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Press Release: Kirton McConkie Presents Webinar for Municipalities on Building Gigabit Networks

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SALT LAKE CITY, January 15, 2015 – President Obama’s vigorous support of a growing national movement to build Gigabit Networks highlights the need for municipalities to prepare wisely for their high-speed Internet future, said Kirton McConkie attorneys Drew Clark and David Shaw.

Kirton McConkie announced a practical four-part webinar series on “How to Build Your Gigabit Network,” beginning on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, from 2 p.m. ET to 3 p.m. Subsequent webinars will take place on following Tuesdays: February 3, February 10 and February 17.

Registration for the webinars, which are available for free to the public, is at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6437609058631730178

President Obama was set on Wednesday to travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa, the White House said, to “announce steps he will discuss in the State of the Union to help more Americans, in more communities around the country, get access to fast and affordable broadband.”

Among those steps include the creation of a national Broadband Opportunity Council charged with “speeding up broadband deployment,” a Community Broadband Summit of mayors and county commissioners in June 2015, the launch of BroadbandUSA by the U.S. Department of Commerce, and urging the Federal Communications Commission to support local broadband competition.

“There are many ways that cities can build Gigabit Networks, and President Obama is smart to highlight this bi-partisan issue in the State of the Union Address,” said Drew Clark, Of Counsel at Kirton McConkie. “Whether municipalities choose to support traditional telecom companies or new entrants, local governments play a central role in facilitating next-generation networks. A municipality that isn’t thinking about Gigabit Networks isn’t being a good guardian of its rights-of-ways.”

“Municipalities know they need to plan for deploying fiber-optic infrastructure, but many are daunted by perceived financial and legal obstacles to constructing such networks,” said David Shaw, Shareholder at Kirton McConkie. “Hundreds of cities have constructed or operate high-speed broadband networks by themselves or through public-private partnerships. We expect that number to grow to thousands of cities – if they follow best practices for building Gigabit Networks.”

The agenda for the “How to Build Your Gigabit Network” webinar series is below. All four events will be hosted and moderated by David Shaw and Drew Clark:

Webinar 1, January 27 - “How to Build Your Gigabit Network: Avoiding Mistakes Before You Begin” 

Addresses the nuts and bolts of cities’ efforts to build next-generation infrastructure. How many municipal networks are there? What key things do municipalities need to know before they begin?

David Evertsen, CEO, Municipal Solutions
Zane Logan, City Manager, Powell, Wyoming
Masha Zager, Editor, Broadband Communities

Webinar 2, February 3 - “How to Build Your Gigabit Network: Lessons from Municipal Success Stories”

Brings together some of the lessons learned by municipalities in building their Gigabit networks. Officials from cities that have designed and built networks discuss their goals and expected outcomes. How can we measure the success of these networks?

Andrew Cohill, Danville, Virginia
Bruce Patterson, Ammon, Idaho
Deb Socia, Executive Director, Next Century Cities

Webinar 3, February 10 - “How to Build Your Gigabit Network: Resources for Municipalities”

What resources are available to cities as they approach Gigabit Networks, alone or in public-private partnerships? Interest in Gigabit Networks is growing and municipalities that go down that path are not alone.

Webinar 4, February 17 - “How to Build Your Gigabit Network: Selling the Benefits to Users”

What are the benefits to cities, citizens and businesses from building Gigabit Networks? Emerging high-bandwidth apps require greater connectivity speeds, made easier by fiber networks. Who is experiencing such benefits today, and how we can use their stories?

To Register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6437609058631730178

Kirton McConkie is a leader in legal issues surrounding building, financing and operating municipal broadband networks. We enhance state and local governments’ ability to deploy broadband infrastructure in their economic development activities. We represent municipalities, inter-local entities and cooperatives from an exploratory phase, through bid processes and beyond.

Additionally, we assist clients as they construct and operate their high-speed broadband networks by negotiating with public-private partnerships. We know the players in the broadband community, the financial options available to cities and local governments and the best practices for building Gigabit Networks.

For further information, please contact:

David Shaw, dshaw@kmclaw.com801-426-2108
Drew Clark, drewclark@kmclaw.com801-426-2123

Upcoming Webinar on Navigating the $7.2 Billion Broadband Stimulus

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BroadbandCensus.com and CCMI Join to Offer a Free Public Webinar for Incumbents, New Entrants, Municipalities, Telecom Attorneys and Others

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2009 – BroadbandCensus.com and CCMI have teamed up to offer a free public webinar, “Navigate the $7.2 Billion Broadband Stimulus: A Compass For Stakeholders,” on March 19, at 2 p.m. ET. Incumbent service providers and new market entrants all want a piece of the $7.2 billion pie, but deciphering the details on how the money will be allocated, and to whom, is difficult and time consuming.

Registration for the event is available at http://ccmi.com/broadbandstimulus.

Moderator Drew Clark, founder and executive director of BroadbandCensus.com, has assembled a stellar line-up of Washington insiders and telecom practioners for a in-depth look at the broadband stimulus plan in the FREE 60-minute webinar.

Drew is widely recognized as a go-to expert on broadband policy and technology in Washington, and he’ll set the stage and lead the discussion on the implementation of the broadband stimulus legislation.

Also on the program:

  • John Kneuer, Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications & Information, National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The NTIA has the largest sum of broadband stimulus funds to dispense, and John will speak about the agency and its grant-making history.
  • Hilda Legg, Former Administrator, Rural Utilities Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Hilda will outline the RUS loan-making program, and will talk about successes and opportunities for improvement of rural broadband programs.
  • Andrew Cohill, President, Design Nine, Inc. Andrew advises municipalities and small- and mid-sized-telecommunications providers on network infrastructure, and he will detail opportunities for new entrants in attracting broadband stimulus funds.

Those who participate in the program will be able to understand the rules and procedures that the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) and the Agriculture Department’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will put in place to award the funds.

Discover who will be responsible for mapping broadband – states or private entities? This is a critical determinant of how stimulus funds are allocated.

Decipher the broadband speed and service quality dynamics that guide technology and investment decisions, and the critical differences between “unserved” and “underserved” markets.

Learn how the new – and still unformed – Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will impact broadband policy and strategy.

About CCMI

CCMI is the industry’s trusted source for communications data, information and applications. Communications service providers and enterprise users rely on CCMI data and training to operate more efficiently, make better decisions and stay abreast of communications technologies and trends. With extensive industry contacts, rigorous quality standards and a veteran staff, CCMI guarantees you get reliable content, world-class service and unparalleled value. Details at www.CCMI.com.

About BroadbandCensus.com

BroadbandCensus.com is a premium provider of news, information and events about broadband technology and internet policy. BroadbandCensus.com is at the forefront of understanding and explaining the implementation of the $7.2 billion broadband stimulus package on the federal, state and local level. Since January 2008, BroadbandCensus.com has been building a public, transparent and freely accessible database about local broadband speeds, prices, availability, reliability and competition. Learn more at BroadbandCensus.com.

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