Rural Broadband Workshop - - Phoenix (AZ)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will hold a regional educational workshop on rural broadband on November 20, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona.

The workshop is designed to provide communities, organizations, and businesses in rural America seeking to bring the benefits of broadband to their communities with an opportunity to learn about the resources, programs, and policies of the FCC and USDA.

The topics to be covered at the workshop includes the following: different technology platforms used to provide broadband services, USDA funding for broadband deployment, the Universal Service Fund, the FCC's Rural Health Care Pilot program, and wireless spectrum access. The workshop will also provide communities and organizations an opportunity to share their experiences about broadband deployment in rural and hard-to-reach areas.

The workshop will be held free of charge; however, attendees will be responsible for providing their own transportation, lodging, and meals. If you are interested in attending, please register no later than October 10, 2008.

Below is the information required to register:
o Community/Organization Name
o Address
o Phone Number
o Email Address
o Contact Person
o Workshop Location You Wish to Attend
o Number of Expected Attendees
o Description of Accommodations Required for People with Disabilities
(Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities will be made available upon request.)

There are several ways for you to register for a workshop:

o Online. Go to the FCC's website at http://wireless.fcc.gov/outreach/ruralbroadband/workshop and fill in the online registration form.

o By Email. Send the information outlined above in an email to [email protected].

o By Telephone. Call (877) 480-3201 and press Option 1.
For TTY, dial (717) 338-2824.

o By U.S. Mail. Send a letter with the information outlined above to:
Federal Communications Commission
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
ATTN: Matt Nodine
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554

A community or organization can register for only one workshop. The contact person listed in the registration will receive additional information at a later date regarding the workshop selected, including the exact time and venue, as well as a detailed agenda.

For additional information about the workshops, please visit the FCC's website at http://wireless.fcc.gov/outreach/ruralbroadband/; send an email to [email protected]; or contact Cecilia Sulhoff at (202) 418-0587 or Matt Nodine at (202) 418-1646. Further information on rural programs is available on the FCC/USDA Broadband Opportunities for Rural America website at http://wireless.fcc.gov/outreach/ruralbroadband, at a local USDA Rural Development office, and on the USDA's web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov.

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-283745A1.doc