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The Fiber Broadband Association is proud to announce its weekly live video series, Fiber for Breakfast.

Fiber for Breakfast is a weekly 30-minute live video discussion hosted by our President and CEO, Gary Bolton, and featuring industry thought leaders on current topics that explore fiber as the critical infrastructure for 21st century communications as well as other connectivity and workplace issues presented during these challenging times.

Fiber for Breakfast will take place every Wednesday at 10am ET. Below are the registration links and recordings for each episode. For questions about Fiber for Breakfast or if you are interested in supporting and sponsoring the series, please contact Jennifer Vassil at jvassil@fiberbroadband.org.

2021 - Week 47: Unlocking a Historic Opportunity: Innovation for the Next Wave of Growth
(December 1, 2021 - 10am ET)

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With network demand rising dramatically, and the U.S. government planning a $65 billion investment in broadband expansion, the industry faces a historic moment of opportunity. But like all opportunities of this magnitude, it comes with challenges -- including marshaling the innovation and the capacity needed to meet network demand.

For Mike Bell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Corning Optical Communications, the anticipation and excitement in the industry call to mind the early days of fiber to the home. Meeting today's extraordinary opportunity, he says, will require the same forward-thinking mindset as those early days. For Corning, that means strategic investments in capacity as well as fiber, cable and connectivity innovations that accelerate and simplify deployment, increase the capacity and speed of optical networks and lower costs. In this Fiber for Breakfast, Mike will discuss how Corning's latest innovations meet those needs -- and how the company that invented low-loss optical fiber is thinking about tomorrow's networks.

Panelist:

  • Mike Bell - Senior Vice President and General Manager, Corning Optical Communications

2021 - Week 46: One Network is Finally Here!
(November 24, 2021)

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The advent of 5G presents a significant opportunity for operators to converge on a common core. While this has been attempted in the past without success, the industry is finally at a point where basically everything else has already converged with smart personal appliances leading the way.  So operators are presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity to full converge their networks from the duct to the OSS. The Broadband Forum in cooperation with 3GPP has been working on 5G convergence for wireline for 5 years now. The first set of specifications has been published, and follow on work is now appearing like clockwork with the second set currently in finalization for publication and subsequent work on the drawing board. In this Fiber for Breakfast, Dave Allan, Distinguished Engineer at Ericsson, WWC Area Director and Distinguished Fellow at Broadband Forum, will provide a quick overview of the work, the motivations and answers the question “why now?”.

Panelist:

  • Dave Allan - Distinguished Engineer, Ericsson

2021 - Week 45: Why Middle Mile Matters
(November 17, 2021)

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Many networks talk about last mile, but what good is being able to deliver a network if you can't reach a location where the internet is cheaper than in your local area already? Middle-mile links are mostly forgotten, but they are very often the most important part of a network build.

In this Fiber for Breakfast, Reid Fishler, Sr. Director of Hurricane Electric and board member of many of the largest internet exchanges in North America, will explain why you should plan for how your local network will connect to the internet, as well as how you can turn around and sell a route through your network to others as a way for THEM to reach their final location.

Panelist:

  • Reid Fishler - Senior Director, Hurricane Electric

2021 - Week 44: How Public-Private Partnerships Can Accelerate Efforts to Close the Digital Divide
(November 10, 2021)

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In this Fiber for Breakfast, Jack Lynch, COO of EducationSuperHighway, the national nonprofit that worked to bring high-speed Internet access to over 99% of America's K-12 classrooms, will discuss the current state of the digital divide and how public-private partnerships can close the gap. The pandemic has shown us that without high-speed Internet access at home, Americans can't send their children to school, work remotely, or access healthcare, job training, the social safety net, or critical government services. Unfortunately, there are still 28.2 million households in the United States that do not subscribe to high-speed broadband. New political will to close the digital divide at all levels of government has created an unprecedented opportunity for public-private partnerships to lead the way. The discussion will focus on the role fiber providers can play to increase broadband adoption in America's most unconnected communities.

Panelist:

  • Jack Lynch - Chief Operating Officer, EducationSuperHighway

2021 - Week 43: 100% Fiber Optic Network Access is Taking Ponca City by Storm
(November 3, 2021)

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A fairly small town in North-Central Oklahoma has made quite a name for itself over the past several years. The progressive thinking leadership there provided city-wide, free WiFi access throughout the entire town in 2007…and has taken another huge step in providing economic stability and high quality of life to its residents by creating a new utility service which provides ultra-high speed internet access. The project is nearing completion now and customers are over-the-top happy with the service being provided.

In this Fiber for Breakfast, Dave Williams, the Technology Services Director for Ponca City and member of the Fiber Broadband Association's Public Officials Working Group, discusses the phases of his town’s project, the financial realities, and shares specific insights into the decision-making process and what has been learned along the way.

Panelist:

  • Dave Williams - Technology Services Director, Ponca City, Oklahoma

2021 - Week 42: From Best Practices to Next Practices: Breaking New Ground in Damage Prevention
(October 27, 2021)

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In this Fiber for Breakfast, Common Ground Alliance (CGA) President & CEO Sarah K. Magruder Lyle will share key insights on the next decade of damage prevention, including takeaways from CGA’s leading-edge Next Practices Initiative and most recent DIRT Report analyzing national damage data trends and root causes. Protecting infrastructure investments is critical to network reliability, and with construction activity predicted to rise across most of the country, utilizing excavation and installation best practices has never been more urgent. CGA research highlights several opportunities for improving the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the U.S. damage prevention system through “Next Practices” that address persistent roadblocks and provide the highest-ROI opportunities for reducing costly damages to your underground infrastructure.

