2019 Agenda at a Glance

Monday, April 8

 7:00am – 5:00pm  Contractor Move-In
 (Rio Grande Hall)   
 5:00pm – 7:00pm   Exhibitor Move-In
 (Rio Grande Hall)   
 10:00am – 5:00pm  Registration Open
 (Atrium Foyer)   
 8:00am – 5:00pm

CERTIFICATION Day One:

Certified Fiber-to-the-Home Professional (CFHP)
– Hosted by The Light Brigade (additional fee required)
(Brazos Room)
 12:00pm – 2:00pm  Workshop #1
(Glass Oaks)
Financial Modeling for Community Networks

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


Presenter:
   Curtis Dean
President, Smart Source Consulting
Workshop #2
(Grand Ballroom B)
Advanced Broadband Technology 101

Moderator:
   Joanne Hovis
President, CTC Technology & Energy
Workshop #3
(Wedgewood)
How to Create a Virtual Telehealth Center Using Community Broadband

Moderator:
   Craig Settles
President, CJ Speaks


Presenters:
   Eric Brown
President, California Telehealth Network; President, OCHIN Broadband Network Services (OBNS)

   Dr. Milton Chen
Founder and CEO, VSee and This American Doc

   Becky Jones
Program Manager, Texas/Louisiana Telehealth Resource Center

   Carly McCord, Ph.D.
Director of Telebehavioral Health Texas A&M Telehealth Counseling Clinic
2:00pm – 4:00pm Workshop #4
(Glass Oaks)
Best Broadband Infrastructure for Each Building Type

Moderator:
  Tom Stender
President & CEO, InfiniSys


Presenters:
  Taylor P. Jones
VP, Technology Solutions, Boingo Wireless
  Cory Douglas
Executive Vice President Deployment and Construction, Pavlov Media
  Shawn Cullingford
MDU/CRE Systems Architect, Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS Company
  Kara Mullaley
Global FTTx Marketing Manager, Corning Optical Communications

CLIC Program:
An Action Plan for Local Internet Choice in 2019 and Beyond
(Grand Ballroom B)


2:00pm – 3:00pm

Challenges and Opportunities for the Local Broadband Future


3:00pm – 4:00pm

The States and BDAC: What It Means for Local Internet Choice


4:00pm – 4:30pm

Why Disruptive and Innovative Companies Support Local Internet Choice


4:30pm – 5:30pm

Transcending Partisanship in a Partisan Era

Workshop #5
(Wedgewood)
Co-ops 101: Questions and Challenges Cooperatives Face in Evaluating a Broadband Deployment


Moderator:
   Kristy Szabo
Director of Consulting, VantagePoint

Presenters:
   Michael Wachtmann
Technology Solutions Manager, RTC Fiber Communications, Indiana
   Mark Batman
President & CEO, Marshall County REMC, Indiana
   Dave Frigen
Chief Operating Officer, Wabash Communications
4:00pm – 6:00pm  Workshop #6
(Glass Oaks)
Intelligent Multifamily Communities – How to Maximize the Benefits and Mitigate the Risk of the Internet of Things

Moderator:
  Henry Pye
Vice President, Residential Technology Services, RealPage, Inc.
 
6:00pm – 7:30pm Welcome Reception
(Atrium Foyer)   

Tuesday, April 9

7:00am – 6:00pm  Registration Open
(Atrium Foyer)   
7:00am – 1:00pm Exhibitor Move-In
(Rio Grande Hall)   
7:30am – 8:30am Continental Breakfast
(Grand Ballroom Foyer)
Sponsored by HMI Services
8:00am – 4:00pm

CERTIFICATION Day Two:

Certified Fiber-to-the-Home Professional (CFHP)
– Hosted by The Light Brigade (additional fee required)
(Brazos Room)
8:15am – 8:30am Official Welcome and Introduction and Special Tribute to an Old Friend
(Grand Ballroom A)   

Presenters:
Barbara DeGarmo
CEO, Broadband Communities 
  Steve Sadler
Director, Resident Technology Services, RealPage, Inc.
8:30am – 8:40am Welcome to Our City: What’s Hot in Austin
(Grand Ballroom A)   

Presenter:
   Rondella Hawkins
Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs Officer City of Austin, Texas
8:45am – 9:45am

General Session
The Big Picture
(Grand Ballroom A)

Hear what's on the minds of the experts Broadband Communities turns to when we want to know about multifamily, economic development and rural broadband issues.


