2012 Broadband Communities Summit
2012 Editor's Choice
 
Tuesday, April 24
8:00 am – 9:00 am
Case Studies of Notable FTTH Deployments
Representatives of companies with vast experience in today's ongoing FTTH deployments will discuss their progress to date and the lessons they have learned along the way. In addition to addressing technology issues, the panelists will provide insight into the financial impact of the deployments. Panels will include representatives from various perspectives:

· Ron Ellis of Rural Telephone: one of the largest stimulus funded projects in the country at more than $100 million

· Casey Quint of Wiggins Telephone, providing insight for projects of a more traditional size

· Vince Tyson, currently of ENMR, with more than 10 years of FTTH experience at both industry pioneering telephone companies and consulting engineering organizations --including some of the harshest weather environments-- will provide his perspective over the years.

This will be a lively, relevant and productive discussion of fiber management in a broad range of FTTH deployments.

Moderator:
Johnny Hill – Chief Operating Officer, Clearfield, Inc.

Speakers:
Casey Quint - Wiggins Telephone Association
Vince Tyson, P. E. – Chief Operating Officer, Plateau
Ron Ellis – Director of Operations, Rural Telephone

 

9:10 am – 10:10 am
Vendor/Audience Roundtable: Q&A Discussion on Inside Plant Challenges
Entire session devoted to answering your most challenging questions and concerns on Inside Plant within MDU environments.

Moderator:
Steve Ross – Corporate Editor, Broadband Communities Magazine

Speaker:
Mark Boxer - Applications Engineering Manager of OFS
Jay Borer - Global Business Manager, 3M Communications Markets Division
Erik Gronvall – Manager of Product Management, TE Connectivity


10:20 am – 11:20 am
Smart Grids and the Business Case for Fiber
FTTH operators must sell services beyond the triple play to recoup the costs of building fiber. Electricity distributors need ultra-reliable communications as they add intelligence to the grid. Is this a match made in heaven? Find out whether new smart-grid applications, beginning with automated meter reading and extending to demand response, outage detection and more, are a good fit for FTTH networks. FTTH operators that are pioneering smart-grid services will discuss the benefits of using fiber for the smart grid as well as the many challenges involved.

Moderator:
Tom Kerber - Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates

Speaker:
Katie Espeseth – Vice President, EPB Fiber Optics
Beth Ringley – Co-Founder, The Motive Group
Dean Mischke, P.E. – Vice President, Finley Engineering Company, Inc.

 

12:50 pm – 1:40 pm
Fiber to the Cell Site
The explosion of mobile data – which will only increase as 4G cellular infrastructure is built out – presents new opportunities for FTTH deployers to provide mobile backhaul. Traditional T1-based backhaul is being phased out and replaced by Ethernet and, in many cases, by fiber. Find out about fiber-to-the-cell-site technologies – and learn how mobile backhaul can bolster the business case for fiber to the home.

Moderator:
Gordon Caverly – Regional Vice President, Mid-State Consultants

Speakers:
Erik Gronvall – Manager of Product Management, TE Connectivity
Kevin Morgan - Director – Product Marketing, Carrier Networks Division, ADTRAN
Mark Murphy – General Manager – Technical, AT&T Connected Communities

 

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm
Marketing Fiber-to-the-Home Services
In every community, a small percentage of knowledgeable residents and businesses are eager to connect to fiber broadband. Other members of the community must be educated first about what fiber can do for them. Panelists in this session will discuss what providers can do, both before they build out fiber and after they turn up their systems, to get potential customers excited about the possibilities of fiber to the home.

Moderator:
Diane Kruse – CEO and Lead Consultant, NEO Fiber

Speaker:
Craig Settles – Co-Director, Communities United for Broadband
Mark Erickson - City Administrator, City of Winthrop
Will Aycock - Broadband Operations Manager, ITS Mgr, Greenlight, City of Wilson

 

Wednesday, April 25

3:20 pm – 4:20 pm
Rural Health Networks
A key component of the National Broadband Plan is leveraging broadband to improve health care. Today, a number of important projects are under way to connect rural health providers via high-speed networks so they can share medical resources with one another and with better-equipped hospitals in urban areas. Learn how broadband can help solve the problems of health care - and the hurdles providers must overcome to realize this opportunity.

Moderator:
Joel Mulder – Senior Director of Business Development, G4S Technology LLC

Speaker:
Kipman Smith - Executive Director, Health and Information Exchange of Montana
Boni Carrell - Executive Director, Rural Nebraska Healthcare Network
Doug Power - Senior Consultant and Research Associate, Broadband Development Group; Regional Development Institute, Northern Illinois University

 

Thursday, April 26
9:10 am – 10:00 am
Libraries: Next Generation Broadband Demand Driver
Libraries are powerful drivers of demand for broadband. Discover why 80 million people (one third of the U.S. adult population) access the internet at a public library when most of them have a broadband service at home.

Moderator:
Don Means – Founder and Principal, Digital Village Associates

Speakers:
Denise Hendlmyer - BTOP/PCC Grant Coordinator,Texas State Library and Archives Commission
John Windhausen - Director, SHLB Coalition
David Russell - Solutions Marketing Director, Calix
Don Shirley - Executive Director, Connected Texas


10:10 am – 11:00 am
Broadband and Senior Housing
As the population ages, senior housing is becoming one of the fastest-growing verticals in the MDU marketplace. This demographic group has high interest in both broadband and video offerings but also has specific requirements for content, usability and customer service. Find out what is needed to succeed in the senior housing market and learn about new value-added applications that may lead to increased revenue opportunities in this segment.

Moderator:
Bryan Rader - CEO, Bandwidth Consulting LLC

Speaker:
Dave Erkman - President, Speedcast Connect
Carl Hirschman – President, Silver Fox Broadband
Nancy Green – Managing Principal, Verizon Connected Healthcare Solutions

 

11:10 am – 12:00 pm
Broadband and MTUs
The longtime staple of business broadband, the T1 line, is rapidly outliving its usefulness. Today's commercial tenants demand flexible, scalable bandwidth as well as a high degree of reliability. Owners of commercial properties are finding that, to attract and retain tenants, they must offer advanced communications services in their buildings, preferably over multiple, redundant pathways. Find out how robust business broadband can create new opportunities for both service providers and property owners.

Moderator:
Steve Ross – Corporate Editor, Broadband Communities

Speakers:
Ronald J. Zimmer, CAE – President & CEO, Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA)
Tom Nugent - National Sales Director, Verizon Enhanced Communities
John Hoover - Sr. Product Manager - Access Product Marketing, Tellabs, Inc.
Eugene Taylor – Technical Director, AT&T Connected Communities

 
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