2012 Broadband Communities Summit
Open Access Sessions
 
Broadband and Open Access
Tuesday, April 24
4:10 pm – 5:00 pm
Business Planning and Open Access Networks
Open-access networks are built to support multiple providers that offer dozens or even hundreds of services. Instead of collecting revenue for two or three mostly low-margin services, network operators can accrue revenue directly or indirectly from every service offered to customers on the network. Though most of these will be niche services, many have high profit margins. This session will discuss key differences in open-access network architecture, introduce alternative business models and show how those business models can create attractive opportunities for service providers.

Moderator:
Andrew Cohill – President and CEO, Design Nine

Speakers:
David Shaw - Partner, Kirton & McConkie, P.C.
Rick Smith - General Services Director, City of Cortez
Christopher Mitchell – Director, Telecommunications as Commons Initiative, Institute for Local Self Reliance


Wednesday, April 25
8:00 am – 8:50 am
Modern Right of Way Management
A community’s rights of way constitute a valuable asset that it can use for economic development and revenue enhancement. Too often, city officials manage this asset in a reactive way, simply responding to requests from telecom providers and other utilities for right-of-way use. Find out how leading-edge communities proactively plan and manage right-of-way usage in order to attract ultra-broadband providers, encourage economic development and fully exploit their assets.

Moderator:
Steve Mayo – President and Owner, Inteleconnect, Inc.

Speakers:
Carl Kandutsch – Attorney, Law Office of Carl Kandutsch
Kathleen McMahon – Founder, Applied Communications
Tom Garrison – Communications Director, City of Eagan

 

9:00 am – 9:50 am
Case Studies: Success Stories for Open Access
The first open-access networks in the U.S. were launched into uncharted waters – no one knew whether or how they would work from a business or technical standpoint. Those starting out today can benefit from the experiences of the pioneers and choose strategies that have been proven successful.

Moderator:
Ron Corriveau – Business Development, COS Systems

Speakers:
Russ Brethower – Fiber Optic OSP Manager, Grant County Public Utilities Division
Mary Jan Hedman – Director, St. Joe Valley MetroNet
Joe King - City Manager, Danville, Virginia
Todd Marriott – CEO/Executive Director, UTOPIA

 

2:10 pm – 3:10 pm
Technology for Open Access
Though most fiber-to-the-premises networks can be configured to support multiple service providers, there are preferred ways to design networks specifically for open access. Learn about new technologies for all aspects of deployment and operation – ranging from conduits to optoelectronic equipment to solutions for network management and provisioning – that have been specifically designed to make open-access fiber networks cost-effective, manageable and easy to implement.

Moderator:
Andrew Cohill – President and CEO, Design Nine

Speaker:
Jorgen Olofsson – CEO, COS Systems, Sweden
David Russell - Solutions Marketing Director, Calix
Gary Stahlbrand – Director of Sales, TeraSpan Networks
David Stallworth - Technical Service Manager, OFS

 

3:20 pm – 4:20 pm
Open Access Fiber and Economic Development
Many of the middle-mile fiber networks being constructed today are open to multiple providers - some of them, though by no means all, because of requirements imposed by government funding. In this session, deployers and operators of middle-mile networks will share what they have learned, from both a technical and business standpoint, about making open access work in the middle mile.

Moderator:
Bruce Abraham – President/CEO, North Georgia Network

Speaker:
Ira Levy – Chief Performance Officer & CIO, Howard County Government
Michael Manikowski - Executive Director, Ontario County (N.Y.) Office of Economic Development
Joe Starks – President, ECC Technologies Inc.
Lisa Severson – Communications/Stakeholder Relations Officer, Eastern Ontario Regional Network
Jim Pine – Co-Lead, EORN; Chief Administrative Officer, County of Hastings

 

5:10 pm – 6:10 pm
Do it Yourself Fiber – Creative Approaches to Organizing, Financing and Building FTTH Networks in Rural Areas
Rural communities that have been bypassed by both private and public broadband programs are left to their own devices when it comes to obtaining broadband. Some are now proving adept at what might be termed do-it-yourself or “crowd-sourced” broadband strategies. This session will present case studies of rural coalitions – ECFiber in Vermont and B4RN in northern England – that rely heavily on local resources to raise capital, organize projects and even deploy fiber. Can these new models make FTTH practical and affordable in rural settings?

