Reardon speaks at fiber conference

Former Kansas City, Kan., mayor Joe Reardon was a featured speaker at the C Spire Fiber to the Home “FTTH” conference held in May in Ridgeland, Miss.

The event heralded the start of construction on the nation’s first statewide 1 Gbps FTTH initiative.

C Spire, a diversified telecommunications and technology services company, is building out the ultra-high speed infrastructure in nine Mississippi cities in the initial phase. The conference celebrated the beginning of construction in the first neighborhood in Mississippi, reviewed progress made in qualifying other cities for construction and provided details on plans to add additional cities in the next phase of this initiative.

In addition to Reardon, C Spire President and CEO Hu Meena, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, Chris Coleman, mayor of St. Paul, Minn., and president of the National League of Cities, and Heather Gold, president of the Fiber to the Home Council Americas, attended to help celebrate this step.

Reardon, now practicing attorney with McAnany, Van Cleave and Phillips Law Firm, offers a unique perspective. Reardon is a leader in advocating for more robust broadband infrastructure in communities and states across the United States. He has first-hand knowledge of the public-private link from his experience of being mayor while Google Fiber implemented an ultra-high-speed fiber network in Kansas City, Kan.

BPU to meet June 25

The Board of Public Utilities has scheduled meetings at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at the board offices, 540 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

The work session at 4:30 p.m. will include a general manager update, board update, and overview of asset management software.

At the 6 p.m. meeting, on the agenda are a visitors’ time, legislative update, “Everyday Hero” recognition, Kansas Department of Health and Environment revolving loan approval; bond sale update, board comments and general manager comments.