Broadband Deployment Essentials for Electric Cooperatives and Municipal Utilities

Broadband Deployment Essentials for Electric Cooperatives and Municipal Utilities

February 2, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

“In one day, we learned the fundamentals of broadband. We learned the drivers and value the broadband brings to communities. We learned the do’s, don’ts and best practices through lessons learned on how to design, build, and interface with other entities to have a successful project.  Great education!” – RSM, ADTRAN

“Very good, informative sessions.” – Marketing & Economic Development Coordinator, SLVREC/CIELLO

“The program is a must for those entering the broadband provider marketplace.” – CEO, Continental Divide Electric Coop

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, expansion 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

 

Agenda

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch Break

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

Monroe Johnson, CTO, San Luis Valley Electric Cooperative

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. :: Fiber Deployment and the Grid

This webinar will cover the characteristics of fiber optic cable, its uses, how and where it is constructed, regulations around its deployment and the codes and best practices used in constructing and maintaining fiber optic cables on and around utility underground and overhead infrastructure.

Ron Bilodeau, Director – Strategic Solutions, Osmose

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Broadband Mapping and Planning

  • Qualifications and standards
  • Construction, operations & management
  • Renewal & replacement
  • Smart Grid + Broadband joint opportunities

Kevin Morgan, Fiber Broadband Association

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. :: Lunch Break

12:45 – 2:00 p.m. :: Understanding Community Needs for Broadband

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

Clayton Lewis, Executive Director, Smart North Florida

2:00 – 2:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

2:15 – 3:00 p.m. :: CASE STUDY:: Building a Fiber-to-the-Home Networks with Federal Funding

  • 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

Ryan Kudera, Broadband Manager, State of Wyoming

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. :: Coordinating the Closure of the Digital Divide

Rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities can help bridge the digital divide by coordinating their capacity with internet service providers. Smart electric grid fiber optics and coordination of broadband deployment can ease the capital construction costs, reduce the monthly broadband costs to consumers, and speed up delivery of service for REC members and community residents. Localized Dig Once Policies expedited permitting processes, reasonable pole attachment agreements, and shared mapping of existing other purpose fiber networks assist with making broadband feasible and cost effective for those unserved by broadband. Many of these policies and coordination can happen at the local level to ease the burden and allow communities to be ready to work with providers in reaching the global markets, allow for telehealth, and distant learning.

Chad Rupe, Program Manager, State of Montana Broadband

Speakers

  • Ron Bilodeau, Director – Strategic Solutions, Osmose

  • Monroe Johnson, CTO, San Luis Valley Electric Cooperative

  • Ryan Kudera, Broadband Manager, State of Wyoming

  • Clayton Lewis, Executive Director, Smart North Florida

  • Kevin Morgan, Fiber Broadband Association

  • Chad Rupe, Program Manager, State of Montana Broadband

Online Delivery

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.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • 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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Single Connection - Broadband Deployment Essentials for Electric Cooperatives and Municipal UtilitiesUS $ 795.00
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Pack of 10 ConnectionsUS $ 5,565.00
Pack of 20 ConnectionsUS $ 9,540.00
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Funding Broadband Expansion US $ 795.00
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Pack of 10 ConnectionsUS $ 5,565.00
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Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before December 31, 2021 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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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.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.


Course CPE Credits: 7.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Delivery Method: Group-Live presented online due to COVID-19
Advanced Preperation: None

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