Wednesday, August 04 | 1:00AM–1:00AM

Following the BTOP Money: What to Do After the Grant Arrives

Congratulations! You've just been awarded that multimillion-dollar Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant you sweated over for weeks and weeks, and now you can start building. Welcome to the world of subcontractors, environmental impact studies, historical preservation committees, wetlands remediation, and more arcane regulations than you ever imagined (and, yes, a few hundred miles of fiber). In this session, we'll discuss the nuts-and-bolts (and conduit and backhoe) details of deploying broadband networks from two perspectives: starting from scratch and adding to an existing statewide network.


  • Jeff Reel

    Project Director, Enterprise IT, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Bob Stovall

    Vice President, Network Engineering, Operations & IT, Merit Network, Inc.

Resources & Downloads

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  • Session Recording Archive

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