Past SHLB Events


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SHLB State of Broadband  

Broadband4All: Universal Service Symposium

November 2, 2017

The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition convened Broadband4All: Universal Service Symposium on the future of anchor institutions and the Universal Service Fund (USF) on November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Symposium helped applicants, state and local government officials, and broadband service providers understand and anticipate upcoming changes in the E-rate, Rural Health Care, Lifeline, and Connect America Fund programs.  The Symposium was divided into four Workshops (one on each of the four USF programs) and a keynote discussion with Mark Jamison and Harold Feld over lunch. Speakers included a mix of government officials, industry experts and anchor institutions.


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SHLB Seventh Annual Conference  

United States of Anchors: SHLB's Seventh Annual Conference

May 31 - June 2, 2017


Federal and local broadband leaders, anchor institutions and industry came together to discuss pressing policy issues, such as E-rate, Lifeline, Broadband Infrastructure, and the Rural Health Care Program.


The event featured remarks from Gov. Bob Wise (President of Alliance for Excellent Education), Greg Green (CEO of Fatbeam), and Skyler Ditchfield (CEO of California Internet). It also included a congressional plenary panel with Charles Flint (Legislative Director and Counsel for Congressman Marsha Blackburn) and David Goldman (Chief Telecom Counsel for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Democratic Staff). In addition, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai and several FCC, USAC and NTIA staff attended the event.


Demand for anchor institution broadband is high, as shown by the record attendance. Over 300 broadband leaders and anchors from across the country gathered to discuss these policy issues. This attendance was over 33% higher than the year before, and over 120 people attended the E-rate & Fiber Workshop. In addition, this was the first year that SHLB’s Annual Conference featured exhibitors who showcased cutting-edge technology and solutions for anchor institutions.


The Conference featured four workshops and 14 in-depth and innovative breakout sessions covering five tracks: E-rate, Digital Inclusion, Telehealth, Financing, and Broadband Policy in the Trump Administration. This annual event regularly highlights SHLB’s key role in advocating for the broadband needs of schools, libraries, clinics, and hospitals and other anchor institutions.. SHLB brings diverse sectors together to advance digital equity as a whole.


SHLB thanks the following sponsors for their support of this year’s conference:

  • Gold Sponsors: Fatbeam and California Internet
  • Silver Sponsors: Conterra, CostQuest, ENA, Ruckus Wireless, Rural Health Telecom, Funds for Learning, Womble Carlyle
  • Bronze Sponsors: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, Infinity Communications & Consulting, Netsync Network Solutions
  • Lunch & Reception Sponsors: Henkels & McCoy, MiCTA, CTC Technology & Energy

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SHLB Grow2Gig+ Launch

July 13, 2016

On July 13, 2016, the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition launched the much anticipated release of its Grow2Gig+ Action Plan. Connecting Anchor Institutions: Broadband Action Plan was developed by SHLB to provide ideas and actionable policy recommendations to address the broadband needs of schools, libraries, health facilities, and all other anchor institutions. At the launch, key policy-makers and officials spoke about the Grow2Gig+ Action Plan at a press conference followed by a panel discussion on the ten policy papers. 


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SHLB Sixth Annual Conference  

SHLB Sixth Annual Conference

April 27-29, 2016


Each year the SHLB Coalition’s Annual Conference attracts 200-300 people from across the country to discuss key broadband policy issues that are important to anchor institutions and their communities. The Sixth Annual Conference focused on E-rate Compliance, Lifeline Reform, Telehealth, and Fiber Build Out, as well as other policies and funding programs that impact broadband deployment for anchor institutions and their communities. Senator Angus King and Valerie Truesdale (the Chief Technology, Personalized Learning & Engagement Officer for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools) gave plenary addresses. Prominent policy makers from the FCC and NTIA discussed broadband deployment and adoption issues. Representatives of the Broadband Opportunities Council (BOC) participated on a lunch panel.View photos from the event.


