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BROADBAND COMMUNITIES SUMMIT

The Broadband Communities Summit is the leading event for community leaders, multifamily property owners and network builders and deployers interested in the building, managing, marketing and monetizing of high-speed broadband technologies and services.

It is focused on the successful delivery of high-speed broadband networks to communities – from multifamily properties to ultra-connected master-planned developments to the city or town where you live. The Summit’s extraordinary program offers cutting-edge presentations by outstanding speakers with a finger on the pulse of what’s new and what’s coming, what works and what doesn’t. From the first day of the Summit to the last, our goal is to send you home with information you can put to immediate use.

EVENT DATE:

September 22-24, 2020

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MERIT MEMBER
CONFERENCE

The Merit Member Conference will feature several presentations on broadband, community networks, technology and network security.

EVENT DATE:

November 9-13, 2020

PREVIOUS WEBINARS

Presenters

Ben Fineman, President & Co-Founder, Michigan Broadband Cooperative

Pierette Widmeyer, Director of Marketing & Communications, Merit Network

 

The Michigan Moonshot team has collaborated with national subject matter experts to write and build a community network broadband toolkit and framework. This step-by-step guide provides local champions with a playbook for understanding and deploying a regional network. Our speakers will provide an overview of the contents of this free resource in addition to outlining tangible next steps in your connectivity journey.

Presenters

Charlotte Bewersdorff, Vice President for Community Engagement, Merit Network

Dr. Johannes Bauer, Quello, Chair for Media and Information Policy, Michigan State University

 

5 million households with school-aged children in the US lack access to broadband, creating the “homework gap,” which is likely to reinforce socio-economic divides that limit opportunities for households on the margins. Access to and use of the internet has become an integral component of everyday life in the 21st century. It is imperative for communities to leverage broadband network access for education, telemedicine, public safety and workforce development to maintain the quality of life. This presentation will explore the Michigan Moonshot’s approach to crowdsourced broadband availability data. We will also discuss preliminary results from our pilot data collection efforts and the ways in which communities might leverage data collection to better inform their broadband plans.

Presenter

Joanne Hovis, President, CTC Technology & Energy

 

Investigating the feasibility of broadband requires a financial model. Components of a financial model, such as the inputs and outputs and the ways in which modeling might be used as a tool for business planning will be explored. Various financial models examples will be provided as real-world examples. Pitfalls and best practice guidelines will also be shared.

Presenter

Kevin Hayes, Chief Information Security Officer, Merit Network

 

As a broadband network operator, you are a special and valuable target for attackers the world over.  In addition to the threat of having your own sensitive organizational and payment information breached, your network could be the weak link that attackers focus on when assaulting your clients and members.  In this presentation, learn how to harden your organization and service network from these pervasive attacks, navigate the regulations in force by governmental authorities, and act as a model Internet citizen in ensuring infected customers cause little to no damage to either your own systems or the Internet at large.

Presenter

Chris Ritzo, Program Management & Community Lead, Measurement Lab at Code for Science and Society

 

Broadband Internet service has become essential for most aspects of modern life, yet we know that the availability and quality of Internet service varies widely by location and price. Accurate data on broadband availability from federal government agencies is supposed to inform our understanding of where federal dollars should be invested to improve service quality and availability equitably across the nation. While this data has flaws and inaccuracies, the FCC is ostensibly working to improve the accuracy of provider data, and other government agencies like NTIA are also working on data and visualizations. While we wait for improvements in official government data, community and industry led initiatives are seeking to collect their own broadband availability, quality of service, speed, and pricing.

This webinar will share information about the publicly available datasets and tools from Measurement Lab (M-Lab), and how they have been used for planning, decision making, and advocacy. M-Lab is an open source, civil society led, global platform for measuring broadband Internet service. In addition to supporting a portion of the FCC’s Measuring Broadband America program since its beginnings, M-Lab’s open source tools and data have been used in similar initiatives on local and regional levels, enabling communities to gather data about broadband in their communities, including the Michigan Moonshot initiative.

