As your go-to resource for community anchor institution broadband, the SHLB Coalition is proud to host webinars featuring key industry leaders and researchers to discuss relevant broadband issues.
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.
USForward - Securing USF for the Future
September 27, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. ET
The Universal Service Fund (USF) programs are critical to connecting our nation, but the mechanism that funds these initiatives is unstable and much-needed reform is long overdue. In this webinar, the SHLB Coalition, INCOMPAS, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, and Public Knowledge join forces to unpack new research from Mattey Consulting, LLC that reveals the best path forward: Expanding the existing revenues-based contributions base to include revenues from broadband internet access. Speakers will cover how the FCC has authority to act, why revenues are the right answer compared to other options, and why doing nothing while waiting for Congress to act is unnecessary and unwise.
Featuring a USForward report overview by Carol Mattey, Mattey Consulting, LLC
Meet the Panel of Experts
- Moderator: Kelcee Griffis, senior telecom reporter, Law360
- Greg Guice, director of government affairs, Public Knowledge
- Michael Romano, senior vice president of industry affairs and business development, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association
- Lindsay Stern, attorney and policy adviser, INCOMPAS
- John Windhausen, executive director, SHLB Coalition
Repairing Broken Broadband Policy: A Conversation with Dr. Christopher Ali
September 29, 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. ET
Before the pandemic-driven surge of public investment in broadband networks, the federal government had subsidized rural broadband by approximately $6 billion a year. So why does the rural-urban digital divide persist? Why are we looking to the new infrastructure bill to solve a problem that should have been solved a decade ago? Author of Farm Fresh Broadband Dr. Christopher Ali argues that rural broadband policy is both broken and incomplete, proposing a new national broadband plan. Join SHLB Coalition Executive Director John Windhausen for a virtual fireside chat with Dr. Ali, to pick his brain on where the U.S. is going wrong and how to course correct rural broadband policy moving forward. And of course, they’ll discuss where community anchor institutions fit into it all.
Dr. Christopher Ali is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. He holds a PhD in Communication Studies from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include: communication policy and regulation, rural broadband, critical political economy, critical geography, media localism, and local news.
Establishing a Telehealth Center in Your Library
August 20, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET
Libraries play a critical role in maintaining the welfare and safety of our communities. As we move forward, telehealth in libraries will become increasingly important, enabling patrons who may lack internet access to connect to their healthcare providers. Join Craig Settles, author of the “Telehealth Guide to Connecting Library Patrons to Better Health,” the Indiana Library Federation’s Michael Williams, and ENA’s Brian Hubbard for best practices and tips for getting started in telehealth. Attendees will learn what telehealth looks like in a library setting, hear use cases of libraries that have established their own telehealth programs, and understand the broadband infrastructure needed to facilitate these programs.
Meet the Speakers
- Moderator: John Windhausen, executive director, SHLB Coalition
- Craig Settles, industry consultant
- Michael Williams, president, Indiana Library Federation
- Brian Hubbard, senior manager of customer services, ENA
SHLB Coalition members gain access to our entire archive of webinar recordings, listed below. Please be sure you are logged in to the membership portal before clicking the links below.
- April 2021 - Make-Ready for Broadband: Are Poles Getting in the Way?
- March 2021 - What Could Schools and Libraries Do With $7 Billion?
- February 2021 - RDOF's Impact on Anchor Institutions
- February 2021 - Biden and Broadband
- July 2020 - Back to School? Broadband Solutions for Online Learning
- May 2020 - Broadband on the Hill: A Legislative Update
- March 2020 - Anchoring State Broadband Efforts
- January 2020 - Unfinished Business in the RHC Program
- December 2019 - What's Next for E-rate Category Two?
- July 2019 - Mapping the Way to Better Broadband
- June 2019 - Scoring Congressional Broadband Proposals
- May 2019 - Update on TV White Space Technology
- April 2019 - How Anchors Can Be Digital Inclusion Leaders
- February 2019 - Key Concepts in Spectrum Policy
- January 2019 - Potential Pitfalls for E-rate Applicants
- December 2018 - Unsolved Mysteries of the Rural Health Care Program
- November 2018 - Broadband Legislation in the 116th Congress
- July 2018 - How EBS Impacts Anchor Institutions
- June 2018 - State Broadband Programs
- May 2018 - Decoding E-rate Fiber
- April 2018 - Federal Policy Overview
- March 2018 - Spectrum Options: EBS, TV WhiteSpace & More
- February 2018 - County Broadband Initiatives
- January 2018 - Libraries as Digital Inclusion Champions
- December 2017 - E-rate Fiber
- November 2017 - E-rate and the Homework Gap
- October 2017 - Connect America Fund Introductory Webinar
- September 2017 - Rural Health Care Program: Crisis, Funding, and the Future
- April 2017 - Rural Health Care Program
- March 2017 - Broadband in the Infrastructure Bill
- February 2017 - Successful Models for State Subsidy Programs
- January 2017 - Partnerships and Rural Broadband Needs
- November 2016 - Government Funding and Networks
- October 2016 - Reducing Broadband Costs: Competition & Infrastructure
- September 2016 - The First Steps in Creating a Broadband Plan