2017 Broadband Communities Summit

2017 Free Workshops

Come Early For This Opportunity
Each FREE two-hour workshop is a $1,500+ value
Workshops on Monday, May 1st

          • All registered attendees are welcome at no extra charge
          • Each attendee can attend three workshops
          • No limit on the number attending from any individual company
          • Learn from leading experts teaching six valuable sessions

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Key Legal Issues for Economic Development

The law says.... Critical legal issues affect every broadband-related economic development project, from acquiring timely pole attachments to complying with regulatory requirements. Our experts are ready to provide you with a legal foundation in the core concepts that can have a huge impact on the success of your project, the ones that underlie the issues addressed throughout the Summit.

Sean Stokes – Principal, Baller Stokes & Lide, PC
Casey Lide – Principal, Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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.

Steve Ross – Editor at Large, Broadband Communities

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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.

Sponsored by Calix

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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.

Michael Curri – President, SNG

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
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? 

Richard Holtz – CEO, InfiniSys
Tom Stender – CTO, VP, InfiniSys
Matthew FitzGerald – Systems Engineering Manager, Hospitality, Ruckus Wireless
Mitchell Klein – Executive Director, Z-Wave Alliance

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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.

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


























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