Presenter:

Jonathan Sallet, Senior Fellow of the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

 

In October 2019, the Benton Institute published a report by Jonathan Sallet emphasizing the connection between broadband, economic growth and individual economic opportunity. Now faced with twin health and economic crises, the need for broadband is greater than ever. Jonathan will discuss the potential impact of today’s emergencies on the long-term prospect for ensuring that everyone in American has access to high-performance broadband, on the continuing importance of state and local leadership in broadband, and on potential short-term federal action.

Presenter

Chris Mitchell, Director of Community Broadband Networks,
Institute for Local Self-Reliance

 

Local residents, business owners, and community leaders face many challenges when addressing insufficient Internet access. Not only do these individuals need to understand what solutions are available to them, they must identify and apply the solution that best fits their needs. This webinar will explore the trade-offs, capacity, and economics behind common Internet access technologies, including cable, DSL, mobile wireless, fixed wireless, satellite, and fiber optic. Attendees will leave with the confidence to engage in broadband discussions, debates, and efforts to improve broadband Internet access.

Presenters

Jim Baller, President of Baller Stokes & Lide / President of Coalition for Local Internet Choice

Michael Watza, Partner, Kitch Drutchas Wagner et al/General Counsel to PROTEC

Description

This presentation will explore some of the legal and regulatory issues posed by local broadband initiatives and public-private partnerships.

During the last 25 years, Jim Baller has been involved in many of the leading community broadband initiatives and public-private partnerships in the United States, including more than 75 fiber projects. Since the early 1990s, he has also been a vigorous defender of local governments in dozens of battles in Washington and in the states over restrictions on the right of communities to control their own broadband futures. Jim will address the critical opportunities and challenges that communities considering broadband initiatives are likely to face.

Michael Watza has been a tireless advocate of local community self-governance and community broadband as a means for residents to overcome connectivity issues. Going head to head with an often overbearing telecommunications industry, Mike has helped several Michigan-based communities fight through legal barriers. He will discuss these experiences and touch on future projects currently in the pipeline.

Presenters

Matthew R. Rantanen, Director of Technology, Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association | Director, Tribal Digital Village (TDVNet) Network Initiative

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Irene Flannery, Director, AMERIND Critical Infrastructure

About Irene:

Description

The FCC is responsible for managing and licensing the electromagnetic spectrum for commercial and non-commercial users. When this project was first known as the Education Broadcast Service spectrum, the 2.5GHz plan was underutilized, resulting in a recall and subsequent auctioning to the highest bidder. Sustained efforts from members of Indian Country and its Inter-Tribal organizations, peers, friends and advocacy groups resulted in the creation of the “Tribal Priority.” For the first time in history, Tribal Nations have an exclusive opportunity to secure unassigned eligible mid-band 2.5GHz spectrum over rural tribal lands to provide advanced broadband wireless services, including 5G. With the August 3rd deadline approaching, interested parties have limited time to take action. Our presenters will provide insight into the application process as well as free resources available to communities for application support.

Resources

2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Window Resources

2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Window Presentation

Presenters

Jim Selby, President & CEO, Aspen Wireless

Michael Reen, Municipal Program Manager, Aspen Wireless

Description

The METRO Act regulates requirements for municipalities interested in building their own broadband infrastructure. Steps of the METRO Act include formalized project development, RFP consulting, preliminary design for cost benefit analysis, public education and more. Michigan Moonshot Marketplace partner Aspen Wireless will walk communities through METRO Act requirements to provide an understanding of the steps needed to become shovel-ready.

Presenter

Jeff Christensen, President, EntryPoint Networks

Description

As the internet emerged and moved from science experiment to commercial system, it was not initially obvious that this new global network would become a foundational system for society. The leaders of the telephone and cable TV industries recognized an opportunity and took action, capitalizing on the first-mover advantage. These companies leveraged existing infrastructure and consolidated their respective industries to take control of the onramp to the internet. Utilizing a profit-driven approach, these incumbent operators did not organize their strategy around building the most reliable networks or optimizing for customers’ interests.

This webinar will explore whether the importance of broadband networks to society merits restructuring our internet access model.

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