Focus of broadband expansion should be on the last mile, says CETF president: Broadband Breakfast



HOUSTON, September 26, 2021 – On Monday, you will have the opportunity to participate in the Digital Infrastructure Investment mini-conference at the Broadband Communities Summit.

I’m here in Houston for the start of the conference. I can’t wait to kick off our five hour program starting at 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT.

This event takes place ONLINE AND IN PERSON.

But whether or not you plan to attend the Summit in person, we want to make sure you know what you need about Investment in digital infrastructure 2021. This unique and innovative event, now in its second year at the Summit, joins the broadband infrastructure and financial services communities to focus on digital infrastructure and asset investment profiles, including fiber, the small cells, towers and data center assets needed to support a 21st century information economy.


We also seek to collect questions from our LIVE ONLINE and IN-PERSON hearings that we can answer throughout the day. You can ask your questions – before and during the event – by posting them on for topic 1.

As the five-hour event unfolds, we’ll be answering questions here on Theme 2, Theme 3 and Theme 4 using the same technology. See the full and updated program at Investment in digital infrastructure 2021.

The Broadband Communities Summit is the premier conference on broadband technologies for communities. It will take place in Houston, Texas, September 27-30, 2021.

The Summit attracts broadband system operators, network builders and deployers of all types. Many large landlords and real estate developers from across the country are attending the Summit, along with state officials, community leaders and economic development professionals.

Participation in the LIVE ONLINE portion is available for only $ 149.00. This purchase includes unlimited online reruns of DII2021, regardless of what time you join the program.

Panelists at the event include representatives from Althéa networks, Broadband.Money,Google fiber, Keybanc Capital Markets, Enlightened Communities, Positron Access, Render Networks, SiFi Networks, Internet, UTOPIA fiber, Broadband now, the Town of Brownsville, NoaNet, the Northwestern Colorado Council of Governments, the Illinois State Emerging Technology Fund, California, the Wireless Industry Association, and more!


Pay $ 149.00.

That’s it! You will receive an email with instructions on how to get the Zoom link to participate in Digital Infrastructure Investment 2021 Live Online.

Sponsors of the 2021 digital infrastructure investment:

Platinum Sponsors

Lit is partnering with municipal, county and other government entities, as well as various private partners to deploy last mile fiber optic network infrastructure. Residents and businesses connected to our networks will receive service from a local Internet service provider that offers a local brand and the promise of excellent service and customer support. makes it easy to find and obtain broadband grants. Sign up at today to get your share of the $ 42 billion in broadband grants with one app that unlocks grants in multiple states. Find underserved and unserved areas in your territory. Need matching funding? No problem. Quickly access financing with many sources of private money to choose from. Find out, apply, get matching funding, and earn grants. It really is that simple.

Gold Sponsors

BroadbandNow is a data aggregation company that helps millions of consumers find and compare local internet options. BroadbandNow’s provider database, the largest in the United States, provides the highest-value guides including comprehensive plans, prices, and reviews for thousands of Internet service providers.

Render Networks offers a whole new approach to fiber deployment. Using innovative geographic information systems (GIS), mobile and automation technologies, Render’s platform and data management enables network operators, engineers and builders to deliver quality networks without having to need manual building packs on paper. Render uses real-time geospatial data to provide increased control and visibility, resulting in significant resource productivity throughout the delivery lifecycle.

Silver Sponsors

SiFi finances, builds and owns FiberCity â„¢ networks for use by Internet service providers, 4G / 5G operators and other service providers wishing to provide ubiquitous broadband services to commercial and residential properties as well as connectivity for city-wide Internet of Things applications.

Created by a group of Utah cities, the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency (UTOPIA) is a community-owned fiber optic network that uses the Open Access model to promote competition by giving customers the freedom to choose which telecommunication services they want.

Positron Access specializes in carrier-class telecommunications products that increase the bandwidth provided and the distance covered both in primary access networks and in residential buildings using existing cabling infrastructure. These include line-powered digital subscriber line amplifiers / extenders that double customer service areas and increase bandwidth, Gigabit Access Mulitplexors (GAMs) that provide gigabit bandwidth symmetrical non-blocking managed to subscribers in multiple dwelling units / multi-tenant units on copper pairs or coaxial cables; and bonded copper solutions for mobile backhaul, core transport, access and edge aggregation.

The California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) has made it its mission over the past decade to forge partnerships and promote public policies aimed at bridging the digital divide. This work has been strategy-oriented, results-oriented and people-centered. CETF is one of the main promoters of Digital Equity Bill of Rights

See the full agenda for investing in digital infrastructure 2021

See the full agenda for investing in digital infrastructure 2021



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