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 6)

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

No added charge
for registered
Summit attendees

Workshop
(Lone Star Ballroom A-3)

TBA

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.


Workshop
(Lone Star Ballroom A-3)

TBA

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
(Chaparral Ballroom)
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 6)

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

Technology: 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
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: More Consolidation, More Willingness to Service Customers Outside Formal Footprints, More Likely to Invest in Content … 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

Presenters:
Ed Balcerzak – Sr. VP, AT&T Entertainment Group & Services
Eric Schaefer – Sr. VP, Data & Mobility Services, XFINITY Communities
Craig Cowden – Sr. VP, Wireless Technology, Spectrum Community Solutions
Chris Curtin – Director of Sales & Marketing, Mid-Atlantic Region, Verizon Enhanced Communities

10:30 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.

Moderator:
Stephen Mayo
– President, Inteleconnect

Givens Gerber Park
Ricky Foor - Technology Director, Givens
Jeff Mulqueen - Deputy CEO, VP Business Development, iPhotonix
Alan Bertsch - President, QYPSYS

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

What to Expect With 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

 

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 A VOICE FROM WASHINGTON
How the Universal Service Fund Reforms Are Rolling Out
How to make sure that the reforms to the Universal Service Fund help advance the needs for getting broadband, including eRate and Health Connect fund, to Rural America
4:10 pm - 5:00 pm Old Buildings,
New Technologies
Broadband and Economic Development:
What the Numbers Tell Us
BUILDING BETTER BROADBAND
Case Studies in Rural Deployment: New York State's Broadband Buildout
How the state-run infrastructure project is tackling high-quality connectivity for citizens of the state, including rural areas.
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!” Come Celebrate at our Pre-Cinco de Mayo Party
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 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

8:00 am - 8:50 am MULTIFAMILY TRACK
Owner / Legal Roundtable

(Closed forum for owners
and owner lawyers only)
(4th Floor, City View 6)
MULTIFAMILY TRACK
Providers Roundtable

(Lone Star Ballroom A-3,4)
 
  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 BUILDING BETTER BROADBAND
Broadband is the New Coal: How Appalachia is Tackling Broadband
What the Appalachian Regional Commission has done in spurring the development of broadband from Kentucky to Pennsylvania
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
USING BETTER BROADBAND
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 —
(Lone Star Ballroom C-1,2)

Sponsored by Verizon

  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
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Networking Break – Refreshments
(Lone Star Ballroom Foyer)
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Property LAN Part 2:
IoT Devices and Their Implementations
New Developments in Public-Private Partnerships BETTER BROADBAND POLICY
Paying for the Last Mile
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)

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)
Local Government Financing of Broadband:
The ECFiber Story

USING BETTER BROADBAND
Using Open Access as a Tool for Rural Areas
Providing affordable broadband for rural America is a cost and funding challenge.  Rural areas and smaller communities continue to search for ways to make providing broadband justifiable and sustainable to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural.   This session will feature industry expert panelists to discuss open access for middle mile and last mile networks and various ownership models available for rural America.

10:10 am - 11:00 am Get Savvy About Social Media:
From Rental Rates and How it Affects Providers to Box Deliveries
Federal Funding
USING BETTER BROADBAND
Rural Quality of Life; Balancing Digital Opportunities and Disruptions
The growth mindset, lifelong learning, changing nature of work, and the search for stability and sustainability amid a world of accelerating change. What the smaller rural communities can learn to do for themselves to be prepared, once broadband is available.
11:10 am - 12:00 pm Hot New Growth Opportunity:
Serving the Active Adult
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

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Special Session
(Lone Star Ballroom A-2)

 

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