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Broadband Opportunities for Rural America


Broadband Opportunities

FCC/USDA Rural Broadband Educational Workshops

Workshop Presentations: Saginaw, Michigan - June 19, 2008

The second FCC/USDA Rural Broadband Educational Workshop was held in Saginaw, MI on June 19, 2008. The following presentations were given during the course of the workshop:

Introduction and Overview of Broadband Technologies

James D. Schlichting
Acting Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, FCC
pdf - PowerPoint

Panel I: Broadband Funding Opportunities
This panel discussed 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

pdf - PowerPoint

Panel II: Spectrum Access and Use
This panel 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.

James D. Schlichting
Acting Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, FCC
pdf - PowerPoint

James Brown
Wireless Telecom Analyst, Mobility Division
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, FCC

pdf - PowerPoint

Ronald Repasi
Deputy Chief, Office of Engineering & Technology, FCC
pdf - PowerPoint

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.

Scott Zimmer
Air Advantage
Frankenmuth, Michigan

pdf - PowerPoint

John Ogren
SpeedNet, LLC
Saginaw, Michigan

pdf - PowerPoint

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