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Browse the webinar sessions we have planned over the next few months, and register below for the ones you'd like to attend! If you missed any of these sessions, stop back and view the recordings!

Upcoming Webinars

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Protect Your Turf! Learn How to Arm Yourself with Mobile Bundles

(February 7th, 2023 – 2:00 PM ET) Did you know that bundling low-cost mobile service with broadband is one of the most common and successful attack strategies used by major broadband providers today? As these providers expand their footprint into the markets of smaller incumbents like yourself, they are using these bundles to lure your subscribers away and keep them for the long term.

Join mobile expert Zach Nichols as he discusses NRTC’s mobile bundling solution, designed to help you fend off these attacks on your subscriber base. Learn how other rural broadband providers have easily implemented mobile bundles to increase competitiveness, grow revenue and improve retention. You will hear how easy and inexpensive it is to add mobile service to round out your product offering.

Previous Webinars

NRECA & NRTC Broadband Availability Challenge Project

December 1, 2022 The first draft of the FCC’s Broadband Map is out. The next version will serve as the basis for allocating $42.5 billion of Broadband Access, Equity, and Deployment (BEAD) funding from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to states for their broadband programs.
 
NTIA urges interested parties to submit challenges to the Map by January 13, 2023 in order to be processed into the next version. Several types of challenges can be submitted.
 
One type is the “Availability Challenge.” While this kind of challenge does NOT address network performance (i.e., advertised speeds v. what customers experience), there are options for a bulk fixed challenge:

  • Knowledge of Infrastructure – could be based on knowledge of where network facilities and plan exist

  • Information Collected from Individual Consumers – collecting information from individual consumers about the broadband services available, and not available, to them
NRECA and NRTC have joined together to help member providers prepare data that is needed to submit a valid Knowledge of Infrastructure Availability Challenge likely to pass the FCC’s initial review.

NRTC Managed Services - Quarterly Marketing Webinar

December 1, 2022 Are you looking for ways to sell higher speed internet packages and grow your average revenue per user? Join our webinar to see new marketing campaigns designed to help you promote NRTC Managed Services solutions like TechShield, TechShield Professional and Tech Home. We will also talk about promotions, and other marketing happenings at NRTC.

Each quarter the NRTC Managed Services marketing team creates new marketing campaigns and content to help support you and your company's marketing efforts. Join our marketing team to see what is new this quarter.


NRTC Smart Grid Series, Mobile Generators: Value Beyond Emergency Resiliency

November 3, 2022 Learn about the PowerSecure mobile generator solution. We will discuss how this modular genset design allows cooperatives and their C&I members to prepare for and swiftly respond to emergencies. We will also cover ways these low emissions generators can be used outside of emergencies for cost savings and revenue generation.


MyBundle.TV through NRTC

October 26, 2022 - NRTC has partnered with MyBundle.TV, the premier online platform and marketplace that helps consumers navigate the complicated and ever-changing world of streaming services. The MyBundle.TV platform includes many easy-to-use tools that help consumers cut the cord, manage their subscriptions, discover new streaming services and find content to watch across their services.

Through NRTC’s partnership with MyBundle.TV, members can help subscribers navigate the complicated streaming video world. Better still, you can help them track their spending on streaming services and even have the opportunity to earn some incremental revenue.

Join us as Jason Cohen, Co-Founder and CEO of MyBundle.TV, provides an introduction and demo of the MyBundle.TV platform.


Survival Tools for the CTO

October 25, 2022 - Join NRTC and SilverSky as we recognize Cybersecurity Awareness Month by hosting Survival Tools for the CTO as part of WTA's educational webinar series.
 
CTOs of rural telco providers all face the complex problem of ensuring their business is protected, but what varies are their budgets, expertise, access to talent, and risk tolerance levels. You will learn about key tools and how to create a roadmap to ensure you have an effective cybersecurity program in place that is right for your business. We will wrap up the presentation with a Q&A session.

This webinar is open to all WTA members as well as non-members that do business with NRTC.


