Webinar Series

Road to Community Broadband

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Session #1: Getting Started

Tuesday May 18th | 1PM EST

We will review the importance of building a partner coalition as a pathway to a successful broadband deployment, which can assist in determining financial feasibility, funding options, business modeling, legislative and public policies. This session will also discuss how the decisions you make today, will affect the life of your network and the total cost of ownership.


Barry Walton Terry Dalton Shawn Foote

Barry Walton - Solutions Architect, Corning

Barry will be talking about Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and how the costs to operate the network can be affected by the type of technology or design, you choose for providing high speed broadband service. His guidance will be based on his many years working in customer services as both a technician and later in his career a business analyst for service delivery. 

Terry Dalton - President, i-Valley

Terry has been in charge of a substantial number of public-sector projects, including co-founder, architect and project manager with NRC’s Distributed Bioinformatics network of high performance computing datacenters,  Executive Director, at the Atlantic Canada Organization of Research Networks – Nova Scotia and also had a hand in constructing an optical network interconnecting with Nova Scotia Universities, NSCC Campuses, Atlantic Canada’s First Nations Help Desk and many other Canadian wide area network related projects. Terry was also responsible for the development and project management of the Valley Community Fibre Network and has been successful at bringing in over $10M in advanced network infrastructure funding into Nova Scotia, including funding and support for the original FundyWeb fibre infrastructure and Halifax Metro Dark Fibre Network. Terry is also a Co-founder, Secretary of Board, the Halifax Internet Exchange (HFXIX) and PEI Internet Exchange (PEIX) and is the President and Co-Founder at i-VALLEY, Intelligent Community Association.

Shawn Foote - National Market Manager, Graybar Canada

Shawn is in his 28th year in telecom and is currently the broadband market specialist at Graybar Canada. Having spent the first part of his career in the field, he gained valuable knowledge in both copper and fiber networking. Transitioning to Graybar Canada 24 years ago, he has held many roles within the company, all of which have been telecom related. Graybar Canada is a supply and logistics company with a focus in the broadband market. Shawn’s time here has allowed him to gain valuable experience in helping customers reduce the costs associated with material supply, and overall services to keep projects on time and on budget.

Session #2: What has Changed During COVID-19?

Tuesday June 1st | 1PM EST

From material availability, to the need to build quicker to the unserved. How has the pandemic influenced the design and implementation of a broadband network?


  • Barry Walton - Solutions Architect, Corning
  • Amedeo Bernardi - Founder Canadian Rural and Remote Broadband Conference, CRRBC

Session #3: Fibre Broadband Network Overview 

Tuesday June 15th | 1PM EST

What are the key passive and active network components required to provide broadband service from a central office to the home?


  • Barry Walton - Solutions Architect, Corning
  • Pierre Bousquet - Regional Sales Director, DZS

Session #4: Planning for a Smooth Build & Construction Considerations

Tuesday June 29th | 1PM EST

Hear from a consultant, as it relates to what it takes to plan for a successful build. Also, learn about the cable construction options and methods available for a fiber optic broadband network from the central office to the residence.


  • Barry Walton - Solutions Architect, Corning
  • Dan McCarthy - President, Eagle Telecom
  • Eric Langin - Director of Implementation, Eagle Telecom
  • Roel Coert - Vice President, i-Valley


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