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Tuesday, September 16
  WORKSHOPS - A (Worthy Room) WORKSHOPS - B (Mahogany Room)
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Workshop #1
Hands-On Financial Modeling For Community Networks

This in-depth session for network builders, public officials, consultants, private cable operators, CLECs, ILECs, and economic development professionals will explore both public and private financing options and show attendees how to use the Broadband Communities FTTH financial modeling tools

Tools include financial models for revenue, cash flow, rural and municipal networks. Download them for free at


Steve Ross
– Corporate Editor, Broadband Communities

Ron Corriveau
– General Manager, COS Systems
Tim Haas
– Chief Network Engineer, Telecom Division, Holyoke Gas & Electric

Peter d’Errico – Member, Select Board, Leverett, MA
Monica Webb – Chairman, WiredWest

Workshop #2
Introduction to Fiber-to-the-User Networks: For Public Officials and Executives

Steve Rounds
– Instructor, The Light Brigade

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Workshop #3
Legal issues affecting Broadband and Economic Development Projects

Legal and regulatory issues can profoundly affect community broadband initiatives, and in some cases can threaten the economic development objectives of such projects. In this workshop, drawing on their experience with dozens of community broadband projects of all kinds, Sean Stokes and Casey Lide of the Baller Herbst Law Group will share their insights on how community leaders can navigate the key legal issues as productively, painlessly, and inexpensively as possible, while maximizing opportunities to turn a community network into an economic development engine. Among other things, they will discuss coping with state restrictions on community broadband initiatives; developing the most appropriate business and involvement models; acquiring pole attachments and other infrastructure issues; complying with applicable federal, state, and local requirements; taking advantage of universal service and other incentive programs; and much more. They will also bring attendees up to date on the latest legal developments at the FCC, in Congress, in the states, and before the courts.

Sean Stokes – Principal, The Baller Herbst Law Group, P.C.
Casey Lide – Principal, The Baller Herbst Law Group, P.C.

Workshop #4
A Community Fiber Toolkit Developing Fiber Projects

Communities across the Americas are realizing that their future economic development and quality of life are becoming increasingly dependent on the network speeds that citizens can access. All-fiber networks are being rapidly deployed in many communities, with expectations that they will become standard within a few short years. But how can civic, business and political leaders begin the process of bringing this infrastructure to their own communities? Hear from key Council members who will talk in further detail about what communities must do to enable FTTH deployment and how the Council’s Community Tool Kit offers the ultimate resource to help get you started.

Heather Burnett Gold – President, FTTH Council, NA

Joe Reardon – Partner, McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips, PA
Joanne Hovis – CEO, CTC Technology & Energy
John Honker – President, Magellan Advisors

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Workshop #5
How Telehealth Improves The Economic Well-Being Of Communities

Telehealth networks can provide enormous benefits to communities by enabling higher-quality, lower-cost health care and promoting economic growth. But the logistics of creating and managing a successful telehealth network can be challenging. These panelists, representing diverse perspectives, will share real world stories of successful, multi-state telehealth consortia and will shed light on the practical, legal and financial issues involved in operating a telehealth network.

John Windhausen – President, Schools Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition

Jim Rogers – President, New England Telehealth Consortium
Jeffrey Mitchell – Attorney, Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP
Tony Wilhelm – VP of External Relations, Affiniti Networks
Duke Horan– Telecom Program Management, Henkels & McCoy – Western Region

Workshop #6
Harnessing Two Opportunities – And Creating Wealth, Jobs and Tax Revenue For Your Community

Learn how one concentrated effort can bring your community a healthy network and small business growth. Small businesses drive our economy – but have not maximized their ability to compete online. Meanwhile, community networks of all kinds could take a huge leap forward in achieving greater stability or profitability. Here’s a path to creating a public/private partnership in your area that will help businesses be more effective and profitable while quickly making a network sustainable.

Michael Curri
– Founder & President, Strategic Networks Group

Doug Adams
– VP Communications, Strategic Networks Group

Wednesday, September 17
7:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast Forum For Planners and All Attendees
Contribute to a nationwide Smart Cities Task Force project addressing broadband infrastructure and related issues, sponsored by the APA.
(Grand Ballroom) 
9:00 am – 10:30 am

General Session #1
(Grand Ballroom)

Introduction To Conference
Broadband and Economic Development: It’s Working

Conference Chairman, Jim Baller – President, The Baller Herbst Law Group, P.C.

The Massachusetts Story: How Collaborations and Partnerships are Driving Broadband Expansion and Creating Opportunity
In 2008, Massachusetts public officials partnered with community advocates to enact a state Broadband Act, creating the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, a new public entity focused on broadband expansion initiatives and infusing $40 Million in state investment into the initiative. That initial state investment leveraged over $105 million in additional public and private investment to date, including $83 million in federal grant funding.

