March 19, 2011 6:14 AM

Moderating BTOP Grant Recipient Panel at COMPTEL

Woke up quick, at about noon
Just thought I had to get to Comp[Tel] soon . . .

--"Boyz-N-The-Hood", O'Shea Jackson ("Ice Cube"),
Eric Wright ("Eazy E"), Andre Young (Dr. Dre), 1986

I'll be moderating a panel at COMPTEL in Las Vegas on Monday, entitled "And the Winners Are . . . ."  The panel features BTOP awardees, ION Holdings, GWI, and Windstream.

Attendees will not only learn about the projects funded under the federal BTOP/BIP broadband stimulus grants, but will gain some valuable insights into little-discussed entry barriers for shovel-ready projects, and learn about how broadband projects create their own demand (separate and apart from the demand that justified the project).  Think of this last point as the broadband version of Keynes' interpretation of Say's law, that supply creates its own demand.
The panelists will be discussing interesting and diverse projects, so each will provide something new for attendees to learn.  For example, we have what I might call an "ultra" wholesale project--completely carrier/user agnostic dark fiber--being implemented by Maine's GWI.  A more traditional, carrier-class, lit fiber wholesale network, primarily in upstate New York, being implemented by ION Holdings, and, finally, last mile broadband projects serving a number of communities in Arkansas, by Windstream.

This is an opportunity to get beyond the D.C. "policy" circles, and find out what's really involved in implementing shovel-ready broadband deployment projects, and what kind of jobs different kinds of broadband deployment--dark and lit fiber (primarily regional and local wholesale transport), and last mile, end-user broadband--can add to a previously-unserved area.  

If you won't be attending, but have some questions you'd like asked, email me and I'll see what I can do.  Alternatively, if you'll be at the show, please attend and introduce yourself.  I'd love to meet you.

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