Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA) today provided additional information regarding the Rural
Broadband workshop to be held in Phoenix, Arizona, on November 20, 2008.
The workshop will be held at the Mountain Preserve Reception Center, South Room,
located at 1431 East Dunlap Avenue from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The workshop will be held free of
charge; however, attendees will be responsible for providing their own transportation, lodging,
and meals (http://www.mprc.net/pages/home.html). Additional information via email will be
sent to all registrants with the agenda as well as specific logistical information.
This 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 include 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 with an opportunity to share their experiences about
broadband deployment in rural and hard-to-reach areas.
For additional information about the workshop, please visit the FCC’s website at
http://wireless.fcc.gov/outreach/ruralbroadband/workshop; send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org; 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