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.


Key Concepts in Spectrum Policy

February 21, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET



Slides Available Here

What do the gaps in your TV channels, the "homework gap", Educational Broadband Service (EBS), and 5G all have in common? All are current hot topics in the field of broadband spectrum, which has been buzzing with activity over the last few years. It’s all very exciting, but can be difficult to follow for those new to the spectrum policy sphere. “Key Concepts in Spectrum Policy” offers the need-to-know background on the different licensing regimes, the key proceedings at the FCC, the relationship between spectrum and 5G, and why it all matters for community anchor institutions.

Meet the Panel

  • Moderator: Sean Taketa McLaughlin, Executive Director, Access Humboldt
  • Michael Calabrese, Director of the Wireless Future Project, Open Technology Institute
  • Mark Colwell, Director of Telecommunications Strategy, Voqal
  • Christopher Wieczorek, Director of Spectrum Policy, T-Mobile


Potential Pitfalls for E-rate Applicants

January 23, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET


Watch the Recording

Slides Available Here

The FCC modernized its E-rate policies in 2014 to encourage fiber build-out to rural schools and libraries. The implementation of these policies has unfortunately been fraught with confusion, and this year is no different. The expiration of the suspension of the amortization policy has put hundreds of upcoming special construction E-rate projects in FY2019 at risk. USAC’s inconsistent interpretations of the FCC’s gift rule have had a chilling effect on product demonstrations, preventing schools and libraries from selecting the most cost-effective services. Furthermore, the inconsistent guidance around the drop-down menu on Form 470 may still cause applicants to be unfairly denied over a technicality.

With the E-rate filing window opening from January 16 to March 27, “Potential Pitfalls for E-rate Applicants” is a must-watch webinar for E-rate applicants. The webinar features seasoned E-rate experts discussing practical tips to avoid application "traps" and obtain E-rate funding in 2019.

Meet the Panel

  • Moderator:John Windhausen, Exexcutive Director, SHLB Coalition
  • John Harrington, CEO, Funds For Learning
  • Cathy Cruzan, President, Funds For Learning
  • Gina Spade, Founder, Broadband Legal Strategies