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November 22, 2017

Headliners Announced for Broadband Workshop 103: A Deeper Dive

Broadband and Your Community Workshop 103: A Deeper Dive

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Broadband and Your Community Workshop 103: A Deeper Dive
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
First Federal Center, Hazard, KY

Be sure to join us on November 14th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Federal Center in Hazard, Kentucky for Broadband and Your Community Workshop 103: A Deeper Dive. In Workshop 101 and 102 we discussed industry terms, network ownership, and community engagement. Now we will take a deeper dive into the financing and building of a broadband network. This is your opportunity to learn from experienced industry and civic leaders on how to construct a broadband network in your community.


Workshop Headliners

Mark DeFalco, Telecommunications Initiative Manager, Appalachian Regional Commission

Mark DeFalcoMark DeFalco has worked in the Telecommunications Industry for over 30 years. He has worked for a regional Bell company, a rural telephone holding company, a large inter-exchange carrier and several competitive local exchange carriers. Mark specialized in competitive market entry and inter-carrier compensation issues. He has testified before state Public Service Commissions and state legislative committees in over 20 states.

He currently works at the Appalachian Regional Commission addressing rural telecom and broadband issues.

Also speaking will be a panel of experts on Federal Government Funding Programs including:

Anthony Hollinsworth, Director of Community Facilities and Water and Waste Programs, U.S. Department of Agriculture, KY State Office
Anthony grew up on a small family farm in Monroe County, Kentucky and graduated from Tompkinsville High School. He attended college at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Economics, and a Master of Business Administration degree. He began his career with the USDA in 1987 as an Assistant County Supervisor in the Winchester, KY Office, and has worked in numerous offices and positions throughout the state, before accepting a position as Community Programs Specialist in the Kentucky State Office in 2005. Currently, as the Program Director, he manages and oversees the Community Facilities and Water and Waste Programs of Rural Development. These programs provide loan and grant assistance throughout the state to finance essential Community Facilities and infrastructure needs in rural communities.

James E. Wilson, General Field Representative for Kentucky and Indiana, USDA, Rural Utilities Service
Mr. Wilson joined the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Telecommunications Program in January of 2005. He is the General Field Representative for the states of Kentucky and Indiana. Prior to this, Mr. Wilson worked 14 years as a consulting engineer for KY, WV, OH and TN ILECS. His consulting experience included designing outside plant facilities, fiber optic networks and central office switching deployments. Mr. Wilson is a 1990 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering

Lori Sherwood, JD, Director of Broadband Development for Vantage Point Solutions
Lori SherwoodLori Sherwood has actively worked in broadband and telecommunications in the municipal space for over 15 years. Lori’s prior work experience includes serving as Of Counsel with the Denver law firm of Kissinger & Fellman, P.C, where she specialized in local governments, information technology, telecommunications, community broadband networks, legislation, lobbying and federal affairs. Prior to that, Lori worked for Howard County, Maryland – first as the Cable Administrator and then as the Broadband Program Director for the nationally recognized One Maryland Inter-County Broadband Network (ICBN) initiative ($100 million dollar broadband stimulus initiative). Lori is a nationally recognized leader in telecommunications and broadband policy and she is a current member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) – an association representing local government interests in telecommunications. Lori holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from The American University, and a Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, from University of Baltimore School of Law. She is Admitted to the Maryland Bar.

Melissa Mitchell, Customer Operations Manager, Twin Lakes
Melissa MitchellMelissa Mitchell is the Customer Operations Manager at Twin Lakes in Middle Tennessee. She has served in various positions at the Cooperative that span engineering, marketing and customer service in her 28-year career at Twin Lakes. She studied at Tri-County Vocational School and Tennessee College of Applied Technology. Her diverse experiences in Telecom operations have proven helpful in the successful opening of Twin Lakes’ seventh business office in the Competitive Cookeville market.  Melissa plays a leading role on the Twin Lakes team as they are working with electric & telecom cooperatives in Tennessee to bridge the broadband gap.

Pamela Farmer, State Director for Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce (invited) and more!


Don’t miss the 3rd in a series of Workshops aimed at helping local leaders to understand the challenges, pitfalls and opportunities as they consider how to best bring high speed broadband to their communities.

Registration is FREE, lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Larry R. Combs, Broadband Implementation Manager at lrcombs@centertech.com or 606-677-6000.

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Broadband and Your Community Workshop 103: A Deeper Dive
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
First Federal Center, Hazard, KY

Larry Combs, Broadband Implementation Manager for The Center for Rural Development presenting at the workshop.

Larry Combs, Broadband Implementation Manager for The Center for Rural Development presenting at the workshop.

Workshop attendees networking during a break.

Workshop attendees networking during a break.

 

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