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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.

2021 - Week 9: Can Fixed Wireless Deliver RDOF Gigabit Speeds?
(March 3, 2021 - 10am ET)

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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 will explore the circumstances where wireless may – and may not – be a fit for rural gigabit broadband.

Panelists:

  • 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, will 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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Panelists:

  • 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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Panelists:

  • 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)
***This is an off-the record, no press event***

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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