Panelist:

  • Sarah K. Magruder Lyle - President & CEO, Common Ground Alliance

2021 - Week 41: Fiber Planning and Design has Gone Mobile
(October 20, 2021)

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In this Fiber for Breakfast, Enghouse Networks' Director of Solutions Engineering, Tom Carroll, leads the discussion about how to simplify information accessibility and sharing at the point of service to reduce network downtime, escalations, and number of calls to your technical support center.

Your technicians might spend hours in finding key reports and data that would help them perform the task at hand. This can be tedious, time consuming, and translate into great operational costs.

How can you turn things around for your business and field service teams? By going mobile. Fiber planning and design is being used effectively and validated accurately in the field. Field technicians are using smart devices with apps to not only view the fiber plant, but more accurately document the fiber with GIS data, photos and redlines.

Panelist:

  • Tom Carroll - Director of Solutions Engineering, Enghouse Networks

2021 - Week 40: Charting a Course Through Dangerous Fiber Network Waters
(October 13, 2021)

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All fiber network operators are on a journey of continual improvement. We work hard to deploy and manage our networks with increasingly efficient processes that deliver the best possible service to our customers with the greatest profitability for our shareholders. However, at times it can be difficult to know where we stand on this journey and how we should focus our resources to take the next steps. Without a point of reference to guide us it’s easy to react tactically to challenges that appear in our path and quickly find ourselves off course and losing our competitive edge.

In this Fiber for Breakfast session, IQGeo's Vice President, Wade Anderson, and Solutions Engineer, Kyle Arnell, will discuss the perils that lie along the fiber operator journey and outline a three-step maturity model that should help keep you out of the weeds and on course in your mission to deliver the best possible broadband services to your customers.

Panelists:

  • Wade Anderson - Vice President, IQGeo
  • Kyle Arnell - Solutions Engineer, IQGeo

2021 - Week 39: The Importance of All-Fiber Networks in a Gigabit Society
(October 6, 2021)

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In this Fiber for Breakfast, Michael Philpott, Director of Research at Omdia, will discuss the importance of broadband to the COVID-19 recovery. This is bringing a new focus on the digital divide. However, this presentation will highlight that the digital divide should not be just about the connected versus the unconnected, but also about the quality of the connection as quality leads to accelerated socioeconomic benefits. Michael will explore the advantages of investing in an all-fiber network and how fiber is about more than just sheer speed, and he will identify the different metrics that service providers and government organizations should consider when developing their broadband investment plans. Finally, the presentation will introduce Omdia’s Fiber Development Index, the methodology of which has been adopted by the ETSI organization as best of breed when it comes to measuring a country’s fiber development, as well as outlining high-level results and key learnings.

Panelist:

  • Michael Philpott - Director of Research, Omdia

2021 - Week 38: Ten Steps to Avoid a Cyber Breach
(September 29, 2021)

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In this Fiber for Breakfast, Christopher Cook, CEO, Lokx, and Chris Silvers, CEO, CG Silvers Consulting, both cyber security experts experienced in both offensive and defensive security with established cyber advisory practices, discuss how cyber attacks are now the #3 global risk tracked by the global insurance industry, exceeded only by business interruption and pandemic. Globally, Telcos/Service Providers, ISPs, and MSSPs account for the largest attack targets of ransomware gangs due to their unique nature of large back-office systems, hundreds and thousands of customer records, and connectivity in between. For the cyber criminal this is a veritable playground and treasure trove once on the inside.

In this session, Chris and Chris will discuss the rapidly changing nature of the current threat landscape, highlight the 5 most common root causes underlying causes of cyber breaches, and leave you with 10 practical things you and your organization can do to improve your cyber security posture.

Panelists:

  • Christopher Cook - CEO, Lokx
  • Chris Silvers - CEO, CG Silvers Consulting

2021 - Week 37: Survey Says: How Operators Plan to Deploy 10G PON
(September 22, 2021)

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In this Fiber for Breakfast, Lightwave’s Stephen Hardy will discuss results from a recent survey conducted by Lightwave and the Fiber Broadband Association.  Findings from the survey uncovered investment plans in 10G PON over the next 2 years, and technology and supplier preferences as service providers in North America and Latin America aim to bring faster speeds and more reliable service to their subscribers through new and existing build outs of 10G on their fiber access network.  What does this mean for rural areas? What will be the effect from the Infrastructure Plan?  What does this mean for the suppliers and the overall supply chain?

Panelist:

  • Stephen Hardy - Editorial Director and Associate Publisher, Lightwave

2021 - Week 36: Exploiting the Digital Divide – the Cybercriminal Perspective
(September 15, 2021)

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FTTH service providers are rushing to provide the fastest broadband connectivity to previously unserved or underserved communities and offer their subscribers new opportunities and capabilities. However, this also provides opportunities for cybercriminals who are eyeing millions of new potential victims and higher speed access for their malicious activities.

