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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Libraries as Digital Inclusion Champions

January 25, 2018
1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

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What does the term "digital inclusion" mean? How do libraries play a role in connecting their communities? Answer these questions and learn how libraries can promote digital literacy, civic engagement, education/learning, health/wellness and more during our January Grow2Gig+ webinar. Panelists will present their own case studies on innovative digital inclusion projects at the local, state, and national levels as well as discuss solutions for your library and community.


  • ModeratorLourdes Aceves, Senior Program Manager, Urban Libraries Council (ULC)
  • Stacey Aldrich, Hawaii State Librarian
  • Grier Carson, Director, Putnam County Public Library, Indiana


This webinar is free and open to the public.

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. 


December 2017

Webinar Slides Available Here

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.


ModeratorFred Brakeman, President, Infinity Communications and Consulting, Inc.
Hatton Littman, Communications Director, Missoula County Public School
Rob Oyler, CEO & Founder, WANRack
Mike Daniel, Vice President, Tech Funds Inc.


Q: Isn't this the last year for the four-year rule for school system / library contribution?

A: I assume you are referring to the 5-year period the FCC referred to in their 7th Report & Order, correct? If so that’s the 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019, & 2019-2020 filing years.

Q: Did Missoula receive an intent to deny letter?

A: We did not receive an actual intent to deny funding letter, just the notice of denying the funding. With regard to the last question - this is an issue that we heard multiple contradicting answers to from USAC and FCC officials prior to publishing our RFP. I don’t believe any additional guidance has solidified an answer.

Q: Any thoughts on risks of E-rate funding for self-provisioned network if schools have commercial fiber already?

A: I am certain it will raise quite a many more questions in PIA, but as in Missoula’s case, when all bids were received it ended up that the incumbent fiber provider was one of the highest bidders.



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