Editor and Publisher of and President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress. He is an attorney who works with cities, communities and companies to promote the benefits of internet connectivity. The articles and posts on and affiliated social media, including the BroadbandCensus Twitter feed are not legal advice or legal services, do not constitute the creation of an attorney-client privilege, and represent the views of their respective authors.

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