Rural Digital Opportunity Fund for Broadband Projects

Thursday, May 7, 2020 | 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. EST

Osmose Utilities Services and Conexon invite you to participate in a webinar focused on federal operating support money that is available for rural broadband build out in Tennessee. Tennessee has approximately $590 million available through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF). Funding at this level could cover as much as 75-100% of a total network to your members.

This webinar will cover preparation, procedures, deadlines for short form application, benefits of joining a consortium, and everything that needs to be in place leading up to the action.

Osmose and Conexon have successfully partnered for the rural broadband build out at Cumberland Connect (Cumberland EMC). Mark Cook, Broadband Manager at Cumberland Connect, will be our guest speaker for this webinar.

Learn more from the most successful consortium in FCC history that played a large part in the design of the previous CAF II Auction, and successfully secured more than $186 million for dozens of cooperatives to build fiber networks all over the country. 

Osmose and Conexon are 100% dedicated to assisting electric cooperatives capitalize on this once in a lifetime opportunity.

 

About the Presenters: 

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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