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Mississippi Rural Broadband Workshop - Verona

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5421 MS-145

5421 Mississippi Hwy 145

Verona , MS 38879

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Join local broadband stakeholders to learn about digital applications, broadband solutions and Federal and State grant and loan programs.

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MS Rural Broadband Solutions Workshop Agenda

Verona MSU Extension Complex

8:30 – 9:00 Coffee and Registration

9:00 – 9:20 Welcome and Opening Remarks

• John Rounsaville, Mississippi State Director, United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development

• Justin Ferguson, Mississippi Farm Bureau

9:20 – 9:40 What is Broadband and Why is it Important to me?

• Brandon Presley, Northern District Mississippi Public Service Commissioner

9:40 – 10:30 Broadband 101

• Don Williams, Senior Broadband Development Officer, National Telecommunications and Information Administration

10:30 – 10:50 Break

10:50 – 11:45 Solutions and Partnerships - Creating New Broadband Possibilities

• Moderator: Dr. Randy Loper, Mississippi State University Extension

• Fail Telecommunications

• Bill Long, Tombigbee Electric

• Vivid Communications

• DSLbyAir

11:45– 12:15 Lunch (Provided courtesy of the Mississippi Farm Bureau)

12:15 – 1:00 Funding and Resources to Support Your Broadband Projects

• Moderator: Joe Donovan, Entrepreneur Center Director, Mississippi Development Authority

• Bill Vogt, USDA Rural Utilities Service

• Brian Henson, Chief of Staff, Delta Regional Authority

• Mike Armour, Director MDA/ARC Regional Office, Appalachian Regional Commission

• Karen Archer Perry, Senior Policy Analyst, National Telecommunications Administration

1:00 – 1:15 Connecting Mississippi Communities

• John Rounsaville, Mississippi State Director, United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development

1:15 – 2:00 Broadband Data Workshop – Putting National Data to Use for Local Broadband Planning and Mapping

• Karen Archer Perry, Senior Policy Analyst, National Telecommunications Administration

• Gregory Dale, United States Department of Agriculture, Innovation Center

1:15 – 2:30 Office Hours – Staff available for one-one-consultations

• Bill Vogt, USDA Rural Utilities Service

• Brian Henson, Chief of Staff Delta Regional Authority

• Mike Armour, Director MDA/ARC Regional Office, Appalachian Regional Commission

• Don Williams, Senior Broadband Development Officer, National Telecommunications and Information Administration

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