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Broadband Breakfast on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 12 Noon ET — Preview of the Broadband Communities Summit (Part 2)

This event will be the second in a series previewing the upcoming Broadband Communities Summit.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 12 Noon ET — Preview of the Broadband Communities Summit (Part 2)

The Broadband Communities Summit is the leading event for broadband operators. The Summit ​attracts ​​system ​operators, ​network ​builders ​and ​deployers ​of ​all ​kinds. ​Many ​of ​the ​country’s ​major ​property ​owners ​and ​real ​estate ​developers ​attend ​the ​Summit ​each ​year, ​along ​with ​independent ​telcos ​and ​cable ​companies, ​municipal ​and ​state ​officials, ​community ​leaders ​and ​economic ​development ​professionals. ​

In this three-part series, Broadband Breakfast and Broadband Communities will preview the upcoming events at the Summit, which takes place from September 27-30, 2021, in Houston, Texas.

The first preview session, on July 21, will provide an overview of Broadband Communities Summit. Drew Clark will moderate.

The second preview session, on August 4, will focus on financing panels at the event, both the Broadband Communities Summit main sessions, as well as the Digital Infrastructure Investment mini-conference on September 27. Sean Buckley will moderate.

The third preview session, on August 18, will address multi-tenant housing issues at the summit. Sean Buckley will moderate.

Broadband Breakfast Club Members receive discount pricing on both the Broadband Communities Summit and Digital Infrastructure Investment 2021. the upcoming events at the Learn more about the Summit.

Panelists for the second preview session:

  • Steve Ross, Editor-at-large, Broadband Communities
  • Brian Snider, CEO, Lit Communities
  • Hilda Legg, Rural Economic Development Consultant, Legg Strategies
  • Drew Clark, Editor and Publisher of Broadband Breakfast
  • Sean Buckley (moderator), Editor-in-Chief, Broadband Communities

Steve Ross’s financial models, free at www.bbcmag.com, are the world’s most widely used for broadband deployment planning and cash flow analysis. He was founding editor of Broadband Communities in 2004 and now writes Bandwidth Hawk, named third best column in any USA business magazine by ASBPE for the past two years. He has run companies, taught full time at Columbia University and elsewhere, and served on dozens of corporate boards and advisory committees, almost always monitoring finance.

Brian Snider is the Chief Executive Officer for Lit and has previously worked as Director of Fiber Delivery at Byers Engineering in addition to creating the Network Design Practice Area at Foresite Group. Brian has over 16 years of experience in wide area network deployments, having led the build-outs of the entire Southeast US for AT&T’s Uverse release, Google Fiber’s builds in Austin, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, and Huntsville, Verizon’s network densification in Seattle, San Francisco, Cleveland, Nashville, and Knoxville, in addition to numerous municipal projects throughout the country. Brian has worked with a core team to create the process that brings community broadband into the 21st century. Our team started on a mission 4 years ago to connect people to information, to ideas, and to each other, and Lit continues to carry that torch to each community we work with.

Hilda Legg has dedicated her 40+-year career to rural economic development, with an emphasis on the build out of true broadband and on economic opportunities and education for the families who live in rural communities across the country. She has served under four United States presidents in efforts to enhance the economic and educational opportunities for rural residents and to strengthen agriculture-driven economies in efforts to sustain a strong and healthy rural America. Legg brings vast knowledge and a wide variety of skills from experience in public, non-profit and private industries. She currently works as a consultant for Legg Strategies in Lexington, Kentucky.

Drew Clark, Editor 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. In addition to representing public and private providers on broadband issues, Drew is actively involved in issues surrounding interconnected Voice-over-Internet-Protocol service, spectrum licenses, robocalling including STIR/SHAKEN, and the provision of video franchises and “over-the-top” copyrighted content.

Sean Buckley (moderator) began his tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Broadband Communities after nine years as senior editor at FierceTelecom, a daily online newsletter. He also oversaw FierceInstaller, a weekly publication chronicling trends in network installation. Previously, he spent eight years at Horizon House publications, serving as senior editor and later as editor-in-chief of Telecommunications Magazine and Telecom Engine.

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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.

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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.

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Broadband Breakfast on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 — Best Practices for Delivering Rural Networks

Live from Broadband Communities, Broadband Breakfast will explore how to serve rural networks and electric cooperatives.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 12 Noon ET — “Best Practices for Delivering Rural Networks”

TransWorld Network, Corp. began offering enterprise-focused long distance services in the upper Midwest, but soon began seeing a need for reliable and affordable dial-up internet services in rural areas — beginning a two-decade partnership with rural electric cooperatives. Just as TWN’s co-op partners first brought electricity to rural areas in the 1930s and 1940s, working through TWN, and TWN’s partnership with Render Networks and Biarri Networks, the entity is bringing broadband internet and digital phone services to the roundabouts of rural networks and cooperatives. This session of Broadband Breakfast Live Online will explore end-to-end digital planning, engineering and construction; delivery confidence based on a geospatial approach to broadband data, and TWN’s customer experience and network performance.

Panelists:

  • Colin Wood, CEO, TWN Communications
  • Lori Sherwood, Director, Commercial and Market Development, Render Networks
  • Paul Sulisz, CEO, Biarri Networks
  • Drew Clark (moderator), Editor and Publisher of Broadband Breakfast

Colin Wood founded TWN Communications 21 years ago and continues to serve as its CEO. He is responsible for the organization’s overall strategic direction, and is tasked with ensuring TWN upholds its mission to bring the best in broadband to the most underserved areas. He graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University in Ontario, earned his CPA certification, worked at Deloitte & Touche, and served as financial controller at Westinghouse Electric. Colin was CFO at London Telecom before starting TWN Communications.

Lori Sherwood is a strategic industry leader with decades of broadband experience, more recently focused on uncovering solutions for rural communities. As the Director of Commercial and Market Development for Render Networks, she has a background in contract development, community broadband networks, and issues facing municipalities. Lori has successfully led programs awarding federal stimulus grant processes with hundred-million-dollar investments. Lori is currently a Member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA).

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.

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

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