2017 Broadband Communities Summit

Multifamily Educational Series


Monday, May 1

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Pre-Conference Workshop
Hands-On Financial Modeling
Two hours can save you $75,000 or more! Get better at using our free business modeling and cash flow analysis tools. Editor-at-large Steve Ross, the models' author, 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. Attendees get a free thumb drive with all our tools and detailed documentation.

Presenter: Steve Ross – Editor at Large, Broadband Communities


4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Pre-Conference Workshop
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? 

Presenters:
Richard Holtz – CEO, InfiniSys
Tom Stender – CTO, VP, InfiniSys
Matthew FitzGerald – Systems Engineering Manager, Hospitality, Ruckus Wireless


4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Pre-Conference Workshop
DIY Fiber Mapping and Estimating

Few MDU operators or small broadband providers can hire full-time sales engineers who are on call to provide same-day estimates. Paying dedicated sales engineers is expensive, and pulling outside-plant engineers off billable projects is disruptive to the provisioning process. 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'll use Google Maps to walk through mapping points of interest, high risk areas, areas of opportunity and proposed fiber routes.  Then we’ll wrap up the work shop by using your measurements to auto populate spreadsheets that generate ball park estimates. We encourage active participation so please bring your laptop, set up and log into a free Google account and bring your best questions.

Presenters:
Jason Longenecker – Project Manager, New Light Technologies, Inc.
Ghermay Araya – Founder & CEO, New Light Technologies, Inc.

 


Tuesday, May 2

7:30 am – 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by SMB Dynamics

 


9:10 am – 10:20 am
General Session:
On the March: A Conversation with The Big Guys on Where They're Going

There's been a seismic shift on both the technology and the content sides in the past year. Technology now allows near-seamless consumer switching between cellular, Wi-Fi and hard-wired Ethernet and coax cable. But the content side – major carriers have bought a lot of content, from Yahoo to entire TV networks – has enabled more new business propositions. 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 - SVP, Data & Mobility Services, XFINITY Communities   
Craig Cowden – SVP, Wireless Technology, Spectrum Community Solutions  
Elaina Mango – Director, Northeast, Marketing & Sales, Business Development & MDU, Verizon Enhanced Communities


11:30 am – 12:30 pm
General Session:
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
Jeff Mulqueen - Deputy CEO, VP Business Development, 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


3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Track Session: 
In-Building Cellular Reception: Is 5G (or anything else)the Silver Bullet?
Property owners have waited for years for a good solution to residents’ cellular woes. True, 5G wireless will be a huge help... but not this year and never completely. So what's the right use of today's 4G LTE cellular? Distributed antenna systems? Wi-Fi calling, 4G picocells, or other solutions you may have already added to your buildings? Learn from the experts which solutions work in which situations and how to justify costs and evaluate the performance and amortization trade-offs among them. Hint: If you are thinking about skimping, this isn't the place to do it.

Moderator:
Steve Sadler
- Director, Resident Technology Services, RealPage, Inc.

Presenter:
Mike Smith
- Vice President, White Space Building Technology Advisors
Dan Leaf - President and CEO, Leaf Communications
Dick Sherwin -  President & CEO, Spot On Networks
Eric Fichtner - Chief Operating Officer, Symphony Technology Solutions, Inc.
Eric Small – Vice President Commercial and MDU Solutions, AT&T


4:10 pm – 5:00 pm
Track Session:
Old Buildings, New Technologies

Does your old RG59 and CAT3 make you nervous? Here's what to do when your building's infrastructure is outdated and your tenants are demanding the latest bells & whistles. Hint: You do not always have to rip all the old stuff out right away. Sometimes, you can get great performance with clever tweaks and partial rebuilds. But you need real upgrade plans, not panic-driven patches, to save and shine in the long run.

Moderator:
Scott Casey
– Sr. VP & Chief Technology Officer, EdR

Presenters:
Michael Mancini - Director, Sales Engineering, XFINITY Communities  
Jesse Walker - Senior Director, Sales Engineering, Spectrum Community Solutions
Robert Grosz – Chief Revenue Officer, Elauwit Networks
Jackie Arbour – General Manager Technical Support, AT&T Services, Inc.


5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Exhibit Hall Opens


6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Opening Night Cocktail Reception
“Let’s Fiesta!” Join us for an early Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Sponsored by AT&T

 

 


Wednesday, May 3

8:00 am – 8:50 am
Track Session:
Owner / Legal Roundtable
(Closed forum for owners and owner lawyers only)

Presenters:
Art Hubacher - Managing Member, Hubacher & Ames PLLC
Ian Davis - Telecommunications Attorney, Founding Partner, Davis, Craig & Taylor  


8:00 am – 8:50 am
Track Session:
Manufacturer / Provider Roundtable

In this session, manufacturers will be able to present to the providers on their products and why they need to consider them.

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

Presenters:
Patri
ck Moreno – Product Marketing Manager, Zyxel Communications, Inc.
Joel Futterman – Chief Technology Officer, Chief Operating Officer, iPhotonix
Boris Maysel – Director of Business Development, Siklu
John George – Director, Solutions and Professional Services, OFS
Oren Binder – Director of SP Marketing, Ruckus Wireless


9:00 am – 9:50 am
Track Session:
Heads Up! New Legal Twist in MDU Open Access for Providers

There's a shakeup brewing in the rules for open access rules. About 20 states allow franchised cable operators in right to access MDU customers over the property owners' objection. San Francisco's newly enacted Police Code Article 52 goes much further. It gives mandatory MDU access rights to broadband service providers, too. It applies to commercial multi-tenant buildings as well as MDUs.  It allows the new provider to use existing inside wiring owned by the MDU owner, with compensation. Rumor has it that the San Francisco ordinance will be a template for access reform nationwide. Will such initiatives encourage or discourage competition?

