May 29, 2020 - Broadband Breakfast announced that its Broadband Breakfast Live Online webcast series will focus in June 2020 on "Digital Infrastructure Investment," a Physical/Virtual Event taking place on August 10, 2020. Each of the four #BroadbandLive events in June — which will continue to take place every Wednesday at 12 Noon ET — will be devoted to a separate topic featured at Digital Infrastructure Investment.
This pathbreaking event brings the broadband infrastructure and financial services communities together to focus on the digital infrastructure and investment asset profile, including fiber, small cells, towers and data center assets required to support a 21st Century information economy.
The physical event will take place at the Broadband Communities Summit in Houston, the leading event for network builders and deployers, community leaders and
multifamily property owners. The virtual event event will take place online on August 10, 2020, from 1 p.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET.
The annual Digital Infrastructure Investment conference will unite infrastructure investment fund managers, institutional investors, private equity and venture capitalists with senior broadband leaders and bring clarity to the next business model for advanced digital infrastructure.
Digital Infrastructure Investment Topics Areas
- TOPIC 1: Last-Mile Digital Infrastructure
Ownership models are evolving. Who will play the lead role in constructing? What entities, including cities, will own digital assets? Who will manage the networks?
- TOPIC 2: Infrastructure Investment Funds
Infrastructure financing is available for broadband. Will it dwindle or accelerate with the coronavirus pandemic? What is the experience of institutional investors?
- TOPIC 3: Federal Funds and Opportunity Zones
The FCC is making $20.4 billion available for rural broadband. The U.S. Treasury's Opportunity Zones help urban projects. Can these funds make a difference?
- TOPIC 4: Shared Infrastructure and Small Cell Deployments
Cellular towers were once proprietary, before carriers partnered with infrastructure owners. Will shared infrastructure also take over small cells and 5G?
Past episodes of Broadband Breakfast Live Online
- Friday, March 13, 2020 – "Coronavirus and Education" – Getting ready for a tsunami of online education
- Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – "Coronavirus and Keep America Connected" – How are internet service providers rising to the challenge?
- Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – "Emergency Policy Levers and the Coronavirus" – What is the FCC doing to meet the demands of the crises?
- Thursday, March 19, 2020 – "Tools for Telework and the Coronavirus" – How are American workplaces holding up to truly going virtual?
- Friday, March 20, 2020 – "Measuring and Understanding Bandwidth Usage During the Coronavirus" – How is the internet holding up to different traffic patterns in the daytime?
- Monday, March 23, 2020 – "Free and Low Cost Internet Plans During the Coronavirus Crisis" – What should ISPs do to ensure connectivity for all?
- Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – "Covering the Coronavirus: How are Broadband Journalists Covering the Pandemic?"
- Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – "Ensuring Connectivity During the Coronavirus" – What are communications companies doing?
- Thursday, March 26, 2020 – "Broadband, the Coronavirus, and K-12 Education"
- Monday, March 30, 2020 – "A Coronavirus Conversation With Millennials from Around the World"
- Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – "The Importance of Universal Broadband in the Age of the Coronavirus"
- Wednesday, April 8, 2020 – "Will the Coronavirus and COVID-19 Finally Bring Us Telehealth?"
- Wednesday, April 15, 2020 – "Infrastructure Investment in a Time of COVID-19: Turning to Governments, Angels or Capital Markets"
- Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – "Will the Techlash Be Livestreamed: How Are Big Tech Companies Navigating the Obstacles of the Coronavirus?"
- Wednesday, April 29, 2020 – "Will the Coronavirus Lead to a Loss of Privacy?" - Weighing Contract Tracing and Broadband Surveillance
- Wednesday, May 13, 2020 – "Measuring and Monitoring the Health of Broadband Networks During the Coronavirus"
- Wednesday, May 20, 2020 – "How Broadband Maps Are Being Used to Help Identify Unserved and Underserved Communities"
- Wednesday, May 27, 2020 – "Robocalls: Have They Accelerated Under the Coronavirus, and What is the FCC Doing About It?"
- Wednesday, June 3, 2020 – "Last-Mile Digital Infrastructure (Topic 1 at Digital Infrastructure Investment on August 10)"
- Wednesday, June 10, 2020 – "Infrastructure Investment Funds (Topic 2 at Digital Infrastructure Investment on August 10)"
- Wednesday, June 17, 2020 – "Federal Funds and Opportunity Zones (Topic 3 at Digital Infrastructure Investment on August 10)"
- Wednesday, June 24, 2020 – "Shared Infrastructure and Small Cell Deployments" (Topic 4 at Digital Infrastructure Investment on August 10)"
Editor's Note: This page has been updated from its original April 6, 2020. Originally, it read:
April 6, 2020 - Broadband Breakfast announced that it will continue to livestream "Broadband and the Coronavirus" every Wednesday at Noon ET, going forward in April and May of 2020.
"We’ve learned a lot from the dozen episodes of ‘Broadband Breakfast Live Online’ that we hosted or sponsored in March," said Drew Clark, Editor and Publisher of Broadband Breakfast.
"But because the challenge of COVID-19 and the novel coronavirus continues, there remains a strong need for the broadband world to meet – online – and share solutions for how our nation’s high-speed networks are helping to confront the pandemic," said Clark.
Below is a list of the topics to be covered during the weekly episodes for April and May of Broadband Breakfast Live Online. The list of forthcoming events are subject to change and adjustment as events dictate. All webcasts are free and open to anyone.
If you have an insight or experience to contribute, or are interested as serving as a guest on Broadband Breakfast Live Online, please contact Drew Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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