The BEAD Conundrum: Why an all-fiber approach may prove to be a disaster

August 7 – 3:45 pm to 4:30 pm

Moderator

Jeff Gavlinski

Mountain Connect: Chairman

Since BEAD was announced in 2022, many in our industry have heavily promoted fiber as the only plausible infrastructure to deploy.  History would suggest that this strategy has notable flaws and specifically that there simply is not enough funding to deploy a fiber only solution in high-cost areas.  Therefore, should our industry promote hybrid infrastructure and furthermore, prioritization of wireless technologies?  This Keynote will unpack these points and feature a friendly debate between industry Association leaders.  Speaker list coming soon.

Speakers

Gary Bolton

Fiber Broadband Association: President & CEO