2017 Broadband Communities Summit

Agenda at a Glance

Multifamily Track
Editor's Choice Track
Economic Development Track
Rural Broadband Track
Exhibit Hours
Food/Social Functions
Workshops
CLIC Program
2017 BROADBAND COMMUNITIES SUMMIT
CFHP CERTIFICATION

Monday, May 1
7:00 am - 1:00 pm Contractor Move-In 
(Lone Star Ballroom B)
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm Exhibitor Move-In 
(Lone Star Ballroom B)
7:30 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open 
(Lone Star Ballroom Foyer)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

CERTIFICATION Day One:
Certified Fiber-to-the-Home Professional (CFHP)
– Hosted by The Light Brigade (additional fee required)

(4th Floor / City View 8)

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CLIC Preconference Sessions

(Ballroom A-1)

  FREE WORKSHOPS
No added charge for registered Summit attendees
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Workshop
(Lone Star Ballroom A-2)

Key Legal Issues for Economic Development

Presenters: 
Sean Stokes and Casey Lide, Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Workshop
(Lone Star Ballroom A-2)

Hands-On Financial Modeling

This workshop will take you through the process, concentrating on use of our well-tested tool for determining the return on various broadband investments in a subdivision or multiple dwelling unit environment, and our latest tool for multi-phase, multi-technology, multi-neighborhood community builds.

Presenter: 
Steve Ross - Editor at Large, Broadband Communities

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Workshop
(Lone Star Ballroom A-2)

Sponsored by Calix
Innovative Ideas Workshop: 
The Emergence of Intelligent Access

The focus on customer experience is forcing broadband providers to re-think their access network strategies. Learn about the emergence of subscriber driven intelligent access and its role in delivering an unmatched user experience.

 


No added charge
for registered
Summit attendees
Workshop
(Lone Star Ballroom A-3)

Using Broadband to Grow Your Businesses and Workforce
In a decade the US economy has grown a meager 2%. Some are doing great, some are failing… but 2% is pretty #sad. 

SNG’s research shows the greatest current path to local economic growth is businesses leveraging broadband and online practices.  Unfortunately it’s a path far too few businesses are truly engaged in. So how can you make sure your local businesses understand what they should be doing online – and growing their business. 

This workshop will provide you with tools and best practices so you can go back to your community and engage and help local businesses grow! 

This workshop will help you increase demand for skilled local workforce as you help businesses maximize their online potential.

Moderator:
Michael Curri – President, SNG

Participants:
Ian Mooers – Economic and Entrepreneur Liaison, Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Programs, Inc
Jim Blasingame – President, Small Business Network, Inc.
Kevin Loux – Director of Strategic Partnerships, SOAR – Shaping Our Appalachian Region
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Workshop
(Lone Star Ballroom A-2)

Best Broadband Infrastructure for Each Building Type

Consultants, engineers and real estate developers should plan on joining Richard Holtz, founder and CEO of InfiniSys, for a no-holds-barred 2-hour special pre-conference workshop that will explore all 25 InfiniSys standard designs for broadband networking in MDUs – highrise, midrise and cottage layouts. That’s thousands of dollars of consulting advice, absolutely free to conference attendees.  Worried about a coffeepot, doorbell, or camera hacking your system? Holtz and his team will pay extra attention  to physical layer security best practices – a topic usually ignored –  as well as on robust  broadband delivery. He’ll be joined by Matthew FitzGerald of Ruckus (now being purchased by Arris), InfiniSys CTO Tom Stender, and an expert on non-WiFi wireless. InfiniSys designs are the gold standard – usually higher up-front costs in exchange for trouble-free service. But did we mention that attendance is free? 
Workshop
(Lone Star Ballroom A-3)

DIY Fiber Mapping and Estimating

Having the ability to provide a timely ballpark estimate for fiber installation allows a broadband operator to qualify leads faster and enables it to focus its limited resources on viable opportunities. We encourage active participation so please bring your laptop, set up and log into a free Google account and bring your best questions.

