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Released: March 7, 2014


Federal Communications Commission

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445 12th St., S.W.


Washington, D.C. 20554

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DA 14-320

March 7, 2014


GN Docket No. 13-5

WC Docket No. 10-90

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provides an initial agenda and panelist
information for the Rural Broadband workshop scheduled for March 19, 2014 in the Commission
Meeting Room (TW-C305), 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C., 20554. The Rural Broadband
workshop will focus on the importance of broadband in rural America and include presentations designed
to elicit information to help develop “ideas about how to structure experiments that will inform our policy
decisions regarding the deployment of next generation networks in rural, high-cost areas.”1


9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks – Chairman Wheeler

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Panel 1: Broadband Needs, Challenges and Opportunities in Rural America

This panel will discuss the critical need for high-speed broadband in rural areas
for individual consumers, businesses, and community anchor organizations. The
panel will focus on the specific impact that access to broadband has on
education, healthcare, and economic development.

Introductory Remarks:

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn


Jeff Fastnacht

, Superintendent, Ellendale School, Ellendale, ND

Charles Fluharty

, President and CEO, Rural Policy Research Institute

Brian Kelley

, CEO, Ag Technologies

Thomas F. Klobucar

, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Office of Rural Health, U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs

Linda Lord

, Maine State Librarian

Don Means

, Coordinator, Gigabit Libraries Network

1 Technology Transitions et al., GN Docket No. 13-5 et al., Order, Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking, Report and Order, Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Proposal for Ongoing Data
Initiative, FCC 14-5, at para. 91 (rel. Jan. 31, 2014) (Technology Transitions Order).

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Panel 2: Rural Broadband Buildout - Effective Strategies & Lessons


This panel will examine issues that incentivize different types of providers
to deploy broadband in rural communities, factors that determine the type
of technology deployed, and the current and future capabilities of different

Introductory Remarks:

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly


Will Aycock

, General Manager, Greenlight Community Broadband, City of

Wilson, NC

Michael Cook

, Senior Vice President, North America Division, Hughes Network


Jimmy Copeland

, Director of Special Projects, Troy Cablevision, Inc.

Cecil Lara

, Director Network Planning, AT&T

Denny Law

, General Manager/CEO, Golden West Telecommunications

Ben Moncrief

, Director, Government Relations, C Spire

Alex Phillips

, CEO,
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Panel 3: State Strategies to Meet the Rural Broadband Challenge

This panel will examine the important role that states can play in ensuring
the availability and adoption of broadband in rural communities.


Ben Dobbs

, Deputy Director, Massachusetts Broadband Institute (invited)

David Salway

, Director, New York State Broadband Program Office

Catherine Sandoval

, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

Lori Sorenson

, Chief Operating Officer, Bureau of Communications &
Computer Services, Illinois Central Management Services

Ray Timothy

, Ph.D., CEO/Executive Director, Utah Education Network
The FCC will attempt to accommodate as many attendees as possible; however, admittance will
be limited to seating availability. The Commission will provide audio and/or video coverage of the
meeting over the Internet from the FCC’s Web page at Open captioning will be
provided for this event. Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon
request. Please include a description of the accommodation you will need and tell us how to contact you
if we need more information. Make your request as early as possible. Last minute requests will be
accepted, but may be impossible to fill. Send an e-mail to or call the Consumer &
Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).


- This Workshop is open to the public. All attendees are advised to arrive approximately 30
minutes prior to the start of the workshop to allow time to go through our security process.


- To view the webcast, go to on the day of the event. Viewers may submit
questions by e-mail to and/or via Twitter at #FCCRuralBroadband.

Website –

Updates to the agenda, as well as panelist materials will be available on the workshop’s
website at
For additional information about the workshop, please contact Patrick Halley at 202-418-7550, or
via e-mail at

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