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Broadband Opportunities for Rural America


Broadband Opportunities

FCC/USDA Rural Broadband Educational Workshops

Workshop Presentations: Austin, Texas - September 18, 2008

The third FCC/USDA Rural Broadband Educational Workshop was held in Austin, TX on September 18, 2008. The following presentations were given during the course of the workshop:

Session I: Overview of Broadband Technologies

Chris Moore
Deputy Chief
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, FCC

pdf - PowerPoint

Session II: Spectrum Access and Use
FCC representatives discussed the frequency bands that can be used to provide broadband service, how to access licensed spectrum through auctions and secondary markets, and the rules for license-exempt spectrum. The panel closed with questions and answers.

Paul Murray
Legal Advisor to the Bureau Chief
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, FCC

pdf - PowerPoint

Matt Nodine
Special Counsel for Media & Public Affairs
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, FCC

pdf - PowerPoint

Ronald Repasi
Deputy Chief
Office of Engineering & Technology, FCC

pdf - PowerPoint

Session III: Broadband Funding Opportunities
An overview of the USDA's grant and loan programs for broadband service, the Universal Service Fund, the E-RATE Program, and the Rural Health Care Pilot Program, followed by questions and answers.

Mary Campanola
Outreach Coordinator
USDA Rural Development

pdf - PowerPoint

Thomas Buckley
Senior Deputy Chief
Telecommunications Access Policy Division
Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC

Rural Broadband Success Stories

Note: The presentations below are from companies who have used broadband spectrum in rural areas. The presentations are provided for informational purposes only. The FCC does not endorse any non-FCC product or service, or the individual company, the type of spectrum, or the technology used by the company and is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of the presentation.

Ed Evans
Stelera Wireless

Buddy Vaughan
ENMR Plateau Telecommunications
pdf - PowerPoint

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