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Overview

When a natural disaster strikes without warning, the top priority for electric co-ops is restoring electric services as soon and safely as possible. Co-ops that provide broadband/fiber optic services may be eligible to receive public assistance funding from the Federal Emergency Management Administration ("FEMA") for repairs/damages related to the event. However, there are several issues that need to be addressed to determine if broadband facilities are eligible for FEMA assistance.

This webinar covered:

  • The eligibility of broadband facilities for FEMA reimbursement
  • Which broadband facilities are not eligible for FEMA reimbursement
  • How the broadband business model chosen by the electric cooperative may impact FEMA eligibility

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WendyEllard.jpgWendy Huff Ellard, Baker Donelson
Wendy Huff Ellard is the co-leader of the Firm's Disaster Recovery and Government Services Team and maintains a national regulatory practice focused on disaster recovery, government contracting and public policy.


Ernie Abbott, Baker Donelson
Ernest Abbott is the co-leader of the Firm's Disaster Recovery and Government Services Team and has extensive experience with the laws, regulations, policies and procedures relating to eligibility for federal disaster and mitigation assistance.


Brian O’Hara, NRECA
Brian O'Hara joined NRECA in October 2017 as Senior Director Regulatory Issues focusing on telecommunications and broadband issues. He oversees regulatory policy on telecommunications and broadband issues for over 900 electric cooperatives. Brian has more than 20 years of telecommunications and broadband industry experience.

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