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Exhibitors / Sponsors

Alcatel Lucent
Tabletop #501

The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leading innovator in the field of networking and communications technology, products and services. The company is home to Bell Labs, one of the world's foremost research centers, responsible for breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry.

Through its innovations, Alcatel-Lucent is making communications more sustainable, more affordable and more accessible as we pursue our mission of Realizing the Potential of a Connected World.

With operations throughout the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The Company achieved revenues of Euro 14.4 billion in 2012 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

Beehive Industries
Tabletop # 515

Beehive Industries provides fiber and telecommunications companies with asset, inventory, and event management software.

Broadband Illinois
Booth # 203

Better Broadband means Better Lives for our farmers, doctors, police officers, entrepreneurs, innovators and families. At Broadband Illinois, we work to ensure that every Illinoisan has access to and is able to use broadband at its highest capacity. Broadband, or ultra high-speed internet, is the information superhighway of our time and we can’t and shouldn’t leave anyone behind. Broadband is no longer a luxury, it’s essential.

Our statewide, nonprofit organization works towards three key goals: We collaborate with providers of broadband to find out what areas they serve and create detailed maps with coverage areas and speeds. When we identify areas without broadband access, our regional “eTeams” convene with government stakeholders and broadband providers to find solutions. Finally, we promote broadband education and usage through programs like our “Illinois Broadband Innovation Fund.”

The results of Better Broadband in Illinois are unmistakable. Innovators and entrepreneurs can compete in the global market, attracting more jobs and business to our state. Students in rural areas of Southern Illinois can join classes, in real-time, with students in Chicago. Farmers can predict weather and use global positioning systems to produce higher yields. The Smart Grid allows homeowners to save on utilities and city workers to address outages efficiently.

Our organization is deployed throughout the state, with eTeams on the ground, individuals in each region ready to convene, connect, and collaborate. We’ve helped connect schools, hospitals and entire communities to high-speed internet, worked with large fiber deployment projects, led the efforts for major grant programs and hosted regional broadband events.

Our Broadband Illinois website contains a plethora of resources, maps, news, and events. Two key feature of the site include the “Find Broadband Near You” and “Request Broadband” tools that allow users to enter their address to see a listing of available broadband providers and advertised speeds. No providers near you? The tool automatically sends contact information to every broadband provider in your county. They want customers. You want internet. It’s a win-win.

About Broadband Illinois:
Officially known as The Partnership for a Connected Illinois, we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Springfield, Illinois. Our missions are to ensure broadband access throughout the State of Illinois, maximize broadband’s impact and use, and collect and publish broadband-related data, information, and research.

Tabletop #401

Calix is a leading provider of communications access systems to North American communications service providers (CSPs). With its Unified Access Infrastructure portfolio, CSPs can transform their networks to meet changing subscriber demands rapidly and cost-effectively, while delivering a wide range of revenue-generating services over both legacy and next-generation access infrastructure.

Century Fiber Optics
Tabletop #504

Century Fiber Optics, a Veteran-owned small business located in Holliston, MA, manufactures a complete line of fiber optic passive interconnect products for wall mount, rack mount, OSP, and accessories.

Backed by a modern 100,000 sq. ft. sheet metal fabrication facility, we provide technical, design, engineering, and manufacturing services for custom applications and customized products and assemblies.

Century Fiber Optics can supply a pre-wired cabinet solution that saves the customer or installer considerable labor cost. All components in our pre-wired cabinets are matched to assure that there are no compatibility problems in the field.

Our strength is in making sure the end user has the right product for the application, either from our “standard” offerings or by quickly and economically developing just the right configuration of cabinet, module, assembly or combination that will meet the need.

We keep a generous inventory and are able to ship most orders within 24 hours.

