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Kentucky Deploys State-Wide Fiber Network Through Public Private Partnership with Macquarie Capital

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LEXINGTON, Kentucky, September 21, 2015 – The lieutenant governor of Kentucky, a bevy of state officials and their private sector counterparts here celebrated the finalization of the deal to build a $324 million broadband infrastructure project.

The project, KentuckyWired, is a public-private partnership (also dubbed a PPP) of the state and of the Australian financier Macquarie Capital. It is a 3,400-mile open access “middle mile” network that will span all 120 counties in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

In planning, financing and negotiating stages for nearly a year, the Macquarie project closed on September 3, 2015. Bonds are set to be issued and construction of the network – albeit in very early phases – has begun.

When completed in 2018, the network will include six fiber rings around regions of the state, and fiber connections to at least one point in every county.

The Kentucky Wired network was the highlight and toast of each of four days at the Broadband Communities economic development conference here.

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen speaking at Broadband Communities conference in Lexington.

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Fiber Optics Now Seen as Default Technology Even for Deployment of Rural Broadband, Says FCC Official

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LEXINGTON, Kentucky, September 16, 2015 – Fiber-optics is now the default mode for deploying high-speed internet throughout the country, even including rural areas, said the head of the Federal Communications Commission’s office of strategic planning.

“Everywhere the country [that] has been able to get an electric line, it ought to be able to get a fiber cable,” said Jonathan Chambers, chief of the office, widely regarded as the FCC “think tank” for technological advancement.

Chambers, in the kick-off presentation at the Broadband Communities economic development conference here, highlighted the widespread acceptance that everyone deserved broadband deployment at speeds significantly higher than even those put forward in the National Broadband Plan five years ago.

This expectation for broadband at speeds upward of 25 megabits per second (Mbps), 100 Mbps, or 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps), Chambers said, extended even to rural areas.

Hilda Legg interviews Jonathan Chambers at Kentucky conference.

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Broadband Communities Highlights Impact of Internet on Economic Development with Kentucky Conference

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Editor’s Note: This week marks the fourth annual Economic Development Conference hosted by Broadband Communities Magazine. The roving conferences have moved from Southern Virginia to Chicagoland; from Western Massachusetts to — this week — Lexington, Kentucky. BroadbandBreakfast.com will be there, reporting on and analyzing the most significant developments to emerge from the event. The event will also be Broadband Communities’ first event since the passing of CEO Scott DeGarmo last month.

Below is the Chairman’s Statement about the event. The agenda is available here; registration is available here

Across America, hundreds of communities are seeking to acquire or develop advanced communications networks. Such networks, they believe, can drive and support simultaneous progress in multiple fields that are of critical importance to them, including economic development and global competitiveness, education, health care, public safety, transportation, energy, environmental protection, democratic engagement, and much more. In virtually every case, fostering robust economic development has ranked at or near the top of the list of considerations motivating these communities.

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Giants of Broadband: A Personal Remembrance of Scott DeGarmo

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Editor’s Note: The broadband world has lost three visionary giants over the past several months: Scott DeGarmo, Charles Benton and Don Samuelson. Each of these men had a significant impact on the world of advancing high-speed communications. Personally, each of them also had a significant impact on my professional career in broadband. I have had countless interactions with each of them over the course of many years.

SALT LAKE CITY, August 31, 2015 – I learned of the passing of Broadband Communities CEO Scott DeGarmo from pancreatic cancer two weeks ago this morning. One of my colleagues on the board of the non-profit Rural Telecommunications Congress had shared the news. His death came just one month prior to his company’s next conference, “Fiber for the New Economy” in Lexington, Kentucky.

I immediately sent off my condolences — now joined with dozens of others on the Broadband Communities web site — to those in his company whom I have known and with whom I have interacted on my levels.

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Scott DeGarmo, President and CEO of Broadband Communities, Dies on Saturday

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August 17, 2015 – Broadband Communities announced that Scott DeGarmo, President and CEO of Broadband Communities, the publisher of Broadband Communities Magazine and the organizer of the Broadband Communities Summit, died on Saturday, August 15, 2015. The organization posted this announcement on the Broadband Communities web site.

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Articles from the 2015 Broadband Communities Summit in Austin

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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…

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Pokes Finger in Eye of Telecom Incumbents at Broadband Communities in Austin

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AUSTIN, April 14, 2015 – The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission came to Broadband Communities Summit here to metaphorically poke his finger in the eye of the biggest incumbent communications companies.

He cited this city as Exhibit A for his mantra of “competition, competition, competition.”

And one day after the first of multiple legal challenges to the agency’s network neutrality rules, Wheeler delivered a full-throated defense of those regulations.

Wheeler also defended — to repeated applause from the crowd — a vigorous defense of municipalities and to communities’ rights to offer broadband internet services.

Chairman Tom Wheeler at the Broadband Communities Summit.

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

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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.”

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

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Rural Telecommunications Congress Takes Center Stage at Broadband Communities Conference – For a $195 Price

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__1421904841AUSTIN, April 9, 2015 – The Rural Telecommunications Congress (RTC) will take center-stage at the 2015 Broadband Conference Summit here next week. Preconference workshops begin on Monday, April 13 and the Summit continues from Tuesday, April 14 through Thursday, April 16.

For the seventh year in a row, the 12-year-old- Rural Telecom Congress has been partners with the Broadband Communities Magazine to improve broadband availability and usage across Rural America.

FOR THE SPECIAL RATE OF $195, you can register for the full conference. This represents a $700 savings from the full conference cost.  RTC invitees use the code RTC195 to register at a special rate.  This includes all meals, refreshments , evening Receptions,  and admission to all sessions.  When registering, choose the “code holders” option and enter “RTC195” when prompted.  Go to the registration page at:

http://www.bbcmag.com/2015s/pages/15register.php

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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.…

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