Events Calendar


September 2016

Thursday, September 1 2016-09-01 20:00:00 20:00:00 2016-09-01 20:00:00 00:00:00 15 Big Sky Broadband Workshop in Missoula, Montana Big Sky Broadband Workshop in Missoula, Montana For Regional Broadband Stakeholders Please join the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce for a Regional Broadband Summit featuring keynote addresses by national broadband leaders.  WHO:  The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (U.S. Department of Commerce), broadband leaders and state and local officials. SUMMARY:  Broadband is a critical driver of economic growth and prosperity across the country. The “Big Sky Broadband Workshop” will bring together state, local and federal officials, industry representatives, community leaders and other key stakeholders to share real-world broadband success stories and lessons learned from across the region. The summit will also examine the gaps that remain and strategize on what still needs to be done to expand access to and adoption of high-speed Internet services for the benefit of all citizens. Our meeting will begin at noon on Wednesday, August 31, with a luncheon sponsored by the Montana Telecommunications Association and keynote address.  The summit will feature high-impact discussions on broadband focused on everything from how to bring advanced telecommunications infrastructure to rural communities, to how to ensure that all Americans have the broadband access and critical skills needed to thrive in today’s digital economy. A networking reception will be held on Wednesday evening, August 31. WHERE:  Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N. Reserve St., Missoula, MT, 59808. WHEN:  August 31- September 1, 2016 HOTEL INFORMATION:  Special room rates for the Hilton Garden Inn will be available soon.  Please use room block code “BroadbandUSA”.  Reservations can be made online or by calling (844) 563-2975.                                                                                                                                                     DETAILS:  Workshop attendees are also invited to participate in Technical Assistance “office hours,” a Tribal Broadband Meeting and a Community Connectivity Initiative Workshop.  The Technical Assistance office hours will give workshop attendees an opportunity to meet with local, state and federal officials, industry representatives and other experts who can answer questions and serve as a resource for communities seeking to expand broadband access and adoption.  The Tribal Broadband Meeting will provide tribal partners the opportunity to discuss issues and challenges unique to native communities.  The Community Connectivity Workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about and contribute ideas for a new online interactive assessment tool that will help communities benchmark themselves on broadband access, adoption, policy and use. NTIA is partnering with a number of leading civic organizations to develop the tool, which will be part of a broader program of support and resources for broadband planning.  All events will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N. Reserve St., Missoula, MT, 59808. An agenda will be posted on NTIA’s website shortly.   We look forward to seeing you in Missoula! REGISTER:  You may register online through Eventbrite by clicking here.  More information about Big Sky Broadband Workshop, is posted on the NTIA website and will be updated regularly.  Have questions?  Email   A special thank you to the Montana Telecommunications Association for their coordination and sponsorship. Hilton Garden Inn, 3720 N. Reserve St., Missoula, MT, 59808 SHLB false
Big Sky Broadband Workshop in Missoula, Montana


Thursday, September 8: 12:15pm-1:45pm 2016-09-08 12:15:00 12:15:00 2016-09-08 12:15:00 13:45:00 15 Fueling the Broadband Economy RSVP Here High-capacity broadband lines (also known as Business Data Services, or BDS) are increasingly critical to connecting the digital economy, from banks, retailers and businesses to schools, libraries and hospitals. Whether you are operating a small business, using a smartphone for calls and Internet access, or withdrawing money at a local ATM, a BDS connection is powering your connection to the Internet. Unfortunately, the market for BDS is extremely concentrated and noncompetitive. Typically, the former monopoly telephone provider in each region – AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink – remains the monopoly wireline provider of BDS. According to a massive data collection by the FCC, 73% of locations are served by a monopoly BDS provider — and 97% by no more than two. This lack of competition poses real problems for the future of the broadband economy, including 5G wireless networks and the Internet of Things. After ten long years of data collection and debate, the FCC is finally poised to reform the enterprise broadband marketplace. The Commission will soon decide how and when to impose a price cap and other reforms on the broken BDS market. On  the eve of this historic decision, our panel – representing a range of stakeholders – will discuss the need for the FCC to move quickly towards real reform. The panel will discuss the impacts of BDS reform on rural investment, the future of 5G, community anchor institutions, and the impact on closing the digital divide. Lunch will be served.     Moderator: Michael Calabrese Director,  Wireless Future Project, Open Technology Institute at New America    Participants:   Dr. Raul Katz Director of Strategy Research at Columbia Institute for Tele-Information and President, Telecom Advisory Services Angie Kronenberg Chief Advocate and General Counsel, INCOMPAS Steven Berry  President & CEO, Competitive Carriers Association     John Windhausen Executive Director, Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition     Colleen Boothby Ad Hoc Telecommunications Users Committee Matt Wood Policy Director, Free Press New America 740 15th St NW #900 Washington, D.C. 20005 SHLB false
Fueling the Broadband Economy


Thursday, September 15: 10am-12am 2016-09-15 10:00:00 10:00:00 2016-09-15 10:00:00 00:00:00 15 Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing on Thursday, September 15, 2016, at 10 a.m. entitled, “Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission.” As part of the Committee’s oversight responsibilities, the hearing will have a broad scope covering every aspect of the agency and major policy issues before the commission.  “With the FCC considering significant new rules affecting consumer privacy, cable service through set-top boxes, and other issues impacting our economy, effective collaboration and informed decision making at the commission couldn’t be more important,” said Thune. “This hearing presents an opportunity to discuss concerns about partisanship affecting commission work and to raise issues on important policy questions under consideration this fall.”  Witnesses:   - The Honorable Tom Wheeler, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission - The Honorable Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission - The Honorable Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission - The Honorable Ajit Pai, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission - The Honorable Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission   Hearing Details:   Full Committee Hearing Thursday, September 15, 2016 10:00 a.m.   Full Committee hearing entitled “Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission”   This hearing will take place in Senate Russell Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available at   Senate Russell Office Building, Room 253 SHLB false
Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission


Thursday, September 29: 1pm-2:30pm 2016-09-29 13:00:00 13:00:00 2016-09-29 13:00:00 14:30:00 15 National Broadband Research Agenda Webinar The SHLB Coalition and the Benton Foundation are excited to co-host an interactive webinar with NTIA about the U.S. Broadband Research Agenda.  In the first half, NTIA's Doug Kinkoph, Karen Hanson, and Francine E. Alkisswani will outline the Request for Comment and answer questions for those who are considering submitting comments. Prominent researchers will then provide their insight to help SHLB and the Benton Foundation develop recommendations for a National Research Agenda on Broadband. Finally, John Windhausen, SHLB Coalition, and Amina Fazlullah, Benton Foundation, will moderate an open discussion, and everyone can contribute to the engaging and informative conversation.  This webinar is free and open to the public.  BACKGROUND:  In March 2015, the Broadband Opportunity Council (BOC) called on better data collection, analysis, and research on broadband to keep pace with the country's massive digital changes. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are currently developing a National Broadband Research Agenda to address these needs. But they need your help. NTIA and NSF recently issued an RFC to help shape the Broadband Agenda. The RFC seeks input from four specific areas:  Broadband technology  Broadband deployment, adoption, and utilization by individual, business, and institutional users  Assessment of economic and social impacts  Opportunities for federal leadership in data collection, research, and overall coordination  Help shape the future of broadband research by sharing your best practices, recommendations, and solutions to current challenges. SHLB false
National Broadband Research Agenda Webinar



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