Broadband delivery and development are an ever-growing industry and with new opportunities and technologies comes new challenges. Communities, both urban and rural, need reliable broadband to support industries like healthcare, manufacturing, education, and agriculture. The digital information age presents vast opportunities for communities to expand their economic development beyond traditional industries to attract new businesses, support entrepreneurs and give their citizens greater options for accessing the 21st century economy.
The CDFA-Ice Miller Broadband Financing Bootcamp will provide a high-level discussion on issues impacting broadband development, deployment, and financing. Topics include an overview of the current broadband landscape and the challenges faced by urban and rural markets, approaches to expanding broadband access including using public/private partnerships, and discussing the innovative financing for broadband at the federal, state, and local levels. This comprehensive bootcamp will also provide attendees with critical information for accessing the plethora of financing available to support broadband expansion into underserved markets throughout the country.
The CDFA-Ice Miller Broadband Financing Bootcamp will consist of one, three-hour, webinar divided into sessions with broadband experts from around the country. Attendees will have access the full three-hour webinar and all of the material presented will be captured as a video webcast for viewing later. The bootcamp and will be moderated by Ice Miller. Ice Miller is nationally recognized for its public-private partnerships (P3s), municipal bond and economic development experience. Ice Miller is a full service law firm dedicated to helping clients stay ahead of a changing world. With over 340 legal professionals in seven offices, Ice Miller advises clients on all aspects of complex legal issues across more than 20 practice areas.
Thanks to Ice Miller’s generous support, this bootcamp is free for all registered attendees.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
|Wed 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
The State of Broadband Access and Adoption
An overview of the current broadband landscape in the United States and the challenges that are specific to urban and rural markets. What are contributors to digital inequities such as the lack of broadband adoption and the digital skills gap?
|Wed 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
|Wed 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Opportunities for Expansion and Steps to Access
There are various approaches to expanding broadband access including using public private partnership, or P3, models. Other steps include inventorying local assets and gaps, and conducting a cost/benefit analysis in order to examine what the current spend is on telecommunications and how this is anticipated to change in the coming years.
|Wed 2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
|Wed 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Innovative Financing and Opportunities for Funding
There are many existing federal and state programs available to fund local broadband initiatives. At the community/local level, there are innovative and traditional financing opportunities that tap into existing funding sources. Examples of this are the broadband adoption funding sources such as the Lifeline program through the Federal Communications Commission and the low cost broadband subscription programs available through private carriers.
The CDFA-Ice Miller Broadband Financing Bootcamp will take place on the web through GoToWebinar, an online distance learning software. The Webinar will take place on December 4, 2019 (Eastern). You must have access to a computer and phone to attend the Webinar.
Webinars will be recorded and placed online for participants to access afterwards. Attendees who miss a webinar will have access to the online recordings as well.
To register for the CDFA-Ice Miller Broadband Financing Bootcamp, click on the Register button below.