Presenters: 
Ghermay Araya - Founder and CEO, New Light Technologies, Inc. (NLT)
Jason Longenecker - Project Manager, New Light Technologies

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Welcome Reception
(Lone Star Ballroom Foyer)
Tuesday, May 2
7:00 am - 6:00 pm Registration Open
(Lone Star Ballroom Foyer)
7:00 am - 1:00 pm Exhibitor Move-In
(Lone Star Ballroom B)
7:30 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast 
(Lone Star Ballroom Foyer)

Sponsored by SMB Dynamics

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

CERTIFICATION Day Two:
Certified Fiber-to-the-Home Professional (CFHP)
– Hosted by The Light Brigade (additional fee required)

(4th Floor / City View 8)

7:50 am - 8:00 am Official Welcome and Introduction
(Lone Star Ballroom A-3,4)
8:00 am - 9:00 am General Session:
(Lone Star Ballroom A-3,4)

Sponsored by SMB Dynamics

Game Changers: What to Expect and How to Prepare for Living and Working in the Time of Rapid Change
Future of work expert Garry Bolles kicks off the Summit speaking on new strategies to help communities and the individuals who live, work, and learn in them adapt and thrive in a world of constant change. He'll be joined by leaders in the MDU, Economic Development, and Rural Broadband fields to add their perspectives.

Presenters:
Gary Bolles - Co-founder, eParachute; Partner, Charrette LLC
Jim Baller - President, Baller Stokes & Lide, PC
Hilda Legg - Vice Chairman, Broadband Communities Magazine
Bryan Rader – President, Access Media 3

9:10 am - 10:20 am General Session:
(Lone Star Ballroom A-3,4)

On the March: A Conversation With The Big Guys on Where They’re Going
Come and hear what the large services providers are offering today, what’s up next and what it all means for the consumers they're trying to satisfy.

Sponsored by iPhotonix

Moderator:
Diane Kruse
– CEO and Lead Consultant, NEO Connect

Presenters:
Ed Balcerzak – Sr. VP, Commercial and Connected Communities, AT&T
Eric Schaefer – Sr. VP, Data & Mobility Services, XFINITY Communities
Craig Cowden – Sr. VP, Wireless Technology, Spectrum Community Solutions
Elaina Mango – Director, Northeast, Marketing & Sales, Business Development & MDU, Verizon Enhanced Communities

10:30 am - 10:55 am Special Keynote Address - How to Make a Community Great
(Lone Star Ballroom A-3,4)

Hugh Miller – City of San Antonio’s CIO/CTO for twelve years

11:00 am - 11:20 am Next Century Cities – Award Announcements

(Lone Star Ballroom A-3,4)

11:30 am - 12:30 pm General Session:
(Lone Star Ballroom A-3,4)

Great Communities
The Great Communities session features several case studies of MDUs or mixed-use developments with ambitious broadband deployments.

Sponsored by Google Fiber

Moderator:
Stephen Mayo
– President, Inteleconnect

Givens Gerber Park
Ricky Foor - Technology Director, Givens
Joel Futterman  - Chief Technology Officer, Chief Operating Officer, iPhotonix
Alan Bertsch - President, QYPSYS

Enclave on Golden Triangle
Scott Russell – VP, Ancillary Services and Business Development, Cottonwood Residential
Jeff Jarecke – Sr. Director of Major Accounts, Spectrum Solutions

Sea Ranch
Stephen Milton – CEO, GigabitNow

12:40 pm - 1:40 pm General Session / Working Lunch:
(Lone Star Ballroom A-3,4)

Broadband Policy in the New Administration

Moderator:
Thomas W. Cohen
– Partner, Washington, D.C., Kelley Drye

Presenter:
Blair Levin
– Communications & Society Fellow, Brookings Institute

1:50 pm - 2:50 pm
General Session:
(Lone Star Ballroom A-3,4)

Power Play: Why Electric Cooperatives Are Considering Broadband Networks
NRTC CEO Tim Bryan and a team of Rural Broadband experts discuss emerging trends behind the burgeoning interest among electric cooperatives to build fiber communication networks.  The group will discuss Communications needs of Electric Utilities; Broadband needs in the community; and How Electric Coops are addressing both these needs and why. 