Moderator:
Dr. Timothy Nulty – Project Chief Executive, ECFiber Network

Speakers:
Dr. Timothy Nulty – Project Chief Executive, ECFiber Network
Leslie Nulty – Director of Marketing, Customer Care, Administration and Investor Relations, ECFiber Network
Ron Cassel – CEO, Matrix Design Group a subsidiary of Millennium Communications Group
Lindsey Annison – Part of the Management Team, B4RN

Broadband and Open Access
Chairman
Open Access
  Jim Baller  
  Andrew Cohill
President
Design Nine Inc.
Open Access Program
 
David Shaw
Partner
Kirton & McConkie P.C.
Business Planning and Open Access Networks
Steve Mayo
President and Owner
Intelconnect Inc.
Modern Right of Way Management
Ron Corriveau
Business Development
COS Systems
Case Studies: Success Stories for Open Access
Rick Smith
General Services Director
City of Cortez
Business Planning and Open Access Networks
Carl Kandutsch
Attorney
Law Office of Carl Kandutsch
Modern Right of Way Management
Russ Brethower
Fiber Optic OSP Manager
Grant County Public Utilities Division
Case Studies: Success Stories for Open Access
Christopher Mitchell
Director, Telecom. as Commons Initiative
Institute for Local Self Reliance
Business Planning and Open Access Networks
Kathleen McMahon
Founder
Applied Communications
Modern Right of Way Management
Mary Jan Hedman
Director
St. Joe Valley MetroNet
Case Studies: Success Stories for Open Access
Todd Marriott
CEO and Executive Director
UTOPIA
Case Studies: Success Stories for Open Access

Jorgen Olofsson
CEO
COS Systems
Technology for Open Access
Joe King
City Manager
Danville, VA
Case Studies: Success Stories for Open Access

Steve Klein
Network Service Provider, Marketing & Bus. Dev.
Allied Telesis
Open Access Fiber
and Economic Development

David Russell
Solutions Marketing Director
Calix
Technology for Open Access
Ira Levy
Chief Performance officer and CIO
Howard County Government
Open Access Fiber
and Economic Development

Lindsay Annison
Part of the Management Team
B4RN
Do it Yourself Fiber – Creative Approaches to Organizing, Financing and Building FTTH Networks in Rural Areas
Dr. Timothy Nulty
Project Chief Executive
ECFiber Network
Do it Yourself Fiber – Creative Approaches to Organizing, Financing and Building FTTH Networks in Rural Areas

Michael Manikowski
Executive Director, Ontario County, NY
Office of Economic Development
Open Access Fiber
and Economic Development

Ron Cassel
CEO
Millennium Communications Group
Do it Yourself Fiber – Creative Approaches to Organizing, Financing and Building FTTH Networks in Rural Areas
Joe Starks
President
ECC Technologies Inc.
Open Access Fiber
and Economic Development

Leslie Nulty
Director of Marketing, Customer Care, Administration and Investor Relations
ECFiber Network
Do it Yourself Fiber – Creative Approaches to Organizing, Financing and Building FTTH Networks in Rural Areas

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Blair Levin
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James Salter
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Jane Smith-Patterson
President
The View Forward – Go Forward
Government Incentives and Support
Kyle Hollifield
Chairman FTTH Council, NA
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Welcome Address & Winning Strategies for the Emerging Knowledge Economy

Jim Baller Graham Richard
Mark Erickson
City Administrator
City of Winthrop
Marketing Fiber-to-the-Home Services

Jim Baller
President
The Baller Herbst Law Group, PC
Broadband and Economic Development
Hon. Graham Richard
Consultant, Former Mayor & Indiana State Senator
Graham Richard Consulting
Innovative Financing Methods
 
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