IPU Short Course: Broadband for State and Local Policymakers
Joe Gillan, Instructor
Janice Beecher, Ph.D., IPU Director Moderator
September 29, 2020 – 10 am to 5 pm Eastern Time Zone.
Live online learning.
Register online or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Registration fee: $330.
Discounts available for IPU Affiliates and groups.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS
Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for this six-hour program and 20 credits toward the
Certificate of Continuing Regulatory Education (www.ipu.msu.edu/ccre). IPU will also assist attendees in earning credits in their respective fields.
IPU short courses are designed to complement full IPU programs that provide a deeper interdisciplinary exploration of regulatory theory, practice, jurisdiction, and market structures. This IPU short course is designed for non-technical policymakers wanting a basic understanding of broadband networks, approaches to universal broadband issues, and complimentary federal programs.
Course Learning Objectives
The course will provide a basic understanding of how broadband networks work, including a description of the differences between information format (digital and IP), transmission technologies (Fiber, Wireless, DSL and Satellite), broadband uses (such as remote learning and Internet Access), and federal programs to support deployment (such as FCC Rural Digital Opportunity Fund and Federal Loan Programs).
- Basics of broadband betworks
- What is the Internet?
- How important is broadband?
- New technologies and market changes
- Federal programs that support broadband deployment
- 5G and small cell networks
Who Should Attend?
This course provides basic training for non-engineer policymakers at the state and local levels who have not had formal training or exposure to broadband technologies, but needing to understand broadband issues because of local deployment objectives.
About the Instructor
Joseph Gillan is an economic consultant specializing in regulatory policy and business opportunities in the telecommunications industry. Mr. Gillan was nominated to the Board of Directors of the Universal Service Administrative Company in 2006 and currently serves as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Gillan is a long-time IPU-MSU program faculty member.
Format: Live online (synchronous) learning offered by from IPU-MSU.
Materials: Attendees will have access to electronic materials, including presentations and useful supplemental resources.
Attendee list: Out of respect for your privacy, and in keeping with our educational mission, we do not publicize our attendee lists in advance of our programs.
Cancellation and refunds: Cancellations are generally accepted until course materials are made available during the week before the program.
Comments and complaints: IPU welcomes program input and feedback. Participants will be asked to complete program evaluation forms. Comments and complaints about the program may be directed to IPU Director, Dr. Janice A. Beecher (email@example.com) or the IPU Operations Manager, Erin West (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Questions. For questions about IPU educational programs and role in serving the regulatory policy community, please contact IPU Director Dr. Janice Beecher (email@example.com). See a list of IPU FAQ’s here.
NASBA National Registry Statement
The Institute of Public Utilities is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State Boards of Accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual course for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.
Program level: This short course is classified as “basic” and is accessible to relatively new personnel working in the regulatory policy community who will be participating in formal regulatory proceedings.
Program prerequisites: No formal prerequisites apply to this program. However, course materials and supplemental resources will be available for prereading in advance of the program through the IPU program page at ipu.msu.edu.
Program delivery: The program delivery method is classified as a “group-live” synchronous remote learning event comparable to in-person training. Expert instructors will provide lecture and supplementation materials, and active learning and participation will be encouraged.
Field of study: This program is relevant to the following NASBA fields of study: administrative practice, accounting and auditing (corporate and governmental), business law, economics, finance, taxes, regulatory ethics, and specialized knowledge and applications. For program details and registration, please visit the IPU program page at ipu.msu.edu.