In this Fiber for Breakfast, join Terry Young of A10 Networks and Gabriel Gumbs, cybersecurity expert and host of the Privacy Please podcast, in a discussion of cyber threat trends and their implications for rural broadband service providers and their subscribers. Discussion will include:

  • How the pandemic has changed subscriber expectations for security
  • The cybercrime business model
  • The rise of DDoS threats
  • Why rural and remote locations are particularly vulnerable
  • What operators can do to combat increased threats

Panelists:

  • Terry Young - Director of Service Provider & 5G Marketing, A10 Networks
  • Gabriel Gumbs - Cybersecurity Expert and Host of the Privacy Please podcast

2021 - Week 35: Making A Difference with Juice & Fiber
(September 8, 2021)

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In this Fiber for Breakfast with Sean Vanslyke, CEO and Head Coach of SEMO Electric Cooperative and GoSEMO Fiber, tune in and learn how simple it is to add value to your enterprise by encouraging your staff members to cross train each other and your business partners. The payoff is more than you would expect!

From Camp SEMO to Fiber Fly-ins, SEMO Electric Cooperative and GoSEMO Fiber leverage innovative internal and external training events as they make other people’s lives better with essential electricity and broadband services. Team SEMO, the employee group, has built a $52 million fiber-to-the-premise network for its member-consumers and subscribers during the past 53 months. Plus, Team SEMO helps other electric cooperatives restore power after severe weather, shares broadband best practices with cooperatives from many states by hosting Fiber Fly-ins and educates internal and external attendees at Camp SEMO, a two-day all-inclusive hands-on experience inside the utility services world.

Panelist:

  • Sean J. Vanslyke - CEO and Head Coach of SEMO Electric Cooperative and GoSEMO Fiber

2021 - Week 34: Rural Broadband – The Future of Precision Agriculture
(September 1, 2021)

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In this Fiber for Breakfast, Chad Rupe will discuss, Precision Agriculture:  What is it? What can it do for rural broadband take rates and sustainability?  What impact does it have on the world stage and on rural America?  What federal programs are available?  Where is it in the infrastructure bill?  What can providers do to drive precision agriculture and gain quicker ROI?

Panelist:

  • Chad Rupe - 21st Administrator of USDA's Rural Utilities Service

2021 - Week 33: The Future of Tribal Broadband
(August 25, 2021)

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In this Fiber for Breakfast, Bobby Gonzalez, Principal Executive Officer/Chairman of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Caddo Communication Enterprises will share informative information related to federally recognized tribes and the push related to broadband in Indian Country under the American Rescue Plan Act. This act provides investment into infrastructure in broadband to provide access to high-quality broadband service in Indian Country into the millions and up to one source of funding that includes $1Billion. These new sources of tribal broadband funding are to assist in mitigating the effects of COVID-19 pandemic which is exacerbating the digital divide across the United States related to Native American communities.

Panelist:

  • Bobby Gonzalez - Chairman, Caddo Nation

2021 - Week 32: Lumen / Apollo: Who Got the Better Deal?
(August 18, 2021)

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In this Fiber for Breakfast, New Street Research's Managing Partner, Jonathan Chaplin, will provide thoughts on how value will be created through the deal both within assets sold to Apollo and those retained by Lumen. He will explain how his firm thinks there is a good amount of new fiber investment coming to both sets of assets, and both companies will create value by turning copper into fiber if they execute effectively, but one will create more value than the other.  

Panelist:

  • Jonathan Chaplin - Managing Partner, New Street Research

2021 - Week 31: The Rise of Stand-Alone Broadband and the New Home Services Bundle
(August 11, 2021)

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With the decline of pay-TV, traditional home services bundles have steadily declined over the past seven years. As a result, the penetration of stand-alone internet service is increasing, jumping from 34% in 2017 to 42% in 2021. Service providers have relied on bundles to attract new subscribers, increase consumer loyalty (and thus lifetime value), and differentiate from competitors. With bundling in decline, service providers turn to new value-added services to play these critical roles. In this Fiber for Breakfast, Jennifer Kent, Ph.D., Vice President of Research at Parks Associates, will discuss shifting broadband buying behaviors, the impact on service revenues, and opportunities for service providers to offer new service types to attract and retain customers.

Panelist:

  • Jennifer Kent, Ph.D. - Vice President of Research, Parks Associates

2021 - Week 30: How Future Fiber Technologies Will Affect the Networks of Tomorrow
(August 4, 2021)

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In this episode of Fiber for Breakfast, Ken Ko, Managing Director of the Broadband Forum, discusses why service providers should be thinking today about how future fiber technologies will affect their networks tomorrow. Topics to be covered during this session will include:

• How technologies like 25G and 50G "Super-PONs" can enable new use cases and services;
• How they can serve as a catalyst for network transformation;
• Why planning for migration is important.

Panelist:

  • Ken Ko - Managing Director, Broadband Forum

2021 - Week 29: Fiber Access Market Trends: Why PON is Set for Rapid Growth in North America
(July 21, 2021)

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In this episode of Fiber for Breakfast, Jaimie Lenderman, Senior Analyst, Service Provider Networks, at global technology market research firm Omdia, discusses how North America fiber broadband access networks will continue to experience strong growth throughout the decade. Omdia’s latest PON forecast data will be presented, along with market trends.

Panelist:

  • Jaimie Lenderman - Senior Analyst, Service Provider Networks, Omdia

2021 - Week 28: Have We Finally Solved the National Broadband Mapping Issue?
(July 14, 2021)

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On June 17, the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) released an “Indicators of Broadband Need” tool that puts on one map, for the first time, data from both public and private sources. It contains data aggregated at the county, census tract, and census block level from the American Community Survey collected by the U.S. Census, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Measurement Lab (M-Lab), Ookla and Microsoft. Speed-test data provided by M-Lab and Ookla help to illustrate the reality that communities experience when going online, with many parts of the country reporting speeds that fall below the FCC’s current benchmark for fixed broadband service of 25 Mbps download, 3 Mbps upload. This is the first map that allows users to graphically compare and contrast these different data sources.

