The NOFO is a political document, not a broadband plan

May 25 – 10:30 am to 11:15 am

How local communities can protect themselves from Washington politics.

Led by Conexon Partner and former FCC Chief of Strategic Planning Jonathan Chambers, this session will focus on how local communities can protect themselves from Washington politics.

The Infrastructure Bill includes funding enough to deliver fiber broadband to every unserved/underserved rural household in the country right now – $65 billion in broadband allocation, with $42.45 billion of that designated to state programs. But should it be states, regions, or counties who administer funding to build broadband networks that will close the digital divide for good? Chambers will analyze the benefits and challenges associated with a local approach to funding programs. Having built successful funding programs, he will offer insight and proven strategies, based on real-life experiences, to overcome the challenges of administering complex programs with limited administrative resources and staff.

Session Goals:

  • Educate attendees on the current and future funding opportunities available to them
  • Demonstrate the benefit of local funding programs that focus on rural communities
  • Learn how to build a funding program that is effective and easily administered with limited resources.
  • Enable attendees to leave session with knowledge necessary to formulate and execute a funding strategy.


Jonathan Chambers

Conexon: Partner