2013 Broadband Communities Summit
Editor's Choice Program
Tuesday, April 8

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Gigabit Apps:  How Applications Facilitate Adoption
Can we handle the big challenges of gigabit apps? What kinds of disruptive effects can we expect from them, and are we prepared for the impact of the latest trends? This panel of experts will delve into the world of gigabit apps, reviewing the latest developments across verticals such as energy, health and education – and will look at the role of design systems in app development.

Lori Sherwood – Of Counsel, Kissinger & Fellman, PC

Ermis Sfakiyanudis – Chairman of the Board, Center for Broadband Innovation
Ira Levy ­– CEO, Torrential Systems
Bill Wallace – Executive Director of US Ignite



4:10 pm – 5:00 pm
Vendor/Audience Roundtable / Q&A: Network Planning Solutions for the Gigabit Era
The right tools can make gigabit network planning and deployment, easier, faster, cheaper and more profitable.

Steve Ross – Corporate Editor, Broadband Communities

Brad Hine – Product Manager, ETI Software Solutions
Ron Corriveau – Executive Vice President, Business Development, COS Systems
Kermit Ross – President, Network Design Decisions, Inc.
Tory Richtmyer – National Marketing & Sales Director, Mid-State Consultants
Chad K. Smith – GE Digital Energy, GE/Comsof/iTools


Wednesday, April 9

9:00 am – 9:50 am
Passive Optical LAN: A Game-Changer for Enterprise Networks
With a variety of advantages over legacy Ethernet networks, Passive Optical LAN can meet the needs of both individual buildings and campus networks.  With data and video consumption forecast to soar in the coming years, there’s a growing demand for education about this burgeoning field.

Larry Johnson – President and Founder, The Light Brigade



10:00 am – 10:50 am
Delivering Fiber Broadband to Multi-tenant Office Buildings
Property owners and managers can now give their tenants the blazing speeds for uploading and downloading large data files that they are demanding – or soon will be.  With their new fiber connections, tenants will be able to access a wide selection of network, security and cloud-based services and gain the capabilities of operating their businesses at their full potential.

Stephen Mayo – President and Owner, Inteleconnect, Inc.

Matthew Beattie – Executive Director, AT&T Fiber Ready
Christopher Curtin – National Sales Director, Verizon



2:30 pm – 4:20 pm
Revenues Beyond the Triple Play: Opportunities For Network Operators

"We promise an entertaining and very informative presentation Nobody is going to walk out without some good new ideas . . ." – Doug Dawson   

This practical session reviews all of the alternate revenue streams and opportunities beyond the triple play being realized on networks today in the quest to maintain profitability.  Products covered will include home automation and the Internet of Things, modern security systems, cloud services, carrier services, MVNO wireless, advanced business services and Wi-Fi as a business line – and more.

Doug Dawson – President, CCG Consulting

Derrel Duplechin – Vice President of Engineering, CCG Consulting



5:10 pm – 6:10 pm
Broadband Adoption, Seniors and the Role of Technology in Livable Communities
Broadband has become a critical tool in helping seniors live healthy, productive, connected lives. Telemedicine and other technologies are changing the way today’s seniors obtain medical care and related services. With fewer than 50 percent of seniors using the Internet, adoption is a pressing issue. Experts will describe valuable lessons from successful projects in New York City and elsewhere aimed at increasing adoption. 

Steve Traylor – Executive Director, NATOA

Tom Kamber – Executive Director, OATS (Older Adults Technology Services)
Jarod Giger – University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences
Aaron W. Smith – Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center’s Internet Project

Thursday, April 10

9:40 am – 12:30 pm
Key Legal and Regulatory Issues Affecting Community Broadband Projects
Legal and regulatory issues can profoundly affect community broadband initiatives. In this workshop, drawing on their experience with dozens of community broadband projects of all kinds, Sean Stokes and Casey Lide of the Baller Herbst Law Group will share their insights on how community leaders can navigate the key legal issues as productively,painlessly, and inexpensively as possible. Among other things, they will discuss coping with state restrictions on community broadband initiatives; developing the most appropriate business and involvement models; acquiring pole attachments and other infrastructure issues; complying with applicable federal, state, and local requirements; taking advantage of universal service and other incentive programs, including the FCC’s new rural broadband funding experiments; acquiring video programming and other content; reaching customers in multiple-dwelling and multi-tenant environments; countering predatory or discriminatory actions by incumbents; and much more. They will also bring attendees up to date on the latest legal developments at the FCC, in Congress, in the states, and before the courts.

Sean Stokes & Casey Lide – Principals, The Baller Herbst Law Group


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