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

Presenters:

  Jim Baller
President, Baller Stokes & Lide, PC
  Bryan Rader
President, UpStream Network
  Drew Clark
Chairman and Publisher, BroadbandBreakfast.com, President, Rural Telecommunications Congress

9:55am – 11:25am General Session
A Conversation with the Big Carriers on Where They're Going
(Grand Ballroom A)


   Kathleen Austin
Asst. Vice President, Revenue Partnerships, Equity Residential

Presenters:
  Daniel O’Connell
Senior Director of Consumer Markets, CenturyLink
  Dan Terheggen
CEO, Consolidated Smart Systems
  Michael Weston
Senior Leader, Verizon Enhanced Communities  
  Jackie Arbour
General Manager, National Sales & Mixed-Use, AT&T Connected Communities
  Mike Slovin
Vice President of National Field Sales, Xfinity Communities  
11:35am – 12:35pm General Session
Great Communities
(Grand Ballroom A)


Moderator:
  Jeff Reiman
Principal, The Broadband Group


Presenters:
Whisper Valley
   Kara Weinstein
Home Owners Association and Lifestyle Director, Whisper Valley

  Ben Waltzer
National Real Estate Partnerships, Google Fiber

Walsh Ranch
   Michael Voll
CEO, Frog
12:45pm – 1:40pm General Session / Working Lunch 
Building The Case For a Housing Revolution
(Grand Ballroom A)

Plant Prefab CEO Steve Glenn guides the production of high design, low impact single and multifamily homes – and gets them to his clients faster (50% reduction in construction time), cheaper (10-25% in major cities) and greener (many are LEED certified) than purveyors of typical on-site construction projects.  And you’d better believe these aren’t your weird relatives’ mobile homes. The AIA, Green Builder Magazine, Business 2.0 and Business Week have all given the company awards. Plant Prefab’s backers include Amazon’s Alexa Fund – so it’s no surprise the homes are also smart.

Moderator:
   Mike Smith
President, White Space Building Technology Advisors

Presenter:
  Steve Glenn
CEO, Plant Prefab
1:50pm – 2:50pm General Session
Tipping Point: The Disruptive Model That’s Bringing Funding and Fiber to American Communities
(Grand Ballroom A)

Are 2019 and 2020 game-changing years for community broadband deployment? Tipping Point panelists will show you why they think so. This plenary session will take you through a revolutionary new way to fund Open Access networks and finally accelerate the pace of broadband deployment in the United States.


Moderator:
  Bob Knight
Executive Vice President & COO, Harrison Edwards


Presenters:
  Lindsey Brannon
Head of Finance, Neighborly 

   Isak Finer
Chief Marketing Officer,  COS Systems 

   Brian Snider
Senior Broadband Consultant

   KJ Chugh
Smart City Business Development Leader, Nokia
   Ben Lewis-Ramirez
Director of Business Development, Foresite Group
  MULTIFAMILY
TRACK
(Grand Ballroom A)
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRACK
(Grand Ballroom B)
RURAL BROADBAND
TRACK
(Wedgewood Room)
3:00pm – 4:00pm Deployers:
What's Your Winning Strategy?

