CSAC Webinar: When Broadband Won’t Build
October 20, 2016
We’ve all heard the debates about how rural areas need more access to reliable broadband networks, as well as how urban residents need more affordable access to the internet. If only the problems of access and adoption were solved, our communities could realize the benefits of global markets, precision agriculture, telemedicine, and new education initiatives.
But what can counties do to gain access to broadband networks if the traditional providers won’t build? Participate in our Webinar to find out!
Register for CSAC’s next webinar on Wednesday, October 26, to hear expert presenters provide case studies and strategies to address exactly that question. From leveraging E-Rate to raising capital, this webinar will introduce county officials to the strategies and concepts they need to begin the process of expanding broadband in their communities.
Part 1: Funding – The Changing Investment Profile of the
Municipal Broadband Project
Municipal networks have a role to play in ensuring that basic infrastructure is provided in communities that may be unserved by private providers. This session discusses current thinking behind the finance and funding of broadband and addresses how this infrastructure is unique to traditional civic infrastructure, including electricity, sewerage and waste water disposal, roads and railways
Presenter: Steve Peloso, Vice President, Landmark Dividend
Part 2: Harnessing the Power of Community Anchors and E-rate to Fund Fiber Build Projects
The December 2014 E-rate Order gave schools and libraries many more options to consider fiber-based broadband access. For example, the FCC suspended the amortization rules, allowing FCC subsidy for large nonrecurring charges. This presentation will start with Fiber basics and terminology, and then explore how municipalities can leverage E-rate fiber build rules to establish a municipal network.
Presenter: Essam El-Beik, Illinois Century Network