Serving the energy industry for over 30 years
By - Jon Brown

Broadband Deployment Essentials for Electric Cooperatives and Municipal Utilities
June 22-23, 2020 | 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 0.9 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day, be in attendance for the entirety of the course

Instructional Methods

Case Studies, Power Point presentations, and open discussion


Monday, June 22, 2020

8:30 – 9:00 am :: Login

9:00 am – 4:00 pm :: Course Timing

12:00 – 12:30 pm :: Lunch Break

Introduction to Broadband Deployment Essentials

  • Review Course Agenda
  • Definition of Broadband
  • Key Players in the Broadband Ecosystem
  • Role for Electric Cooperatives and Municipal Utilities

Basics of Broadband Technologies

  • Primer on Broadband Network Technologies
    • Wireline Options: FTTH, DSL, and HFC
    • Wireless Options: Fixed, Wi-Fi, and LTE
    • Comparative Advantages and Weaknesses

Morning Break

Basics of Broadband Technologies (cont’d)

  • Design & Construction
    • Integrating into the Existing Utility Environment
    • The Planning, Design, and Installation of Fiber Networks: From GIS to Microtrenching

Broadband Policy Primer

  • National Broadband Plans
  • Universal Service
  • Net Neutrality
  • Privacy
  • Cybersecurity

Lunch Break

Underlying Economics of Broadband

  • Broadband Network Costs
  • Demand for Broadband
  • Competition in Broadband

Afternoon Break

Planning for Broadband for Electric Utilities

  • Broadband Network Costs
  • Competition in Broadband Access Services
  • Planning Development and Operational Considerations
    • Managing Risk and Funding
    • Plan Elements and Timeline
    • Operations Support Services and Billing Support Systems

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

8:30 – 9:00 am :: Login

9:00 am – 12:00 pm :: Course Timing

Municipal Broadband Business Models

  • Community-owned Fiber Networks
  • Closing the Digital Divide with the U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Strategies for Broadband Utilities and Municipalities 
    • Successfully Planning for Municipal Broadband
    • Loan and Grant Programs

Putting It Altogether: Strategies for Broadband by Electric Utilities

  • Smart Grid Fiber-to-the Meter Network
  • Marketing Broadband Services to Cooperative Members
  • Best Practices and Lessons Learned


Dr. David Reed, University of Colorado: Faculty Director, Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program

Dr. David Reed is currently a Scholar in Residence. Prior to joining CU, Dr. Reed was the Chief Strategy Officer at Cable Television Laboratories where he led large R&D projects covering a wide range of technologies relevant to the cable industry such as application platforms, business services, voice-over-IP, and broadband delivery systems. Dr. Reed also has been a Telecommunications Policy Analyst in the Office of Plans and Policy at the Federal Communications Commission where he worked on cable-telco competition, personal communications services (PCS), and spectrum auction policies.  Dr. Reed has authored a book on residential fiber optic networks, and is a widely published author in telecommunications journals, books, and magazines. He has been an author of interdisciplinary analyses that played key roles in defining U.S. policy debates on PCS spectrum allocation and local access competition.

Dr. Reed holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University, an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.

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.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

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