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Rural Telecommunications Congress Webcast Series Begins with Focus on Collaboration on Colorado’s Western Slopes

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MONTROSE, Colorado, July 2, 2019- Policymakers and providers agree that collaboration is vital to sustaining high-quality broadband in rural communities. However, there is still work that needs to be done to deploy high-speed symmetrical broadband, panelists said Tuesday at a rural broadband webcast hosted by the Rural Telecommunications Congress.

Not only Montrose but the entire region of Western Colorado is benefiting from this effort, said Virgil Turner, Montrose’s director of innovation and citizen engagement,. What’s most “exciting,” he said, is that Colorado’s Western Slopes has been placed “on the radar” for broadband and rural communities are being transformed for the better.

Many of the people and businesses that have migrated to Montrose would not have done so without access to high-speed symmetrical broadband internet, said Roy Andersen, member of the Montrose City Council. This level of connectivity attracts high-income people who produce low pollution, which is “the kind of growth we want to see,” he said.

Furthermore, this influx of high-speed connectivity inspires more people to take on remote jobs, said Dennis Lankes, co-founder of Proximity Space. Because of the gig economy, people can “facilitate their lives” and work where they have both opportunity and convenience.

The demand for fiber-optic networks stemmed from the local community’s outcry for “dependable and low-cost service,” said Kent Blackwell, chief technology officer at Delta Montrose Electric Association and Elevate Internet. In 2014, the DMEA started to build a “middle-mile network” of fiber between their sub-stations in order to improve communication links.

Currently, Blackwell said, DMEA’s Elevate Internet division offers 1 Gigabit broadband service to consumers for $79.95/month, and 100 Megabit per second broadband at $49.95/month.

Developing fiber reliability is not so easy. However, “once you’ve got it into the ground, you’ve crossed a major threshold,” said Drew Clark, president of the Rural Telecommunications Congress and moderator of the discussion. Clark is also editor and publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com.

Going forward in facilitating rural broadband innovation, the “key principle” is to never take ‘no’ for an answer if a community needs better broadband, said Turner.

Equally important is recognizing that the local government can be an important facilitator in overcoming obstacles, said Lankes. “Your local municipal group is not an adversary,” he said.

Rural communities cannot “sit back” and allow progress to happen on its own. Although “vocal minorities” may object to further development of high-speed broadband, political leaders must not bend to their will and use their resources to prevent stifling of innovation, said Lankes.

(The Video program begins immediately with the livestream)

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Broadband Breakfast on October 20, 2021 — Get Your Share of $75 Billion in Broadband Grants with Broadband.Money

Providers of all sort can line up for their share of $75 billion worth of broadband grant funding.

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Our Broadband Breakfast Live Online events take place on Wednesday at 12 Noon ET. You can watch the October 20, 2021, event on this page. You can also PARTICIPATE in the current Broadband Breakfast Live Online event. REGISTER HERE.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 12 Noon ET — “How You Can Find and Win Broadband Grants through Broadband.Money”

Broadband.money makes finding and winning broadband grants easy for busy broadband professionals. In this conversation Drew Clark and Broadband.money’s Jase Wilson discuss how broadband professionals of all kinds can line up for their share of the more than $75 billion worth of broadband grant funding opportunities emerging over the course of the next year. Using a single application that unlocks grant funding from multiple programs in multiple states, the broadband.money app allows grant applicants to pinpoint underserved and unserved areas in their territory. Broadband.money even pairs applicants with private match funding sources where needed.

Whether you want to fuel your own network’s growth, prevent competitors from funding overbuilds in your territory, or learn how you can help your clients fund their network ambitions, be sure to reserve your pre-enrollment spot at broadband.money and don’t miss this must-watch special Broadband Breakfast Live Online!

Panelists:

  • Jase Wilson, Broadband.Money
  • Drew Clark, Broadband Breakfast

Drew Clark is Editor and Publisher of Broadband Breakfast.

Jase Wilson is with Broadband.Money.

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As with all Broadband Breakfast Live Online events, the FREE webcasts will take place at 12 Noon ET on Wednesday.

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Broadband Breakfast on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 12 Noon ET — On The Ground at Wispapalooza

At our October 13, 2021, event, we’ll discuss trends toward hybrid technology and government grants by WISPs.

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UPDATE: We’re taking a one-week break from Broadband Breakfast Live Online. Join us next week for our regularly scheduled program!

Our Broadband Breakfast Live Online events take place on Wednesday at 12 Noon ET. You can also PARTICIPATE in the current Broadband Breakfast Live Online event. REGISTER HERE.

