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CDFA TV Finance Toolbox Series

CDFA TV Toolbox Series

Broadband access has become a necessity that many are forced to go without. Healthcare, education, and many other institutions rely on broadband to function, COVID-19 has highlighted the increasing need for broadband access. CDFA is proud to partner with Ice Miller LLP to present the Broadband Financing Series. The presenters from Ice Miller have a vast knowledge of development finance tools for broadband financing and have participated in numerous projects across the country. This unique series focuses on broadband development finance with an emphasis on the legal, technical, and financial challenges facing communities working to develop broadband.

Ice Miller is a full service law firm with clients spanning the business economy from service to industrial to tech. Ice Miller strives to develop a deep understanding of each client's needs in order to help them build, grow, and protect their most valued assets. Check out Ice Miller LLP to see how they stay dedicated to helping their clients stay ahead of a changing world.

Videos were recorded pre COVID-19.

-Broadband Financing Series

Financing Tools for Broadband Projects

COVID-19 has highlighted the need for broadband and the gaps in broadband access. This video is designed to provide an overview of the various approaches to expanding broadband access and how to assess which approach best accommodates community needs and capabilities.

The Benefits of Broadband in Economic Development

There are many benefits that come with broadband access and adoption. This video will explore the public- and private-sector benefits from enhanced broadband access and adoption. From healthcare delivery and education to food and retail, the public has much to gain from broadband access. Private industries impacted by broadband access and adoption include agriculture, energy and natural gas, transportation and logistics, and manufacturing. Learn about the benefits of broadband access and how communities plan to meet this ever-growing demand.

Case Studies of Taking a Project from Start to Finish

There are many models for financing broadband and finding the correct approach for your community may be challenging. This video will dive into the details of a successful locally owned municipal network model in Dublin, Ohio. Learn about this ever-evolving project from community leaders that have implemented this approach.

5G, IoT, Smart Cities & Emerging Technologies

The “Internet of Things” (IoT) will create unprecedented new uses for internet-enabled devices and heighten demands for connectivity. 5G, considered the next mobile wireless standard, will support the proliferation of these devices. Cities will further utilize the devices and connectivity for intelligent transportation systems, traffic control, public safety, and utility monitoring. This video will provide an overview of the impact that emerging technologies will have, and are already having, on local broadband needs and what we should expect to see in the near future.

Case Studies & Best Practices of Broadband in P3s

Public-Private Partnerships, or P3s, have been used across the country to finance broadband. This video will cover best practices of the P3 model and provide case studies that explore the various avenues of broadband projects in both rural and urban areas.

-Broadband Resources

Ready to learn more? Check out these additional resources to learn more about broadband financing.

CDFA-Ice Miller Broadband Financing Bootcamp
This Broadband Financing Bootcamp was brought to you by CDFA & Ice Miller. Lindsay Miller and Angela Siefer dived into the discussion of the "The State of Broadband Access and Adaption." Next, Gregory J. Dunn and Christopher L. Miller explored...
American Broadband Initiative - Progress Report June 2020Members only
On February 13, 2019, the American Broadband Initiative was launched with the release of the Milestones Report, detailing the Administration’s strategy to drive changes across Federal Agencies to identify and remove barriers to broadband access and...
e-Connectivity at USDA: Broadband Resources for Rural America
This toolkit presents USDA programs and resources that support broadband e-Connectivity. It aims to help customers navigate the agencies within USDA to find the opportunity that best fulfills their connectivity needs. From grants and loans, to...
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