Premier Sponsor
Booth #201

No matter if you're delivering fiber to the home, business or cell site, Clearfield delivers scalable, craft-friendly solutions that offer unsurpassed performance, while lowering the cost of broadband deployment. With its FieldSmart fiber management platform, CraftSmart OSP fiber enclosures and FieldShield microduct and pushable fiber delivery and protection system, Clearfield sets the standard for fiber delivery and performance. Clearfield's FiberDeep fiber patch cords guarantee performance at .2dB insertion loss.

FieldSmart is the industry's only fiber management platform designed around a single architecture - the Clearview Cassette and xPAK-supporting a wide range of panel and cabinet configurations that integrate with Clearfield's Clearview Cassette and xPAK. Passive optical components are integrated within the FieldSmart architecture for user-define split ratios and optimal resolution of fiber exhaust.

FieldShield is a new fiber delivery and protection system aimed at reducing the cost of "last mile" broadband deployment and delivering fiber to environments previously not viable.

CraftSmart is the industry's only field enclosure system optimized for fiber deployment.

Construction-CAD Solutions, Inc.
Co-Sponsor of Wednesday Afternoon Networking Break / Tabletop #512

Construction-CAD Solutions is a nation-wide, full service provider of turnkey solutions to the telecommunications, cable, utility, and related industries. We provide multi-location, full-service, turnkey project management nationwide for a host of different customers.

We are committed and constantly challenging ourselves to create a special sense of trust and honest communications with our customers that leads to long lasting relationships with each client. Fourteen years of experienced, recognized leaders in fiber and plant design, implementation, network services, and project management.

We understand that savvy businesses depend on the expertise of technology solutions providers, who can customize and deliver the services required in today's connected enterprise to ensure optimal performance and return on investment. Our accountability and performance lead us to market leadership, competitive advantage, and growth opportunities. That is why we are proud to be the sole source provider to a number of Fortune 1000 companies.

Conterra Broadband Services
Booth #302

Conterra is a highly experienced Ethernet and TDM transport carrier that specializes in the design, deployment and operation of customized transport networks in rural areas. During the last decade we've connected more than a thousand rural sites in 25 states, bringing high-capacity transport service to the cellular and educational industries. As a result, today Conterra is among the largest and most experienced rural broadband transport providers in the US. Conterra utilizes its own fiber, customized microwave networks and aggregated fiber from smaller providers to reach sites with high-capacity Ethernet services, at the most economical costs. Today, Conterra directly or indirectly provides high speed, wireless backhaul services for America's largest cellular carriers. Our backhaul networks provide carriers with carrier-class Ethernet and TDM circuits to support their rapidly expanding bandwidth needs. Conterra's K-12 networks provide rural school districts with high speed Internet, distance learning, Voice over IP Telephony and other services necessary to enable a high quality learning environment. Conterra serves over 1,000 K-12 entities across the United States.

ConVergence Technology
Tabletop #507

ConVergence is a locally-owned technology provider, offering wireless broadband and computer networking infrastructure equipment and services throughout North America. ConVergence also provides wholesale high-performance Internet access, voice-over-IP systems, web hosting, cloud systems, and other IP-based communications services.

Pro1, powered by ConVergence, provides Business Class Internet access, voice/phone services, website hosting, the MitoTec technology platform, IPpay credit card processing and a full range of technical services.

Go1, powered by ConVergence, provides residential Internet access and voice/phone services. Go1 utilizes fiber optic and wireless broadband technology to deliver voice services and Internet access to homes with speeds up to 50 Mbps.

ConVergence has delivered communication and networking products and services to private, public and government organizations since 1996. A recent multi-million dollar upgrade and expansion of our state-of-the-art nationwide network is underway in Illinois and Indiana, which will provide high speed Internet access services previously unavailable in much of the area it will service.

COS Systems
Gold Sponsor / Co-Sponsor of Wednesday Afternoon Networking Break
Booth #301

From planning to managing, COS captures fiber ROI. COS enables profitable fiber networks and boosts economic development, quality of life, and access to the global economy for all communities.

