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Broadband Opportunities for Rural America


Broadband Opportunities

FCC/USDA Rural Broadband Educational Workshops

Workshop Presentations: Phoenix, Arizona - November 20, 2008

The fourth FCC/USDA Rural Broadband Educational Workshop was held in Phoenix, AZ on November 20, 2008. The opening welcome address was given by Eddie Browning, Arizona State Director, USDA Rural Development. 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.

Melvin Spann
Senior Engineer, Mobility Division, 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.

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.

J. D. Williams
General Manager, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority
pdf - PowerPoint

John Badal
CEO, Sacred Wind Communications, Inc.
pdf - PowerPoint

Harold Skow
Director of IT, Navajo Nation

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