Build America, Buy America – What You Need to Know Today


Build America, Buy America – What You Need to Know Today
The Build America, Buy America (BABA) requirements set forth by NTIA for BEAD and now adopted by other grant programs such as USDA’s ReConnect 4 and more, are a radical shift in the expectations of applicants for planning and procurement. Join Nokia experts to understand the nuances of the NTIA guidance for BABA. Attendees will gain knowledge on:

Topics covered

What BABA means for the industry and how it changes the landscape for procurement and operations

How to navigate compliance as a state entity or broadband service provider

Strategies for applicants such as best practices for supply chain management to ensure successful fulfillment



Lori Adams

Vice President of Broadband Policy & Funding Strategy


Lori Adams currently serves as the Vice President of Broadband Policy & Funding Strategy for Nokia and is a key member of the Nokia Government Affairs Americas Team. In her role, Adams is responsible for developing strategies and tools to enable increased company participation in state, federal, and international programs supporting infrastructure deployment by Nokia’s business organizations. Adams is a highly skilled telecommunications attorney and senior executive with more than twenty years’ experience and a successful track record in the government and private sector. This includes extensive experience with business development, federal, state, and local telecommunications issues, legal and regulatory matters, grant funding, municipal broadband, strategic planning, project management for large complex projects, public policy, government affairs, lobbying and public speaking. Adams has a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the American University and is an honors graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law.

David Eckard

Vice President of Broadband Partners


David Eckard is currently the Vice President of Broadband Partners at Nokia, overseeing the company’s response to the historical influx of capital from the various federal and state funding programs that aims to close the digital inequities in our country. Since 1999, David has been a key contributor, advocate and industry leader for the creation and adoption of fiber access in the United States and around the world. He brings a unique multi-disciplinary perspective to the industry and serves as a trusted consultant to executives, policy makers and industry decision makers on market and technology challenges. He previously has held various leadership positions in Nokia as the VP of Strategy and Technology of North American, VP of Business Strategy for the Optical Networking Business and Chief Technology Officer for the Fixed Networks division. He has overseen the development and investment of key enabling technologies that has allowed Nokia to be a trusted partner for next generation networks. He is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, holds many patents in optical access, has represented Nokia in standardization forums for next generation optical access networks and represents Nokia for the ATIS Board of Directors.



Volodymyr “V” Chornodolsky

Business Development Partner


Volodymyr “V” Chornodolsky currently serves as Business Development Partner at Nokia in the Broadband Partners group. V has worked in the telecommunications industry for the past 10 years. He has had the opportunity to spend time in many of the rural communities that and has fiercely advocated for their quest to bridge the digital divide and bring broadband to all corners of this country, V is skilled in negotiation, sales, and management with a Bachelor of Science (BS) focused on Political Science and Government from The Catholic University of America.

V has been active in the national associations, serving on the Board of WTA which proudly represents more than 360 rural telecommunications companies throughout the United States and over 85 industry vendors. V also serves as the Chair of the Associate Member Committee and on the Board of BroadbandMT (formerly The Montana Telecommunications Association) represents the locally owned, rural telecom / broadband providers of Montana. V previously served on the Alaska Telecommunications Associate Committee.

When not traveling to industry events or customer visits V enjoys spending time with his wife Veronica, Daughter, Sonia and Son, Bohdan outside of Richmond, VA. On most mornings you can find him on his Peloton putting in the miles!



Original Air Date: October 19, 2023

Duration: 1 hour



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