May
20
2015

E-Rate Fiber Build Workshop

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT
Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305), 445 12th St. SW, Washington DC 20554

The E-rate Fiber Build Workshop provided E-rate applicants, providers, and state and local policy makers with information and tools for planning fiber build projects under the new E-rate rules, with a focus on issues applicants need to consider in order to choose the most cost-effective plans for deploying fiber.

Workshop Speaker Biographies

 

AGENDA

 

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Lisa Hone, Associate Bureau Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC
  • Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner, FCC

 

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Panel 1: Overview of Fiber Rules

The FCC’s Managing Director will discuss the changes the FCC adopted to the E-rate rules in the Second E-rate Modernization Order to allow schools and libraries more options for applying for E-rate funding for fiber builds beginning in funding year 2016.

Discussants:

  • Jon Wilkins, Managing Director, FCC
  • Joe Freddoso, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Mighty River, LLC and former President and Chief Executive Officer of MCNC

 

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Panel 2: Statewide and Regional Case Studies

Presenters will provide brief summaries of their fiber build projects. The expert panelists will ask questions and help explore the lessons learned from past projects that will be relevant to E-rate applicants seeking E-rate funding for new fiber builds.

Moderator:
Jonathan Chambers, Chief, Office of Strategic Planning, FCC
Project Presenters:

  • Jeff Egly, Associate Director, and Ray Timothy, CEO and Executive Director, Utah Education Network
  • Ken Wiggin, Connecticut State Librarian
  • John Gillispie, Executive Director, Missouri Research and Education Network

Experts:

  • Lorrie Germann, Ohio State E-Rate Coordinator
  • Brent Fontana, Strategic Project Group Lead, Zayo

 

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Break

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Panel 3: School District and Local Case Studies

Presenters will provide brief summaries of their fiber build projects. The expert panelists will ask questions and help explore the lessons learned from past projects that will be relevant to E-rate applicants seeking E-rate funding for new fiber builds.

Moderator:
Chas Eberle, Attorney Advisor, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC
Project Presenters:

  • Rob Dietrich, Superintendent, Lee County Schools (NC); Rocco DiSanto, CEO, BroadPlex, LLC
  • Michael Moore, Superintendent
  • Russ Selken, Senior Director of Network Services, California K12HSN; Butte County Office of Education

Experts:

  • Sheryl Abshire, CTO, Calcasieu Parish Public Schools
  • Greg Green, President, FatBeam
  • Yasmin Narielvala, Director of District Programs, EducationSuperHighway

 

4:15 pm – 4:55 pm
Panel 4: Fiber Planning Tools

Presenters will demonstrate mapping, data analysis, and cost modeling tools designed to assess bandwidth demand and evaluate the cost-effectiveness of fiber build options.

Moderator:
Sibo McNally, Attorney Advisor, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC
Presenters:

  • Sarah Klein, Administrator of the Division of Business & Communications Services, Wisconsin Public Service Commission
  • Matt Stark, Support Services Manager, Genesee Intermediate School District (MI)

 

4:55 pm – 5:00 pm
Concluding Remarks

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