2013 Broadband Communities Summit
General Sessions
Tuesday, April 8

8:00 am – 9:30 am
Breakfast Session:
How Advanced Broadband Adds Value To Communities

Get the results of the largest nationwide study to date on broadband and multifamily properties. Preeminent research analyst Michael Render will present the results. Broadband Communities Magazine commissioned the study. Our previous studies conducted by Render’s firm, RVA LLC, created intense interest in the MDU field and have been used in the marketing materials of major companies. You’ll get useful data on the value residents and owners place on fast, reliable broadband; and just who considers FTTH indispensable, and more.

A panel of property owners and industry experts will accompany the presentation.

Steve Ross – Corporate Editor, Broadband Communities Magazine

Michael Render – President and Lead FTTH Researcher, RVA LLC

Steve Sadler – MDU Chairman, Broadband Communities Summit
David Schwehm – Telecom and Sales Professional, Independent
Bryan Rader – CEO, Bandwidth Consulting, LLC



9:40 am – 11:00 pm
Session Sponsored by iPhotonix
Keynote: A 2030 Vision for Broadband
Communications advances in the years ahead include an increase in the number of connected devices by a factor of 1 million, producing a Big Bang of connectedness that will catalyze huge improvements in broadband network performance. We can expect transformational improvements in personal, business and government services plus a new era of collaboration among experts around the planet working on world-changing projects. The beginnings of the revolution that will allow us to escape thenarrow limits of the video-voice-data heritage can already be seen in the activities of forward-looking organizations and entrepreneurs. Recent developments point to our ability to achieve “breathtaking advances in health care, education, business and governance that will touch every connected citizen in the world,” says our keynoter.

Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini – CEO, YAS Capital Partners, Acting Executive Director, Broadband Center of Excellence, University of New Hampshire

Discussion Of Dr. Yassini’s Keynote:
The changes needed today to facilitate the achievements in the 2030 vision.

William Wallace – Executive Director, US Ignite

Hossam Salib –VP Edge Technology, Office of the CTO, Comcast
Rob Pettiford – Executive Director, Residential Product Strategy and Development, Cox Communications
Michael Smeltzer – Director of Networking and Community Projects, UC2B (Illinois)
Verizon, Time Warner Cable



11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Keynotes by Austin’s Three Gigabit Network Builders –
The Austin Triple Play – Lessons From The Forefront of the Gigabit Revolution. Three network operators – Google Fiber, AT&T and Grande Communications – are building gigabit fiber-to-the-home networks in Austin, making it the only major U.S. city with FTTH competition. How did Austin get so lucky? What can other communities learn from Austin’s experiences? Find out directly from the network builders how they chose Austin, what they plan to offer Austin residents, and what they hope to achieve in these gigabit pilot projects.

Gigabit Austin:
Mark Strama – Head of Google Fiber, Austin

AT&T GigaPower:
Dahna L. Hull – Vice President and General Manager – Austin, AT&T Services, Inc.

Power 1000:
Matt Murphy – CEO, Grande Communications



12:40 pm – 1:50 pm
Working Lunch / Economic Development Special Session
What Will A Gigabit Do For Austin?

Filmmakers, entrepreneurs, scientists and musicians are among the Austin residents who could experience revolutionary changes thanks to gigabit connectivity. As part of the Summit’s Economic Development Program, Austin city official Rondella Hawkins talks with business and community leaders on their plans for capitalizing on their newfound bandwidth. For information on the gigabit revolution and its impact, see the Broadband Communities site, GigafyAmerica.com.

Rondella Hawkins – Telecom & Regulatory Affairs Officer, City of Austin

Rebecca Frost Davis – Director of Instruction and Emerging Technology, St. Edwards University
Leigh F. Christie – Program Director, Entrepreneurs Foundation
Rebecca Campbell – Executive Director, Austin Film Society
Paul Padilla – VP, Information Technology, Goodwill Industries of Central Texas
Laura Morrison – Council Member, City of Austin



1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
World Class Broadband In New Developments of Today and Tomorrow
The real estate market is moving again, with many ambitious projects underway. But developers aren’t just picking up where they left off. Find out why technology has become central to their visions of new communities.

Avalon – A Future-Proofed Fiberhood
Avalon, North American Properties’ landmark mixed-use development in Alpharetta, Ga., which will open later this year, has a distinctive set of values, including five-star hospitality, fun for families and children, sustainability and walkability. Another is world-leading technology for both residents and businesses – and a design that will enable it to stay ahead of the technology curve. See the BBC article.

Carl Kandutsch – Attorney, Law Office of Carl E. Kandutsch
Stephen Mayo – President, Inteleconnect

Babcock Ranch – Vast and Visionary
Kitson & Partners is developing a Manhattan-sized piece of a former cattle ranch in Florida into a new community designed for livability. All its infrastructure and public services are being developed in an integrated fashion – and fiber and wireless communications technology ties it all together.

Thomas M. Hoban, Jr. – President & CIO, Kitson & Partners


Wednesday, April 9

7:30 am – 8:50 am
Breakfast Session: Sponsored by Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.
Building the Gig-Driven Economy: How to Plan, Fund and Measure it.
How Adding high speed fiber broadband is accelerating the economies of U.S towns and cities – including Richardson, Texas.

