Broadband Communities

Show Guide 2019

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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52 BROADBAND COMMUNITIES SUMMIT 2019 Show Guide Sponsor SPEAKERS Hilda Legg State Director of Kentucky, Rural Development USDA Hilda Legg, an experienced professional with proven leadership skills and extensive knowledge of the challenges of rural broadband, was appointed by the Trump administration as state director for Kentucky in November 2017. Now serving under her fourth President, Hilda brings vast knowledge and a wide variety of skills from experience in public, nonprofit and private industries. Legg previously served in a key role at USDA Rural Development during the George W. Bush administration as Administrator for Rural Utilities Service. Prior to her appointment as state director, she ran a small business advocating for the need to bring broadband access to rural residents. Her leadership experience includes serving under President George H.W. Bush as the Alternate Federal Co-Chairman for the Appalachian Regional Commission. With the primary duty of representing and promoting economic policy, she assisted managing a budget of $190 million to create jobs in Appalachia, improve education, and build infrastructure to support the region of 21 million people. At the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky, Legg served as the first executive director and CEO. The Center is considered a national model for rural economic development. Under Ronald Reagan's administration, Legg worked at the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to that role, she was a teacher in Adair County schools. With a career based in teaching, Hilda recognizes the critical role broadband plays in the future of education, which is one reason she remains committed to bringing high-speed internet to all of Kentucky. Ben Lewis-Ramirez Director of Business Development Foresite Group Lewis-Ramirez has worked in almost every facet of the OSP engineering world, from fieldwork to design engineering to permitting and project management, giving him a holistic view of large-scale network deployments. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two children. Casey Lide Principal Baller Stokes & Lide, PC Lide represents local governments and public power utilities in matters involving telecommunications, cable television, high-speed data communications, internet access, wireless telecommunications, right-of-way management, pole and conduit attachments and barriers to the public-sector entry into telecommunications. He has expertise assisting public- and private-sector clients on contract drafting and negotiation matters, having successfully executed dozens of fiber optic IRUs and leases, easements, franchises, attachment agreements, ISP service agreements, interconnection and collocation agreements, strategic memorandums of understanding and other documents. Lide regularly works with multidisciplinary teams of legal, financial, engineering and other technical experts, assisting government entities and utilities in making comprehensive telecommunications and cable plans, developing state-of-the-art communications systems and complying with state and federal communications requirements. He is a frequent author, speaker and instructor on these topics. FEATURED SPEAKER

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