2012 Broadband Communities Summit
General Sessions
 
Tuesday, April 24
11:30 am – 12:40 pm
Location: Crystal Ballroom 6-8
MDU State of the Industry / Box Lunch – Report on Property Owner Survey and Panel Discussion of Findings
Sponsored by AT&T Connected Communities

Veteran FTTH researcher Michael Render of RVA LLAC will present findings from a survey of MDU owners and managers commissioned exclusively for Broadband Communities, followed by a panel discussion by leading property owners. Find out what the challenges are in deploying fiber to MDUs, how property owners differentiate their fiber communities, and which verticals offer the most profitable opportunities for deploying fiber.

MDU Survey Report – Introduction:
Lin Atkinson – General Manager, National Accounts, AT&T Connected Communities

Presenter:
Michael Render – President, RVA LLC


MDU Industry Panel – Moderator:
Steve Ross – Corporate Editor, Broadband Communities

Speakers:
Steve Sadler – Vice President, Strategic Business Services, Post Properties
Michael Halbrook – AVP, Director Business Development, Mid-America Apartment Communities
Bryan Rader – CEO, Bandwidth Consulting LLC


1:50 pm – 2:20 pm
Welcome Address and Newest FTTH Deployment Statistics
Does the wrap-up of the massive FiOS deployment spell the end of fiber to the home in North America? Not just yet – hundreds of other companies, many funded by the stimulus program, are taking up the slack. Researcher Michael Render of RVA LLC will present his latest survey findings showing where fiber is being deployed, how subscribers are responding to offers of FTTH services, and, most important, how FTTH is changing lives and communities.

Speakers:
Kyle Hollifield – Chair Elect, FTTH Council
Michael Render – President, RVA, LLC

 

2:20 pm – 2:50 pm
Gigabit Communities — Testing Grounds for New Applications
Sue Spradley, Executive Director of US Ignite, will discuss the plans for this new public-private partnership to accelerate tomorrow’s networks by using gigabit communities as test beds for next-generation applications.
Sponsored by Verizon Enhanced Communities

Speaker:
Sue Spradley - Executive Director, US Ignite


Wednesday, April 25
10:00 am – 10:40 am
Keynote Address: Winning with Rural Broadband
James Salter’s keynote will tie together major themes of the conference, including rural and municipal broadband, economic development and open access. A prominent industry leader, Salter is chairman and chief strategy officer of Atlantic Engineering Group and a past president of the Fiber-to-the-Home Council. He has extensive experience in utilities and telecommunications. Atlantic has deployed “more governmental fiber projects and FTTH networks" than any other engineering firm in the country. For fiber to the home to succeed in the post-FiOS era, Salter believes network builders must find sources of revenue beyond the triple play. A revolutionary opportunity to make the networks more viable can be found in the smart grid. This is a talk that is sure to make waves and be widely noted in the industry.

Introduced by:
Diane Kruse – CEO, Zoomy Communications Inc.

Presenter:
James Salter – CEO, AEG

 

12:30 pm – 1:50 pm
Keynote Awards Luncheon Sponsored by Verizon Enhanced Communities
KEYNOTER STRICKLING OVERSEES $4 BILLION IN FEDERAL BROADBAND GRANTS. NTIA MAPPING INITIATIVE A FIRST.
Few people have had and continue to have as much impact on the nation’s broadband infrastructure as Lawrence E. Strickling. As Administrator of the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Strickling shaped and continues to administer $4 billion in federal grants for broadband networks. His agency is also implementing a doubling of wireless spectrum over the next decade. NTIA’s focus on middle mile fiber trunks has greatly reduced the cost local systems have to pay to connect to the rest of the world, thus enabling many systems that would not otherwise be feasible. NTIA also launched America's first public, searchable nationwide map of consumer broadband Internet availability, helping builders site their networks where need is greatest. Strickling’s private sector experience includes telecommunications service providers Broadwing, Allegiance Telecom, CoreExpress, and Network Plus. From 1993 to 1997, he was VP for Public Policy at Regional Bell Operating Company Ameritech.

Presenter:
Larry Strickling – Assistant Secretary for Communications & Information, US Dept. of Commerce; Administrator, NTIA

 

Thursday, April 26
8:00 am – 9:00 am
The Broadband Network Doctor -- How to Address Ailing FTTH Systems
Gary Evans, President and CEO, Hiawatha Broadband Communications, and Dr. Milda Hedblom, Connectivity Consultant to HBC, will talk about HBC’s experience as a broadband network doctor called in to help improve struggling FTTH networks. Planners and managers ask for help with a wide range of problems from replacing mangers and staff, to: refinancing, ownership transition, management of provisioning, recasting of customer service, invigorating sales, sharpening accounting practices, regulatory compliance, launching new lines of business and more. This program should help FTTH planners and operators prevent and fix problems before they threaten the future health of the enterprise.

Speaker:
Gary Evans – President & CEO, Hiawatha Broadband Communications
Milda K. Hedblom, J.D., Ph.D – Hiawatha Broadband Communications

 

12:30 pm – 2:10 pm (Working Lunch)
Good-Bye, Universal Service Fund. Hello, Connect America Fund.
What Will the New Regulations Mean for Rural Broadband?

Moderator:
Hilda Legg – Former RUS Administrator and Vice Chair, Broadband Communities

Speaker:
Tom Navin – Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

 

Keynote: How Can the United States Achieve a Strategic Bandwidth Advantage?
The Gig.U project is empowering communities across the United States to take control of their bandwidth destiny and drive technology innovation.

Speaker:
Blair Levin — Executive Director of Gig.U


 
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