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BroadbandUSA Newsletter March 2018

Thu, March 01, 2018

Volume 3 | Issue 3| March 2018

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Public-Private Partnerships and Broadband and Smart City Deployment

This month, the BroadbandUSA webinar will highlight successful public-private partnerships in deploying broadband in unserved areas. Here are just a few examples that are making a difference in access to broadband throughout the country.

In south-central Minnesota, the RS Fiber Cooperative (named after Renville and Sibley Counties) is a model public-private partnership that now includes 10 small cities and 17 rural townships. The broadband network is operated by Hiawatha Broadband Communications (HBC) of Winona, Minn. HBC evolved from a non-profit initiative to connect educational institutions through a fiber-optic network. The RS Fiber has learned that a successful public-private partnership depends on local community involvement; a committed telecommunications partner; and a strong team for consulting, legal, banking, operational, engineering, and construction services.

A strong public-private partnership is also critical for rolling out advanced services such as fifth generation (5G) wireless broadband services and smart city/smart rural applications. For example, Verizon is partnering with the City of Sacramento to upgrade infrastructure to create a more mobile sustainable city. The partnership includes free Wi-Fi, in public parks, digital kiosk and STEM education support. In Texas, AT&T is partnering with the Dallas Innovation Alliance to launch the DIA Smart Cities Living Lab. The Lab works with more than 20 city departments and 30 partner organizations to create solutions to “solve city problems, conserve resources and create an inclusive and prosperous city.” NTIA will also be facilitating a number of public-private partnerships to advance the Internet of Things and create replicable projects for rural communities and partyers through the Global Cities Team Challenge Smart Agriculture and Rural Supercluster.

(Photo: Chelsea Collier, Smart Cities Connect Editor-At-Large, interviews Dennis Gakunga, Chief Sustainability Officer, Chula Vista, California. Courtesy of Smart Cities Connect.)

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BroadbandUSA Spotlight

On February 6, 2018, the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) held its 9th Annual Broadband and Social Justice Summit on the impact of media, telecommunications and technology policy on the most vulnerable communities. Leaders from government, industry, social organizations and advocacy groups converged on Washington, D.C., to address topics such as Smart Cities, advanced telecommunications infrastructure 5G buildout, digital diversity and digital empowerment. delivered remarks at the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council's Broadband & Social Justice Summit in Washington, D.C. Mr. Redl acknowledged longstanding disparities in Internet use based on race and ethnicity, among other demographic gaps. He noted that “NTIA is partnering with the Commerce Department's Office of Civil Rights and North Carolina Central University to promote collaboration among the CIOs of North Carolina's 11 historically Black Colleges and Universities.” He emphasized that NTIA seeks to enhance broadband on the campuses and the surrounding communities, “with the ultimate goal of advancing local economic development.” Click here to read the transcript of his remarks. For more information, see MMTC 2018 Summit.


NTIA Events

March 20, 2018
Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Broadband Summit Conference
BroadbandUSA, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, will host a Broadband Summit about ''Creating Partnerships to Ensure Access for All.'' This no-cost regional work- shop targets broadband stakeholders at the local, regional, state and federal level as well as internet service providers and community organizations. Attendees will explore ways to partner to increase broadband deploy- ment and improve broadband adoption to advance their overarching goals. For further information please con- tact Janice Wilkins at (202) 482-5791 or

March 21, 2018
BroadbandUSA Practical Broadband Conversations: Focus on States from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT.
Topic: Broadband Public-Private Partnerships: Delivering Solutions for America’s Communities
Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT
Overview: Join BroadbandUSA for a practical conversation on broadband public-private partnerships and how to create successful partnerships for different types of projects and communities. Learn about the successes, challenges, and risks as well as specific details on implementation and management steps. Our speakers will high- light their experiences with public- private partnerships in deploying broadband networks, implementing smart cities, powering the Internet of Things, and creating digital inclusion projects.

  • Danielle DuMerer, Chief Information Officer and Commissioner, Department of Innovation & Technology, City of Chicago

  • Kara Silbernagel, Pitkin County, Colorado & Evan Biagi, Vice President of Colorado Operations, Mammoth Networks, Inc.

  • James Fortune, Town of Cranberry Isles, Maine & Mark Ouellette, President, Axiom Technologies

  • Dennis Gakunga, Chief Sustainability Officer, Economic Development Department, City of Chula Vista, CA

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Events of Interest

March 3 - 7, 2018
National Association of Counties (NACo) 2018 Legislative Conference, Washington, D.C.
Conference for over 2,000 elected and appointed county officials to focus on federal policy issues that impact counties and residents. Attendees will participate in educational sessions and interact with federal officials.

March 5 - 8, 2018
South by Southwest (SXSW) EDU, Austin, TX.
SXSW EDU features a diverse array of speakers, sessions, workshops, learning experiences, policy discussions and film screenings programmed to foster learning and discovery for all education stakeholders.

March 5 - 8, 2018
National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) Reservation Economic Summit,Las Vegas, NV.
RES will feature access to tribal leaders, members of Congress, federal agency representatives, state and local elected officials and top CEO’s, on a national platform. Attendees will benefit from networking, teaming opportunities, business development sessions, American Indian Artisan Market, and much more.

March 6 - 8, 2018
WISPAMERICA Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) Meeting,Birmingham, Alabama.
WISPA is bringing together Internet Service Providers, industry experts and leading suppliers.

March 11 - 14, 2018
National League of Cities (NLC) 2018 Congressional City Conference, Washington, D.C.
More than 2,000 city leaders will gather to represent and advocate for the interests of cities in the Nation's Capital.

March 18 - 21, 2018
WTA Advocates for Rural Broadband 2018 Spring Meeting,Destin, FL.
WTA is a member-driven association strengthening the ability of its members to provide affordable, advanced broadband and communications services in rural America through advocacy and education.

March 19 - 21, 2018
National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) 2018 Washington Policy Conference,Arlington, VA
The NADO Washington Conference will be held in conjunction with the Development District Association of Appalachia Annual Conference.

April 19, 2018
2018 Georgia Institute of Technology Tech Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) Industry Innovation Day: Intelligent Health, Atlanta, GA.
The theme of this year’s IPaT Industry Innovation Day is Intelligent Health— integrating advancements in science, technology, and design that create longer, healthier, and more fulfilling lives.

Policy Corner

On March 6, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information David Redl testified before the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology on the Oversight of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. In his testimony, Mr. Redl noted that “[t]his is an exciting time to lead NTIA, which plays a vital role in many important areas of telecommunications. Whether it is broadband deployment, the digital economy, or managing our government spectrum resources, NTIA is at the forefront of preserving and advancing our information economy.” Mr. Redl’s testimony is available here and you can view the hearing at

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