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Kansas Broadband Permitting Workshop

Join Kansas Office of Broadband Development for a day of discussions about permitting and other regulatory processes as we move toward BEAD deployment.

Who: ISPs, local governments, state and federal agencies, ROW owners, co-ops, permitting contractors, and other stakeholders interested in broadband deployment

What: Panels presentations and conversation around regulatory issues that affect infrastructure deployment.

When: Thursday, April 25 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Tony’s Pizza Events Center
800 The Midway
Salina, KS 6740

Why: The goal for the day is to provide an opportunity for all stakeholders to engage, learn and to share best practices around.

The workshop will offer networking opportunities and sessions that cover Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP), Joint Use Attachment, Rights-of-Way Access and more.

Prior to the workshop, please join the Kansas Infrastructure Hub Summit on Wednesday, April 24. Registration is linked below.                                                                                                                                                                                 

Draft agenda is below. Additional speakers are being confirmed.

Logistics and Information

When: Thursday, April 25 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location:
Tony’s Pizza Events Center
800 The Midway
Salina, KS 67401
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Hotel Information:

$109 Holiday Inn
3145 South 9th Street
Salina, KS 67401

Expires on 4/22/2024

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Summit Goals & Draft Agenda

The goal for the day is to provide an opportunity for all stakeholders to engage, learn, and to share best practices around.

The workshop will offer networking opportunities and sessions that cover Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP), Joint Use Attachment, Rights-of-Way Access and more.

Permitting Workshop
April 25 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tony’s Pizza Event Center

Draft agenda is below. Additional speakers are being confirmed.

Time frameEvent
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Registration, Networking, Coffee Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.Welcome
Jade Piros De Carvalho, Director of Kansas Office of Broadband Development
9:10 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.Federal Perspective
Melinda Stanley, Federal Program Officer with National Telecommunications Information and Administration

Setting the stage our federal partner will share opportunities to collaborate for solutions and what the resolution process looks like.
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.101 of Section 106 – State Historic and Preservation Society
Katrina Ringler, Deputy State Historic Preservation Office, Director, Cultural Resources Division, Kansas Historical Society

Join the Historic Preservation Office as they provide an introduction to Section 106. This guidance from the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, as amended, requires federal agencies take cultural resources into account when planning projects. 
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Break + Networking
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. NEPA Overview and Permitting Demo
Chris Baird, Environmental Program Officer, National Telecommunications Information and Administration

Join Federal NEPA expert as he shares federal perspective on considerations to be made for National Environmental Policy and demonstrates a newly launched NTIA tool designed to help federal broadband grant recipients and subgrantees identify and understand the types of permits they will need and plan routes for their broadband deployments. Identifying permit requirements early, initiating pre-application coordination with permitting agencies, and avoiding environmental impacts help drive successful infrastructure projects.
11: 15 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Break (Session Switch Out)
11:20 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.Pole Attachments
Moderator: David Soffer, WANRack
Panelists:
Brent Cunningham, Cunningham Communications
Tina Steele, Manager, Contract Programs, Evergy
Mark Scheibe, CEO, Heartland Electric Cooperative

Pole attachments play a pivotal role in broadband infrastructure, yet navigating the intricacies of pole access can be daunting. This session explores the regulatory landscape, technical standards and operational challenges associated with pole attachments, offering practical insights for streamlining the process.
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.Lunch + Networking (grab a boxed lunch)
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Don’t let your ROW become a WOE
Moderator: John Idoux, Brightspeed
Panelists:
Thomas Schumann, Kansas State Program Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Dale Kirmer, Highway Permit Administrator P.E., Kansas Department of Transportation
Jim Hild, Union Pacific
Melissa Cannon, BNSF

Addressing right-of-way challenges is essential for successful broadband deployment. This session focuses on the complexities of acquiring and managing right-of-way permissions, including legal considerations, negotiation strategies and best practices for overcoming common obstacles.
 1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. BREAK + Networking
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.Common Permitting Practices
Damon Gomez, Sr. Project Manager, Bartlett & West

Join Kansas-based engineering and technology company Bartlett & West as they share best practices and efficiencies to streamline your permitting plans. Bartlett & West offers deep industry knowledge, creative problem-solving and tools to help your organization plan, design and build projects, all while they connect businesses and communities through innovative technology solutions.
2:45 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.Break (Session Switch Out)
2:50 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.BEAD Prequalification & Project Funding Areas Preview

Join KOBD for a quick preview of the upcoming prequalification and project funding areas.
3:10 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.Closing Remarks & Next Steps

Jade Piros De Carvalho, Director of Kansas Office of Broadband Development

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