Summit's Newest Keynoter Is Head of RUS, John Padalino
Chief of Google Fiber – Milo Medin – Tops Roster of Broadband Leaders
Blair Levin
Blair Levin
Mike Weston
Mike Weston
Angela Simpson
Angela Simpson
Milo Medin
Milo Medin
Diane Kruse
Diane Kruse
Jim Baller
Jim Baller
David Sandel
David Sandel
             
Mike Render
Mike Render
Galen Updike
Galen Updike
Mark Ansboury
Mark Ansboury
Kathleen Austin
Kathleen Austin
Dick Sherwin
Richard Sherwin

Letitia Tucker
Letitia Tucker
Cheryl Barraco
Cheryl Barraco
             
Steve Sadler
Steve Sadler
Deborah Acosta
Deborah Acosta
Jon Gant
Jon Gant
Rick Usher
Rick Usher
Cheri Beranek
Cheri Beranek
Leon Conner
Leon Conner

Heather Gold
Why Attend the Summit?

Google Fiber ... FirstNet ... Job Creation ... MDUs ...
"Demand Aggregation" ... and More

Summit ’13 covers the top broadband issues – with outstanding content and top-notch speakers. You’ll learn in-depth info about the revolutionary Google Kansas City deployment that’s changing the world of telecom . . . There is a new track on Revenue Opportunities that includes a session on Telemedicine, and one on Leveraging Assets for Broadband that will demonstrate to communities they may have more resources than they realize . . . Our program on economic development has become a must-attend event for many federal, state and local officials.

Summit Boasts a
Blue-Chip Lineup of Dynamic Speakers

Milo MedinHe leads Google’s Kansas City Gigabit Fiber project – and other forward-looking activities.

Blair LevinLong a leading national figure in the telecom world, Levin now heads the transformative Gig.U venture.

David Sandel A Gigabit City visionary, he advises the Google Fiber Mayors Bi-State Innovation Team.

Angela SimpsonThe NTIA’s Chief of Staff will report on the job-creating impact of federal broadband investments.

Mike WestonHe serves the multifamily segment at Verizon Enhanced Communities, supporting FTTP and FiOS.

Diane KruseA CEO and industry leader, Kruse organized the Summit’s Leveraging Your Assets for Broadband sessions.

Jim BallerHe’s organized and headed BBC’s game-changing Economic Development programs.

Mike RenderThe top research analyst for FTTH presents an exclusive MDU survey commissioned by BBC.

Galen UpdikeHe’s created a powerful program on funding, collaboration, FirstNet and other rural issues.

Heather Burnett GoldShe’s president of the Fiber to the Home Council – an ongoing BBC partner.

Finding Forgotten Fiber

Leveraging Your Broadband Assets Is A Four-Part Program Organized by Diane Kruse

Find out how communities are making the most of assets they already have
in place.

It’s almost like finding treasure in your attic – except it’s no fantasy. Throughout the country’s urban communities there exists a wealth of abandoned but still usable fiber lines lying inside sewers or abandoned buildings – waiting to be reclaimed. In The Fiber Hunters: Finding Existing Fiber you’ll learn how to track down abandoned, unused, and excess fiber to lower the capital costs of your builds. Estimates of the value of all the abandoned fiber are in the millions if not billions of dollars; activities to re-purpose fiber have reclaimed miles of networks for use by residents, businesses and schools. In some cases, telecom carriers have donated valuable, unused dark fiber for community use and received tax deductions. The Fiber Hunters will give insights into the many methods used in tracking down unused fiber, from scrutinizing documents to crawling through sewers, as well as strategies for obtaining the assets. It is one session in the Leveraging Assets for Broadband program organized by Diane Kruse, former Chairman of the Board of the FTTH Council. Other sessions cover how communities are discovering and using existing assets, including middle mile fiber, conduits, poles and other infrastructure.

2013’s Top-Quality Content Highlights The Major Broadband Developments Of The Year
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Leading-Edge Content!
~ Speaker Lineup
~ Agenda-at-a-Glance
~ Multifamily Track
~ Editor’s Choice Track
~ Economic Development Program
~ Revenue Opportunities Program
~ Rural Broadband Program
~ Commercial Building Program
~ Leveraging Assets for Broadband Program
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In Listening For Big Ideas, Keep Your Ears Peeled For Demand Aggregation

The Summit always percolates with the latest big ideas in broadband. One idea with big potential that has caught fire in tandem with Google’s fiberhoods is demand aggregation, the technique of securing enough likely customers ­– whether residential, business or institutional – ahead of time to reduce the risk of rolling out a new network or service.

In Kansas City, it’s the basis for selecting who gets fiber first. The Google Fiber network is build-by-demand, with Google building first to the fiberhoods with the highest rankings.

Demand aggregation is also warmly embraced by Blair Levin, a Tuesday keynote speaker whose weighty broadband credentials include being the nation’s most noted broadband strategist. He conceived

of the Gig.U project as a way to leverage naturally occurring demand aggregation in cities that were already hotbeds of technology innovation. Levin incorporated the effects of demand aggregation into an equation on “changing the math” for broadband deployments.

Another Summit organizer, Galen Updike, president of the Rural Telecommunications Congress, gets energized describing demand aggregation in the case studies being presented in Thursday’s session, Collaborate to Access Funding for Rural Broadband. The RTC session provides templates for guiding others to employ demand aggregation in seeking funding, he notes.

