Oct 11 2019

CRYSTAL CITY, VA.—Womble Bond Dickinson telecom attorneys Rebecca Jacobs Goldman and Marty Stern spoke at the 9th Annual SHLB Conference, which took place Oct. 16-19 in Crystal City.

Goldman participated in a discussion on “Deploying E-Rate Fiber to Mitigate Future Risk”. Some schools and libraries are considering deploying their own fiber networks, or engaging in long-term fiber network leases, to protect themselves against the long-term risks that E-Rate funding may disappear. The panelists discussed the pros and cons of this strategy.

Joining Goldman in the discussion was Roy Hoover, Network and Telecommunications Coordinator for Lancaster Lebanon IU13, Tenebris Fiber Chief Commercial Officer Adam Noll, and independent consultant Brian Proffit.

Stern participate in the “Next-Generation Broadband Jam Session”. This session will take a look at new broadband technologies for schools, hospitals and libraries. Stern was joined by SpaceX Director of Satellite Policy David Goldman and Colin Read, Vice President for Business Development at Common Networks.

The SHLB Conference brought together the private, public, and nonprofit sectors around the goal of connecting schools, libraries, healthcare providers, and their communities with high-quality, affordable broadband. Womble Bond Dickinson was a Silver Sponsor of the conference.

Rebecca Jacobs Goldman has a diverse communications law practice, guiding clients in media law, Internet, telecom, cable, broadcast and privacy/data protection matters. She counsels communications industry clients in negotiating contracts and complex business transactions, as well as helping them resolve disputes and regulatory challenges. Her clients include cable operators, broadband service providers, video programmers, network operators, spectrum owners, radio broadcasters and telecommunications companies.

Marty Stern provides legal and strategic counsel on regulatory, policy and commercial matters to telecommunications, information technology and media firms, including network operators, programmers, and technology companies, in the United States and globally. He also develops and executes regulatory and legislative strategies, including through trade associations and the formation and implementation of industry coalitions, and engages in associated advocacy.