Since that time, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, or MBI, has been engaged in initiatives driving broadband expansion and adoption closing the digital divide. The MBI has built a 1,200 mile fiber backbone for Western and Central Massachusetts that directly connects 1,200 community facilities, has invested in broadband adoption initiatives for businesses and communities, and is leading a coalition to bring “last mile” connectivity to residents in remaining neighborhoods and towns which lack broadband service.

In this session, you will hear from policymakers, public officials, community leaders, and on-the-ground users about how public investment and collaboration has catalyzed new digital engagement in Western and Central Massachusetts, and how industry, government, and community stakeholders are working together to help the region realize the economic benefits of broadband.

Eric Nakajima – Assistant Secretary for Innovation Policy for Housing & Economic Development

Lisa A. Wong – Mayor, City of Fitchburg, Mass.
Kevin Warenda – Director of Technology, Town of Longmeadow Public Schools & Municipal Offices
Bill Young – CIO, Berkshire Health Systems, Inc., Pittsfield, Mass.
Sheila Cuddy – Executive Director, Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation.

10:30 am – 11:40 am

General Session #2
(Mahogany Room)
Broadband and Economic Development

Lev Gonick
– CEO, One Community

Rollie Cole – Senior Fellow, Sagamore Institute for Policy Research
Christopher Mitchell – Director, Telecommunications as Commons Initiative, New Rules Project, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Douglas Kinkoph – Acting Associate. Administrator, Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications, NTIA, U.S. Dept. of Commerce

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch Activities/Keynote Address
(Grand Ballroom)

William “Bill” Oates – Chief Information Officer, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

  Track 1
(Worthy Room)
Track 2
(Mahogany Room)
1:40 pm 2:40 pm

By the Numbers: Documenting Broadband's Contribution to Economic Development
We all know that fiber networks both drive and support economic development, but what do the numbers say? This session will focus on those numbers, including those that show up on the network builder's financial statements and those that do not. We will also hear about a unique data base and program that enables states, communities, and businesses to measure the impace of broadband and compare themselves against similarly-situated entities.

Leader and Speaker:
Joanne Hovis – CEO, CTC Technology & Energy

Michael Curri – Founder & President, Strategic Networks Group

Using Broadband to Drive Economic Development and Create Jobs: Successful Local Approaches
The Northeast Region is equally rich in examples of successful local economic development initiatives. This session will examine ways in which these programs are guiding, coordinating, and supporting local economic development efforts.

Diane Kruse
– President, Neo Fiber

Tegene Baharu
– Deputy CTO, Washington, DC
Chris Merdon – CIO, Howard County, MD
Irv Thomae – Chairman, ECFiber Governing Board, VT

3:50 pm – 4:50 pm

Broadband and Economic Development Professionals Working Together Successfully
Sponsored by Clearfield, Inc.
Broadband professionals and economic development specialists have complementary skill sets, tools, and experiences. Working in concert, they can add tremendous value to the planning, development, and ongoing success of state, local and regional fiber projects. In this session, we explore what each profession does best and how communities can benefit most from their respective contributions.

Cheryl Beranek – President & CEO, Clearfield Inc.

Leaders and Speakers:
John Honker
– President, Magellan Advisors
Jessica James Golden – Strategic Outreach Manager, NTCA, the Rural Broadband Association
Ashlea Kenalty – Consulting Assistant, GVNW Consulting, Inc.
Tad Deriso – President & CEO, MBC

Using Broadband to Drive Economic Development and Create Jobs: Successful State Approaches
The Northeast Region is equally rich in examples of successful State economic development initiatives. This session will examine ways in which these programs are guiding, coordinating, and supporting local economic development efforts.

Linda Dunlavy – Executive Director, Franklin Regional Council of Governments

David Maxwell – Program Director, ConnectME Authority
David Marble – President and CEO, Ocean State Higher Education Economic Development and Administrative Network, Rhode Island
William Vallee – State Broadband Coordinator, Connecticut

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Selecting A Design-Build Firm With Economic Development In Mind
A network that supports and promotes economic development may look very different from a network built only for residential customers and not every design-build firm has the right expertise. How can you select a design-build firm that will take the economic development needs of your project into account?

Cheryl Beranek – President & CEO, Clearfield Inc.

Chris Lynch – Senior Account Manager, New England, Matrix Design Group
Joel Mulder – Senior Director, Business Development, G4S Technology LLC
Russell H. Stephens – President and CEO, NextGen Telecom Services Group, Inc.

Using Broadband to Drive Economic Development and Create Jobs: Successful Regional Approaches
Regional approaches to economic development have many virtues, including diversifying community support, pooling of resources, and enabling greater scale and diversity. They can also be much more complex and time consuming. This session will explore what is working well – and what isn’t.