Most importantly, this interactive mapping result is made generally available to the public at large. NTIA also offers to state governments and federal partners a geographic information system (GIS) platform called the National Broadband Availability Map (NBAM) that provides more complex tools for analyzing broadband access, such as the ability to upload GIS files to compare proposed projects.

In this Fiber for Breakfast episode, NTIA's Tim Moyer, Director of Data & Mapping, and Sarah Bleau, Broadband Specialist, will explain NBAM in-depth and provide a demo of the Indicators of Broadband Need (IBN) map.

Panelists:

  • Tim Moyer - Director of Data & Mapping, NTIA
  • Sarah Bleau - Broadband Specialist, NTIA

2021 - Week 27: Poplar Bluff’s Path to Becoming World-Class – A Fiber Broadband Transformation Story
(July 7, 2021)

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How does a sleepy little community in southwest Missouri go from being the Gateway to the Ozarks to becoming the Gateway to the World? In this session of Fiber for Breakfast, Kevin Cantwell, President of Big River Communications, describes their journey to build a world-class fiber network and the challenges ahead.

Panelist:

  • Kevin Cantwell - President, Big River Communications

2021 - Week 26: Unlocking the Potential of Your Fiber Investment - Next Generation PON Technologies
(June 30, 2021)

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ADTRAN CTO for the Americas, Ryan McCowan, discusses the evolution of PON technologies and what the next three to five years hold for PON development. PON-based solutions have been used to enable low-cost, highly reliable, low-latency multi-gigabit services to homes and businesses. EPON and GPON have had large-scale commercial deployments over the last decade, but many feel their popularity may be waning due to the to the capabilities presented by symmetric 10G EPON and XGS-PON. However, the PON landscape is continuing to evolve as 25G-PON and 50G-PON are already well under development.

Panelist:

  • Ryan McCowan CTO Americas, ADTRAN

2021 - Week 25: Fiber Broadband Can Eliminate The North American Rural Digital Divide
(June 23, 2021)

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Rural areas in North America have lacked adequate high speed broadband availability compared to metropolitan areas for many years representing a digital divide in the continent. The pandemic highlighted that challenge after forcing nearly all interactions to be conducted from the home, exposing the insufficiency or lack of broadband available in these areas. The result is lower productivity, lagging education, declining economic development opportunities and poorer health outcomes for rural residents. In this episode of Fiber for Breakfast, John George, Sr. Director, Solutions and Professional Services at OFS, Barry Walton, Telecom Solution Architect at Corning and Michael Render, CEO at Market Research and Consulting group, RVA  discuss how fiber broadband to the home can permanently close the rural high speed broadband availability divide.

Panelists:

  • John George - Sr. Director, Solutions and Professional Services, OFS
  • Barry Walton - Telecom Solution Architect, Corning
  • Michael Render - CEO, Market Research and Consulting group, RVA

2021 - Week 24: Frontier: The Alchemy of Turning Copper Into Gold
(June 16, 2021)

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In this episode of Fiber for Breakfast, we speak with Spencer Kurn, Partner, New Street Research.

Frontier will transform itself from broken ILEC into a fiber-based infrastructure asset over the course of the next several years. As they do so, they will return to growing revenues with expanding margins and, following a period of investment, rapidly growing FCF. This will give the equity a claim to a much higher multiple and drive potential upside of 4-10x!

  • Where is the hidden value within Frontier?
  • Why have fiber upgrades become more attractive in recent years?
  • How can other companies benefit from Frontier’s approach?

Panelist:

  • Spencer Kurn - Partner, New Street Research

2021 - Week 23: Alleviating the Labor Burden: A Roadmap for Those New to Fiber
(June 9, 2021)

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Clearfield Inc.’s Chief Marketing Officer and FBA Board Member, Kevin Morgan, Cruzio Internet’s Director of Technology and Infrastructure, Frost, and Midco’s GM-Regional Engineering, Jeremy Billings, discuss how fiber roll outs have inherent challenges as network operators look to expand the range and reach of their FTTx networks. Greenfields, brownfields, overbuilds and Multi-Dwelling Units all present a significant opportunity to bring more customers on net but not without a cost. When evaluating new fiber opportunities, service providers are faced with any number of deployment variables as no network build is the same. With over 70% of the cost of fiber connectivity tied up in labor, time over-runs and return trips to solve deployment challenges, not having product that alleviates that burden is a common but avoidable oversight. During this Fiber for Breakfast session, we will look at some time and cost saving techniques learned through case studies of deployments in all types of networks, through all types of terrain and to every type of “network deployment". We will outline a path to creating a Labor Light deployment strategy that can significantly reduce both the time and cost to deploy.

Panelists:

  • Kevin Morgan - Chief Marketing Officer, Clearfield Inc.
  • Frost - Director of Technology and Infrastructure, Cruzio Internet
  • Jeremy Billings - GM-Regional Engineering, Midco

2021 - Week 22: Time for a Network Upgrade: Fiber or Next-Gen HFC?
(June 2, 2021)

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You’re a service provider who needs to decide: Should we upgrade the HFC plant or switch to fiber? During this session of Fiber for Breakfast, Broadband Success Partners' Jack Burton, Principal, and David Strauss, Principal, discuss the technical, operational, financial and market factors you need to consider in making this critical decision. 

