Category Archives: Conferences

FCC to Host E-Rate Modernization Workshop

fcc-logo_dark-blueThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is holding an E-Rate Modernization Workshop on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM EDT. This workshop will focus on how to achieve goals related to connecting schools and libraries to high-capacity broadband networks and finding best practices and effective strategies to accomplish this task.

Through panelists and roundtable members, the following topics will be discussed, which are: Broadband-Enabled Opportunities for Schools and Libraries, Education and Technology, Expanding Access to Wi-Fi for Schools and Libraries and Enabling the Lowest “E-Rate” for Schools and Libraries. The workshop is open to the public and is available via live webcast at https://www.fcc.gov/live. Viewers may submit questions by email to livequestions@fcc.gov or through Twitter at #ErateModernization.

The Utah Broadband Project encourages all viewers who have an interest to participate in the webcast.

View E-Rate Modernization Workshop Agenda

FCC Rural Broadband Workshop Video Available

fcc-logo_dark-blueVideo of the Rural Broadband Workshop hosted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on March 19, 2014, is now available. The day-long workshop featured discussions on the unique challenges of broadband deployment and adoption in rural America.
In addition to broadband deployment and adoption, the workshop also included a discussion on the impact broadband has on education, healthcare and economic development. The workshop also explored different business models that have been used to deploy broadband in rural areas, including a discussion of the factors that drive investment decisions and technology choices of different types of providers in rural communities.

Utah was also featured in the discussion of what role states can have in meeting the rural broadband challenge. Ray Timothy, executive director for the Utah Education Network (UEN) was a panelist on the “State Strategies to Meet the Rural Broadband Challenge” discussion. This panel examined the important role that states can play in ensuring the availability and adoption of broadband in rural communities.

Click here to view the full video of the workshop.

 

FCC to Host Rural Broadband Workshop Featuring UEN

fcc-logo_dark-blueThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be hosting a Rural Broadband Workshop on March 19, 2014. This workshop will focus on the importance of broadband in rural America and include presentations designed to discuss the impact broadband has on education, healthcare and economic development.

 

This workshop is especially important for Utah as the state looks to level the playing field for rural Utah businesses to drive economic growth.

Ray Timothy, executive director for the Utah Education Network (UEN) will be a panelist on the State Strategies to Meet the Rural Broadband Challenge discussion. This panel will examine the important role that states can play in ensuring the availability and adoption of broadband in rural communities.

To view the webcast, go to www.fcc.gov/live on the day of the event. Viewers may submit questions by e-mail to livequestions@fcc.gov or via Twitter at #FCCRuralBroadband.

Click here to see the full agenda.

Visit Us at the Utah League of Cities and Towns Meeting

midyear3The Utah Broadband Project will be hosting an informational booth at the Utah League of Cities and Towns Midyear Conference this week in St. George, Utah.The conference will be held April 10-12 and the booth will be on display Thursday from 7 am – 3 pm and Friday from 7 am -11 am. The booth will be an interactive exhibit featuring the newly launched project website and interactive map.

We look forward to meeting with local government officials and within the next few months the Project Team, in partnership with Utah’s Associations of Governments, will be forming Regional Broadband Planning Councils to address broadband planning on a local level. Community participation will be vital to the success of this effort.

If you are interested in participating in the Regional Councils, please stop by our booth or submit this form by mail or email to kcole@utah.gov.

Broadband Conference to Feature Rural Broadband Track

RTC BBC13 logo-vertOn April 16-18 2013, Broadband Communities Magazine will host their annual summit in Dallas, Texas.  The Summit attracts broadband system operators, network builders and deployers of all kinds. Many independent telcos and cable companies, municipal and state officials, community leaders and economic development professionals. There were more than 950 registrants in 2012, and 1,000+ are expected for 2013.

The 2013 Summit program will feature more than 45 sessions and 125 presenters, including prominent keynoters. This year’s program is focused into several tracks: Economic Development, Leveraging Assets for Broadband, Multifamily/Commercial Building, Revenue Opportunities and Rural Broadband.  For the fourth year, the Rural Telecommunications Congress will colocate its annual event, Rural TeleCon, with the Summit and host the Rural Broadband Track. This track will feature sessions on: Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet, Impact of State Broadband Planning, Using Technology to Enhance Collaboration and How to Spur Investment.   Continue reading

Tri-State Telecommunications Conference Highlights

Click above to view maps including a comparison of the coverage of all broadband providers in Utah vs. only independent/rural providers

The Utah Broadband Project Team recently attended the Tri-State Telecommunications Conference in Jackson, WY. The conference focused on issues relevant to independent and mostly rural telecommunications providers in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. Many of the sessions focused on the impact that changes to the federal Universal Service Fund (USF) will have on these providers. Several speakers also offered advice on increasing revenues by offering new services to existing and future customers.

During the conference, the Project Team hosted a booth which displayed broadband coverage maps highlighting availability by spread, technology type, provider service area, and in relationship to population distribution.

Presentation Highlights

Stacey Brigham, a Regulatory Consultant at TCA, gave a presentation on the impacts of USF reform on telecommunications providers.

Dr. Anne M. Alexander, the Director of International Programs for the University of Wyoming, gave a presentation on the economic outlooks of Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho.

Troy Babbitt, the Enterprise Broadband Coordinator for the State of Wyoming, gave an update on Wyoming’s State Broadband Initiative (a fellow SBI grantee).