Until now, fiber deployments were constricted by best-effort estimates and assumptions. Now COS delivers tools for optimal ROI and real-time customer demand and supports planning, design, and service professionals.

Eliminate any doubts: Drive profitable fiber network deployments with real revenue data. COS enables gigabit growth in your community with tools to:

Discover demand for fiber
Design networks for optimal ROI
Deploy with subscriber backing

Prepare for 50+ years of economic growth: Give generations of your citizens the cutting-edge fiber infrastructure advantage.

Eradicate assumptions and speculation. See for yourself how COS delivers the key to gigabit growth. Visit the friendly COS Systems experts in Booth #301 or request an invitation for your sneak peek in the COS hospitality suite.

Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.
Tabletop #513 / Platinum Sponsor / Governor’s Luncheon Sponsor

Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., headquartered in Richardson, Texas, has built communications networks for over 30 years. We bring the power of information and communication technology (ICT) to communities; state and federal governments; utilities; large enterprises; and major global service providers. Our expertise touches the lives of millions and enhances the technological vitality of communities.

Customers have long relied on Fujitsu as a trusted partner as they expand, modernize, or build new fiber networks. We are experts in sourcing best-of-breed equipment, managing complex multivendor deployments, and providing a complete suite of network integration services. We take a consultative approach to establish communications baseline, and then to analyze, create, and implement a custom solution for your unique requirements. Then we collaborate with you to design, implement, and manage your communications network, so that you achieve the necessary communications infrastructure to help your community grow economically now and for years to come.

Gold Sponsor

G4S Technology (formerly Adesta) specializes in the design and implementation of modern communications networks and infrastructure for public and private customers. A trusted provider of facilities, equipment and personnel for a wide variety of communications infrastructure, we offer custom-tailored, results-oriented services in SONET, IP/Ethernet, DWDM/CWDM, wireless, last mile and broadband networks.

Since 1988 G4S Technology has deployed more than 2 million fiber miles. We can help develop a green-field network or integrate into an existing infrastructure. We work with inside and outside plant facilities and provide all types of networks for voice, data and video applications. Our wide service range includes design, engineering, cable and equipment procurement, aerial and underground installation, construction, system testing and turn-up, fusion splicing and documentation.

G4S Technology is a founding Fiber to the Home Council member specializing in last mile and broadband solutions for ILECs, CLECs, utilities, municipalities, economic development projects and rural broadband cooperatives.

Tabletop #506

Genexis is a trendsetting European company dedicated to developing home gateways for fiber-to-the-home networks. With the goal of delivering the lowest cost of ownership, Genexis follows a design philosophy that takes the full product life cycle into account, from investment and installation through to operation. At the same time, the company focuses on developing innovative products aimed at taking full advantage of optical fiber – it had one of the first gigabit capable residential gateways on the market.

Recently, Genexis introduced its Hybrid product line, a modular FTTH gateway that enables innovative services for point-to-point, GPON and WDM-PON networks. In addition, the Hybrid product line has branched out with a cost effective version for business use as well as an outdoor offering.

Genexis is based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and has offices in United States, Sweden, Germany, and Spain.

Gigabit Squared
Diamond Sponsor

Technology has the power to be a transformative agent - one that changes the destiny of a city, region or country. But technology in and of itself is not the source of transformation. To drive change and progress, technology must be understood and employed effectively. A digital infrastructure is a wonderful tool, but like any tool, understanding how to use it effectively determines the tool's impact and adoption. Gigabit Squared brings together communities of interest to stimulate and accelerate technological innovation and create real digital purpose. - See more here.

Globetrotters Engineering Corporation
Tabletop # 508

Globetrotters Engineering Corporation (GEC) is a full-service, minority owned (MBE) architecture, engineering, and construction management firm founded in 1974 and providing services to both private and public sector clients. GEC’s professional services include architecture; mechanical, electrical, civil, structural, transportation, fire protection, plumbing, security, telecommunications and fiber optic engineering; construction management; facility management; property management; program management; and information technology services. Based in downtown Chicago, the Globetrotters® organization employs over 200 management, professional, and support personnel. Globetrotters® provides a full range of functional and sustainable life cycle services from initial planning, design and construction; to commissioning, operation, and maintenance; to remodeling, and renewal.

