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Fiber for the New Economy Conference: Special Electrical Co-op Program Announced
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10/18/2016 to 10/20/2016
When: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Where: Minneapolis, MN
United States

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Electrical Co-op Program Sets Tone for Tuesday

Partners on the Road to Rural Broadband

Our experts will explore public policy issues, funding, lessons learned, the give and take of building rural broadband and being successful at doing so

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Conference Hotel:Radisson Blu Downtown - $199/night

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Why Minneapolis, MN

Conference Hotel: Radisson Blu Downtown- $199 Per Night

Register Now - Low Rates Expire Soon

Public Officials: $175

 

 

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Special Half-Day For Electrical Co-ops Set

Partners on the Road to Rural Broadband

There's not just one "right way" to do it

Sometimes a rural broadband network that seems impossible for a single company to finance and build succeeds when two or more partners share the investment, risk and profits. But partnerships are hard to negotiate and manage, and there's no one "right way" to do it. Relationships vary according to the needs of each partner. This afternoon session will explore public policy issues, funding models, lessons learned, the give and take of building rural broadband - and, yes, the sweet success!

 

Tuesday, October 18

12:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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Leader:

Hilda Legg

Former RUS Administrator & Vice Chair

Broadband Communities

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12:00 pm - 12:25 pm

Special Report:What the Research Shows About Partnerships

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12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Why Partnerships Can Work Well For Small Rural Communities

Electric cooperatives, rural communities, and rural telecommunications companies are among the potential partners for rural broadband. How can they benefit by working together? What challenges and public policy issues affect their ability to join together to build out sustainable broadband in rural America?

 

Shirley Bloomfield

CEO

NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association

Martin Lowery

Executive VP, External Affairs

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Sheldon Petersen

CEO

Cooperative Finance

Corporation

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2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

How Can Rural Partnerships Obtain Financing For Broadband?

Electric cooperatives, telcos and municipalities each have their traditional financing sources for capital projects. Which public and private agencies will step forward to finance joint ventures?

 

Keith Adams

Assistant Administrator, Telecommunications Programs

Rural Utilities Service, USDA

Chris McLean

Assistant Administrator, Electrical Program

Rural Utilities Service, USDA

Nivin Elgohary

Executive Vice President

Co-Bank

Joel Allen

Senior Vice President of Member Services

Cooperative Finance Corporation

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3:45 pm - 5:30 pm

Lessons Learned By Rural Broadband Providers

Find out about the inner workings of broadband partnerships, their unique challenges and the models most suitable for your communities. Bring all your questions and ask these experienced providers what works and does not work, and how to avoid the traps that can undermine partnerships.

 

 

5thAnnual Conference

Enhance your community with advanced fiber networks

Drawing Leaders From a 7-State Region, Spilling Over the Canadian Border

Minnesota

North Dakota

South Dakota

Nebraska

Iowa

Wisconsin

Montana

Ontario, Canada

Manitoba, Canada



 

 

 

Meet the Conference Directors





Barbara DeGarmo

CEO
Broadband Communities Magazine

Heather Burnett Gold
President & CEO

FTTH Council Americas

 

 

 

Renowned Attorney Is Economic Development Chairman

James Baller

President

Baller Stokes & Lide, P.C.

Jim Baller is widely recognized for his expertise in communications and economic development. The FTTH Council called Baller "the nation's most experienced and knowledgeable attorney on public broadband matters."

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE CHAIRMAN'S MISSION STATEMENT

 

 

 

 

A Recognized Authority on the Broadband Market and Community Broadband is the Community Toolkit Chairman

Joanne Hovis

President

CTC Technology & Energy

Joanne Hovis is on the board of directors for the FTTH Council, NA and chairs the FTTH Council's Community Toolkit Committee. She is also the CEO of the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC), and the former President of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). She is also a member of the Board of Directors of OneCommunity and the Benton Foundation.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FTTH COUNCIL'S CONFERENCE MISSION STATEMENT

 

 

 

What You Will Learn:

How to successfully plan for, monetize, and manage an all fiber-based broadband investment.

 

Explorebest practices for developing broadband strategies for the knowledge economy.

 

Learnthe strategies necessary to foster collaboration with economic development agencies.

 

Differentiateyour community with advanced broadband connectivity.

 

Discoverhow your community can become a magnet for the tech industry.

 

 

 

Who You Will Meet:

Local, State & Federal Officials

Economic Development Professionals

Investors

Public and Private Network Operators

BusinessLeaders & Entrepreneurs

Financial Institutions

Community Anchor Institutions - Education, Medical, Public Safety & Security

Electrical Cooperatives

Broadband Champions

 

 

Register Now - Low Rates Expire Soon

Public Officials: $175

Click here for rates for Network Operators, Service Providers

 

 

 

PREMIER SPONSOR

Fiber Deployment Tour Set: Tuesday, October 18

FTTx (X = Anywhere) FieldTrip

This year's Regional Economic Development Conference takes fiber to the field - a hands-on Field Trip that is.See fiber in action, with a hands-on chance to see the deployment of optical fiber to homes and businesses. This half-day event , taking place the afternoon before the traditional conference opens, will get you up close and personal, with a live, in-field demonstration of what fiber will look like - and operate like, in your communities.

 

To ensure a quality experience, seats are limited on the bus that will take you off the convention floor and into the field.In addition to a look at fiber to the home and business park, a fiber to the desk network tour will be provided by our host, Clearfield, at their corporate offices northwest of downtown Minneapolis. This field trip is reserved for non-vendors only.

 

 

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LIMITED SPACE AND SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE - CALL TODAY!

To Exhibit and Sponsor:

Contact:

Irene Prescott

505-867-3299

irene@bbcmag.com

 

 

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