Funding Broadband for Utilities

January 28, 2021


AGENDA

Tuesday, January 28, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In and Welcome

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. :: Course Timing


9:00 - 9:45 a.m. :: Keynote Address: National Broadband Infrastructure Funding Initiatives

Laurel Leverrier, Deputy Assistant Administrator, RUS Telecommunications Programs, USDA Rural Development


9:45 - 10:30 a.m. :: Leveraging USDA and FCC Funding Opportunities

Russ Elliott, Director, Washington State Broadband Office


10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. :: Community engagement? WHAT?

Peggy Schaffer, Director, ConnectME Authority


11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. :: State Funding Initiatives for Broadband Development

Stephen Gould, Grants Specialist, Colorado DORA – The Broadband Fund

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break


1:00 - 1:45 p.m. :: Structuring Rural Broadband

Dwayne Bradley, Project Manager, Fiber Networks, Integration & Automation, Burns & McDonnell


1:45 - 2:30 p.m. :: Case Study: Leveraging the IOU Landscape to Fund Broadband Expansion

Ed Diggs, Rural Broadband Program Manager, Dominion Energy Virginia


2:30 - 3:15 p.m. :: Case Study: Expanding High-Speed Options & Services for Your Community

John Taylor, Board of Directors, Traverse City Light and Power


3:15 - 4:00 p.m. :: Case Study: Public-Private-Partnerships (PPP) for Municipal & Cooperative Broadband Development

Ben Fineman, President, Michigan Broadband Cooperative


INSTRUCTORS

Dwayne Bradley, Project Manager, Fiber Networks, Integration & Automation, Burns & McDonnell

Ed Diggs, Rural Broadband Program Manager, Dominion Energy Virginia (IOU rep.)

Russ Elliott, Director, Washington State Broadband Office

Ben Fineman, President, Michigan Broadband Cooperative (Coop rep.)

Stephen Gould, Grants Specialist, Colorado DORA – The Broadband Fund

Laurel Leverrier, Deputy Assistant Administrator, RUS Telecommunications Programs, USDA Rural Development (Federal rep.)

Peggy Schaffer, Director, ConnectME Authority

John Taylor, Chairman of the Board, Traverse City Light and Power


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.

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.