Grow2Gig+ Webinar Series

SHLB prioritizes being your resource for anchor institution broadband. That's why SHLB is happy to host webinars featuring key industry leaders and researchers around the topics in our Broadband Action Plan.

Grow2Gig+ Webinar Series


We are happy to announce we're resuming our Grow2Gig+ Webinar Series! Stay tuned for more information on speakers speakers. We are also offering sponsorship opportunities.


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11:00 AM ET, OCTOBER 26, 2017

The Connect America Fund (CAF) is a federal program that provides funding to defray the cost of operating and extending both fixed and mobile broadband networks to serve consumers and small businesses in rural, high-cost areas in the United States. CAF was created by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to fulfill the statutory mandate that all Americans have access to communications service that is reasonably comparable to what’s available in urban areas.

Join two former senior FCC officials as they discuss the History of the Connect America Fund, the Phase II  Auction (Performance Standards, Application Process, and Auction Mechanics), as well as Reporting Requirements.

This webinar serves as the introductory material for the upcoming CAF Workshop in Washington, DC on November 2nd.


  • Carol Mattey, Mattey Consulting LLC
  • Rebekah Goodheart, Jenner & Block (on behalf of rural electric industry)
  • Moderator: John Windhausen, SHLB Coalition





Carol Mattey

Carol Mattey is the former Deputy Bureau Chief of the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau (2010-2017) and Senior Advisor on the National Broadband Plan (2009-2010), where she led teams working on the landmark Connect America Fund and other initiatives to modernize the FCC’s universal service programs. She currently is the principal of Mattey Consulting LLC, which provides strategic and public policy advisory services to broadband providers, governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and other entities active in the telecommunications arena.

Rebekah Goodheart

Rebekah Goodheart has nearly two decades of experience in the private and public sectors and is widely regarded as skilled advocate on communications matters, particularly relating to FCC policy and advocacy regarding broadband, universal service, and wireline issues.  Ms. Goodheart also regularly advises clients on antitrust issues including navigating civil investigative demands and second requests before the U.S. Department of Justice. Combining her FCC and antitrust experience, Ms. Goodheart counsels clients on strategy for regulatory approvals of mergers and related transactions.  Her substantial administrative law and litigation experience includes media, broadband, wireline and wireless issues.

Before joining the firm in 2016, Ms. Goodheart served in high-level roles at the Federal Communications Commission, including as legal advisor to an FCC commissioner, Associate General Counsel, Associate Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau, and Senior Advisor to the National Broadband Plan. Ms. Goodheart also served as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division.


September 29, 2017 at 11 am - Rural Health Care Program Updates
October 26, 2017 at 11 am ET - Introduction to the Connect America Fund
November 17, 2017 at 11 am ET - E-rate Fiber & the Homework Gap
January 25, 2018 at 11 am ET - Libraries as Digital Inclusion Champions
February 22, 2018 at 11 am ET - Case Study on County Digital Initiatives
March 22, 2018 at 11 am ET - Spectrum Options: EBS, TV WhiteSpace & More



Webinar recordings will be available to the public for one month. After that, only full members will have access. Learn more about full member benefits. 



September 2017

Webinar Slides Available Here

The Rural Health Care Program has reached a fiscal cliff. Funding requests for 2016 exceeded the program's $400 million cap, and USAC recently announced it would reduce funding by 7.5% for 2016 applicants. SHLB filed an emergency letter with ten Telehealth Networks and is currently urging the Commission to take immediate steps to provide interim relief. Join our panelists as they discuss the importance of the Rural Health Care Program, telemedicine, and other steps we can take to improve the health of rural communities.

  • MODERATOR: Camelia Rogers, Telehealth Funding Connection, LLC
  • Rebecca Manna, Kalispell Regional Medical Center
  • Jim Rogers, New England Telehealth Consortium




Camelia Rogers

Camelia Rogers, MPP, President of Telehealth Funding Connection, LLC, founded Telehealth Funding Connection, LLC in 2016, focusing on consortia applicants.  Camelia has over 13 years’ experience in rural health care with the Nebraska Public Service Commission and Universal Service Administrative Company’s Rural Healthcare division.  Ms. Rogers spent eight years at USAC working on all aspects of the Telecommunications Program, Pilot Program and the Healthcare Connect Fund.  Her responsibilities included processing appeals, whistleblower complaints, audits and resolving unique HCF eligibility and service eligibility issues.  As the Manager of Consortia Applications at USAC, Ms. Rogers developed business requirements for My Portal and wrote the processing procedures for the Consortium Forms.

Rebecca Manna Rebecca Manna, has held the office of Chief Policy Advisor for Government Relations at Kalispell Regional Healthcare since August 2007.  Prior to this, she served as a consultant to KRH and authored a rural health care pilot proposal funded by the Federal Communications Commission to construct a 432-mile, dedicated fiber network in northwest and north central Montana to improve health care access for rural and frontier Montanans. She has served as a past Director with the KRH Foundation Board for more than seven years. Previously, Ms. Manna served U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.), as Senior Policy Advisor for Montana Issues and Rural and Environmental Healthcare for more than eight years. She has held leadership positions with non-profit organizations in Montana, specializing in fundraising, planned and major gifts. Ms. Manna received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from University of Montana.  She makes her home in West Glacier, Montana.
Jim Rogers Jim Rogers is president of HealthConnect Networks, a company that helps health care providers across the United States build telehealth networks with the assistance of subsidies from the FCC Healthcare Connect Fund.  Currently, HealthConnect Networks is working with over 1000 health care providers in 12 states.  Jim founded his independent telecommunications and computer consulting firm in 1995.  In 2007, Jim helped to create the New England Telehealth Consortium (NETC) for the purpose of applying to participate in the FCC’s Rural Health Care Pilot Program.   NETC, a 501c4 member organization run by a Board of Directors from among its health care participants throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont was awarded 24.6 million dollars by the FCC.  Today, the NETC network provides Private, Internet and Interent2 Broadband Connectivity to New England health care providers on a redundant 120 Gigabit backbone.   Jim also participates on the healthcare working group for SHLB (Schools Healthcare and Libraries Broadband Coalition).


Thank you to the following sponsors for making this webinar series possible. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.