Panelists:

  • Jack Burton - Principal, Broadband Success Partners
  • David Strauss - Principal, Broadband Success Partners

2021 - Week 21: Business Fiber Trends - How Fiber Providers and Emerging Services Are Lighting Up the U.S. Landscape
(May 26, 2021)

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In this Fiber for Breakfast episode, Rosemary Cochran, Principal and Co-Founder, Vertical Systems Group, will discuss how Fiber Providers are expanding the base of lit commercial buildings and data centers across the country and outlines the key trends and services driving demand. Today’s U.S. Business Fiber landscape includes more than one million on-net sites, supplied by hundreds of retail and wholesale providers. The annual benchmark for measuring market leadership in this segment is Vertical’s Fiber Lit Buildings LEADERBOARD, which ranks the top providers based on fiber penetration rates. Latest research analysis shows that while the pandemic hampered installations during 2020, emerging services such as 5G plus opportunities in the small buildings segment will boost rollouts of new business fiber in 2021. 

Panelist:

  • Rosemary Cochran - Principal and Co-FounderVertical Systems Group

2021 - Week 20: Digital Equity - The Politics of Fiber
(May 19, 2021)

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In this Fiber for Breakfast episode, hear from Ernesto Falcon, Senior Legislative Counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a lead advocate from the state of California, on their effort to get the 5th largest economy in the world to adopt a fiber standard in its broadband infrastructure policy. In 2016, the state established a broadband goal of delivering 10/1 mbps Internet access to 98% of its population and have since undergone a dramatic rethinking of its policy approach to include municipal open access fiber networks through bond financing, a broadband plan focused on scalable infrastructure, and several multi-billion dollar proposals focused on fiber at its core. Learn about the setbacks, the progress, the nature of the opposition, and what has proven successful in getting policymakers to recognize the need to consider future proofing in infrastructure investments. 

Panelist:

  • Ernesto Falcon - Senior Legislative Counsel, Electronic Frontier Foundation

2021 - Week 19: Matching Fiber Speeds To In Home Wi-Fi and Overall Latency to Service Expectations
(May 12, 2021)

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In this Fiber for Breakfast episode, CommScope's Charles Cheevers, CTO, Home Network Solutions, discusses the rise in Fixed Line speeds and the new expectations of consumers to realize these speeds on every device in the home. With 1Gbps to 10Gbps services now being offered we show what is happening with Residential Gateways to ensure that these speeds are mapped across the home and delivered to the 90%+ of Wi-Fi devices that ingest and transmit the services for consumers. We will briefly outline the directions for Dual Band to Tri-band Wi-Fi solutions, Wi-Fi 6, 6E, 7 and 8 directions to bring more capacity and lower latency to match access speeds and the addition of more service aware latency applications to these new deterministic Fiber/Wireline and Wireless home networks. 

Panelist:

  • Charles Cheevers - CTO, Home Network Solutions, CommScope

2021 - Week 18: The Opportunities (And Challenges) With Stimulus Broadband Expansion Projects – (And Why We Should Do Them Anyway)
(May 5, 2021)

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Brian Worthen, CEO, Visionary Broadband, discusses how broadband has become the buzzword darling of legislatures across the country this year, and for good reason: billions of dollars are projected to flow from federal funding to states in the next 6 months through a variety of economic stimulus bills and in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Providers who are paying attention are realizing the windfall presented with this sudden focus and accompanying dollars. The challenges aren’t as easy to see. Visionary Broadband was fortunate to have a run at this kind of funded expansion last year through the #ConnectWYoming program and CEO Brian Worthen has learned a few things about how to find the balance. 

Panelist:

  • Brian Worthen - CEO, Visionary Broadband

2021 - Week 17: Need State Funding? Grant Application Successes and Strategies
(April 28, 2021)

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Mark Mrla, Director, Strategy Operations, Finley Engineering Company, discusses that many states are jumping on the broadband funding band wagon. And many of these state programs are beginning to look quite similar which means that similar strategies can be applied to their applications. But, each year some of them change their application priorities slightly. Finley Engineering has been involved in over 70 state grant funding applications during the last several years and have had excellent success on behalf of its clients. This presentation will summarize funding application successes, strategies and case studies as well as the value-add that a firm like Finley Engineering will bring to your state grant application process.

Panelist:

  • Mark Mrla - Director, Strategy Operations, Finley Engineering Company

2021 - Week 16: Five Critical (and Difficult) Disaster Recovery Challenges
(April 21, 2021)

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IQGeo's Jay Cadman and Todd Kuty discuss the many challenges that must be tackled when an emergency occurs in your operational area. With climate change, severe events like hurricanes, wildfires and extreme weather becoming common place, we all have to develop strategies to respond quickly when disaster strikes. Jay and Todd explore five key challenges we all face and the factors that are critical to developing an effective disaster response strategy.

Panelists:

  • Jay Cadman - SVP Enterprise, IQGeo
  • Todd Kuty - Director Customer Integration, IQGeo

2021 - Week 15: Why Data Provides the Key to Winning on Customer Experience
(April 14, 2021)

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Plume’s Tyson Marian shares the company’s perspectives in enhancing the subscriber experience through data-driven personalization. He’ll deliver insights into the broadband and smart home market dynamics, discuss the headwinds that service providers face, and how they can counteract them by modernizing through big data, cloud and AI.