Leader and Speaker:
Steve Manning
– CEO, Southern Tier Network

Brett Lindsey
– Chief Operating Officer, OneCommunity, Ohio
Dan Vortherms – CEO, OpenCape, Massachusetts
Kevin Dellicker – Co-Founder and Manager, Dellicker Strategies, LLC

Thursday, September 18
  Track 1
(Worthy Room)
Track 2
(Mahogany Room)

9:00 am – 10:00 am


Anchor Institutions as Drivers and Platforms for Economic Development
Middle-mile networks built initially to connect community anchor institutions are contributing to economic development – for example, by branching out to connect businesses, or to lease fiber to ISPs that serve businesses. In addition, CAIs may provide services that advance economic development. Examples are libraries that are using their connectivity for workforce development programs, and colleges that participate in advanced research projects requiring access to “big data.” This session will examine examples of both kinds, and more.

Stephen Kulik
– State Representative, Western Massachusetts

John Windhausen
– President, Schools Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition
David Salway – Director, New York State Broadband Program Office
Josh Broder – CEO, Tilson

Funding Broadband Projects for Economic Development – And Vice Versa
Vision, money, organizational tools, and more. This session will provide communities the building blocks they need to get started, focusing on the essential role that economic development plays in successful fiber projects.

Kyle Hollifield
– Vice President, Magellan Advisors

Peter d’Errico – Member, Select Board, Leverett, MA
Jim Rogers – President, New England Telehealth Consortium
Nicholas Vantzelfde – Managing Partner, Communications Media Advisors


10:00 am – 11:00 am

General Session #3
(Grand Ballroom)

Funding The New Frontiers In Rural Broadband:
Tackling The Challenges, Answering Your Questions
Sponsored by Fujitsu and COS Systems
The FCC is looking to spend up to $100 million in public funds for the first phase of a rural broadband experiment to pull fiber to remote areas – and it’s encouraging non-traditional providers with creative proposals to participate

Paul Fagan
– Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.

Jonathan Chambers
– Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning, Federal Communications Commission

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

General Session #4
(Grand Ballroom)

The Essential Role of Communities in Driving America's Competitiveness

Jim Baller
– President, Baller Herbst

Susan Crawford
– Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Sharon Gillett – Principal Strategist, Technology Policy, Microsoft Corporation
Gigi Sohn – Special Counsel for External Affairs, Federal Communications Commission

12:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Keynote Address

(Grand Ballroom)

Keynote Speaker:
Catherine Smith - Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development

Blue-Ribbon Luncheon Panel:

Jim Baller -
The Baller Herbst Law Group, P.C.

The Hon. Beth Bye – Connecticut State Senator
Elin Swanson Katz – Consumer Counsel, State of Connecticut
Shari Cantor – Deputy Mayor, West Hartford, CT
Toni Harp – Mayor, New Haven, CT (invited)

  Track 1
(Worthy Room)
Track 2
(Mahogany Room)
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Building Demand Through Aggregation, Affinity Groups, and Other Means
If a municipal broadband network allows affinity groups, such as health care facilities, educational institutions, municipal buildings, industrial peers, and electric utilities, to pool their data usage, it can offer lower-priced, faster service while attracting anchor tenants necessary to finance the network. Electric utilities, most of which are investing in grid automation, present a historically unique opportunity of this kind. Because automated meter reading and automated distribution require bandwidth, utilities are already installing next-generation telecommunications networks for their own needs and thus can serve as both anchor tenants and partners in network construction.

Josh Broder
– CEO, Tilson

Craig Settles
– President, Gigabit Nation
David Epstein – Executive Director, WiredWest, Massachusetts
Carole Monroe – Executive Director, FastRoads, New Hampshire

Working With Business and the Private Sector

Jason Whittet
- IDC Government Insights, International Data Corporation

Joel Mulder – Senior Director, Business Development, G4S Technology LLC
Drew Clark – Of Counsel, Kirton McConkie, Attorneys at Law
Matt Crocker – President, Crocker Communications
Paul Griswold – President and CEO, Finger Lakes Technologies Group
Jeff McCarthy – Vice President, Maine Fiber Company Inc.


3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

General Session #5
(Worthy Room)

Broadband and Economic Development In Rural America
Sponsored by Rural Telecommunications Congress

Are Rural Cities the Next Phase for Broadband in America?
Broadband is crucial to the economic development and well-being of Rural America. The Rural Telecommunications Congress promotes opportunities that high-speed internet offers for jobs, education, energy efficiency, healthcare, public safety, agriculture and government.

In this session, members of the RTC Board will engage in an interactive session with Broadband Communities conference participants on how to extend our nation's efforts to stimulate broadband infrastructure, broadband services, and broadband mapping and planning.

RTC – which works collaboratively with states, cities, businesses, educators and non-profit institutions -- seeks to ensure that all parts of the country have access to telecommunications infrastructure and are able to effectively use broadband internet services.

Drew Clark – Of Counsel, Kirton McConkie, Attorneys at Law

Joel Mulder – Senior Director, Business Development, G4S Technology LLC
Michael Curri – Founder & President, Strategic Networks Group
Jason Whittet - IDC Government Insights, International Data Corporation

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