Attendees should also be on the alert for demand aggregation to rear its timely head

in the Tuesday morning’s How Innovative Fiber-Enabled Broadband Projects Are Changing Lives session.

Demand aggregation’s buzzworthiness got a big boost in recent weeks after the term was featured at the FCC Washington workshop, Gigabit City Challenge. Increasingly, it’s seen as the key to high bandwidth, high subscriber counts and massive adoption of gigabit broadband services.

In its recent announcement that it would begin deploying fiber in Olathe, Kan. – one of the fastest-growing cities in the state – Google noted it will choose its locations by demand and by fiberhood preregistrations.  

Courses Conducted by
Steven S. Ross, Corporate Editor,
Broadband Communities Magazine

Corporate editor Steve Ross’s teaching experience includes 20 years on the full-time faculty at Columbia University, plus part-time appointments and speaking at Harvard, the Harvard Extension, and many institutions on all continents except Antarctica. He’s authored or edited 19 professional books on finance, statistics, construction and land-use planning.

The FTTH Financial Modeling Workshop is from 12 noon to 2:30 pm on Monday, April 15 ­– prior to the start of the Summit on Tuesday morning.


Arrive Early:
Free FTTH Workshop on Monday

Quick! Name the best investment you can make in mastering the finances of an FTTH network. Hint: The payoffs can be immense, and the cost to you is zero. The answer, as many will attest, is attending one of corporate editor Steve Ross’s pre-Summit FTTH financial modeling workshops – free to all who are registered for the Summit. You receive the personal instruction of a world-class educator/expert plus your own free copy of one of Steve’s sophisticated FTTH Analyzers that he will show you how to use and modify. You can prepare for the workshop by downloading at no charge one of the existing analyzers. They include: MSO, ILEC or Muni Calculator; Rural Calculator; MDU/PCO Calculator; Monthly Revenue Calculator; Cash Flow Calculator. Go to FTTHAnalyzer.com.

The FTTH Financial Modeling Workshop is from 12 noon to 2:30 pm on Monday, April 15 ­– prior to the start of the Summit on Tuesday morning.


Game-Changer:
Rural Program Kicks Off
With New Info

Corporate editor Steve Ross begins the day Thursday with a keynote containing a vital insight for rural attendees: His game-changing revelation is that the success of fiber depends on the revenue side – not saving a few bucks on the system build. There’s an FTTH advantage and it means providers can make a good business case with only eight customers per mile. In fact, some are making a profit with even fewer.

What Hath Google Wrought?
For The Summit, Quite A Lot

Kansas City has been the center of the telecom world since Google decided to connect homes and businesses there with gigabit speeds. Some believe the impact will help drive the economic recovery and will resound for years or even decades to come. What is indeed certain is that the momentous decision will resonate through the Summit almost from start to finish. For example, the high point of the annual Summit is traditionally the Keynote Address at the Cornerstone Awards Luncheon on Day 2 – that is, Wednesday, April 17. The luncheon is causing special excitement this year because the keynoter is Milo Medin, chief of Google Fiber and the Kansas City Project. The mayors of the two Kansas Cities – Sylvester (Sly) James of Missouri and Joe Reardon of Kansas – will be present. Both will be recognized for leadership in uniting their communities in collaboration behind the Google deployment.


Summit's Newest Keynoter Is
Chief of RUS, John Padalino

John PaladinoThe addition of John Charles Padalino as a Summit keynote speaker at noon on April 18, is in keeping with Broadband Communities’ impressive record of having high-level federal officials on the agenda. Padalino was named Acting Administrator of the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) last September, succeeding Jonathan Adelstein – who himself keynoted past Summits. In both cases, the speakers were recruited by BBC’s Vice Chairwoman, The Hon. Hilda Legg, who is herself a former RUS administrator, twice-confirmed by the Senate for the job. The new administrator will appear in the robust rural program sponsored by the Rural Telecommunications Congress.

 

Rural Telecon:
Collaborating – For Funding
and Much More

The opening rural session on Thursday is entitled Collaborate to Access Funding for Rural Broadband – and it covers the entire spectrum of broadband funding. The presentations range from how to raise capital in the private sector to the ins and outs of federal grants – “and everything in between, including the collaboration necessary to do those things,” says Galen Updike, president of RTC.

Speakers include Jason Whittet, Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute.

MBI is now completing construction on 1,200 miles of new fiber optic network that brings high-speed Internet access directly to more than 120 communities and 1,200 institutions. After years of trying to convince the private sector to provide high-speed Internet in Western Massachusetts, the citizens of Leverett voted 306-33 in a town meeting to own their own infrastructure. They calculate that with the new plan they will pay less for their service contracts than had they continued to rely on incumbent providers. It is the first town in the region to offer high-speed Internet and telephone service to every resident. Leverett subscribers will receive 1 gigabit-per-second connections, allowing for businesses that use computer servers as part of their Internet-based operation, as well as streaming of videos and voice-over Internet telephone.

“It’s pretty amazing,” said Selectman Peter D’Errico. “We’re happy to pass this milestone,” adding that the “vote in Leverett shows that people are aware there are some things government can do.” Officials now hope that Leverett will serve as a template that many other towns will follow.

Another example in the RTC funding session is the San Luis Valley Broadband Cooperative, whose success in a formerly broadband-deprived area has been termed “a miracle.” Speaking on the topic will be Frank Ohrtman, a former Naval Intelligence Officer and author of the new book, I’ll Vote For You If You Make My Netflix Work. David Salway, program director for the New York State Broadband Program, will facilitate the funding session.