The Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) and NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association announce that they will be providing updates to their co-authored Broadband Infrastructure Playbook during a webinar on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at 11:00 am EDT. The playbook improvements include information from the NTIA Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) information released in May.
The two broadband organizations announced last December that they would work together to create a playbook to help state broadband agencies utilize US federal funds earmarked for broadband deployment (see “Fiber Broadband Association, NTCA team to provide the Broadband Infrastructure Playbook to States”). The playbook was released this past March ahead of the NTIA announcement in May. The new edition contains information from the NTIA announcement.
“With the latest update of the Broadband Infrastructure Playbook, we are providing states with the latest information as they begin to close the digital divide and build a future-proof, high-speed fiber infrastructure that will last for generations,” said Gary Bolton, President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association. “As deadlines approach and work is set to begin as states attempt to develop a five-year plan, the FBA stands ready to help ensure that every state and every home can take advantage of this golden opportunity to reach out to anyone and everyone bring community forward.”
“State offices are key players in addressing our country’s remaining broadband challenges, and even the best prepared of them have much work to do. Whether they’re retrofitting existing grant programs to meet NTIA requirements or creating entirely new broadband programs, our playbook is designed to help guide those efforts,” added Shirley Bloomfield, CEO of NTCA. “This playbook will help every state deliver on the promise of the BEAD program and create a better broadband future for all.”
In addition to Bolton, the following speakers will be heard during the July 12th webinar:
- Michael Romano, senior vice president of industry affairs and business development, NTCA
- Michael Dargue, Vice President, Cartesian
- Tom Cohen, FBA Advisor and Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
- Joanne Hovis, FBA Board Member and President, CTC Technology & Energy
- Ariane Schaffer, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google Fiber, and Co-Chairs of the FBA Public Policy Committee
- Jordan Gross, Manager, Federal Government Affairs, Corning.
Registration for the webinar is free; you do not have to be a member of either organization. Copies of the updated playbook are available on the Fiber Broadband Association website.
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