Paul Fagan – SVP Sales and Marketing, Fujitsu Network Communications

William Sproull – President & CEO, Richardson, TX, Chamber of Commerce / Economic Development Chief, Richardson / Chairman, International Economic Development Council Board of Directors

Results Of Annual Survey Of Economic Development Professionals
Survey will help assess impact of specific tactics that use broadband to improve local economies.

Steve Ross – Corporate Editor, Broadband Communities

Research Presenter:
Craig Settles – Founder, Gigabit Nation

An Audience-Interactive Discussion

Discussants: Jim Baller, Steve Ross, Craig Settles, William Sproull, Paul Fagan



9:00 am – 10:50 am
What Gigafying Austin Will Mean For Some of the City's Big Institutions

Two of Austin's major institutions, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Seton Healthcare Family, have had a number of years of experience with their own high-speed broadband. However, the entrance of Google Fiber, and new activity by AT&T and others, now means that their suppliers, their employees, and many more of their students or patients will now have access to a gig outside the boundaries of their institution. So each is facing new opportunities and new challenges in a soon-to-be "gigafied" Austin. The panelists come from the CIO office of each institution and the Engineering and Public Policy faculty of UT Austin. They will discuss how their offices are planning to meet the new opportunities and challenges, and what opportunities and challenges may open up for those that supply them, work for them, or receive services from them.

Rollie Cole – Senior Fellow, Sagamore Institute for Policy Research

Sherri Greenberg – Director, Center for Politics and Governance, LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT Austin
William C. Green – Director, Networking and Telecommunications, UT Austin
Stephen D. Boyles – Assistant Professor, Transportation Engineering, UT Austin
Brad Englert – CIO, UT Austin
Michael Minks – CIO, Seton
Gerald R. Lewis – VP IT Strategy and Business Development, Ascension Health



12:45 pm – 2:05 pm
Cornerstone Awards Luncheon
Sponsored by Verizon Enhanced Communities

Keynote Address:
The Promise of Next-Generation Access – and how it can be realized

Internet service providers worldwide are rolling out next-generation networks that enable the delivery of advanced services. But the next-generation service bundle hasn’t been defined – and it’s likely to be much more varied than the standard broadband triple play. One of the foremost global broadband analysts will explain how service providers are creating new business models for next-generation access networks, and what consumers really want from these networks. He will also highlight a number of operational challenges in making that vision come true, and how they can be addressed.

Benoît Felten – CEO, Diffraction Analysis


Thursday, April 10

7:30 am – 8:00 am
Breakfast Session
The Coming Competitive Storm: Is Your City Ready?
In February, Google Fiber chose 34 more cities for possible fiber deployments.Google noted that “hundreds of mayors from across the U.S. have stated that abundant high-speed Internet access is essential for sparking innovation, driving economic growth and improving education.” Google added that “dozens of others have made high-speed broadband a pillar of their economic development plans.”

Around the world, cities from Amsterdam to Singapore have initiated extensive economic planning aimed at both building infrastructure and at accelerating the related leadership, innovation and investment processes.

The latest Google Fiber announcement has spurred unprecedented awareness among city officials and economic development agencies across the U.S. and the world. The question being asked now is “how do we proceed – how will we compete.” In this session, David Sandel, an advisor to the Google Fiber Mayors Bi-state Innovation Team, will pinpoint the stakes at risk today. He will specify what all cities need to consider in moving forward – including Google and non-Google cities – and provide initial guidance on what will separate the city economic development winners from the losers.


David Sandel – Gigabit Communities & Smart Cities; Sandel & Associates



8:00 am – 8:30 am
Freedom To Connect: It’s The Internet, Stupid
It was an essay “that sent seismic waves through the telco establishment,” noted George Gilder in his book Telecosm. The essay was “The Rise of The Stupid Network,” by David Isenberg in 1997. “One way or another, the world flocked to Isenberg within hours of the posting of his article,” continued Gilder, noting that, “The essay made him famous (or notorious) in the industry” and revealed to all that “a bandwidth explosion was overthrowing the telephone company paradigm of scarce wires” and replacing it with a “new paradigm of abundance.” Isenberg’s essay became must reading for leaders in technology, business and government, with Clayton Christensen of the Harvard Business School calling him “the most innovative and insightful thinker” on the scene.
Now, at the dawn of a new Internet era, Isenberg reminds us of what’s at stake if our freedom to connect is compromised. It includes the principles of: Any-app over any infrastructure . . .Growth without central planning . . . Innovation without permission . . . Rapid, inexpensive market discovery.


David Isenberg – Founder, Freedom To Connect and isen.com, LLC



8:30 am – 9:30 am
The Critical Contribution of High-Capacity Networks to Economic Development and Global Competitiveness
This blue-ribbon session will also review the role of federal, state and local governments in driving the deployment, adoption and use of such networks.

Jim Baller – Chairman, Summit Economic Development Program; President, Baller Herbst Law Group

Tony Wilhelm – Chief of Staff, NTIA, Dept of Commerce
Blair Levin – Executive Director, Gig.U
Julie Veach – Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission


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