By - Jon Brown

Broadband Deployment Essentials for Electric Cooperatives and Municipal Utilities
November 13-14, 2019 | Denver, CO

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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



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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


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:15 a.m. :: Introduction to Broadband Deployment Essentials

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

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: Basics of Broadband Technologies

  • Primer on Broadband Network Technologies with AdTran

As many utilities consider become communications service providers, they’ll need to identify the right next-generation access technologies to ensure a competitive network today can transition to a future network that addresses expansions in residential and business services as well as other applications. Utilities understand that today’s networks need to scale for tomorrow’s demands, and in examining broadband network infrastructures, the advantages around next-generation fiber optic access have become increasingly clear. This session will examine a range of wired and wireless broadband technologies, providing a primer on the pros and cons of each, then dive deeper into why fiber-to-the-premises networks offer the optimal path forward for most operators. It will also discuss why utilities are ideally suited to invest in 10-Gbps symmetric passive optical networks that are becoming mainstream, more affordable and offer a strong overall business case.

10:00 – 10:20 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:20 – 11:00 a.m. :: Basics of Broadband Technologies (cont’d)

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

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Broadband Policy Primer

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

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00 – 2:40 p.m. :: Underlying Economics of Broadband

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

2:40 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. :: Planning for Broadband for Electric Utilities

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

4:30 p.m. :: Course Adjournment for First Day

Thursday, November 14, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: Municipal Broadband Business Models

  • CASE STUDY: Community-owned Fiber Networks with Fort Collins Connexion
  • CASE STUDY: Closing the Digital Divide with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Department of Rural Development
    • Successfully Planning for Municipal Broadband
    • Loan and Grant Programs

10:00 – 10:20 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:20 – 11:45 a.m. :: Putting It Altogether: Strategies for Broadband by Electric Utilities

  • CASE STUDY: Smart Grid + Broadband = Smart City of Sterling Ranch
  • CASE STUDY: San Luis Utility Approach
    • Smart Grid Fiber-to-the Meter network
    • SCADA Systems on Cooperative-owned fiber networks
    • Marketing Broadband Services to Cooperative Members

11:45 – 12:00 a.m. :: Course Wrap-Up


Monroe Johnson, CTO, San Luis Valley Cooperative

Colman Keane, Executive Director, Fort Collins Connexion, City of Fort Collins

Matt Larsen, CEO, Vistabeam

Dustin Maier, Market Manager – Telecommunications and Broadband, KLJ engineering

Roger Meeks, General Field Representative: NE, MT, Telecommunications Programs Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture

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

Glen Scymanski, Regional Sales Manager – Pacific NorthWest, ADTRAN

Marty Skolnick, Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Inc.: Director of Business Development – Real Estate Innovation


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Denver CO, 80237


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Muni, Coop, Government employees qualify for a reduced rate

Event Standard RateAttendees
Proceedings package US $ 395.00

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