Broadband Breakfast on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 – Permitting Reforms and Pole Attachments

While policymakers work to lift barriers such as permitting reform, others remain sidelined, such as pole access.

Broadband Breakfast on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 – Permitting Reforms and Pole Attachments
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See Industry Groups Continue to Disagree on Pole Attachments Ahead of BEAD, Broadband Breakfast, October 4, 2023

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Wednesday, October 4, 2023 – Permitting Reforms and Pole Attachments

Recent public and private investments in broadband, including the more than $40 billion allocated through the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment grant program will play a significant role in helping bridge our country’s digital divide. We must now ensure these funds are used most efficiently and effectively to bring connectivity to our unserved friends and neighbors. While policymakers are working to lift barriers that hinder broadband deployment, such as permitting reform, other barriers remain sidelined, such as pole access. This special session will discuss steps we can take today to maximize broadband funds and accelerate broadband access for rural and unserved communities.


  • Van Bloys, Managing Counsel at Crown Castle
  • Burton Eller, Executive Director, Grange Advocacy, National Grange
  • Brett Kilbourne, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Utilities Technology Council
  • Drew Clark (moderator), Editor and Publisher, Broadband Breakfast

Van Bloys is Managing Counsel at Crown Castle, where he advises the company on utility infrastructure siting issues nationwide. Van is well versed in laws governing the deployment of wireline and wireless telecommunications facilities, including pole attachments and small cell siting, and works together with utilities, jurisdictions, and other entities to ensure the safe and reliable deployment of facilities in the right-of-way. Prior to joining Crown Castle, he was an associate at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and counsel to the Wireless Infrastructure Association.

Burton Eller is the Executive Director of Grange Advocacy for the National Grange, and he works to see policies implemented in Washington each and every day. Eller has a career-long involvement in the development of grassroots advocacy. Since 1867, the National Grange has worked to improve the lives of rural Americans by ensuring that they enjoy the same access to quality goods and services as their urban counterparts.

Brett Kilbourne is Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the Utilities Technology Council, where he provides legal guidance to utilities on telecommunications issues both pending before federal and state agencies and being considered in Congress. UTC is the national representative on telecommunications matters for its electric, gas and water utilities and natural gas pipeline company members, which range in size from large combination electric-gas-water utilities which serve millions of customers, to smaller, rural electric cooperatives and water districts which serve only a few thousand customers each. Brett is a member of the American Bar Association and the Federal Communications Bar Association.

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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