Globetrotters has provided engineering services related to most marquis Illinois projects including, the Chicago Washington Library, the Chicago 911 Center, the Stroger Hospital, most of Chicago’s Public Schools, most of the State’s universities, O’Hare and Midway Airports, Navy Pier, McCormick Place, IDOT, CDOT Illinois Toll way and many others.

In the Telecommunications area, Globetrotters has provided design services for over 1000 miles of fiber construction for the State of Illinois ICN network, Cook County Fiber Network as well as design build services for the SSMMA CSFN Network.

The synergy of the Globetrotters® organization enables it to draw upon highly qualified and experienced personnel with diverse areas of expertise to provide cost-effective, sustainable, and responsive services to its clients.

Booth #303

Millennium is a Distribution Company of Electrical and Telecommunication Products. Millennium has 7 stocking warehouses across the United States, Lake Geneva WI, Green Bay WI, Chicago IL, Detroit MI, Indianapolis IN, Tampa FL, Salt Lake City UT. "Millennium our Products come with People"

MP Nexlevel
Tabletop #502

MP Nexlevel is the classic tale of two guys and a truck. Larry and Tim Pribyl, a couple of small town boys from Maple Lake, Minnesota, had an opportunity to do some utility work for a large communications company in Minnesota. Today with over 40 years of experience under their tool belts and hard hats, they are a nationally-recognized, full-service utility contractor working with communications, untility companies and municipalities in Minnesota and across the United States.

The company was founded in 1973, and with just a backhoe and a dump truck, began offering excavation services around Minnesota. MP Nexlevel soon developed a reputation as a company that provided quality work on time and on budget. This reputation led to contracts with national companies.

Now, 40 years later, MP Nexlevel welcomes the next generation of Pribyls to help bring the company into and through its next phase of successful growth and prosperity. In 2006, after 15 years as an employee of MP Nexlevel, Rob Pribyl, Tim's son, has become part owner and Vice-President of Operations. Together they will ensure that MP Nexlevel will be providing quality services for generations to come.

Northern Illinois University
Tabletop #511

Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL) has become a leader in numerous important regional broadband projects. Its involvement clearly exemplifies NIU’s economic engagement goals with regional stakeholders. Among projects benefiting from NIU’s leadership are NIUNet, Illinois Fiber Resources Group (iFiber), NIU Broadband Development Group, and Illinois Rural HealthNet (IRHN). NIU has strategically planned and assisted in the build out of over 2,200 miles of fiber optics in Illinois, with over 750 Community Anchor Institutions having high speed broadband capabilities. NIUNet is a 175-mile fiber optic look throughout the western Chicago suburbs and greater northern Illinois reigon. Broadband Development Group provides connectivity solutions to clients and partners in Illinois. iFiber is a provider of extremely high speed (1Gb) network transport services in Boone, Carroll, JoDaviess, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties. IRHN connects over 75 health care facilities in Illinois, used primarily for Health Information Exchange (HIE), Telemedicine and Telehealth.

Tabletop #509 / Lanyard Sponsor

OFS is a world-leading designer, manufacturer and provider of optical fiber, optical fiber cable, FTTX, optical connectivity and specialty photonics products. Our manufacturing and research divisions work together to provide innovative products and solutions that traverse many different applications as they link people and machines worldwide. Between continents, between cities, around neighborhoods, and into homes and businesses of digital consumers we provide the right optical fiber, optical cable and components for efficient, cost-effective transmission.

OFS’ corporate lineage dates back to 1876 and included technology powerhouses such as AT&T and Lucent Technologies. Today, OFS is owned by Furukawa Electric, a multi-billion dollar global leader in optical communications.