Broadband at the Crossroads:
Our Experts Weigh In
Rural Funding 1:
State of Play From the USDA

4:10pm – 5:00pm Owning Your Own Broadband System Howdy, Partner!
Rural Funding 2:
Going After Private Funds... and Help Spur an Innovation Renaissance

5:00pm – 6:30pm Exhibit Hall Opens – Refreshments  
(Rio Grande Hall)   
6:30pm – 9:00pm Opening Night Cocktail Reception
(Gazebo & Trinity Patio)   

Join us for This Year’s “Boots and Bling” Party

Co-Sponsored by Calix, Corning, M3 & Walker and Associates

Wednesday, April 10

7:00am – 6:00pm Registration Open
(Atrium Foyer)   
7:45am – 8:50am General Session: Breakfast and Program
Breakfast Sponsored by Aerohive Networks

5G: From Gee-Whiz to Making It Work
(Grand Ballroom B)

Separating fact from fiction when it comes to small-cell deployment and its potential impacts can be confusing. But our panel of industry experts, consultants and city staffers on the front lines will help sort it all out. From their unique perspectives, they’ll review the status of the key small-cell issues before the FCC, Congress, the courts; provide examples of what's working in the field and what's not; explore areas of potential agreement; and exchange views on what the future holds in terms of deployments – and in terms of the outcomes consumers can expect.

Leader:
  Deb Socia
Executive Director, Next Century Cities


Presenters:
  Antonia Castro-Graham
Assistant to the City Manager; Energy and Sustainability Manager, City of Huntington Beach, California
  Angela Stacy
Vice President of Marketing and Communications, SmartWorks Partners
  Lisa Youngers
President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association
  Tim Burke
Vice President, Strategic Technology, Liberty Global, Inc.
Brian Kurkowski
Principal Member of Technical Staff – Firstlight
8:00am – 8:50am MULTIFAMILY TRACK
(Frio Room)

Owner / Legal Roundtable
Closed forum for owners and owner lawyers only.
  MULTIFAMILY
TRACK
(Glass Oaks Room)
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRACK
(Grand Ballroom B)
RURAL BROADBAND
TRACK
(Wedgewood Room)
8:00am – 8:50am Manufacturer/Providers Roundtable
5G session continued… Wired and Wireless: What Technologies Best Meet the Needs of Rural America?
9:00am – 9:50am Wanna Better Way to Boost In-Building Signal Strength? Think CBRS (Citizens Band Radio Service)
What Do We Really Know About Broadband and Economic Development?
Rural Broadband as a Driver for State Broadband Initiatives
10:00am – 10:50am MDU Legal Leaders
(Glass Oaks Room)
10:00am – 11:20am
Lessons Learned From Turn-Around Communities In Sickness and In Health…
Benefits of Marrying Telehealth and Community Broadband

10:45am – 12:45pm Exhibit Hall Open / Refreshment Break
(Rio Grande Hall)   
12:45pm – 2:05pm Cornerstone Awards Luncheon
(Grand Ballroom A)
Sponsored by Verizon

Rural Broadband: A View from DC


Keynote Address by:
  Jannine Miller
Senior Advisor for Rural Infrastructure, USDA
  MULTIFAMILY
TRACK
(Glass Oaks Room)
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRACK
(Grand Ballroom B)
EDITOR'S CHOICE
TRACK
(Wedgewood Room)
2:30pm – 3:30pm Small Internet Providers:
What MDUs Need to Know

Looking for Alternatives for Funding Your Municipal Fiber?  You’ll Find Them Here
Marketing: The Secret Key to Deployment Success
3:30pm – 4:00pm Networking Break – Refreshments
(Grand Ballroom Foyer)  
4:00 pm – 5:00pm MDUs and WISPs: We Can Work It Out The Future of Work: Find Out What Works  
5:00pm – 7:30pm Exhibit Hall Cocktail Reception
(Rio Grande Hall)
7:30pm – 9:00pm Networking DinnersPrivately Arranged  

Thursday, April 11   

7:00am – 2:00pm Registration Open  
(Atrium Foyer)   
7:30am – 8:30am Continental Breakfast
(Grand Ballroom Foyer)   
  MULTIFAMILY
TRACK
(Grand Ballroom A)
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRACK
(Grand Ballroom B)
RURAL BROADBAND
TRACK
(Wedgewood Room)
8:00am – 9:00am IoT: Living up to the Buzz with New Technologies Regional Cooperation:
The Road to Creating a Digital Economy

Turning Your Connection into Economic Opportunity 
9:10am – 10:00am MULTIFAMILY TRACK
(Frio Room)

