Grow2Gig+ Webinar Series

Grow2Gig+ Webinar IconAs your go-to resource for community anchor institution broadband, the SHLB Coalition is proud to host webinars featuring key industry leaders and researchers around the topics in our Broadband Action Plan.

The most recently recorded webinar is available to the public for a month following its air date, but SHLB members may access the full archive of webinars through our online resource library.

SHLB webinars are free and open to the public.


Broadband Legislation in the Next Congress

November 15, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET


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Congress has been very active in the broadband arena throughout 2018, allocating funding for both mapping and deployment. In the midst of controversial issues, legislators agree that closing the digital divide through broadband deployment is an urgent, non-partisan priority. But will that change following the midterm elections? That's exactly the topic of discussion for our upcoming webinar.

Join SHLB Executive Director John Windhausen, Perry Bayliss Government Relations LLC Principal Kim Bayliss, and Wiley Rein LLP Partner Shawn Chang for an in-depth conversation about the election results and what they mean for community anchor institution broadband.

Meet the Panel

  • Moderator: John Windhausen, Executive Director, SHLB Coalition
  • Kim Bayliss, Principal, Perry Bayliss Government Relations
  • Shawn Chang, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP



Unsolved Mysteries of the Rural Health Care Program

December 11, 2018
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET

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Meet the Panel

  • ModeratorJeff Mitchell, Of Counsel, Lukas, LaFuria, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP 
  • Dan Holdhusen, Director of Government Relations, Good Samaritan Society 
  • Karen Brinkmann, Managing Member, Karen Brinkmann PLLC
  • Tracy Olson, Program Manager, NC Telehealth Network

Rural Health Care (RHC) Program participants have been asking a lot of questions over the last few months - both about the uncertain future of the program and about FY2018 funding requests. But the biggest question of all for FY2018 applicants is simply, "When will I know if my funding has been approved?"

Applications for this funding year were due by June 29, yet we're now five months into FY2018 and still have little knowledge of whose requests have been approved. USAC's cryptic statement in their November 1st newsletter that, "qualifying single-year funding requests with no upfront costs will be fully-funded," leaves several open questions: How much total funding have FY2018 applicants requested? Will the sub-cap for multi-year applications be sufficient to fund all consortia requests?

Register for SHLB's webinar at 1 p.m. ET on December 11 to explore these and the other "mysteries" of the RHC program. 

About the Speakers

Jeff Mitchell
Of Counsel, Lukas, LaFuria, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP 

Mr. Mitchell specializes in federal and state universal service issues with a focus on policy advocacy, applications for funding, and compliance. Mr. Mitchell has successfully represented numerous statewide and regional broadband networks seeking funding through the Rural Health Care program and in connection with the Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program.

Mr. Mitchell has also represented carriers in matters relating to universal service contribution obligations, and clients participating in the Schools and Libraries (or “E-rate”) and Lifeline programs. While an attorney at the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) from 2003-2010, Mr. Mitchell handled universal service contributions matters including appeals, audits, Federal Communications Commission enforcement referrals, universal service contributor delinquencies and bankruptcy.

Mr. Mitchell was the first director of beneficiary compliance audits at USAC and directed the broadband infrastructure investment program known as the Rural Health Care Pilot Program. Prior to joining USAC, Mr. Mitchell was in private practice in Washington, D.C., working in a variety of areas including antitrust, general litigation, and regulatory compliance.

Mr. Mitchell received his J.D. degree from the Georgetown University in 1997 and his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1993. He is a member of the District of Columbia bar, but is not currently an active member of the Commonwealth of Virginia bar.

Dan Holdhusen
Director of Government Relations, Good Samaritan Society

Dan Holdhusen serves as the Director of Government Relations for The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society – also commonly referred to as the Society or Good Sam. In his role, Dan serves as the public policy voice for the Society on the national level as it carries out its 95 year-old mission of representing and serving the needs of approximately 20,000 individuals across 24 states in the Society’s footprint. He also works arm-in-arm with several state-wide executives in advocating on the state level.

Prior to joining Good Sam, Dan served as a CEO in the electric utility industry where he learned about the government’s role in regulating industries. He joined the Society in 1992, serving for 10 years as its Chief Financial Officer. He was then appointed as a senior vice president supporting the Society’s operations until he chose to retire in 2010 when he moved to the Kansas City area to be closer to his family. There, he attempted to find contentment in retirement and enjoy his four grandchildren. After undertaking a number of special projects for the Society (and failing miserably at retirement), Dan accepted a call to serve full time in his current role where he can exercise his passion for advocating on behalf of our nation’s seniors. In his various capacities with Good Sam, he has served a total of 26 years.

Karen Brinkmann
Managing Member, Karen Brinkmann PLLC

Karen Brinkmann is a sole practitioner in Washington, D.C., where she represents companies in the telecommunications, media, and technology sectors. Her law practice combines transactional, regulatory, legislative and controversy work. In her prior career she served as special assistant to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and partner in the international law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP. She is active in the Federal Communications Bar Association and sits on the board of several nonprofit organizations. Ms. Brinkmann is a graduate of Brown University and New York University School of Law.

Tracy Olson
Program Manager, NC Telehealth Network

Tracy works with clients to enhance their business processes through business analysis, project management, and technology solutions.

Tracy currently serves as the NC Telehealth Network (NCTN) program manager. In this role, Tracy led the business process changes and technology solutions to prepare the team for the substantial growth they knew would occur in the transition from the Rural Healthcare Pilot Program to the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program. In four years, NCTN has more than tripled the number of HCF services and reserved over $20M in HCF funding while maintaining a very low administrative overhead.

Previous roles in information technology include program and project management, managing a business analyst team for a healthcare insurance company, business analysis and Lean Six Sigma consulting, and Agile project management for custom software development. She started her IT career as custom software developer and database administrator.