Grow2Gig+ Webinar Series

SHLB prioritizes being your resource for anchor institution broadband. That's why SHLB is happy to host webinars featuring key industry leaders and researchers around the topics in our Broadband Action Plan.


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E-rate Fiber: Application Difficulties & Successes

December 14th, 2017
3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

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The FCC modernized its E-rate policies in 2014 to encourage greater build-out of fiber to rural schools and libraries. But the implementation of these policies has been fraught with difficulty, and over one-half of E-rate fiber applications requesting Special Construction Charges have been denied. This webinar will present the perspectives of schools applying for E-rate fiber funding as well as the perspective of a bidding providers.

Fred Brakeman, President of Infinity Communications and Consulting, Inc., will moderate a discussion with the Missoula County Public Schools' technology team and Rob Oyler, CEO & Founder of WANRack. Hatton Littman (Communications Director) and Russ Hendrickson (former Senior IT Manager) will discuss USAC's denial of Missoula County Public Schools' fiber network and Rob Oyler will discuss WANRack's successful fiber deployment to Arizona schools.


  • Moderator: Fred Brakeman, President, Infinity Communications and Consulting, Inc.
  • Hatton Littman, Communications Director, Missoula County Public School
  • Russ Hendrickson, Former Senior IT Manager, Missoula County Public School
  • Rob Oyler, CEO & Founder, WANRack
  • Mike Daniel, Vice President, Tech Funds Inc.

This webinar is free and open to the public. A recording and slides will be available after the webinar.

Please note that we do have a cap of 100 people on our webinars. If you are unable to join, a recording will be available shortly after the live webinar.


January 25, 2018 at 11 am ET - Libraries as Digital Inclusion Champions
February 22, 2018 at 11 am ET - Case Study on County Digital Initiatives
March 22, 2018 at 11 am ET - Spectrum Options: EBS, TV WhiteSpace & More


Webinar recordings will be available to the public for one month. After that, only full members will have access. Learn more about full member benefits. 


November 2017

Webinar Slides Available Here

The 2014 E-rate Modernization Order made new funding available to improve wireless broadband connections in schools and libraries. Some schools and libraries have made innovative choices to deploy wireless services on school buses and to residential users off-campus. Join our panelists as they discuss how to make the most of this funding to close the homework gap. Andrew Moore, CIO at Boulder Valley School District, will also discuss his petition to the FCC regarding off-campus use of existing E-rate connectivity. Read SHLB's comments filed in support of the petition.

Creative solutions like these are especially critical now since one in three American homes lack broadband, according to the Pew Research Center. Five million homes with students lack access to essential Internet services to complete their homework, access online resources, and apply to college.


  • Moderator: Susan Bearden, Bearden Education Technology Consulting, LLC (Former Senior Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education)
  • Andrew Moore, CIO at Boulder Valley School District
  • John Harrington, CEO, Funds for Learning



Thank you to our sponsor for making this webinar series possible.