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Broadband Breakfast Club Webinar on Tuesday, December 17, at 11 a.m. ET: ‘Evaluating the Broadband Stimulus Program: Were Funds Well Spent?’

WASHINGTON, December 11, 2013 – The Broadband Breakfast Club announced that it will host a free, online webinar on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT, on “Evaluating the Broadband Stimulus Program: Were Broadband Technology Opportunities Program Funds Well-Spent?”

In a session moderated by Drew Clark, Chairman and Publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com, Gregory Rosston, Scott Wallsten and John Windhausen will debate the Technology Policy Study in the webinar on December 17. Register today!

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WASHINGTON, December 11, 2013 – The Broadband Breakfast Club announced that it will host a free, online webinar on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT, on “Evaluating the Broadband Stimulus Program: Were Broadband Technology Opportunities Program Funds Well-Spent?”

Authors Gregory Rosston and Scott Wallsten, in a publication for the Technology Policy Institute, have called the broadband stimulus program “A Rural Boondoggle and Missed Opportunity.”

In the paper, the authors conclude that the “NTIA adopted a system that led to awards differing by more than a factor of 100 in terms of expected cost-effectiveness. Had it adopted a more reasonable framework, many more households could have been connected for the same money, or the same number of connections could have been realized for a fraction of the cost.”

In a critique of the study by the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition, Executive Director John Windhausen characterized the report as a misunderstanding of BTOP’s purposes. “The program also provided valuable support for public computer centers and promoted broadband adoption in urban, suburban and rural areas. Unlike an ongoing subsidy, BTOP provided a one-time investment in long-lasting broadband infrastructure that previously suffered from an inadequate level of broadband capacity.”

In a session moderated by Drew Clark, Chairman and Publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com, Rosston, Wallsten and Windhausen will debate the Technology Policy Study in the webinar on December 17. Register today!

 

Breakfast Media LLC CEO Drew Clark has led the Broadband Breakfast community since 2008. An early proponent of better broadband, better lives, he initially founded the Broadband Census crowdsourcing campaign for broadband data. As Editor and Publisher, Clark presides over the leading media company advocating for higher-capacity internet everywhere through topical, timely and intelligent coverage. Clark also served as head of the Partnership for a Connected Illinois, a state broadband initiative.

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Evan Feinman’s Journey from Regional Tobacco Revitalization to Director of BEAD

Feinman is also architect of the BEAD matching funds program: He will keynote BEAD Implementation Summit on September 21.

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WASHINGTON, September 19, 2023 – Evan Feinman has spent over a decade in public service, with most of that time being spent working to expand broadband access.

Now the head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment program, he is overseeing the disbursement of over $42 billion federal funds to get more Americans broadband. NTIA is part of the U.S. Commerce Department.

He will be the keynote speaker at Broadband Breakfast’s BEAD Implementation Summit on Thursday, September 21, 2023. The event will feature four panels of state broadband office heads, officials from other federal grant programs, and others in the broadband space to discuss implementing the program.

A Virginia native, Feinman got his start in government as the state’s deputy secretary of natural resources before heading the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission.

That post involved stimulating economies in former tobacco-growing parts of the state, including laying over 3,000 miles of fiber-optic cable to get reliable, high-speed internet to unserved areas.

“I very early in my life found that occupation without a service component just didn’t make a lot of sense to me,” he said at an event in the broadband community earlier this year. “I’m very happy to work hard when there’s something bigger than me and my bank account at stake.”

Top broadband advisor to Virginia governor

Starting in 2018, he then spent over three years as then-Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s chief broadband advisor, where he worked on the state’s goal to get universal broadband access to its residents by 2024.

The state’s work there has been a roadmap for others to follow as they establish their broadband offices. Virginia developed under Feinman a broadband map and toolkit to evaluate internet access within its borders.

Virginia has continued to set the bar for state broadband offices, becoming the first state to release volume two of its BEAD initial proposal on August 25 – far ahead of the December 27 deadline. 

In his current role at the NTIA, he is facilitating partnerships between the agency, state broadband offices, and internet service providers.

Architect of the BEAD matching funds program

He is also the architect of BEAD’s matching fund program. The program requires 25 percent of grant awards to be matched by states or providers.

At the broadband community event, Feinman highlighted the potential to use other federal funds as sources of matching capital, especially those left over from the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program, set up with the  American Rescue Plan Act as a response to the pandemic.

“One of the best things that can happen here is a locality uses some of its Recovery Act funds to support an ISP in generating match for a project,” he said during a Broadband.money event on “Where’s The Funding?” “There will be places where the economics are simply not good. There are very few, if any, ISPs that are charitable enterprises.”

He also noted that any state, charity, and foundation funds are also eligible for meeting the matching requirement.

The BEAD Implementation Summit will take place at Clyde’s of Gallery Place at 707 7th Street NW, Washington. Registration is available for $245, and includes access to the videos of the event.

Register now to hear what federal and state government officials, plus industry and non-profit groups, have to say about the next steps in the broadband funding effort. In addition to discounts on events and access to premium videos, Broadband Breakfast Club members have access to comprehensive monthly exclusive reports that delve into key topics.

