2015 Broadband Communities Summit

General Sessions

Tuesday, April 14

8:00 am – 9:20 am
Breakfast Session: How Advanced Broadband Adds Value To Multifamily Properties
Annual nationwide study commissioned by Broadband Communities. Exclusive Survey Results – MDU Owners and Managers – Get the latest results from our Broadband Communities exclusive surveys on MDU broadband. The 2015 survey, by top market researcher Michael Render, asks MDU owners and managers in-depth questions about what they are doing – and NOT doing - to meet residents' increased ultra-broadband needs. The survey focuses on FTTH, revenue streams and billing methods, and perceived barriers to deployment. You'll get responses from brownfield and greenfield builders in all MDU categories from student housing to senior living. Attendees also get the opportunity to ask Render detailed questions, and to hear the experts comment on his findings.

Breakfast Session Presentation Sponsored by Google Fiber

Workshop Leader:
Steve Ross – Editor-at-Large, Broadband Communities

Michael Render – President, RVA LLC
Mike Smith – Vice President, Building Technology Services, Forest City Residential

Robert Faitz – Vice President, Ancillary Services Management
Bryan Rader – CEO, Bandwidth Consulting LLC
Kathleen Austin – Assistant Vice President, Revenue Partnerships, Equity Residential

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Featured Keynote:
FCC Chairman Wheeler to Keynote Summit

Net Neutrality. Internet fast lanes. Municipal-owned broadband systems. Title II. It ain't broadband if it can't deliver at 25 Mbps. When it comes to broadband, no one has made more news in the past year than Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. At the Summit, you'll hear Wheeler unfiltered. You'll get a chance to ask him questions that directly concern you and your enterprise. You'll get an early glimpse of the year to come.

Introduction of Keynote Speaker:
Jim Baller – President, CLIC (Coalition for Local Internet Choice)


Tom Wheeler – Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
Eric Small – Vice President, LightGig, AT&T


Mark Strama – Chief of Google Fiber Austin

Special Briefing:

Sylvia Blanco – Executive Vice President, Housing Authority of the City of Austin


The Wireless Revolution – And Its Impact on FTTH
Does carrier-grade Wi-Fi spell the end of in-home wiring? In some MDUs and many if not most single-family homes, Maybe so. Much of the cost of installing FTTH is for in-home wiring. And the cost doesn’t stop there. With a wired home network, a truck roll is needed every time a customer wants to move a TV. Homeowners' objections to FTTH often center around in-home wiring. No one likes having holes drilled in the walls! Until now, wireless networks didn’t have the coverage, the capacity, or the reliability to distribute gigabit services in the home. Now far-sighted industry leaders are asking: What if in-home wiring were no longer needed. How would that impact your business case for fiber if it works in your situation? Find out about the Wi-Fi revolution that promises to make high-bandwidth home networks invisible, inexpensive and easy to manage from the network operations center.

Andrew Cohill – President and CEO, Design Nine Inc.

Tim Fisher – Senior Vice President, ZTE USA, Inc.
Max Kipfer – Executive Vice President, Hotwire
David Russell – Solutions Marketing Director, Calix
Mike Ockenga – Manager of IP Services, Finley Engineering Company, Inc.


12:40 pm – 1:40 pm
Working Lunch:
Insiders’ Briefing: Building the Gigabit Economy

Does gigabit access spur innovation? A world-famous professor of innovation (and the inventor of the Ethernet) says yes – and other leaders agree. Find out from them how the Austin tech industry is gearing up to develop gigabit products and ensure the city’s continued leadership.

Rondella Hawkins – Austin Telecommunications and Regulatory Affairs Officer

Robert Metcalfe – Professor of Innovation and Fellow of Free Enterprise, UT School of Engineering
Jason Seats – Partner, Techstars Ventures


1:50 pm – 2:50 pm
The Broadband and Content Students Want – Now And In The Future
Everyone wants to know what the millennials, tomorrow’s residents, want and expect as they leave college. The session will focus on trends and innovations by providers who specialize in off campus student housing. Each provider will showcase a trend or innovation and then answer questions.

Sponsored by iPhotonix

Henry Pye – Vice President, RealPage

Bruce A. Sanders – Executive Vice President, Elauwit Networks
David Lippke – President, Korcett Holdings Inc.
Rob Paver – President, CampusConnect
Steven Puckett – Executive Vice President of Engineering, Pavlov Media


Wednesday, April 15

7:30 am – 8:50 am
Breakfast Session
Successfully Operating a Municipal Network

Stephen Mayo – President and Owner, Inteleconnect, Inc.
Carl Kandutsch – Attorney, Kandutsch Law Office

Mike Coleman – Managing Director, Fiber and Telecommunications, Chelan County, WA
Mary Jan Hedman – CEO, St. Joseph Valley MetroNet, South Bend, Indiana
Mark Latham – City Manager, Highland, Illinois



12:45 pm – 2:05 pm
Cornerstone Awards Luncheon
Keynote Address

Sponsored by Verizon Enhanced Communities

New Capabilities Unlocked By The Internet Of Things

Eric M. Free – Vice President of the Internet of Things Group; General Manager, Smart Home and Buildings Division, Intel Corporation



3:30 pm – 4:50 pm
Legal Leaders Roundtable
An annual event, but every year brings all-new worries and desires -- and some new panelists. Ask your questions. Watch, as the panel wrestles with the answers, offering nuance, clarity and experience, not just pat opinions. Learn, as even the experts often disagree on the paths to take in difficult situations. Count the money left in your wallet, because you're not being charged by the hour. It's free to all attendees. (MDU issues will be at the forefront in this session, but if you're an MDU owner or manager, don't forget the exclusive legal breakfast just for you... Also free to attendees and with breakfast included.) Already registered? If so, feel free to submit your questions ahead of time, to nancym@bbcmag.com.