NRTC Smart Grid Series, Water Heater Control Innovations: Unlocking Value from a Common Residential Load

October 6, 2022 - Learn about the innovative Armada Power electric water heater control solution which provides benefits to both the cooperative and to their member participants. We will explore how the Armada solution eliminates most of the pain points of traditional load control solutions while providing the co-op with advanced grid applications on top of the many benefits to the member such as leak detection and Time of Use rate optimization.


New Broadband Funding Requirements – What To Know Before You Apply

September 22, 2022 - As more broadband funding programs take shape, some common requirements are emerging. Some of these have not been as prominent, or even part of, previous funding efforts. This webinar will examine specific requirements that are increasingly common in funding programs that are now emerging; such as:

- Climate Resiliency
- Build America/Buy America
- Labor Standards/Davis-Bacon
- Cybersecurity
- Digital Access & Training (Affordability & Equity)


NRTC Smart Grid Series, Smart Thermostats: The Gateway into Distributed Energy Resource Management

September 15, 2022 - Learn the benefits of deploying smart thermostat control programs. Many cooperatives are using smart thermostat programs as a launch pad to manage other distributed energy resources like electric vehicles and residential storage. We will discuss the ease of starting a demand response program with AutoGrid Flex DERMS as well as some quality-of-life features that thermostat manufacturers provide to manage program marketing and enrollment.


NRTC Managed Services - Quarterly Marketing Webinar

September 1, 2022 -Are you looking for ways to sell higher speed internet packages and grow your average revenue per user? Join our webinar to see new marketing campaigns designed to help you promote NRTC Managed Services solutions like TechShield, TechShield Professional and Tech Home. We will also talk about promotions, and other marketing happenings at NRTC.

Each quarter the NRTC Managed Services marketing team creates new marketing campaigns and content to help support you and your company's marketing efforts. Join our marketing team to see what is new this quarter.

We will also be doing a demo of the Sales and Marketing functionality of our new offering Operational Intelligence!

We are looking forward to seeing you there!


CrowdFiber and BDC: Your Questions Answered

August 19, 2022 - With a September 1st deadline, time is running out to pull together your FCC Broadband Data Collection (BDC) reporting. CrowdFiber’s zone and address architecture is consistent with BDC, simplifying report generation for users on the platform. Join us on Friday, August 19th to find out how CrowdFiber is being used and developed to meet these new reporting requirements.

Attendees can expect to:

  • Learn how CrowdFiber can help you with FCC Broadband Data Collection (BDC) reporting
  • See a demonstration of how to use the tools
  • Get a chance to ask an expert your questions

 

ReConnect Round 4 - What's New, and What You Need to Know to Apply

August 18, 2022 - USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) launched Round 4 of the ReConnect broadband loan and grant program. It has issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) which will make more than $1 billion available for broadband deployment in rural areas. While some aspects of ReConnect from previous rounds remain, there are some changes. This webinar will cover issues such as:
  •  New definitions of eligible areas
  • New provisions for 100 percent grant applicants
  • Round 4’s scoring criteria or rubric
  • RUS mapping resources
  • What you need to do to prepare a successful application


Operational Intelligence: Putting Your Data to Work For You!

August 2, 2022 - The broadband provider network generates, and is influenced by, numerous types and sources of data: infrastructure, billing, traffic, security, weather, social media, etc. Capturing and correlating that data is incredibly challenging but holds the power to help you identify actionable insights. Operational Intelligence is a vendor-agnostic analytics platform that can aggregate, enrich, analyze, provide alerts, and enables you to act on this data in real-time and can be a game changer for your operation. Join NRTC Managed Services and NRTC members VIBRANT Broadband and Velocity Broadband, to hear how the newly launched Operational Intelligence platform can help you run your businesses more effectively. See a demonstration of the platform in action and hear directly from VIBRANT and Velocity on how Operational Intelligence has helped them. Operational Intelligence is now open for general availability so sign up to see how to transform your operational data into meaningful, actionable intelligence!


Attendees can expect to learn:

  • What is the Operational Intelligence analytics platform
  • How pilot members have used the platform to be more efficient and make better business decisions
  • Ways to automate tedious tasks and be more proactive with your customers
  • How various departments and levels within your company can benefit from the platform


The FCC's Broadband Data Collection: What You Need to Do and Why

July 28, 2022 - All broadband providers must submit broadband availability data to the FCC's new Broadband Data Collection (BDC) program by September 1, 2022. Whether or not you intend to pursue broadband funding opportunities, the rules are mandatory. Data the FCC collects in the BDC process will be key to determining both how much broadband funding will be directed to your state, and to how those dollars will target specific locations.

