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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

May 26, 2022 - 1PM ET

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

June 2, 2022 - 11AM ET

NRTC Managed Services - Quarterly Marketing Webinar

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 are looking forward to seeing you there!

Previous Webinars

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 - 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.

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

March 2, 2022 - Don’t miss this session as New Hampshire Electric Cooperative Vice President of Power Resources & Access Brian Callnan describes how his system deployed distributed energy resources (DER) on both sides of the meter to achieve value streams for individual members and the cooperative. Callnan will be joined by subject matter experts Jan Ahlen of CFC, Milt Geiger of NRTC and Fathalla Eldali of NRECA, who will share background and best practices regarding DER.

Broadband Funding & Taxes: What You Should Know

February 24, 2022 - How does the government – including the IRS – view broadband funding from various grant programs? Join us for an informative webinar that looks at the intersection of broadband funding and taxation.

  • Are grant funds taxable?
  • What are the pros and cons of obtaining grants through a subsidiary versus a parent?
  • What are the implications of the 2019 Rural Act?
  • Are grant funds treated as deferred revenue or a reduction in the cost of the asset?
  • How do states treat broadband grant funding?

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

February 16, 2022 - Tune in as Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association Sales Manager Robbin Nisbet describes how her system has deployed demand-response technologies such as thermostats, hot water heaters and electric vehicles—and the results they achieved. Nisbet will be joined by subject matter experts Nate Holland of NRTC and Brian Sloboda of NRECA, who will share background and best practices regarding these technologies.

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

February 2, 2022 - Join us as Wake EMC Vice President of Engineering & Operations Don Bowman describes how the North Carolina system reduced wholesale energy and demand costs by deploying technologies such as Volt/VAR optimization. Bowman will be joined by subject matter experts Nate Holland of NRTC and David Pinney of NRECA, who will share background and best practices regarding these technologies.

Partnerships: Public/Private & Electric/Telco

January 13, 2022 - Deploying broadband through partnerships has always had advantages, and challenges. New funding opportunities may make partnering even more beneficial. Partnerships can take many forms and occur between various entities, both public and private. Learn how new partnerships might be structured, and hear about real-world success stories.

Funding Landscape: Now & Expected

December 9, 2021 - The 2020 -2022 period constitutes one of the largest ever for the outlay of federal funds to support broadband infrastructure deployment and adoption programs (e.g., devices, cost of service, hotspots, etc.). While the FCC RDOF Auction and Cares Act captured headlines last year, several new programs either are or will soon be available for eligible entities to submit applications for grants. Learn how these new federal programs will be coordinated across agencies and the anticipated impact these funds will have on broadband deployment and adoption. We will get advice and hear perspectives from NTIA and NTCA.

Private LTE Webinar for Telco Providers

November 9, 2021 -Private LTE (pLTE) has the potential to provide new revenue streams including expanding the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem into your territory, broadband services via fixed wireless, or mobility and field force communications to your members. Join NRTC's Joe Walsh as he shares his decades of expertise on ways pLTE can enhance and transform telco providers' businesses.

Private LTE Webinar for Electric Cooperatives

November 4, 2021 - Private LTE (pLTE) leverages the same technology that powers your cell phone but on a private network that you own and control. Utilities around the world have been adopting LTE to connect downline devices, meters, and their field force to streamline operations, improve performance, decrease costs, and enhance member experience. Join NRTC's Joe Walsh as he shares his decades of expertise on ways pLTE can enhance and transform electric cooperatives' businesses.

New Perspectives on Cyber Threats: Policies, Protection & Insurance

October 28, 2021 - In recent years, cyber threats have expanded exponentially. Ransomware, spear phishing, and other sophisticated attacks have become widespread, and any business can be a target. Join NRTC on October 28 at 11:00 AM Eastern as we welcome guest experts from NTCA, Telcom Insurance Group, and CyberESI to discuss the current threat and regulatory landscapes, actions you can take, and how to protect yourself and stay informed.

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

October 26, 2021 - As a broadband provider, you have access to a huge amount of data from a variety of sources. Capturing, correlating, analyzing, and taking action on this data can be a significant challenge. Join NRTC Managed Service's CTO, Chris Beatson, as he gives a preview of the new Operational Intelligence platform and demonstrates how to transform your data into meaningful, actionable information to run your business more effectively and create an improved customer experience. Information will be provided on how to apply for NRTC’s pilot program.

Prepare for Broadband Funding Opportunities

October 21, 2021 - We're experiencing an unprecedented surge in opportunities for grant money to build and enhance rural broadband capabilities. Learn about current programs, common requirements for proposal submissions, how to engage with your state and local governments, and ways to best prepare to take advantage to create a better life for your community.

Rural Electric Cooperative Smart Grid Benchmarking Report

October 13, 2021 - Join us as NRTC's Ted Solomon and CFC review the results of the 2021 Smart Grid Benchmarking Survey, capturing feedback from dozens of coops on how technologies are enhancing electrical grids to delivering value and savings to rural communities. (VIEWING RECORDING REQUIRES A CFC LOGIN)

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

October 5, 2021 - Watch this informative webinar on affordably achieving resiliency based on 10 insights gained from the 2020 Hurricane Season and 2021 Winter Storm Uri. See how electric cooperatives across the U.S. were impacted by hurricanes, wildfires, and even the record-breaking Winter Storm Uri, the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, which caused 5.2 million homes & businesses to lose power and $200 billion in damages.

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