Moderator:
Tim Bryan
– Chief Executive Officer, National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC), Herndon, VA

Presenters:
Eric Freesmeier
– President and CEO, Pulse Broadband, LLC
Joel Allen – Senior Vice President, Member Services, Cooperative Finance Corporation
Bob Hance – CEO, Midwest Energy Cooperative
Lynn Hodges – CEO, Ralls County Electric, New London, MO
General Session:
(Lone Star Ballroom A-2)

5G Wireless: How to Get There, What It Will Do and What It Won't
5G wireless networks, capable of enormous speeds, are on their way. Without question, they will be tremendously important for mobile communications. But will they provide a solution for fixed broadband as well? And will they make fiber to the home obsolete, as some have predicted? Find out what operators are planning and what the experts think the impact of 5G will be.

Moderator:
Dr. Olufemi (Femi) Adeyemi
– Lead LTE Solutions Architect, Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.

Presenters:
Kevin Morgan – Chief Marketing Officer, Clearfield
Larry Thompson – Chief Executive Officer, Vantage Point Solutions
Chris Curtin – Director of Sales & Marketing, Mid-Atlantic Region, Verizon Enhanced Communities


 

MULTIFAMILY
TRACK
(Lone Star Ballroom A-3,4)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
TRACK
(Lone Star Ballroom A-2)


RURAL BROADBAND
TRACK
(Lone Star Ballroom A-1)

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In-Building Cellular Reception:
Is 5G (or anything else) the Silver Bullet?

Blue Ribbon
Panel
A VOICE FROM WASHINGTON
Connecting Rural America: How the Universal Service Fund is Bringing Broadband to Underserved and Unserved Communities
A discussion of the strategically important Universal Service Fund and ongoing FCC modernization of the federal program to support broadband infrastructure as well as voice service. 
4:10 pm - 5:00 pm Old Buildings,
New Technologies
Broadband and Economic Development:
What the Numbers Tell Us
MAPPING BETTER BROADBAND
What are Government Officials and Private Companies Doing to Fill the Void?
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Exhibit Hall Opens – Refreshments  
(Lone Star Ballroom B)
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Opening Night Cocktail Reception
(Lone Star Ballroom C-1,2)

“Let’s Fiesta!” Join us for an early Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Sponsored by AT&T

Wednesday, May 3
7:00 am - 6:00 pm Registration Open 
(Lone Star Ballroom Foyer)
7:30 am - 8:50 am Continental Breakfast
(Lone Star Ballroom Foyer)

Sponsored by: M3

8:00 am - 8:50 am Breakfast and Program:
(Lone Star Ballroom A-2)

Next Century Cities Special Session
Civic Engagement and Digital Inclusion: Showcasing Innovation

Local government leaders are leading the way to implement exciting digital inclusion and civic engagement strategies. This panel will feature three winners of Next Century Cities’ Benton Next Generation Engagement Awards. Austin, Raleigh, and Louisville will share their award-winning stories and lessons learned.

Moderator:
Todd O’Boyle
– Deputy Director, Next Century Cities 

Speakers:
Chris Seidt
– IT Manager, Metro Louisville, Kentucky
Catherine Crago – Strategic Initiative & Resource Development Manager, Housing Authority of the City of Austin
Pever Korca Baran, Ph.D. – Teaching Associate Professor, North Carolina State University

8:00 am - 8:50 am MULTIFAMILY TRACK
Providers Roundtable

(Lone Star Ballroom A-3,4)
MULTIFAMILY TRACK
Owner / Legal Roundtable

(Closed forum for owners
and owner lawyers only)
(3rd Floor – San Antonio B)
 
  MULTIFAMILY
TRACK
(Lone Star Ballroom A-3,4)
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
TRACK
(Lone Star Ballroom A-2)

RURAL BROADBAND
TRACK
(Lone Star Ballroom A-1)
9:00 am - 9:50 am New Twist in MDU
Open Access for Providers
Working With Economic Development Professionals Broadband is the New Coal: How Appalachia is Tackling Broadband
What the Appalachian Regional Commission has done in spurring the development of broadband from Pennsylvania, Maryland to Tennessee.
10:00 am - 10:50 am 10:00 am - 11:20 am
MDU Legal Leaders

