2013 Broadband Communities Summit
Editor's Choice Track
 
Tuesday, April 16

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm
Public Safety: Interactive Collaborative Video
In this interactive session, see how multimedia voice, video and data applications help communities improve operations, expand training, enhance the interoperability of communications and cut costs. FirstNet, a landmark program that will create a much-needed public safety network for police, firefighters, emergency medical professionals and other public safety officials, is now under way. The applications that FirstNet provides over secure fiber and wireless broadband will transform the way first responders communicate forever.

Speakers:
Dan Draughn

Speakers:
Greg Brown – Chief, Eureka Fire Protection District
Don Shirley – Executive Director, Connected Texas Jim Goodyear, VP West & LATAM, LifeSize, A division of Logitech

4:10 pm – 5:00 pm
2013 Top Trends in Technology, Media and Entertainment
What network owners and operators need to know about today’s media consumers:
- Will mobile devices replace TV, or drive more demand for entertainment?
- Who’s using these new devices, and for what? You’d be surprised.
- The future of digital music – is there a business model that works?
- How changing media affects building owners’ bottom lines.

Moderator:
Bob Grosz – Vice President of Commercial Sales, DISH Network

Speakers:
Alistair Chatwin – Director, Product Management, DISH
Michael Trujillo – Director of National Distribution and Affiliate Relations, MAVTV
Trey Courtney – Global New Product Development, Mood Media Corporation
Scott Casey – SVP and CTO, Education Realty Trust

Wednesday, April 17

5:10 pm – 6:10 pm
FTTH Case Studies
Many municipalities are building fiber networks to support internal needs as well as serve other government agencies. This session will cover best practices for deploying fiber networks in a municipality and discuss opportunities to leverage fiber networks for the benefit of municipalities and the communities they serve.

Moderator:
Masha Zager – Editor, Broadband Communities

Speaker:
Will Aycock – General Manager, Greenlight Community, City of Wilson
Eric Freesmeier – CEO, Pulse Broadband
Scott Rye – American Networking Solutions
Conley Freeman – Director, Troy Cable

Thursday, April 18
9:10 am – 10:00 am
FTTH Pioneers
The first fiber-to-the-home networks in the United States are now about a decade old. How future proof did they turn out to be? Most are still in operation and still producing benefits for their communities. In this session, hear the FTTH pioneers tell their stories and reflect on the changes that have taken place in the market and the technology over the past decade.

Moderator:
Masha Zager – Editor, Broadband Communities

Speakers:
William Strickler – President, Prime Time Cable & TUFF TV 38
Stephen Milton – CTO/CEO, ISOMEDIA
Mark Arnold – Telecommunications Crew Leader, Borough of Kutztown

10:10 am – 11:00 am
Broadband For Competitiveness
New research illuminates the powerful impact of broadband on communities: An exclusive survey by Craig Settles of Gigabit Nation, sponsored by Broadband Communities, reveals attitudes of a range of industry professionals about broadband and economic development; Clearfield Inc. presents an overview of more than a dozen successful stimulus-funded FTTH projects.

Presenter:
Steve Ross – Corporate Editor, Broadband Communities

Speakers:
Craig Settles – President, Gigabit Nation
Cheri Beranek – President & CEO, Clearfield Inc.

11:10 am – 12:00 pm
Attracting Financing for a Fiber Network
What does a financer look for in a business plan for a fiber network? Most of it boils down to math – and in this session, financial experts will tell you what the numbers have to look like. Beyond the numbers, financers want to see evidence of commitment, partnership, organizational capacity, technical knowhow, marketing savvy and more. Find out if your community has what it takes to attract broadband funding.

Presenter:
Steve Ross – Corporate Editor, Broadband Communities

 
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