Headquartered in Norcross (near Atlanta) Georgia, U.S., OFS is a global provider with facilities in Avon, Connecticut; Carrollton, Georgia; Somerset, New Jersey; and Sturbridge, Massachusetts, as well as in Denmark, Germany and Russia.
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Smart Chicago Collaborative
Featured Sponsor & Co-Host of the Tuesday Night Welcome Reception

The Smart Chicago Collaborative is a civic organization devoted to using technology to make lives better in Chicago. We are a startup that was founded in part by our municipal government and nurtured by some of its most venerable institutions. As a funding collaborative, we seek to become a new center of gravity for municipal, philanthropic, and corporate investments in civic innovation.
We have five strategic goals:

  • Assure that affordable Internet access—and a device to connect to the Internet—is available in every home, all across the city
  • Afford any Chicagoan the ability to achieve digital literacy in 5 hours of effort or less for free
  • Help solve local “big data” problems in a series of subject areas (health, municipal, social services, and education)
  • Make ten specific applications that serve specific needs of Chicagoans while serving as an open source basis for other technologists
  • Help create a new sector of the technology industry based on civic data.

Supernova Networks
Booth #202

Supernova Networks is a market leader in service and technology throughout the Midwest. Technologies include commercial and MDU solutions, Internet infrastructure, IP Video Surveillance and audio/video solutions. Supernova, maintains DIRECTV’s installations and service for residential and MDU subscribers and is a top choice in the television and Internet service industry

Urban Communications
Tabletop #510

Urban Communications, Inc. (URBANCOM.NET) is an Oak Forest, Illinois based provider of high speed broadband solutions. specializes in providing unique solutions in difficult connectivity situations. provides solutions for governments and enterprise customers which range from management and operation of the SSMMA Southland Fiber Network to licensed microwave backhaul, and last mile solutions. provides the 10 Gbps backbone for internet services to the City of Aurora, Illinois' second largest city. has deployed the up to 1 Gbps microwave links on the iFiber BTOP project, as well as numerous public safety microwave links, including a county wide network for Winnebago County, Illinois. provides voice and video solutions including video conferencing, and has deployed a video surveillance network via fixed microwave for the Village of Franklin Park, IL. has recently commenced the design and implementation of an island wide multi gigabit licensed microwave network to support, data, voice and video surveillance for the Government of Bermuda.

Vantage Point
Tabletop #503

Vantage Point Solutions (VPS) is a leading telecommunications engineering and consulting company, focused on customer service and driven by a passion for advanced technology. Progressive thinking makes Vantage Point well-known and respected in this industry.

We offer a comprehensive line of services, blending technology, regulatory expertise and financial advice into one attractive package.

In addition to feasibility studies, long- range communication plans, outside plant services and regulatory consulting, we also specialize in data network services to help meet your customers� demand for multiple product offerings.

WideOpen Networks
Silver Sponsor

WideOpen Networks designs, builds, and manages the world's fastest and most reliable multi-service Gigabit networks. WideOpen Networks offers a comprehensive set of network design, financing, construction, and operations services aimed at getting communities the broadband infrastructure needed to accelerate economic development, attract new businesses, and create jobs. WideOpenT provides turnkey solutions for communities looking for high performance, affordable Gigabit fiber and wireless networks. Services include market assessments, fiber and wireless cost estimates, business case development, network design, network build out, and operations. WideOpen solutions are designed to make any community a "Gigabit City," with scalable business plans and network designs that work for rural communities, towns, and cities. WideOpen projects help keep telecom dollars in the local economy, and create public/private partnership opportunities with existing businesses and local service providers. Visit the WideOpen Networks Web site for more information (

Tabletop #514

WISPA promotes the development, advancement and unification of the wireless Internet service provider industry. WISPA has nearly 800 members consisting of wireless Internet service providers, municipal wireless internet providers, electric and telephone cooperative wireless Internet providers, equipment manufacturers, service vendors and other interested parties.

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