By - Jon Brown

Broadband Deployment Essentials for Electric Cooperatives and Municipal Utilities
January 27, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

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Electric cooperatives and municipal electric utilities are challenged every day to deliver new value to their customers. The digital divide that exists in many of their communities has driven utilities to determine what role they should play in the broadband ecosystem. A growing number of these organizations have deployed broadband services directly to their customers, delivering high-speed Internet, television, telephone, cloud, and other services. Others have partnered with existing providers to do so. Managing broadband requires new capabilities, processes, and expertise. Although there are many synergies between broadband and electric, managing broadband differs in many ways.

The intent of this program is to educate rural electric cooperatives and municipalities on how to best implement broadband to serve their rural or underserved areas. This program will inform the audience on real-world strategies and best practices that these organizations are using today to bring high-speed Internet, TV, phone, cloud, and other services to their customers. The program will bring the latest information on broadband business models, funding opportunities, fiber and wireless technologies, construction, and operations to the audience, examining recent case studies from other utilities that are currently deploying or have deployed broadband. Learn from the experts in the field that are building the fastest, most advanced broadband networks that are serving the needs of their customers. Learn how fiber networks, broadband and smart grid go hand in hand and the utilities that have deployed these networks to both deliver new services and manage their electric utilities more efficiently. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze why more utilities are launching broadband services
  • Identify the synergies between fiber, broadband and smart grid
  • Identify how to deploy fiber to support efficiency, control cost and reduce the impact of outages
  • Examine the need for broadband services and how to evaluate the demand of your customers
  • Identify the economics of broadband in the utility environment
  • Describe what role does wireless play and how can it ensure ubiquitous coverage
  • Describe feasible business models: retail, wholesale, and partnerships
  • Describe what methods are utilized to construct and maintain fiber
  • Identify technical requirements of incorporating fiber into your electric system
  • Discuss broadband grant and loan opportunities
  • Explain the step by step deployment approach



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.6 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference

Instructional Methods

Power Point presentations, open discussion and examples will be used.


Wednesday, January 27, 2021 : Central Time

8:45– 9:00 a.m. :: Login and Welcome

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. :: Conference Timing

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: Overview of Today’s Broadband Environment

  • Incumbents and competitive providers
  • Networks and planned upgrades
  • Technologies
  • Feasible business models
  • Where utilities fit in and why
  • High-level overview of federal regulations

David Reed, Professor, University of Colorado

10:00 – 10:05 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:05 – 11:00 a.m. :: Fiber Deployment and Responding to a Pandemic Reality

The COVID 19 emergency of 2020 has shined a bright light on how consumers rely on quality, future-proof broadband technologies for remote work, school, telehealth and continued social interactions.  The numbers bear out our new reality on how much of daily life we are conducting remotely or from home.  The pandemic has also highlighted where disparities remain.  Not everyone has access to the connectivity they need for our new digital normal.  This conversation will bring forward lessons learned during the pandemic and how deployment of fiber broadband to consumers, communities and anchor institutions can help to keep Americans connected and bridge the digital divide.  From 5G, smart cities and IOT, fiber is the necessary 21st century infrastructure for next generation communications, technologies and applications. 

Lisa Yonders, President & CEO, Broadband and Fiber Association

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Federal and Broadband Funding Opportunities

  • Loan programs
  • Grant programs
  • Qualifications
  • Construction, operations & management
  • Renewal & replacement
  • Smart Grid + Broadband joint opportunities

Teresa Ferguson, Director – Federal Broadband Engagement, Colorado Broadband Office

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. :: Lunch Break

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. :: Understanding Community Needs for Broadband

  • Customer demand
  • Safety and security
  • Revenue diversification
  • Closing the digital divide

Michael Ramage, Director, Center for Computer and Information Technology, Murray State University

2:00 – 2:05 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

2:05 – 3:00 p.m. :: CASE STUDY:: Building a Fiber-to-the-Home Networks

  • Building the demand map and determining market demand
  • Underlying Economics of Broadband deployment and usage
  • Broadband Policies – Federal, State and Municipal
  • Engaging existing electric customers
  • Partnering with Existing providers and networks

Coleman Keane, Broadband Executive Director, City of Ft. Collins

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. :: Operational Considerations

  • Culture of competitiveness
  • Network operations
  • Customer service
  • Business processes and support systems
  • Ways to market and sell new broadband services

Monroe Johnson, CTO, San Luis Valley Electric Cooperative


  • Teresa Ferguson, Director – Federal Broadband Engagement, Colorado Broadband Office

  • Monroe Johnson, CTO, San Luis Valley Electric Cooperative

  • Coleman Keane, Broadband Executive Director, City of Ft. Collins

  • Michael Ramage, Director, Center for Computer and Information Technology, Murray State University

  • David Reed, Professor, University of Colorado

  • Lisa Yonders, President & CEO, Broadband and Fiber Association

Online Delivery

Our courses are designed to be the best possible use of your valuable time – get the information you need to improve your position in the market in an interactive, dynamic format.

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

    • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
    • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
      • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time. 
    • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
    • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


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