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September 25, 2022

Broadband and Your Community Workshop 101: Getting Started

June 29, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Center for Rural Development
2292 US-27
Somerset, KY 42501

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Have you been looking for ways to enhance your broadband availability in your community? Do you need more bandwidth for growing jobs in your area of Kentucky? How can you, as a community leader or business person, find out what KentuckyWired can do for your area?

Be sure to join us on June 29th at The Center for Rural Development for Broadband in Your Community Workshop 101: Getting Started. This workshop will highlight network ownership and financing, plant construction and network management, broadband providers and partners. Learn from industry and civic leaders how to build community support for broadband expansion and adoption.

Get your “County Officials Training Program”  training hours by attending – 4.75 Training hours credit by the Kentucky Department for Local Government County Officials Training Program.


Registration is FREE. Lunch will be provided to attendees.

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Broadband and Your Community Workshop 101: Getting Started


Philip K. Brown, Executive Director of KCNA

Phillip K. Brown is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Communications Network Authority and former Chief of Staff for the Kentucky Cabinet for Tourism, Arts, and Heritage. Phillip has 18 years of experience in public policy with non-profit organizations, trade associations, and the U.S. Congress. He is a graduate of Centre College in Danville, and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Louisville.

Joel Mulder, Vice President of Sales for eX2 Technology

Joel Mulder has been in the communications and physical security markets for more than 35 years. He has worked with both public and private entities to design, construct, maintain and market both wireless and wireline networks in all areas of the country. Many of these networks have been public/private partnerships that enabled rural areas to receive advanced communications services on an open access basis.

Leslie Combs, Former State Representative and Public Servant

A Central Kentucky native who spent much of the last decade serving in the state House of Representatives, Leslie Combs has earned a reputation as a fierce advocate for those hit hardest by the twin downturns in the economy and the coal industry. At the same time, she is increasingly recognized as one of the country’s leading experts in public-private partnerships, an innovative field that is helping to overhaul the nation’s infrastructure, put people to work, and make government run more efficiently.

Preliminary Agenda

10:00 a.m. – Welcome by Lonnie Lawson, President and CEO of The Center for Rural Development

10:10 to 12:00 p.m. – Workshop Sessions with Audience Questions and Answer segments on:

  • Kentucky Wired – what does that mean for my community and progress update.
  • What are the financing obstacles and opportunities for broadband networks and who owns the network?

Luncheon Speaker:
Former Kentucky State Representative, Leslie Combs. Leslie will discuss the recent legislation creating Public Private Partnerships and how this may be helpful as your community looks to bring High speed internet to rural Eastern Kentucky.

1:00  to 3:00 – Workshop Sessions with Audience Question and Answer Segments on:

  • What kind of network should we build in our community and what does it take to manage a telecommunications network?
  • How can I get my community to support whatever effort we pursue in bringing high speed broadband to rural Eastern Kentucky?

3:10 to 3:45  – How might your community work with current telecommunication providers and who might be willing to be a partner?

3:45 to 4:00 – Wrap up and announcements!

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