Owner / Roundtable
Closed forum for property owners and managers only.
  EDITOR'S CHOICE
TRACK
(Grand Ballroom A)
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRACK
(Grand Ballroom B)
RURAL BROADBAND
TRACK
(Wedgewood Room)
9:10am – 10:00am Mapping Matters Electric Cooperatives:
The Emerging Power Player in Broadband Deployments

Rural, Yes Rural, Broadband Success Stories
10:10am – 11:00am MULTIFAMILY TRACK
(Grand Ballroom A)
IoT Systems:
Who Maintains Them?
Key Legal Issues:
A Rapid-Fire Update + Q&As
EDITOR'S CHOICE TRACK
(Wedgewood Room)
Co-op Trailblazers:
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly on the Way to a Deployment

11:10am – 12:00pm The ABCs of BMS
(Building Management Systems)

Raise Your IT Security IQ

Sponsored by Mid-State Consultants

Show and Tell:
Consultants and Vendors Strut Their Stuff

11:00am – 2:00pm Exhibit Hall Open
(Rio Grande Hall)   
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm General Session/Exhibit Hall Luncheon and "Must be Present to Win" Drawings
(Rio Grande Hall)
The Coming Tech Revolution – And Why America Might Miss It

That’s the title of fiber broadband champion and Harvard Law School professor Susan Crawford’s new book – and what you’ll hear her address at Thursday’s working lunch. The great promise of cheap, ultra-fast fiber-optic connectivity is limitless communications capacity that will radically transform everything from business, education and medical care to urban and rural problem-solving. Why might America miss out? Crawford notes that 84 percent of homes here are still connected to the internet through far more limited copper wire. China, on the other hand, is installing some 20,000 FTTH connections daily. Crawford has lots to say about the whys of America’s sluggish and haphazard efforts to switch to fiber and about the ways we can fix it. She’ll share them and follow up with a Q&A and book signing.

Introduction:
   Jim Baller
President, Baller Stokes & Lide, PC


Keynoter:
   Susan Crawford
John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard University



Book signing immediately following.

Sponsored by CTC
  
1:10pm – 2:10pm  General Session
San Francisco's MDU Open Access Ordinance: Here We Come... Again
(Ballroom B)

We debated the many concerns and questions of property owners and broadband providers before the ordinance took effect. Let's do it again now that there's been time to evaluate what's happening on the front lines. 

Moderator:
  Carl Kandutsch
Attorney, Law Office of Carl E. Kandutsch


Presenters:
  Ian Davis
Telecom Attorney: Founding Partner, Davis Craig, PLLC
   Angie Kronenberg
Chief Advocate and General Counsel, INCOMPAS
   Doug Woods
Vice President, Residential Access, Wave Broadband
   Brian Regan
Vice President, Legal, Policy and Strategy, Starry Internet
   Alex Menendez
Founder & Partner, MonkeyBrains
   Kevin Donnelly
Vice President, Government Affairs, National Multifamily Housing Council
2:20pm – 3:20pm General Session
Super Fun-ding Way to End the Summit
(Ballroom B)

We've shown you the money – and there's a lot of it for broadband projects – in a number of sessions. We're going to add them all up and send you home with good ideas on what funding-finding strategies will work best for your community.

Moderator:
  Jim Baller
President, Baller Stokes & Lide, PC


Presenters:
  Joanne Hovis
President, CTC Technology & Energy
   Doug Dawson
President, CCG Consulting
   Jory Wolf
Vice President of Digital Innovation, Magellan Advisors

 

April 8-11, 2019

Renaissance Hotel in Austin, Texas

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  Unique Opportunity to Network with Broadband Systems Operators*
*Includes Telcos - Private, CLECs, ILECs; Cable Operators; Wireless Broadband Operators, Property Managers, Developers, Owners, REITs, Universities, Colleges
49%
  Equipment Manufacturers, Suppliers, Distributors 17%
  Government/Legal 12%
  Consultants, Contractors 10%
  System Installers, Service Providers 8%
  Financial Advisers, Institutions, Investors 3%

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