Steve Sadler – Director, Multifamily Development, Realpage, Inc.

Ian Davis – Telecommunications Attorney, Founding Partner, Davis Craig & Taylor PLLC
Art Hubacher – Managing Member, Hubacher & Ames, PLLC
Sue Weiske – VP and Assistant General Counsel, Charter Communications
Dan Glivar – Lawyer, Holland and Hart / Time Warner Cable
Mary Kane – Senior Counsel, Comcast
John Glicksman – Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Access Media 3


Thursday, April 16

7:30 am – 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast


8:00 am – 9:30 am
General Session

Major New Study:

Broadband’s Impact On Population Change

Providing good broadband is necessary to promote economic growth in rural areas. Our exclusive Broadband Communities study of broadband access and population patterns in all 3144 United States counties shows a strong statistical link between weak or negative population growth and lack of access to quality broadband. Even more disturbing is the finding that while states that restrict municipalities from building their own broadband networks have strong growth overall, the growth is entirely in urban areas. The lowest-ranking 10 percent of counties in states with restrictions have four times the population loss of the lowest ranking 10 percent in states without restrictions. Broadband is one of the least expensive and easiest public utilities to build. This study shows the possible benefits. Join the study's author on a detailed and at times humorous trip through the data, including details not yet revealed in the magazine itself.

Steven Ross – Editor-At-Large, Broadband Communities


Great Communities:

Rancho Santa Fe: First 10-Gigabit Community
For communities like the spread-out Rancho Santa Fe in Southern California , broadband development has been slow to evolve because the relatively low density doesn’t attract infrastructure investments from major providers. But the HOA is considering a new $14 million 1 to 10 Gbps fiber network that would boost cable, Internet and phone service speeds, a key need in a community where almost half the families work at least part of the time from home. Payback, if the community builds the system itself, would be 6 to 12 years. But the rise in property values in a sense makes the payback immediate. The proposed network comes after a community survey to which 500 neighbors responded.

John Honker – President, Magellan Advisors

Chad Peace – Director of Operations, IVC Media, LLC
John Ryan – Technology Committee, Rancho Santa Fe


Erickson Living: Digital Empowerment For Seniors
Erickson Living provides independent living, assisted living, and nursing care for 23,000 senior residents in 18 properties nation-wide. Recently it has received the highest Five-Star rating in the industry’s Best Nursing Homes 2015 report. Part of the reason for this success has been its focus on a digital engagement strategy for seniors – from high-speed broadband connectivity and wireless coverage to developing its own “senior-friendly” apps. This session focuses on the rationale, cost savings, and benefits of their network connectivity infrastructure (based on Passive Optical LAN) that ties together everything from building automation and security systems to broadband services – as designed and built by Noovis and TE Connectivity.

Tom Napoli – Co-Founder, Vice President, Noovis
Jay Romero – Sr. Director, IT Operations, Erickson Living


11:40 pm – 4:45 pm
Rural Electric Coops: Special Workshop

Featured Presenter:
Jonathan P. Claffey – Policy Advisor, Electric Programs, USDA Rural Utilities Service

“Funding Opportunities from RUS and Navigating the Federal Broadband Loan Application Process for Electric Cooperatives.” Content includes the overall challenges faced by applicants to the Rural Electric Program and how the funding from RUS could be structured to suit current needs. The session will include a rigorous Q&A based on the speaker’s long background in the RUS Telecom program and his recent service in the electric program.

Session Leader:
Hilda Legg – Former RUS Administrator and Broadband Communities Magazine Vice Chair

Workshop Summary:

Many of the 200 communities that have built Fiber-to-the-Home networks have taken advantage of the expertise, financing and rights-of-ways of municipal electric utilities. Could local electric coops do the same thing? Well, of course. In fact, more than 20 electric co-ops are already doing just that, but not without unique challenges presented by their organizational structure, access to financing and state charters. This series of sessions will cover best practices, opportunities for integration with the smart grid, and demand aggregation strategies (“fiberhoods”). Take a detailed look and take advantage of the extra Q&A time we've built into the sessions.

Workshop Sessions Include:

Demand Aggregation: Help Ensure Success by Building Fiber to Demand
Aggregating demand for broadband can reduce capital requirements for a fiber network build. The magic happens because aggregation promises a higher take rate (potential customers indicate their interest ahead of time), and because ease of construction and service can be factored into the equations. Less obviously, there are also revenue benefits from considering customer demographics – college students and families with children in school tend to use far more broadband services than others. Get the details in this session, and also gain a greater understanding of the political issues. Aggregation was popularized and made politically palatable because Google's fiberhoods – the districts for initial deployment in a Google gigabit build – were deemed to be chosen in a transparent way, and for vastly superior service. Aggregation needs fiber as much as fiber benefits from aggregation.

Steven Ross – Editor-at-Large, Broadband Communities

Isak Finér – Chief Marketing Officer, COS Systems
John Chowdhury – Utility Practice Director, Fujitsu Network Communications
Sean Middleton, P.E. – Manager of Engineering, Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative
Greg Richardson – Co-Founder, CrowdFiber
Todd Brandenburg – President & Founder, PocketiNet Communications, Inc.


Best Practices
Lori Sherwood – Director of Business Development, Advantage Engineers
Sheila Allgood – Manager, BOLT Fiber Optic Services, Oklahoma
Doug Payauys – CIO, Consolidated Electric Cooperative, Ohio
Randy Klindt – General Manager, Co-Mo Comm


Interactive Discussion
Eric Freesmeier – President and CEO, Pulse Broadband, LLC





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