Register for the BEAD Implementation Summit on September 21, 2023.

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Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition to Meet in Washington This Week

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WASHINGTON, May 6, 2014 – Efforts to construct Gigabit Networks will be featured prominently at the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition meeting this week in Washington, the fourth annual event for this community of broadband users. The even will run from Wednesday, May 7 through Friday, May 9.

Registration and the agenda for the event demonstrate a strong interest in the federal eRate fund to connect schools and libraries to high-speed broadband, the Federal Communications Commission’s Health Care Connect fund created in 2012, and ConnectED, the ultra-high speed initiative unveiled by the White House in June 2013.

John Windhausen, executive director of the SHLB Coalition, said that this year’s conference will demonstrate how community broadband groups are going “beyond BTOP,” the acronym from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, and which concluded last year. BTOP was funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed just as President Obama was beginning his first term in office.

Among the more than 260 people registered to attend include officials from the California Telehealth Network, Connect Arkansas, C Spire, the Fiber Utilities Group, Gigabit Libraries Network, Google, ICF International, Internet2, the Kansas Fiber Network, Mobile Pulse, MOREnet, Time Warner Cable Business Class, and the Zayo Group.

The scheduled program is displayed below:

 

SHLB Coalition 2014 Annual Conference“The Premier Conference on Anchor Institution Broadband Policy.”May 7-9, 2014
Agenda 

Click on the Titles of the Sessions for Descriptions and Bios of the Speakers

Speakers listed below are confirmed  (M) = Moderator

Wed. May 7th
   Workshop #1 FCC’s Healthcare Connect Fund Consortia 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

Featuring:

Matthew Quinn, FCC

Christi Barnhart, FCC

Workshop #2Building a Gigabit Nation1:00 – 5:30

 

Featuring:

Craig Settles

 

Workshop #3Regulatory ComplianceNoon – 2 p.m.

Featuring:

Jim Baller, Baller Herbst Law Firm

 

NTIA: Sustainability of PCC/SBA projects

2:30 – 6 p.m.

Featuring:

Gwenn Weaver, NTIA

6:00-7:30 p.m. Opening Night ReceptionMarriott Marquis Hotel Mezzanine Foyer
Thurs. May 8th
8:30-8:45 a.m.
Plenary #1:Opening CommentsJohn Windhausen, SHLB Executive Director

Don Means, SHLB Chairman

8:45-9:30 a.m.
Plenary #2:Louis Fox, CEO of CENIC  
9:30-10:00 a.m. BREAK
 10:00-11:00 a.m.
E-Rate #1:The $2 Billion Question: Funding for E-rateJon Bernstein, Bernstein Strategy Group (M)Jon Wilkins,FCC

Bob Bocher, ALA

Jeff Campbell, Cisco

Wireless Broadband #1:White Spaces and CAIsMichael Calabrese, New America Foundation (M)
Michael Daum, MicrosoftDon Means, Gigabit Libraries NetworkToby Bradley, Pascagoula MS School District
Health/E-rate: Building a Broadband Network (Part 1)Denise Atkinson-Shorey, e-Luminosity (M)
Duke Horan, Henkels & McCoy
Randy Lowe, Davis Wright  Tremaine, LLP
John Honker, Magellan Advisors

Scot Eberle, Fiber Utilities Group

 11:00-11:15 a.m.
 BREAK
 11:15-12:15 p.m.
  E-Rate #2:E-rate Capital InvestmentJen Leasure, The Quilt (M)
Emily Almond, Georgia Public Library ServiceAlan Katz, SunesysJamie Huber, COPESD

 

Rural Broadband #1:Sustainable LocalismSean McLaughlin, Access Humboldt (M)
Frank Odasz, Lone Eagle Consulting

Pam Lloyd, GCI

Edyael Casaperalta, Rural Broadband Policy Group

Health/E-rate:Building a Broadband Network (Part 2)Denise Atkinson-Shorey, e-Luminosity (M)
Duke Horan, Henkels & McCoy (M)

  Randy Lowe, Davis Wright  Tremaine, LLP

  John Honker, Magellan Advisors

  Scot Eberle, Fiber Utilities Group

 12:30-1:00 p.m. 1:00-2:00 p.m.
LunchPlenary #3:  ConnectED
Tom Power, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy

Richard Culatta, U.S. Dept. of Education

 2:15-3:15 p.m.
Broadband Planning #1:Wireless Broadband Innovators: Anchors & Home
Bob Collie, ENA (M)James Ratleff, Applied Research Designs

 Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini, UNH Broadband Center for Excellence

 

ConnectED #1Private Sector Commitments to ConnectED Karen Perry, Clarion Collaborative (M)
Charles McKee, Sprint

Andrew Ko, Microsoft

Reg Leichty, Counsel to CoSN

 

 

Digital Inclusion #1:CAIs and the Digital Divide (Part 1) Laura Breeden, NTIA (M)
Jon Gant, Center for Digital Inclusion