The webinar will begin with BDC information provided by a representative from the FCC

Including additional perspective from:
Mike Jacobs, VP Regulatory Affairs, ACAC
Executive Vice President, NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association
Brian O’Hara, Sr. Director Regulatory Issues – Telecom & Broadband, NRECA
Bailey White, VP Sales & Development, NRTC CrowdFiber

The above mapping and policy experts will discuss:

• Steps broadband providers must take to comply
• How to gather and submit data
• How the challenge process might work
• What the data will mean for funding in your service area – whether it goes to you or to someone else

The $42.5 Billion BEAD Program: The Good, The Bad & The Money - How to Position Yourself to Win Funding for Your Community

June 16, 2022 -The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) which sets the ground rules for the $42.5 Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program. Before funding can reach providers, states’ broadband authorities must set procedures and ensure adherence to NTIA rules. Meanwhile, service providers can take a number of measures to prepare.

This webinar will cover the pros and cons of the NTIA rules; what providers should consider, and steps you can take now as the BEAD program transitions to state implementation.

We’ll hear from experts including:

Mike Romano, Sr. Vice President of Industry Affairs & Business Development, NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association;

Brian O’Hara, Senior Director Regulatory Issues – Telecom & Broadband, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA);

Tamarah Holmes, Ph.D, Director, Virginia Office of Broadband & State Broadband Leadership Network Member; and

Doug Dawson, President, CCG Consulting, author of POTs and PANs.

Managed Cybersecurity made Simple, Affordable & Accessible for Telcos & Electric Co-ops

June 7, 2022 - Cybersecurity is a priority for telco providers and electric cooperatives as they are high-value targets for cyberattack due to the critical nature of their business. While cyber threats continue to evolve, so do the solutions to ensure protection, provide detection and quickly respond to attacks. It is important for essential solution providers to have access to comprehensive cybersecurity services that are simple to implement, effective, and fit within their budget. Join NRTC Managed Services and SilverSky on June 7th at 2:00 PM Eastern for Managed Cybersecurity made Simple, Affordable & Accessible for Telcos & Electric Cooperatives.

Attendees can expect to learn:
Current state of cybersecurity
What should electric co-ops and telcos be doing now?
What is managed cybersecurity?
How you can bolster your cybersecurity program
How can NRTC Managed Services & SilverSky help?

NRTC Managed Services - Quarterly Marketing Webinar

June 2, 2022 - Are you looking for ways to sell higher speed internet packages and grow your average revenue per user? Join our webinar to see new marketing campaigns designed to help you promote NRTC Managed Services solutions like TechShield, TechShield Professional and Tech Home. We will also talk about promotions, and other marketing happenings at NRTC.

Each quarter the NRTC Managed Services marketing team creates new marketing campaigns and content to help support you and your company's marketing efforts. Join our marketing team to see what is new this quarter.

New Mexico's Broadband Funding Plans & How Providers Can Prepare

May 26, 2022

Congratulations! You've Been Awarded Broadband Grant Funding - Now What?

May 12, 2022

Broadband Funding & the Affordable Connectivity Program

April 14, 2022

Streamlining Your Customer Journey: CrowdFiber

April 12, 2022

Managing Supply Chain Challenges in the COVID Era

March 31, 2022

CFC/NRTC Smart Grid Series, Creating Value Through Smart Grid Applications: Distribution System Reliability

March 16, 2022

NRTC Managed Services - Quarterly Marketing Webinar

March 3, 2022

CFC/NRTC Smart Grid Series, Creating Value Through Smart Grid Applications: Distributed Energy Resources

March 2, 2022

Broadband Funding & Taxes: What You Should Know

February 24, 2022

CFC/NRTC Smart Grid Series, Creating Value Through Smart Grid Applications: Consumer Demand Response Programs

February 16, 2022

CFC/NRTC Smart Grid Series, Creating Value Through Smart Grid Applications: Load Management Technology

February 2, 2022

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