CLIC Webinars

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in 2016, CLIC produced a series of free educational webinars on how local communities can enable development of next generation broadband networks. This webinar series was offered to provide extensive analysis and stimulate informed discussion of the options available to communities to acquire affordable access to advanced communications capabilities and services.

This webinar series complemented CLIC white papers and other written materials on leading-edge ownership and operational models and on overcoming political, legal, financial, market, and other barriers that have sometimes limited broadband deployment, adoption, and use.

Because this discussion remains current, we will continue to list these webinars for educational and historical purposes.

The first two programs in the series were based on CLIC’s widely-distributed white paper entitled “The Emerging World of Broadband Public–Private Partnerships: A Business Strategy and Legal Guide.”   Subsequent webinars focused on topics that include successful case histories of public-private partnerships (P3), broadband planning and stakeholder involvement, acquiring federal funding, best practices for getting communities fiber-ready, understanding technological choices and opportunities and much more.

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  • July 20, 2016:  Federal Funding Options for Broadband Deployment

Although the federal broadband stimulus programs have ended, many other sources of federal funding for broadband projects are available. In this webinar, our speakers will discuss the key federal programs that support broadband projects, from the FCC to the Department of Commerce, HUD, the Department of Agriculture and more. Learn about the variety of creative approaches for tapping into federal grants and loans, from serving your schools to partnering with rural healthcare establishments to uncovering resources in your community that can serve as assets in funding applications. Learn what these programs cover, how to qualify for them, and how to avoid pitfalls that could result in loss of benefits or even refunds.

Moderator: Catharine Rice, CLIC Project Director, Washington, DC

Speakers: Jim Baller, President, CLIC & President of Baller Stokes & Lide, PC, Washington, D.C. & Ashley Stelfox, CLIC General Counsel & Associate, Baller Stokes & Lide, PC, Washington, D.C.

CLIC HERE for Jim Baller & Ashley Stelfox powerpoint presentation.

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  • May 12, 2016: Public Fiber with Private Operations — What can we learn from the Huntsville/Google Fiber partnership and similar projects, and can they be replicated in your community?   

Huntsville, AL is the latest of a series of cities that have developed a public-private partnership that is now bringing Gigabit fiber to their communities. In each of these deployments, the local community builds and owns the fiber network and a private provider lights and operates the fiber to bring competitive services to all local businesses and residents. In this webinar, three community leaders will describe how and why they developed their partnership models and identified the right private partner for their needs. They will share the unique features of their innovative approaches and lessons learned for its replication.

Moderator: Joanne Hovis, CLIC CEO

Speakers: Jay Stowe, General Manager, Huntsville Utilities, Huntsville, AL; Robert Wack, City Council President, Westminster, MD;J Guevara, Santa Cruz Economic Development Manager, Santa Cruz, CA

CLIC HERE for PDF of Jay Stowe’s (Huntsville Utilities) Power Point presentation.

CLIC HERE for PDF of J Guevara’s (Santa Cruz) Power Point presentation.


  • March 24, 2016: Legal Considerations in Building Broadband Public-Private Partnerships

Communities that do not operate their own utilities, and even some that do, are finding that a P3 may be the best solution for them. This webinar will provide an overview of the legal issues (state, local and federal) that are likely to arise for communities as they conceptualize, plan, and negotiate such partnerships.

Moderator: Joanne Hovis, CEO of CLIC; Speakers: Jim Baller, President of CLIC, and Ashley Stelfox, General Counsel of CLIC

CLIC HERE for a PDF of the Power Point Presentation.


  • February 25, 2016:  An Introductory Survey of Business Models in Building Broadband Public-Private Partnerships                        

Access to next generation broadband infrastructure is essential for participating in the 21st century economy. Yet many communities are concluding they need to become pro-actively involved in the deployment of this essential infrastructure for it to materialize. Many are finding that a P3 may be the best solution for them. This webinar will present a detailed analysis of the full range of business models — from full public risk, to public-private shared risk, to full private risk, critical to understanding which option fits best for your community.

Moderator: Jim Baller, President of CLIC; Speaker: Joanne Hovis, CEO of CLIC

CLIC HERE for a PDF of the Power Point Presentation.