Join Broadband Breakfast Live Online for Wednesday, October 13, 2021, “On the Ground at Wispapalooza.” Broadband Breakfast will discuss trends toward hybrid technology and government grants by WISPs. During our October 6, 2021, event, Broadband Breakfast also previewed the trade show.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 12 Noon ET — “On the Ground at Wispapalooza”

Wispapalooza 2021, which runs from October 11-October 14, 2021, is back, and it’s bigger than ever. The annual Las Vegas show of the Wireless Internet Service Provider industry, their partners and customers, brings together more than 2,000 WISP community attendees, more than 160 exhibitors displaying their products and services, and more than 90 panels with hundreds of experts helping the WISP ecosystem. Join Broadband Breakfast Editor and Publisher Drew Clark (also Of Counsel at the CommLaw Group and an telecom attorney to many WISP clients) as he interviews WISPS at Wispapalooza for a wide-ranging discussion of the issues and trends to expect from the wireless industry over the next year.

Panelists:

  • Guests have been invited
  • Drew Clark (moderator), Editor and Publisher of Broadband Breakfast

Drew ClarkEditor and Publisher of Broadband Breakfast, also serves as Of Counsel to The CommLaw Group. He has helped fiber-based and fixed wireless providers negotiate telecom leases and fiber IRUs, litigate to operate in the public right of way, and argue regulatory classifications before federal and state authorities. He has also worked with cities on structuring Public-Private Partnerships for better broadband access for their communities. Drew brings experts and practitioners together to advance the benefits provided by broadband. He is also the President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress.

WATCH HERE, or on YouTubeTwitter and Facebook

As with all Broadband Breakfast Live Online events, the FREE webcasts will take place at 12 Noon ET on Wednesday.

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Broadband Breakfast on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at 12 Noon ET — What’s Happening at Wispapalooza?

The Las Vegas trade show Wispapalooza 2021 is back from October 11-October 14, 2021, and it’s bigger than ever.

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Our Broadband Breakfast Live Online events take place every Wednesday at 12 Noon ET. You can watch the October 6, 2021, event on this page. You can also PARTICIPATE in the current Broadband Breakfast Live Online event. REGISTER HERE.

Join Broadband Breakfast Live Online for Wednesday, October 13, 2021, “On the Ground at Wispapalooza.” Broadband Breakfast will discuss trends toward hybrid technology and government grants by WISPs. During our October 6, 2021, event, Broadband Breakfast also previewed the trade show.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 12 Noon ET — “What’s Happening at Wispapalooza?”

Wispapalooza 2021, which runs from October 11-October 14, 2021, is back, and it’s bigger than ever. The annual Las Vegas show of the Wireless Internet Service Provider industry, their partners and customers, brings together more than 2,000 WISP community attendees, more than 160 exhibitors displaying their products and services, and more than 90 panels with hundreds of experts helping the WISP ecosystem. Join WISPA CEO Claude Aiken, local WISP CEO J.J. McGrath, and Broadband Breakfast Editor and Publisher Drew Clark (also Of Counsel at the CommLaw Group and an telecom attorney to many WISP clients), for a wide-ranging discussion of what to expect next week at Wispapalooza.

Panelists:

  • Claude Aiken, CEO, Wireless Internet Service Provider Association
  • J.J. McGrath, CEO of WISP TekWav
  • Other guests have been invited
  • Drew Clark (moderator), Editor and Publisher of Broadband Breakfast

Drew ClarkEditor and Publisher of Broadband Breakfast, also serves as Of Counsel to The CommLaw Group. He has helped fiber-based and fixed wireless providers negotiate telecom leases and fiber IRUs, litigate to operate in the public right of way, and argue regulatory classifications before federal and state authorities. He has also worked with cities on structuring Public-Private Partnerships for better broadband access for their communities. Drew brings experts and practitioners together to advance the benefits provided by broadband. He is also the President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress.

J.J. McGrath, CEO (that stands for “Chief Everything Officer”) of TekWav, has more than 20 years of experience in Information Technology. Because his dad was an engineer at Texas Instruments, J.J. learned a lot at a young age and decided to pursue a career in the industry. Since he has been in the business since 1992, J.J. has successfully navigated many changes and improvements in technology, so he can offer Texoma businesses the latest technology at a competitive price.

Claude Aiken is CEO of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA), an association representing thousands of fixed wireless providers. In the decade prior, Aiken worked at the Federal Communications Commission as an advisor to Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, as well as in various staff attorney roles and in senior leadership positions in the Wireline Bureau and Office of General Counsel. He graduated from New York Law School as a John Marshall Harlan Scholar specializing in information and technology law.

WATCH HERE, or on YouTubeTwitter and Facebook

As with all Broadband Breakfast Live Online events, the FREE webcasts will take place at 12 Noon ET on Wednesday.

SUBSCRIBE to the Broadband Breakfast YouTube channel. That way, you will be notified when events go live. Watch on YouTubeTwitter and Facebook

See a complete list of upcoming and past Broadband Breakfast Live Online events.

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