2016 Broadband Communities Summit

Editor’s Choice Track

Thursday, April 7

7:30 am – 8:30 am
Breakfast Session:
Software-Defined Networking/Network Functions Virtualization (SDN/NFV)
Two new technologies – software-defined networking and network functions virtualization – are beginning to make inroads in the telecommunications industry. Find out how you can use them to speed deployment of new features and new services, to increase efficiency and resilience, and to change the business case for FTTH.
(Grand Ballroom B)

Steve Ross
– Editor-at-Large, Broadband Communities Magazine

Joel Z. Futterman, EE, MBA – Chief Technology Officer/ Chief Operating Officer, iPhotonix
Bruce Patterson – Technology Director, City of Ammon, Idaho
Eric Lampland – President, Lookout Point Communications
Ken Demlow – National Business Development Manager, NewCom Technologies

8:30 am – 9:30 am
Track Session:
Best Practices for FTTH Planning and Engineering
Bring all your questions about FTTH deployment to ask this expert panel. Learn best practices for engaging the community, making strategic technology decisions, minimizing construction and engineering costs, preparing for future growth and upgrades, and much more.
(Grand Ballroom B)

Diane Kruse
– CEO and Lead Consultant, NEO Fiber

Sam Harlan – Head of Engineering Consulting, CHR
Sam Carbine – Chief Operating Officer, Crystal Clear
Scot Bohaychyk – Market Manager, Clearfield
Ernie Staten – Deputy Director of Public Service, City of Fairlawn Department of Public Service
Mitch Drake – Broadband Executive Engagement Leader, Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.

9:40 am – 10:30 am
Next Century Cities Special Program
In this session, you will hear about proven ways to ensure community support, directly from mayors who have brought next-generation broadband to their communities. This panel of municipal leaders, who are part of Next Century Cities, will discuss the importance of broadband to helping their communities thrive and the strategies they have used to ensure their citizens are positive and supportive of their broadband efforts.

Deb Socia – Executive Director, Next Century Cities

Dana Kirkham – Mayor, City of Ammon, ID
Karen Sheek – Mayor, City of Cortez, CO
John Woods – Mayor, City of Davidson, NC

10:40 am – 11:30 am
Track Session:
Broadband and Education
(Grand Ballroom B)

Maria Alvarez Stroud – Director, Broadband & E-Commerce Education Education Center, University of Wisconsin-Extension

Joanne Hovis – President and CEO, CTC Technology & Energy
Don Means – Founder and Principal, Digital Village Associates
Tim Bobrowski, Ed.D – Superintendent of Schools, Owsley County Board of Education

11:40 am – 12:30 pm
Building on Demand
Building to demand — prioritizing builds in neighborhoods whose residents have committed to purchase services — has changed the economics of fiber to the home. Does this amount to “cherry-picking” that worsens the digital divide, or does it increase the probability that entire communities will be served with fiber? Find out how providers are using this method equitably and effectively.
(Grand Ballroom B)

Aaron Deacon
– Managing Director, KC Digital Divide

Isak Finér – Chief Marketing Officer, COS Systems
John Paul – CEO, Spiral Internet
James Hackett – Director of Business Operations & Development, Cruzio Internet
Google Fiber (Invited)


New Approaches to Financing Fiber Networks

12:30 pm – 12:50 pm
Financing Fiber in Low-Income Housing
Digital equity is a large and growing problem, but housing equity funds hold billions in tax credits that can be used to install fiber networks in low-income housing. Find out how to engage that financial subsidy, who the stakeholders are and what they want.

Rey Ramsey – President of Business Development, Opterna

1:00 pm – 1:40 pm
The View From the Private Sector
How do private investors view difficult-to-finance fiber networks – small rural builds, municipal builds and statewide middle-mile networks? Find out what investors look for in a project, how they decide on the right type of financing for each project, and the type of oversight they exercise to keep projects on track.

Masha Zager – Editor –in-Chief, Broadband Communities Magazine

Jason Hill – Managing Director, Media Venture Partners
Kevin D. Padrick – Chairman and Co-Founder, Symmetrical Networks

1:50 pm – 3:20 pm
The RS Fiber Story: New Models for Rural Broadband
RS Fiber, a new fiber cooperative in rural Minnesota, may hold the record for innovative financing schemes in rural broadband. Learn about a new Treasury ruling that makes bank equity financing available to broadband networks. Find out how a bank consortium can help you tap more debt funding. Understand the ins and outs of federal loan guarantees, community-based financing, obtaining loans from other co-ops and much more.

Doug Dawson – President, CCG Consulting

Timothy Herwig – District Community Affairs Officer, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Mark Erickson – EDA Director, City of Winthrop, MN
Philip A. Keithahn – Chairman and CEO, ProGrowth Bank





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