CBAN is back with Lunch and Learn webinar series, including our postponed conversation with Iowa Congresswoman Cindy Axne about propsective broadband legislation!
Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 @ Noon CST
Presenter/Guest: Representative Cindy Axne (D-Iowa)
The Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act would provide significant investment in broadband across the nation and significant subsidies for low-income Americans to help them get online. During this edition of Lunch and Learn we'll chat with one of the architects of the bill, Representative Cindy Axner of Iowa. Join us for the discussion!
Legal Issues in Broadband Public-Private Partnerships
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 @ Noon CST
Presenter/Guest: Jim Baller, Baller Stokes & Lide PC
A growing number of local governments are coming to see fiber broadband networks as essential infrastructure for the 21st century, infrastructure that is capable of driving and supporting simultaneous progress in just about every area of significance to their communities. Several major legal issues may arise in a broadband public-private partnership project, including confirmation of authority, pre-negotiation project planning and finding potential private partners, and negotiation of the agreement.
During this edition of CBAN's Lunch and Learn, Jim Baller with Baller Stokes & Lide PC will walk through those legal issues and take your questions.
Municipal Broadband Financing Update
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ Noon CST
Presenter/Guest: Michael Maloney, DA Davidson
During this edition of Lunch and Learn, Michael Maloney with DA Davidson will discuss trends in municipal broadband financing and lessons learned from the most recent projects his firm has helped across the financing finishing line.
Osage Municipal Utilities is losing its General Manager, but the Iowa Utilities Board is gaining a strong municipal presence.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has announced the appointment of Josh Byrnes to the Iowa Utilities Board effective December 14, 2020. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Iowa Senate when it convenes in January.
Byrnes joined OMU in 2016 after serving three terms in the Iowa House of Representatives. A former educator, Byrnes was instrumental in helping Osage successfully seek state and federal funding to build new fiber-to-the-home in underserved areas in rural Mitchell County, Iowa.
Congratulations to Josh on his new adventure!
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