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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BROADBAND COMMUNITIES SUMMIT 2019 65 Show Guide Sponsor Catharine Rice Project Director, Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) Consultant, Broadband-Matters For more than a decade, Rice has been a cable and broadband consultant serving North Carolina communities in planning and deploying local broadband systems and closing the digital divide, focusing particularly on those communities in the Research Triangle area and surrounding rural counties. Highlights of her work include contributing to the development, implementation and now promotion of North Carolina's first community-owned, fiber-to-the- home, gigabit network in Wilson, North Carolina, and community organizing for small town broadband projects. Rice is a former board member of NATOA; president of its Virginia chapter, VATOA; chair of the Alexandria, Virginia, IT Commission; and a founding member of NC Broadband Matters, a nonprofit and chapter of CLIC. She holds a master's from the Annenberg School of Communications and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. Graham Richard CEO Graham Richard Associates, LLC Richard's firm services companies and communities that invest in the clean economy in Opportunity Zones. Richard was the founding CEO of the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a national business association working to grow markets for secure, clean, affordable energy. It is active at the federal level and in 27 states. A former Indiana state senator and business entrepreneur, Richard was elected mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 2000. During his two terms, he helped turn the Fort Wayne city government into a lean, results-producing, customer- focused organization for Indiana's second-largest city. That experience is captured in his book, "Performance Is the Best Politics." Richard served as a Brookings Non-Resident Senior Fellow and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Indiana University in May 2010. He holds a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Mike Riley Vice President, Engineering, ISP Engineering Mid-State Consultants, Inc. Riley is a licensed professional engineer with 30 years of experience in the industry and has worked on telecom projects in more than 30 states. His brother and father are also professional engineers. Riley and his brother no longer leave Dad's tools out in the yard. David Robertson Vice President Lewis Young Robertson & Burningham, Inc. Robertson has served in the municipal bond industry since 2000, having structured more than $2 billion in bonds for general obligation, revenue bonds and other debt structures. One of his areas of expertise is helping clients finance fiber networks, which he has done through a variety of bond structures. He has completed fiber financings in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. Lewis Young Robertson & Burningham, Inc. is a leading municipal consulting firm in the Western United States. LYRB is a highly qualified financial advisor and has served its clients as fiduciary for more than 22 years. In addition to financial advisory services, the firm provides myriad consulting services, such as rate analysis studies, feasibility studies, and economic development and comprehensive financial sustainability planning.

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