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NRTC Webinars

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

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

(October 6, 2022 at 1:00 PM ET) 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.

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

(November 3, 2022 at 1:00 PM ET) 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.

Previous Webinars

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

NRTC is pleased to host Matt Schmit, the broadband advisor to the New Mexico Office of Broadband Office and Expansion. Mr. Schmit will review the $700 – 900 million in funding the state is targeting for broadband deployment. Topics that will be covered include:

• The New Mexico Broadband Office’s Call to Action
• Funding Cycles
• Program Outlines
• Program Timelines
• How Providers Can Prepare

We will also hear from other experts to explore these issues, including:

• Keven Groenewold, CEO, New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association;
• Godfrey Enjady, GM, Mescalero Apache Telecom, Inc.
• Brian O’Hara, Sr. Dir. of Telecom & Broadband, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

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

You read the application and spent hours pulling together the project description, letters of support and budget information required for your grant application. You survived the due diligence process, thoughtfully answering every email, phone call and text message the grant administrator threw your way. You just received your grant award notification letter. YAY! - Now what?

Join us for an interactive and informative webinar where we will explore best practices for grant compliance. We'll touch on:

  • An overview of the general phases of grant awards
  • Priorities for grant compliance
  • How to prepare for reporting up to your grant agencies
  • How to submit invoices and request payment/draw down on awarded grant funds

Broadband Funding & the Affordable Connectivity Program

April 14, 2022 - As broadband funding mechanisms shift to the states, one common requirement of state broadband grant programs is to ensure that households can afford to purchase the connectivity they need. One option available to providers to satisfy this critical funding priority is to participate in the Federal Communications Commission’s $14.2 billion Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The ACP reimburses broadband providers directly for eligible discounts promoting affordability and adoption for qualifying consumers.

Streamlining Your Customer Journey: CrowdFiber

April 12, 2022 -Join Lucas Singleton and Sara Gentry of CrowdFiber as they sit down with Jordan Kay and Stacey Thomas of TEC on April 12th at 2:00 PM ET to discuss how they have streamlined their customer journey.  Are you looking to increase sales and provide a better customer experience? See firsthand how TEC has incorporated the CrowdFiber geo-marketing and sales platform to create the optimal buying experience for their customers.

Managing Supply Chain Challenges in the COVID Era

March 31, 2022 - Join NRTC's David Primmer for an expert discussion on how COVID19, combined with other contributing factors, led to challenges that include highly constrained supplies, long lead times and increasing prices for the materials vital to building out broadband and smart grid networks. Learn the measures that NRTC is taking to address these challenges, as well as what steps you can take to reduce uncertainty in this environment.

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

March 16, 2022 - Register to hear Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative Senior Vice President of Engineering & Operations Matthew Avery describe how CHELCO has utilized smart grid tools to improve distribution system reliability and reduce outages for members. Avery will be joined by subject matter experts Mark Schneider of CFC, Josh Pepple of NRTC and Henry Cano of NRECA, who will share background and best practices regarding these technologies.

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

Partnerships: Public/Private & Electric/Telco

January 13, 2022

Funding Landscape: Now & Expected

December 9, 2021

Private LTE Webinar for Telco Providers

November 9, 2021

Private LTE Webinar for Electric Cooperatives

November 4, 2021

New Perspectives on Cyber Threats: Policies, Protection & Insurance

October 28, 2021

Learn How to Run Your Broadband Business More Efficiently with NRTC's Operational Intelligence Platform

October 26, 2021

Prepare for Broadband Funding Opportunities

October 21, 2021

Rural Electric Cooperative Smart Grid Benchmarking Report

October 13, 2021

10 Insights to Improve Grid Resiliency Learned from the Costly Extreme U.S. Weather Events of 2020-2021

October 5, 2021

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