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AnchorNETs Conference

November 16-17, 2015

Developed by the SHLB Coalition in collaboration with Interwork Media, AnchorNETS was an educational and networking event designed to bring policy, funding, partnership and other key information to the public leadership from schools, libraries, health facilities – and the private sector as well, including network operators, communications carriers, technology vendors and professional services firms. View the event website.
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The National Broadband Plan After Five Years: An Anchor Institution Progress Report

March 17, 2015

The Alliance for Excellent Education, SHLB Coalition, New America, and Benton Foundation on the five-year anniversary of the National Broadband Plan – reviewed the Community Anchor Institution broadband goals, accomplishments and unfinished work.  At the mid-point of the timeline for achieving the National Broadband Plan’s Goal #4 (calling for Anchor Institutions to have 1 Gigabit per second broadband by the year 2020), the United States has made great strides but has much more work to do. High-quality broadband is vitally important for schools, libraries, health providers and other anchor institutions to provide digital learning opportunities, tele-medicine services and other essential on-line services to their communities. The federal government and many state governments have taken significant steps to improve the broadband capabilities of the nation’s schools, libraries and health care providers, but we will need to re-double efforts to reach this goal by the year 2020, particularly in rural areas. View the event website.
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SHLB State of Broadband  

The Kansas Statewide Broadband Conference 

January 20-21, 2015

Capitalizing upon the momentum created by innovative Kansas communities, the Kansas Department of Commerce, in partnership with the SHLB Coalition, brought together community leaders from across the state to examine the current and future state of broadband connectivity. Critical stakeholders from schools, libraries, health-care providers, businesses, government, broadband Internet Service Providers, and many others convened to develop actionable strategies to accelerate access and utilization of broadband technologies. Video of plenary and breakout sessions available now.
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The 2014 Michigan Broadband Conference

October 29, 2014

Broadband and technology are critical to positioning Michigan at the forefront of the digital economy.  SHLB with Connect Michigan, a non-profit organization tasked with facilitating the expansion of broadband access, adoption, and use throughout the state, hosted a broadband and technology conference.The 2014 Michigan Broadband Conference brought together community leaders from education, libraries, economic development, local government, healthcare, and technology sectors to share and learn cross-collaborative best practices for expanding broadband and technology access, adoption, and use and move Michigan to the forefront of the digital economy.
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School/Library Partnerships and Other Anchor Institution Broadband Strategies

October 2, 2014

The Fall Symposium explored ​school-library ​broadband ​partnerships, ​the ​Connect ​America ​Fund ​reforms, ​and ​other ​strategies ​to ​promote ​broadband ​deployment ​for ​community ​anchor ​institutions. ​ ​Policy-makers, ​broadband ​providers ​and ​school/library ​representatives​ discussed ​the ​implications ​of ​the ​FCC's ​most ​recent ​E-rate ​order ​and ​the ​additional ​changes ​to ​the ​E-rate ​Program. View the full agenda.
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2014 SHLB Annual Conference 

May 7-9, 2014

The 2014 Annual Conference had a great variety of speakers from the public, private and non-profit sectors. Speakers included: Senator Ed Markey; Louis Fox, CEO, CENIC; Jon Wilkins, Managing Director, FCC; Jon Chambers, FCC Office of Strategic Plans and Policy; Matt Quinn, FCC Director of Healthcare Initiatives; Dr. Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools; Tom Power, Deputy Director, White House OSTP; Richard Culatta, U.S. Dept of Education; Laura Breeden, NTIA; Erica Swanson, Google; Michael Daum, Microsoft; Jeff Campbell, Cisco and ; Blair Levin, Executive Director, Gig.U. View the Program.
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Schools and Libraries Broadband Reform Seminar

October 1, 2013

The SHLB Coalition held its first Fall Seminar in 2013.  People gathered to learn and discuss the important issue of high capacity bandwidth for schools and libraries. View the agenda
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2013 SHLB Annual Conference

May 1-3, 2013

"Getting to Gigabit: The Future of Broadband for Anchor Institutions and Their Communities" was a successful SHLB Conference. It was attended by BTOP and BIP grantees, broadband providers, and policy-makers seeking to learn what they can do to promote economic growth and social inclusion through anchor institutions. View the agenda.