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Using Data and Mapping Tools to Implement Successful Broadband Programs
The U.S. Is Poised to Begin Closing the Broadband Gap. Are You Prepared?

Working together, the government, broadband service providers, and NGOs have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to close the nation’s broadband gaps by tapping into more than $100 billion in federal funds tied to Covid relief, the American Rescue Plan Act, and the recent Infrastructure Investment Act.

National, regional, and local success will depend on collaboration to successfully plan and implement the joint investment of public and private funds. Doing so efficiently, while focusing on measurable outcomes for the American people and shareholders, is possible at a relatively small cost.

LightBox has assembled a panel of practitioner experts from government and industry who will discuss data, tools, best practices, and success stories based on their personal experience.

In the next 1.5 hours, gain insight into:

- The central role data plays in policy development and in planning and managing broadband program investment priorities to achieve access
and adoption goals. Does better data lead to better decisions?
- Examples of how broadband projects have used data, analysis, and mapping tools to succeed
- Data that is readily available and where it can best fit in the framework of a strategy
- Data quality: What is it and how does it affect outcomes?
- Examples of successful public-private collaborations that can serve as blueprints
- What is needed, and what works, to translate data into action

Bill Price, Vice President Government Solutions, LightBox

Bryan Darr, Vice President, Smart Communities, Ookla

Eric McRae, Director of Information Technology Outreach Services
University of Georgia, Carl Vinson Institute of Government

Tom Reid, President and Founder, Reid Consulting Group

Jeffrey Zern, Vice President, Strategy, Windstream

This webinar will be recorded and provided to all who register within a few business days after the event.

Dec 8, 2021 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Bryan Darr
Vice-President of Smart Communities @Ookla
Bryan Darr is the Vice-President of Smart Communities at Ookla. His focus is on bringing Ookla’s vast network performance and coverage intelligence to the public sector and to the telecom infrastructure industry. State and local governments are hard at work protecting the public interest and ensuring digital inclusion, while simultaneously working with network providers on 5G and IoT deployments necessary to stay competitive, increase efficiencies and create smarter communities that provide a higher quality of life for all. Bryan founded Mosaik in 1988 (originally branded as American Roamer) and began developing consumer roaming guides. Soon, Mosaik was researching and designing mobile operator coverage maps enabling them to market the reach of their mobile networks. In June 2018, Mosaik was acquired by Ookla.
Eric McRae
Director of Information Technology Outreach Services @University of Georgia, Carl Vinson Institute of Government
Eric McRae is responsible for the Institute of Government’s Office of Information Technology Outreach Services (ITOS), which helps state and local governments incorporate into their operations a wide array of geographic information systems (GIS) technology, including parcel mapping, digitizing paper maps, and integrating transportation/addressing systems. ITOS also develops web-based applications as well as content management system based websites. He has managed multiple local, state, national, and international GIS projects and initiatives and has served on and chaired numerous GIS and information technology boards and committees, including the National States Geographic Information Council. Eric was integral in the development of the state of Georgia Broadband Map.
Tom Reid
President and Founder @Reid Consulting Group
Tom Reid has nearly 40 years of experience in the technology sector. His experience includes advising both public and private-industry clients on strategic planning, technology architecture, competitive bidding, and project management. His work spans multiple industries including healthcare, telecommunications, major universities, government agencies and niche manufacturing. The wealth of industry experience and his highly collaborative approach makes the difference between short-term solutions and long-term impact for his clients. He is a recognized authority on broadband, his strong leadership and both industry and technical insight has resulted in nearly $200 million in funding for client projects. He speaks frequently to policymakers and influential audiences on infrastructure, GIS mapping, demographics, and funding challenges related to middle and last-mile broadband networks.
Jeffrey Zern
Vice President, Strategy @Windstream
Jeffrey Zern is Vice President of Strategy within the Kinetic business unit at Windstream, which services the residential and small-to-medium business customers. He has more than 10 years’ experience in the communications industry. His primary responsibilities are seeking out, applying for, and securing grants to deploy broadband to rural locations within the Windstream service territory. Jeffrey served in various accounting and finance roles before taking over the Strategy team. He has a BBA in Accounting from Harding University and holds an inactive CPA license in Arkansas.