Moderator/Presenter:
Carl Kandutsch - Attorney, Kandutsch Law Office

Presenters:
Scott Casey – Sr. VP & Chief Technology Officer, EdR
Bill Dodd – President, GigaMonster
Michael R. Purdy – Corporate Counsel, Google Fiber
Steve Sadler – Director, Resident Technology Services, RealPage, Inc.


10:00 am – 11:20 am
Track Session:
MDU Legal Leaders

The top lawyers representing both MDU owners and providers will engage one another in spirited debate on both sides of key industry issues. Join us in what is always a popular – and lively – session.

Moderator:
Chris Acker - Director, Community Technology Services, Lennar Multifamily Communities, LLC

Presenters:
Ian Davis - Telecommunications Attorney; Founding Partner, Davis, Craig & Taylor PLLC  
Art Hubacher - Managing Member, Hubacher & Ames PLLC  
Sue Weiske - Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Charter Communications
Lauren Brown - Assistant General Counsel, Comcast Cable  
Greg Remus - Attorney, Verizon Enhanced Communities  
Roy Haverkamp - Senior Counsel, Commercial, CenturyLink
Pam Swisher - Contracts Administrator, Pavlov Media
Dan Glivar – Partner, Holland and Hart LLP 


10:45 am – 12:45 pm
Exhibit Hall Open


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

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


2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Track Session:
Property LAN Part 1: Infrastructure Super Session

Shh! Add expanded security needs to the already long list of features your broadband infrastructure must include. This plain-language session focuses on the in-building infrastructure – the copper, fiber, wireless equipment and the network management tools needed to deliver fast, reliable, seamless – and secure – broadband now and in the future. The session will touch on that emerging future and the need to seamlessly and safely support dozens or hundreds of internet-connected devices in every household, setting the stage for the session to follow.

Moderator/Presenter:
Richard Holtz - President, InfiniSys

Presenter:
Tom Stender
– CTO, VP, InfiniSys


3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Networking Break


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Track Session:
Property LAN Part 2: IoT Devices and Their Implementation

Heard the one about the coffeepot used to hack a residential network? Or the camera? Or the baby monitor? Or the thermostat? Or the front doorbell? How much security can be built into a $15 appliance anyway? This session will review some of the basic security and network management issues, focusing mainly on the different network types all homes have to (or soon will have to) accommodate along with Wi-Fi and cable or wired Ethernet. They include ZigBee, Z-wave and Bluetooth – all used by various internet-connected "things." How does an MDU community manage them – all of them? What are the costs? What are the benefits, costs, and liabilities for residents and for building owners?

Moderator/Presenter:
Henry Pye – VP, Residential Technology Services, RealPage Inc.

Presenters:
Matt Paschick
– Principal, National Wi-Fi
Felicite Moorman – CEO, StratIS EMS 
John Baloga – Vice President & Chief Investment Officer, Airwave Networks Inc.
Michael Rovito – CEO, Dwelo
Justin Foster – Manager, Community Technology Services, LMC/A Lennar Multifamily


5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Exhibit Hall Cocktail Reception
Sponsored by XFINITY Communities

 

 


Thursday, May 4

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Track Session: 
Student Housing

Provider services, wiring strategies, student demands, and a new economic environment as student populations stabilize and decline in many areas.

Moderator/Presenter:
Henry Pye – Vice President, Residential Technology Services, RealPage, Inc.

Presenters:
David Schweizer – Vice President, Student Housing Technologies, Hotwire Communications
Ed Burk - Director of Operations, Kadirnet
Craig Greenfield – Senior Divisional Sales Manager, XFINITY Communities On Campus
Jesse Walker - Senior Director, Sales Engineering, Spectrum Community Solutions
Allen White – CTO, Owner, WhiteSky Communications, LLC


9:10 am – 10:00 am
Track Session:
Owner Roundtable
(Closed forum for owners and owner lawyers only)
During this session, owners will be able to openly discuss trends within the industry as well as challenges faced.

Moderator:
Cheryl Jordan - Sr. Director, Strategic Business Services, AvalonBay Communities


10:10 am – 11:00 am
Track Session:
Get Savvy About Social Media
We know social media property mentions matter. Low online ratings for providers can affect a resident's decision to lease at your community. Low online ratings for a management company can affect provider penetration as well. Learn to use social media as an inexpensive consultant that guides you to better performance. Learn how to staff or buy tracking services. Learn how to get providers and owners/managers to work together to improve the resident’s overall experience... and your online social media approval rates.

Moderator:
Michael Manfred
– Vice President of Marketing, Forest City Enterprises

Presenter:
Nader Ali-Hassan
– Executive Director for Social Marketing, XFINITY Communities
Kristi Fickert – Vice President of Marketing and Training, 30 Lines
Andrea Humanic – Assistant Director, Village Green


11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Exhibits Open


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Luncheon and “Must be Present to Win” Drawings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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