2024 Co-chairs 

Michael Calabrese

Open Technology Institute

Philip Neufeld

Fresno Unified School District

SHLB Staff Contacts: Kristen Corra and Eric Fredell

The group serves as a discussion forum to educate participants and the broader SHLB community about emerging trends and technologies in the wireless space, and advocate for policies that support the needs of anchor institutions and their surrounding communities.

May Meeting Summary 

May 16, 2024: Todd Melby, Solutions Architect Fixed Wireless Practice with Netsync walked us through common wireless carrier budgeting processes and provisioning of private LTE systems.

John Harrington, CEO for Funds for Learning, discussed how the E-Rate second modernization order provided a framework for "self" provisioned RF networks that enabled competition and resulted in lower financial demand on the program.

Full meeting notes for this and prior meetings are available to members here.

Focal areas of the group include:

  • Showcasing anchor institutions projects/initiatives that make use of, and especially innovative use of, spectrum to serve their constituencies, including the surrounding community. 
  • Providing educational content and information exchange to members who are planning to use wireless technologies and spectrum in their communities and wish to learn from others who have done so. 
  • Identifying and shaping policy solutions that ensure adequate unlicensed and licensed (including shared-licensed) spectrum is available for use by anchor institutions, and the providers that serve anchor institutions. 
  • Identifying and shaping policies that make (anchor-led) wireless networking solutions that serve the public interest eligible for (federal) financial support/subsidies.
  • Executive Officer, Information Technology
  • Matthew Elder, IT Business Operations Director, Boulder Valley School District
  • Melissa Slawson, General Counsel and V.P. of Government Affairs and Education, GeoLinks
June 2019
The Economic Benefit of Keeping the "E" in "EBS"

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