Panelist:

  • Tyson Marian -  Chief Commercial Officer, Plume

2021 - Week 14: The Impact of Video Streaming on Broadband Networks
(April 7, 2021)

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Data usage on broadband networks continues to grow at an exponential rate with the movement of video services from traditional television service to over-the-top (OTT) streaming services. Most video content companies are making this transition, causing increasing data challenges. Broadband networks generally perform well until they exceed 85% network capacity. Beyond this point all traffic, regardless of source, can be negatively impacted. Broadband service providers are forced to make investments to accommodate the traffic on these networks, with no contribution to capital or operational investments from outside sources. In rural service areas, this is an even greater problem. In this Fiber for Breakfast session, Jimmy Todd, CEO & General Manager, Nex-Tech, will discuss efforts to bring this concern to light and what's being done about it.

Panelist:

  • Jimmy Todd - CEO and General Manager, Nex-Tech

2021 - Week 13: Pandemic Network Performance and the Industry Response
(March 31, 2021)

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Douglas Sicker, PhD, Executive Director, BITAG (Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group), discusses his report which focuses on the US and details how increased demand affected various parts of the Internet ecosystem, and how different organizations responded to these changes.

Panelist:

  • Dr. Douglas Sicker - Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Senior Associate Dean of Computing, at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus/Denver and co-Director of the IRLE (Institute for Regulatory Law and Economics)

2021 - Week 12: The Rural Broadband Opportunity - A Wall Street Perspective
(March 24, 2021)

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George Notter from Jefferies Group led a discussion of the market opportunity for rural broadband operators from the perspective of a Wall Street Equity Research Analyst following the Communications Equipment industry.

Panelist:

  • George Notter - Managing Director and Equity Research Analyst at Jefferies

2021 - Week 11: The Future of Rural America - How Can It Prosper and Thrive? 
(March 17, 2021)

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Chad Rupe, the 21st Administrator of USDA's Rural Utilities Service, reflects on the RUS broadband programs and momentum under his leadership as well as life after RUS - how he plans to continue his mission to help Rural America prosper and thrive.

Panelist:

  • Chad Rupe - Managing Member at Rural America Strategies, LLC

2021 - Week 10: Fiber and Fixed Wireless: An FBA Look
(March 10, 2021)

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Join Fiber Broadband Association Board Members Mark Boxer and Joanne Hovis as they present a preview of an upcoming FBA white paper. They'll explore the relative roles of fiber and fixed wireless technologies in meeting today’s and future communications needs.

Panelists:

  • Mark Boxer - Technology Manager, Solutions and Applications Engineering, OFS
  • Joanne Hovis - President, CTC Technology & Energy

2021 - Week 9: Can Fixed Wireless Deliver RDOF Gigabit Speeds?
(March 3, 2021)

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In the recent RDOF auction, 85% of the funding was won by bidders proposing to provide gigabit speeds using wireless or wireline technologies. While no one doubts the abilities of a fiber network, wireless gig deserves a closer look. Larry explores the circumstances where wireless may – and may not – be a fit for rural gigabit broadband.

Panelist:

  • Larry Thompson - CEO, Vantage Point Solutions

2021 - Week 8: To 10G or Not to 10G? No Longer a Question with Combo PON
(February 24, 2021)

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As service providers evaluate the increasing demands on their PON networks, some mistakenly believe they have only one choice—maintain GPON or migrate entirely to XGS-PON. In fact, Combo PON offers a much more capable, flexible, and cost-effective upgrade strategy, enabling operators to simultaneously deliver both GPON and XGS-PON on the same optical distribution network, while having the option to make a simple migration to XGS-PON at any time. Hear from Armstrong on why Combo PON was the clear choice for their network.

Panelists:

  • Michael Scardina - Director of Network Strategies and Technologies, Armstrong
  • Greg Luhman - Business Development Manager, ADTRAN

2021 - Week 7: Chattanooga Fiber Project Delivers $2.7B in Economic Impact
(February 17, 2021)

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Chattanooga became one of the first Gigabit cities and now is a 10G city. Professor Bento Lobo, UT-Chattanooga, and Jim Ingraham, Vice President, Strategic Research, EPB, discuss the latest economic impact study and how fiber has changed the lives in this bustling community.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Bento Lobo – Professor, University of Tennessee - Chattanooga
  • Jim Ingraham - Vice President, Strategic Research, EPB

2021 - Week 6: The Time for 10G PON is Here and Now! Are You Ready?
(February 10, 2021)

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Today’s access-network architecture is under stress. Blame the proliferation of connected devices and bandwidth-intensive customer applications, as well as dramatic increase in usage as subscribers work and attend school from home. Now is the perfect time to build your greenfield network or expand your existing network with 10G PON -- doing so will arm your customers with the high-speed, symmetrical broadband they need to stay connected.

Panelists:

  • Kevin Kuo – Director, Product & Solution Marketing at Calix
  • Charles Austin – Manager, Network Engineering & Operations at Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative

2021 - Week 5: Quenching the Thirst of a Parched County in a Broadband Desert
(February 3, 2021)

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Noah shares with us their journey to expand operations into their neighboring county to bring Fiber to the broadband desert of Georgia.

Panelist:

  • Noah Covington, Director of Operations, PACFiber

2021 - Week 4, Georgia’s Recent Broadband Decisions, with Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols
(January 27, 2021)

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Panelist:

  • Commissioner Tim Echols, Georgia Public Service Commission

2021 - Week 3, The Obstacle is the Way – Nevada City’s Journey to get Rural Broadband
(January 20, 2021)

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Panelist:

  • John Paul, Chief Business Development Officer - Spiral Fiber, Inc.

