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Where’s The Funding?

Don’t let the up-front matching funds requirement prevent your participation in BEAD. Fiber Broadband Association’s Where’s The Funding? Series will guide you through the process.

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Episode 12: Series Recap

Hosted by Gary Bolton

CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Hosted by Gary Bolton

CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Have you built a house of cards or a durable financial fortress? How you put your financial pieces together matters as much as where you get them. Learn to build well.

In this episode, viewers will learn how to build a financial fortress to fund your network’s growth. This requires knowledge and skill. You’ll learn how to assemble the right building blocks to turbocharge your growth with the help of expert financial advisors.

Wednesday, December 20

11:00AM - 11:30AM ET

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Where's The Funding? Episode 11: Navigating Tribal Matching Funds

Joe Valandra

CFO & Chairman of Tribal Ready, PBC

Jennifer Weddle

Co-Chair of GreenburgTraurig's American Indian Law Practice

Hosted by Gary Bolton

CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Joe Valandra

CFO & Chairman of Tribal Ready, PBC

Jennifer Weddle

Co-Chair of GreenburgTraurig's American Indian Law Practice

Hosted by Gary Bolton

CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

During this episode, attendees can expect to learn the intricacies of matching funds for Tribal entities. While there is overlap between Tribal and non-Tribal matching funds, there are nuances specific to Tribal matching funds that applicants must understand to successfully apply for BEAD funding.

Nov 15, 2023

04:00PM - 04:30PM GMT

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Where's The Funding? Episode 10: How Matching Capital Unlocks Major Broadband Grants

Jack Lawrence

CFO & Founding Member of Amperage Infrastructure Corporation

Hosted by Gary Bolton

CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Jack Lawrence

CFO & Founding Member of Amperage Infrastructure Corporation

Hosted by Gary Bolton

CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

During this episode, attendees can expect to learn the about the opportunities afforded to rural providers who successfully attain matching funds, and what that can mean for the communities they serve.

Oct 18, 2023

03:00PM - 04:00PM GMT

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Where's the Funding Episode 9: The Challenges of Matching Funds

Jochai Ben-Avie

Co-founder & CEO of Connect Humanity

Hosted by Gary Bolton

CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Jochai Ben-Avie

Co-founder & CEO of Connect Humanity

Hosted by Gary Bolton

CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Don't get lost in the fog of BEAD matching funds. Learn how to identify the potential pitfalls before it's too late.

Sep 20, 2023

03:00PM - 03:30PM GMT

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Where's The Funding? Episode 8: Matching funds for Rural Electric Cooperatives and Telcos

Darren Farnan

General Manager of United Fiber

Hosted by Gary Bolton

CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Darren Farnan

General Manager of United Fiber

Hosted by Gary Bolton

CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Rural electric cooperatives may be eligible for a variety of financing options to help them expand their footprints These strategies provide access to BEAD matching funds, grants, and incentives that can help RECs grow and thrive in rural areas. By taking advantage of these strategies, RECs can help restore and revive rural communities.

Aug 16, 2023

03:00PM - 04:00PM GMT

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Where's The Funding? Episode 7: Tapping Municipal Markets

Christopher R. Perlitz

Managing Director, Municipal Capital Markets Group, Inc.

Hosted by Gary Bolton

CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Christopher R. Perlitz

Managing Director, Municipal Capital Markets Group, Inc.

Hosted by Gary Bolton

CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Interested in community ownership, now or later? Different kinds of public debt known as municipal bonds can offer a low cost of capital way to bring grant-funded broadband projects to life.

Jul 19, 2023

03:00PM - 03:30PM GMT

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Where's the Funding? Episode 6: Securing Matching Funds Efficiently

Christopher R. Perlitz

Managing Director, Municipal Capital Markets Group, Inc.

Hosted by Gary Bolton

CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Christopher R. Perlitz

Managing Director, Municipal Capital Markets Group, Inc.

