Effective Approaches to Deploying Fiber Networks in Rural Communities

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. EST

Join us for a webinar to learn effective approaches to deploying fiber networks in rural communities. In this webinar, we will discuss:

  • Funding opportunities and solutions to bring broadband to your community
  • What you need to know to become a utility broadband provider
  • The impact of broadband deployments on your pole plant and how to best model your fiber rollout. Whether you’re embarking on your own fiber-to-the-home initiative or others in your area will be, know the impact to your pole plant and how you should be preparing.
  • Real case study of the opportunities and challenges of a successful broadband initiative  
  • Outsourcing your broadband buildout with trusted strategic partners

About the Presenters: 

Brandon Hall is the Director Business Development – Engineering. Brandon has over a decade of extensive experience in providing innovative solutions to a large breadth of utility engineering needs.  He has managed initiatives such as commercial and industrial development, system reliability improvements, voltage conversions projects, asset management, underground network design, overhead distribution line design, and DOT projects. In his current role, Brandon is responsible for developing comprehensive engineering programs that provide safe, efficient, and economical solutions to our customers greatest needs.


Jonathan Chambers has worked for over thirty years at start-up telecommunications companies and in the U.S. Government. Prior to joining Conexon, Jonathan served as Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning for the Federal Communications Commission. Jonathan was part of the senior leadership at the FCC that reformed $12 billion in annual federal spending, including the rural and high cost fund, e-rate, telecommunications relay services and the lifeline programs. For the majority of his career, Jonathan has worked with companies building broadband networks. Jonathan left the FCC to help electric cooperatives bring fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband to rural areas throughout the country.



Mark Cook was the Engineering Manager for Cumberland Electric for 7+ years, but on April 1, 2020, he was given the title of Broadband Manager for Cumberland Connect. CEMC/Cumberland Connect are headquartered in Clarksville, TN. Cumberland EMC serves five northwest middle Tennessee counties with approximately 101,000 meters. He began his career at CEMC in 2005. Mark previously was the Traffic Engineer for the City of Clarksville. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 1994. Mark’s areas of responsibility at CEMC/Cumberland Connect include GIS, Information Technologies, Communications, & manages our new Broadband company.


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This webinar is intended for utility asset owners.

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