How Adaptive Communities Are Creating Future Work:
Effective Strategies and Case Histories
Learn From the Winners
(Presented with NTCA)
Find Out What Earned Three Showcase Communications Companies the NTCA’s Prestigious Smart Rural Community Showcase Award.
10:45 am - 12:45 pm Exhibit Hall Open – Refreshment Break 
(Lone Star Ballroom B)
12:45 pm - 2:05 pm Cornerstone Awards Luncheon:
Special Roundtable Discussion/Q&A
On the Grill: Members of the FCC’s new Broadband Deployment
Advisory Committee

(Lone Star Ballroom C-1,2)

Sponsored by Verizon

Moderator:
Hilda Legg
 - Vice Chairman, Broadband Communities Magazine

Keynote Speakers:
Kelleigh Cole
 - Director, Utah Broadband Outreach Center, FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Vice Chair
Elizabeth Bowles – President and Chairman, Aristotle ISP, Little Rock, AR
Larry Thompson – CEO, Vantage Point
Robert DeBroux – Director, Federal Affairs & Public Policy, TDS Telecom

  MULTIFAMILY
TRACK
(Lone Star Ballroom A-3,4)
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & RURAL BROADBAND JOINT TRACK
(Lone Star Ballroom A-2)
EDITOR'S CHOICE
TRACK
(Lone Star Ballroom A-1)
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Property LAN Part 1:
Infrastructure Super Session
Fiber-Based Incubators and Tech Hives
How Tech Hives Successfully Leverage Broadband to Create Jobs of the Future
Open Access Fiber Networks – Success Stories
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Networking Break – Refreshments
(Lone Star Ballroom Foyer)

Sponsored by: M3

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Property LAN Part 2:
IoT Devices and Their Implementations
New Developments in Public-Private Partnerships Financing the Last Mile with an Essential Service Approach
When it comes to getting broadband, there are still too many unserved and underserved areas. This session examines a new model for funding the last mile in a manner that is sustainable and low risk.
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Exhibit Hall Cocktail Reception —
(Lone Star Ballroom B)

Make plans to stop for a photo op on the “set” of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon™

Sponsored by XFINITY Communities

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Networking Dinners – Privately Arranged
Thursday, May 4
7:00 am - 2:00 pm Registration Open  
(Lone Star Ballroom Foyer)
7:30 am - 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast
(Lone Star Ballroom Foyer)

  MULTIFAMILY
TRACK
(Lone Star Ballroom A-3,4)
EDITOR'S CHOICE
TRACK
(Lone Star Ballroom A-2)

RURAL BROADBAND
TRACK
(Lone Star Ballroom A-1)
8:00 am - 9:00 am Student Housing History and Future of Open Access Networks in Michigan:
Leveraging Infrastructure to Expedite Broadband Deployment


9:10 am - 10:00 am Owner Roundtable
(Closed forum for property owners and managers only)
(3rd Floor – San Antonio B)
Local Government Financing of Broadband:
The ECFiber Story

Ownership Models for Rural Broadband
In metropolitan areas, broadband providers are usually vertically integrated – the same company builds, owns and manages the infrastructure and also delivers services. Rural network owners have been more willing to experiment with different ownership and funding models. In this session, we’ll hear from multiple network owners that have achieved success in rural areas.   Find out what the trade-offs are among these different models, and learn how to decide which is right for your network.

10:10 am - 11:00 am Get Savvy About Social Media:
From Rental Rates and How They Affect Providers to Box Deliveries
Federal Funding
Rural and Urban Quality of Life; Balancing Digital Opportunities and Technological Disruptions
Given affordable broadband access and appropriate devices, bridging the digital divide depends on what first you learn is possible, and then, choose to do with broadband.
11:10 am - 12:00 pm   Creative Projects That Foster Economic Development
BETTER BROADBAND POLICY
Revising the Telecom Act to Meet the Needs of Rural America
11:00 am - 2:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
(Lone Star Ballroom B)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Exhibit Hall Luncheon and “Must be Present to Win” Drawings
(Lone Star Ballroom B)
1:10 pm - 2:10 pm General Session
(Lone Star Ballroom A-2)

Smart Cities 

2:20 pm - 3:20 pm General Session
(Lone Star Ballroom A-2)

Pulling It All Together: What We Have Learned About Advanced Broadband Networks and the Future of Work, and Where Do We Go From Here

 

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