2021 - Week 2, Lighting up Utah with Open Access
(January 13, 2021)

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Panelists:

  • Roger Timmerman, CEO - UTOPIA Fiber
  • Kim McKinley, CMO - UTOPIA Fiber

2021- Week 1, The Broadband Technology Designed with Future in Mind
(January 6, 2021) 

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Panelists:

  • John George, Senior Director- Solutions and Professional Services, OFS
  • Jeff Gavlinski, Director, Industry Organizations, Calix

Moderator: Gary Bolton, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 39, The Fiber Broadband Association North American Advance Broadband Report
(December 23, 2020)

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Panelist:

  • Michael Render, CEO, RVA LLC Market Research and Consulting

Moderator: Gary Bolton, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 38, Fiber Data Delivery in the Mid-West
(December 16, 2020) 

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Panelists:

  • Rob Shema, CEO, Com Net, Inc. and Independents Fiber Network

Moderator: Gary Bolton, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 37, Broadband in the Heartland
(December 9, 2020) 

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Panelists:

  • John Greene, CEO, New Lisbon Telephone

Moderator: Gary Bolton, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 36, There is More Fiber Coming
(December 2, 2020 - 10am ET) 

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Panelists:

  • Jonathan Chaplin, Equity Analyst, New Street Research

Moderator: Gary Bolton, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 35, What Keeps Public Officials Up At Night
(November 25, 2020 - 10am ET) 

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Panelists:

  • Bob Knight, Executive Vice President & COO, Harrison Edwards PR
  • Kim McKinley, Chief Marketing Officer, Utopia Fiber

Moderator: Gary Bolton, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 34, COVID-19 Impact on Small/Medium Business – Internet Survey Analysis
(November 18, 2020 - 10am ET) 

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Panelists:

  • Matt Davis, Principal Analyst, Independence Research LLC

Moderator: Gary Bolton, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 33, FBA 2020 Post-Election Analysis
(November 11, 2020 - 10am ET) 

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Panelists: 

  • Kim Bayliss, Principal, Perry Bayliss Government Relations

  • Tom Cohen, Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

  • Steve Perry, Principal, Perry Bayliss Government Relations

Moderator: Gary Bolton, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 32, The Connecting Consumers Series: TWN Communications and Mohave Electric Coop – Meeting the Broadband Needs of Members
(November 4, 2020 - 10am ET) 

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Panelists:

  •  Rick Campos, Chief Operating Officer, Mohave Electric Cooperative
  • Ami Rodriguez, Vice-President, Sales/Marketing & Business Development, TWN Communications

Moderator: Gary Bolton, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 31, 5G & Fiber Networks Workforce Needs
(October 28, 2020 - 10am ET) 

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Panelists: 

  • Brad Baumann, Vice President-Wireless Solutions, Gabe’s Construction

  • Kelley Dunne, CEO, Novation Enterprises

  • Flynn Rico-Johnson, Legislative Director, Office of Congresswoman Matsui (D-CA), 

  • Steve Sellenriek, President, Sellenriek Construction Inc.

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 30, The Connecting Consumers Series: United Electric Cooperative Services Connecting Across Counties
(October 21, 2020 - 10am ET) 

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Panelists: 

  • Marcellus Nixon, VP Internet Services, United Cooperative Services

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 29, The Connecting Consumers Series: Google Fiber in West Des Moines
(October 14, 2020 - 10am ET) 

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Panelists: 

  • John Burchett, Head of Public Policy and Community Affairs, Google Fiber

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 28, CBRS Update and the Role of Fiber
(October 7, 2020 - 10am ET) 

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Panelists: 

  • Kurt Jacobs, Director-Solutions, JMA Wireless

  • Jessica Zufolo, Vice President Rural Broadband Strategy, Magellan Advisors

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 27, A View from the Hill 
(September 30, 2020 - 10am ET)
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Panelists: 

  • Seth Ismail, Legislative Assistant, Representative Jim Clyburn (D-SC and House Majority Whip)
  • Olivia Trusty, Republican Policy Director, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
  • Kim Bayliss, Principal, Perry Bayliss Government Relations LLC
  • Steve Perry, Principal, Perry Bayliss Government Relations LLC

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 26, Designing and Working in the Business Ecosystem – Moving Beyond Traditional Business Models (September 23, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists: 

  • Theresa Caragol, Founder & CEO, AchieveUnite
  • Daryl Sullivan, Senior Director, Ecosystems, Alliances & Business Development, Hitachi Americas

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 25, Show Me the Money – A Federal Broadband Funding Overview (September 16, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • Kim Bayliss, Principal, Perry Bayliss Government Relations
  • Carol Mattey, Principal, Mattey Consulting LLC

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 24, Worldwide Fiber Demand and Deployment - The Near Term Prospects and Drivers (September 9, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • Mike Finch, Head of Wire and Cable, Lead Fibre Optic Analyst, CRU Group
  • Mike Render, CEO And Principal Analyst, RVA, LLC

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 23, COVID-19 and the Digital Divide. How Do we Move Forward? (September 2, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • Francella Ochillo, Executive Director, Next Century Cities
  • Jenna Leventoff, Senior Policy Counsel, Public Knowledge