Karen Mossberger, Arizona State University

Helen Milner, Tinder Foundation

 

 3:15-3:30 p.m.
BREAK
 3:30-4:30 p.m. Broadband Planning #2:Community Broadband Planning
Phil Lindley, ConnectME Authority (M)
Joshua Broder, Tilson Chris Tamarin, Oregon BB Outreach

Tim Scott, Axia

Broadband Mapping: The Key to New Knowledge Creation for CAIs
Marijke Visser, ALA (M)Ken Wall, Geodata Services
Stacey Aldrich, PA State Library

Jarrid Keller, CA State Library

Digital Inclusion #2:CAIs and the Digital Divide (Part 2) Francine Alkisswani, NTIA (M)
Samantha Becker, U. of Washington

Rodney Hopson, George Mason University

 5:00-5:30 p.m.

 

5:30-5:45 p.m.

Plenary #4Network Nebraska- Education; Success through Collaboration
Tom Rolfes, Education I.T. Manager, State of NebraskaZach Leverenz, CEO, EveryoneOn

 

6:00-7:30 p.m.
 Reception
Friday. May 9th
8:30-9:30 a.m.
 Plenary #5Dr. Dallas Dance, Superintendent of Schools, Baltimore County Public Schools 
 9:45-10:45 a.m.
 E-Rate #3:E-rate Benchmarks and Data 

Larra Clark, ALA (M)

Mark Walker, FCC

John Harrington, Funds for Learning

Jake Cowan, ULC

 

 

Wireless Broadband #2:It Takes a Mobile Village to raise a Mobile Child:Developing Mobile Learning across the Community

Sarah Morris, New America Foundation (M)

Kevin Capp, Mobile Pulse

Sheryl Abshire, Calcasieu Parish Schools

Lindsey Harmon, Connect Nevada

 

 

 Digital Inclusion #3:Kansas City, Google, Digital DivideAngela Siefer, Center for Digital Inclusion (M)
Erica Swanson, Google Fiber

Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, KC Public Library

Crosby Kemper, KC Public Library

Michael Liimatta, Connecting for Good

 

10:45-11:15 a.m.
BREAK
 11:15-12:15 p.m.
Gigabit Cities #1:Beyond BTOP: Partnerships for Gigabit Brian Proffit, Zayo Bandwidth (M)
Jim Stewart, Utah Education Network

Laura Spining Dodson,NTIA

Mark Johnson, MCNC

 

Rural Broadband #2:Rural Broadband Experiments and the CAF Heather Gold, Fiber to the Home Council (M)
Jonathan Chambers, FCC

John Gillispie, MOREnet

Alyssa Clemsen, Utilities Telecommunications Council

 

 

Digital Inclusion #4: Sustaining Digital Inclusion

Kami Griffiths, CTN (M)

Allison Walsh, Broadband Rhode Island

Dionne Baux, Smart Communities Chicago

Stu Johnson, ConnectOhio  

 12:30-1:00 p.m. 1:00-2:00 p.m.
LunchPlenary #6
Tony Wilhelm, Chief of Staff, NTIA

Blair Levin, Executive Director, Gig.U

 

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An Array on Broadband-Related Events in December

December 11, 2013 – The next week includes a variety of broadband-related events, both in Washington and elsewhere in the country.

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December 11, 2013 – The next week includes a variety of broadband-related events, both in Washington and elsewhere in the country.

On Wednesday, December 12, at 2 p.m. ET, Public Knowledge and the Center for Media Justice host an event on “What’s the Hang Up: A Webinar to Understand the Phone Network Transition and Defend Your Communication Rights.” Register at https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=s2k99xroc380

Also on Wednesday, December 12, at 12:15 p.m. ET, the New America Foundation highlights “In Poverty, Under Surveillance.” Register at http://www.newamerica.net/events/2013/in_poverty_under_surveillance

Also on Wednesday, December 12, in Cumming, Georgia, in the northern part of the state, Digital Georgia hosts a day-long broadband summit. Information about the event is available at http://www.cviog.uga.edu/gta.

Also on Wednesday, December 12, the Federal Communications Commission will host its December open meeting.

On Monday, December 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.,  TechFreedom hosts an event on “FTC: Technology & Reform Project Launches.” Register at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-ftc-technology-reform-conference-tickets-9656000357.

Also on Monday, December 16, the New America Foundation’s Techno-Activism Third Monday event is on “The Role of Circumvention Tools in Internet Filtering Countries.” Register at http://www.newamerica.net/events/2013/techno_activism_third_mondays_2

On Tuesday, December 17, at 11 a.m. ET, The Broadband Breakfast Club hosts a free webinar on “Evaluating the Broadband Stimulus Program: Were Broadband Technology Opportunities Program Funds Well-Spent?” Register at http://gowoa.me/i/cFp

On Thursday, December 19, at Noon ET, Tech Freedom hosts another event on “A New Kingsbury Commitment: Universal Service through Competition?” with FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-new-kingsbury-commitment-universal-service-through-competition-tickets-9729123069

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