Hosted by Gary Bolton

CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

BEAD grant applicants can leverage the Capital Projects Fund to match resources from private sources. This approach allows organizations to maximize their funding potential, while ensuring that their project is able to move forward in an efficient and timely manner.

Jun 14, 2023

04:00PM - 04:30PM GMT

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Where's The Funding? Episode 5: Navigating the Letter of Credit

Philip J. Macres

Principal, Klein Law Group, PLLC

Elizabeth Bowles

President and Chairman, Aristotle ISP

Pierce Verchick

Head of Broadband Lending, LiveOak Bank

Hosted by Gary Bolton

CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Philip J. Macres

Principal, Klein Law Group, PLLC

Elizabeth Bowles

President and Chairman, Aristotle ISP

Pierce Verchick

Head of Broadband Lending, LiveOak Bank

Hosted by Gary Bolton

CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

You've managed to land an offer for a Letter of Credit - now it's time to make the most of it. With matching funds, you can amplify the value of your Letter of Credit, leveraging your finances to unlock new opportunities. With matching funds, you can use the power of your Letter of Credit to access funds from lenders, giving you access to the capital you need to grow your business.

May 17, 2023

03:00PM - 03:30PM GMT

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Where's The Funding? Episode 4: Partnerships, Alternative Sources & Pathways

Brian Vo

Chief Investment Officer at Connect Humanity

Hosted by Gary Bolton

CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Brian Vo

Chief Investment Officer at Connect Humanity

Hosted by Gary Bolton

CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

In this episode, broadband service providers will learn from Connect Humanity's Chief Investment Officer Brian Vo about many of the different sources of private capital they can use to expand their businesses. If you’re asking yourself what options you have when it comes to private sources of capital, then tune into this session of ‘Where’s the Funding?’ Be sure to stick around until noon for Office Hours with Brian!

Apr 19, 2023

03:00PM - 04:00PM GMT

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Where's The Funding? Episode 3: Intro to the capital stack: How will you structure the capital invested in your company?

David Hartin

President of ITC Holding Company

Hosted by Gary Bolton

CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

David Hartin

President of ITC Holding Company

Hosted by Gary Bolton

CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

You’ll learn how to identify the right sources of capital for your business and how to structure them to secure the necessary funding. We’ll even discuss the pros and cons of different sources of capital, so you’ll have all the information you need to make an informed decision. Broadband providers will leave Episode 3 of our “Where’s the Funding” series with better insights on how to structure the capital invested in your companies, and you’ll be empowered to make the most of your business opportunities. Join us to gain the insight you need to master the capital stack.

Mar 15, 2023

03:00PM - 03:30PM GMT

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Where's The Funding? Episode 2: BEAD Matching Funds Deep Dive with BEAD Director Evan Feinman

Evan Feinman

Director of NTIA's $42.5 Billion BEAD Program

Hosted by Gary Bolton

CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Evan Feinman

Director of NTIA's $42.5 Billion BEAD Program

Hosted by Gary Bolton

CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Discover what you need to know about the BEAD program’s matching funds requirements. Grant applicants must provide at least 25% of the cost of a project. Those who provide more may be more likely to win a grant. Can sources of matching funds come from other state or federal programs, such as ARPA, or the CARES Act? Find out directly from Evan Feinman, director of the NTIA’s Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program. Small and non-traditional providers should attend this session: Don't let this requirement be a deal killer and stop you from expanding your business footprint.

Feb 15, 2023

08:00PM - 08:30PM GMT

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Where's The Funding? Episode 1: Intro to BEAD Matching Funds

Jase Wilson

CEO, Ready.net

Mike Faloon

COO, Ready.net

Hosted by Gary Bolton

CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

Jase Wilson

CEO, Ready.net

Mike Faloon

COO, Ready.net

Hosted by Gary Bolton

CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

The first episode in the free-to-attend 12-part series to help members understand, navigate, and obtain matching funds for broadband grants.

Jan 18, 2023

04:00PM - 04:30PM GMT

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