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 22, Monitoring our Infrastructure? Protecting Networks? SmartCity Integrity Applications? Fiber Optics Can do that. An Overview of Fiber Optic Sensing (August 26, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • Michael Hines, Market Manager for Industrial Sensing, OFS

  • Stan Fendley, Director, Legislative & Regulatory Policy, Corning

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 21, Fiber: An Essential Facet of the Connected Community – A WIA Report
(August 19, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • Jonathan Adelstein, President and CEO, Wireless Infrastructure Association

  • Rebecca Hussey, Managing Counsel, Utility Relations, Crown Castle 

  • Jeffrey Strenkowski, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel of Governmental Affairs, Uniti Group

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 20, Bandwidth Needs for Anchor Institutions
(August 12, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • John Windhausen, Executive Director - Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition

  • Roy Hoover, Network and Telecommunications Coordinator, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13

  • Bob Bocher, Senior Fellow, American Library Association

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 19, Fiber to the Data Center
(August 5, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • Peter Cohen, Vice President Interconnectivity and Peering, QTS Data Centers

  • Marc Dyman, Chief Revenue Officer, FiberLight

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 18, Fiber for Vertical Infrastructure - In Building and Outdoor
(July 29, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • Rich Berliner, CEO/Publisher, Fifth Gen Media

  • Tormod Larsen, CTO, ExteNet Systems

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 17, Accelerating Bandwidth Demand - Being Prepared for What's Coming
(July 22, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • Jeff Gavlinski, Marketing Director, Calix

  • Sanjay Udani, Technologist & VP, Public Policy, Verizon

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 16, Bragging Lights – Fiber and Lower OpEx. An FBA Study.
(July 15, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • Mark Boxer, Applications Engineering Manager, OFS

  • John George, Senior Director- Solutions and Professional Services, OFS

  • Barry Walton, Solution Architect, Corning Optical Communications

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 15, Fiber and 5G
(July 8, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • Kevin Morgan, Chief Marketing Officer, Clearfield

  • Kurt Jacobs, Director, Solutions, JMA Wireless

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 14, Fiber and the Smart Grid, Energy Efficiency & Monitoring
(July 1, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • Jim Glass, Senior Manager - Smart Grid Development, EPB

  • Rich Carpenter, Senior Manager - Fiber Network Operations and Fiber Engineering, EPB

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 13, Fiber and the Smart City
(June 24, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • Raimundo Rodulfo, Director of Information Technology / Chief Innovation Officer, City of Coral Gables

  • Peter Murray, Executive Director, Dense Networks

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 12, State Broadband Funds and Deployment Offices
(June 17, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • Teresa Ferguson, Director, Federal Broadband Engagement, State of Colorado

  • Crystal Ivey, Broadband Director, Community and Rural Development, State of Tennessee

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 11, The FCC Adopts RDOF Procedural Rules
(June 10, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • Tom Cohen, Partner, Kelley, Drye & Warren

  • Mike Romano, Sr. Vice President of Industry Affairs and Business Development, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 10, Building out Fiber Networks to Rural Communities
(June 3, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • Scott Jackson, National Market Manager - Broadband, Graybar
  • Charles L. Phillips, VP of Technical Services, Gibson EMC; VP of Operations, Gibson Connect

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 9, Examining the Cybersecurity of our Networks
(May 27, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • Doug Howland, Senior Director, Systems Products, Calix
  • Alex Ryals, Vice President, Security Solutions, Tech Data

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 8, RDOF: Plan for Your First Deadline
(May 20, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • Joanne Hovis, President, CTC Technology & Energy
  • Jon Wilkins, Partner, Quadra Partners/FiberRise

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 7, Post COVID-19: The Future of Work
(May 13, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • Janet Schijns, CEO, JS Group
  • Adam Zuckerman, Eisenhower Fellow & Emerging Technology/Future of Work Strategist

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 6, New Market Research is in – Broadband in the Pandemic
(May 6, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • Diego Anderson, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Lumos Networks
  • Michael Render, CEO And Principal Analyst, RVA, LLC
  • Monica Webb, Head of Market Development & Strategic Partnerships, Ting Internet 

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 5, 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic Response: Localized Telemedicine and Keeping Patients First 
(April 29, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • Dr. James Cates, M.D., Satellite Med
  • J. Wilson Cates III, Co-Founder & CEO, Intellectual Care, LLC

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 4, 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic Response: It's NOT Trillions. Building Out Fiber to 90% of US Households. An Overview of FBA's Rural Fiber Cost Study.
(April 22, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • Tom Cohen, Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
  • Sam Kornstein, CFA, Vice President Strategy & Analytics, Cartesian
  • Bob Whitman, VP Market Development, Corning 

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 3, 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic Response: How Do We Deploy and Construct Networks During a Pandemic?
(April 15, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • Clay Branch, Director Network Development, C-Spire
  • Steve Sellenriek, President, Sellenriek Construction
  • Mark Tichenor, Executive Vice President, On Trac, Inc.

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 2, 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic Response: Will We Break the Internet?
(April 8, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • Gary Bolton, Vice President Global Marketing, ADTRAN
  • Ryan Keel, Vice President - Technical Operations, EPB
  • Jon Sallet, Benton Senior Fellow, Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Week 1, 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic Response: Hill Legislation and Online Learning (April 1, 2020 - 10am ET)

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Panelists:

  • Mark Boxer, Applications Engineering Manager, OFS
  • J.Ed Marston, Vice President Marketing, EPB
  • Steve Perry, Principal, Perry Bayliss Government Relations

Moderator: Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association