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How Municipalities and Industry Can Collaborate

June 8, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am UTC+0

How Municipalities and Industry Can Collaborate to Spur Broadband Deployment

Event Summary


While federal policies play a major role in U.S. broadband deployment, municipal-level efforts can make all the difference in establishing a successful, sustainable network—especially when it comes to infrastructure for next-generation wireless networks.

Robust connectivity to advanced broadband will enable innovative new services for consumers, businesses, and governments, but building out this network will require additional access to rights of way, utility poles, and public structures. Streamlining these processes will be more important than ever, but some local communities may be overwhelmed by permit applications, unsure of the best way to proceed, or continue to think in terms of old franchise-agreement models that are no longer effective. The federal government has powerful, if blunt, tools available when it comes to removing barriers to broadband deployment. But genuine cooperation between industry and municipalities may be even more effective in lowering the cost of entry and enabling robust, long-term growth of broadband services.

An open dialog to develop best practices and gain buy-in by all actors is the best way forward. Join ITIF for a conversation with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn followed by a panel discussion with both industry and municipalities to discuss opportunities and challenges for spurring broadband deployment.


Mignon Clyburn
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Keynote Speaker
Robert D. Atkinson
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Van Bloys
Senior Government Affairs Counsel
Wireless Infrastructure Association
Doug Brake
Senior Analyst, Telecom Policy
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Joanne Hovis
CTC Technology & Energy
Rebecca Hunter
External Affairs, Corporate Development & Strategy
Crown Castle
Hans Riemer
At-Large Member
Montgomery County Council
Bryan Tramont
Managing Partner
Wilkinson Barker Knauer