Successful Models and Best Practices for Rural Broadband Deployment

National Telecommunications and Information Administration 

Department of Commerce

05/16/2018 - 14:00

Digital technologies impact all sectors of the economy including agriculture, small town main streets, and regional economic development. Yet 31% of rural Americans still lack access to fixed terrestrial broadband speeds of 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up. Increased interest in broadband is creating new opportunities leading service providers and civic leaders to find new models to expand rural broadband. We will explore three successful case studies and highlight best practices for successful rural broadband deployments.


  • Wes McCart, Commissioner, Stevens County, WA

  • Debra Hansen, Director, Washington State University, Stevens County Extension

  • Bob Hance, President and CEO, Midwest Energy Cooperative

  • Gina Shuler, Marketing Director, Home Telecom

  • Moderator: Karen Archer Perry, Senior Policy Analyst, BroadbandUSA

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