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Financing of Public Private Partnerships Focus of Pre-Conference Workshop on Monday at Broadband Summit

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David Shaw, Shareholder at Kirton McConkie
David Shaw, Shareholder at Kirton McConkie

Lev Gonick, CEO of OneCommunity in Cleveland
Lev Gonick, CEO of OneCommunity in Cleveland

AUSTIN, April 10, 2015 - One of the most promising aspects of the revived interest in community broadband networks is the great availability of opportunities for public-private partnerships to build or enhance next-generation internet infrastructure.

This year, at the Broadband Communities Summit next week here in Austin, the main conference from April 14-April 16 will be proceeded by a special event, "Financing Fiber Networks," on Monday, April 13, 2015.

The program runs from 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., and includes panels on "Private Financing Mechanisms," "State and Regional Funding Programs," "Working Lunch and Armchair Interview between Lev Gonick of OneCommunity and Dave Shaw of Kirton McConkie," "Municipal Debt Financing and Public-Private Partnerships," "Thinking Outside the Box," and "Federal Loans, Grants and USF Support."

Among the other speakers participating in the sessions on Monday include:

The full program is available at

According the program description on the Broadband Communities web site:

Capital is once again flowing into next-generation network infrastructure, ending a long dry spell. This time around, network operators have gotten more creative about financing: They’re finding money in new places, developing new mechanisms for funding, and combining funding sources in novel ways.

There’s private money for public networks … public money for private networks … debt, equity and lease financing … and grants from sources you may not have thought of.

At the Financing Fiber Networks workshop, you’ll learn which types of funding are most suitable for your organization – and how to successfully pursue them.

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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