General Sessions


Tuesday, April 9

8:15 am – 8:30 am

Official Welcome and Introduction and Special Tribute to an Old Friend

Barbara DeGarmo – CEO, Broadband Communities
Steve Sadler – Director, Resident Technology Services, RealPage, Inc.

8:30 am – 8:40 am

Welcome to Our City: What’s Hot in Austin

Rondella Hawkins – Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs Officer City of Austin, Texas

8:45 am – 9:45 am

General Session

The Big Picture

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.

Steve Ross
– Editor-at-Large, Broadband Communities

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

9:55 am – 11:25 am

General Session

A Conversation with the Big Carriers on Where They're Going

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

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

11:35 am – 12:35 pm

General Session

Great Communities

Jeff Reiman – Principal, The Broadband Group

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


12:45 pm – 1:40 pm

General Session / Working Lunch

Building The Case For a Housing Revolution 

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.

Mike Smith
– President, White Space Building Technology Advisors

Steve Glenn – CEO, Plant Prefab

1:50 pm – 2:50 pm

General Session

Tipping Point: The Disruptive Model That’s Bringing Funding and Fiber to American Communities 

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.

Bob Knight – Executive Vice President & COO, Harrison Edwards

Lindsey Brannon – Head of Finance, Neighborly 
Isak Finer – Chief Marketing Officer,  COS Systems  
Brian Snider – Senior Broadband Consultant
KJ Chugh – Smart Cities Business Development, Nokia Global Services 
Ben Lewis-Ramirez – Director of Business Development, Foresite Group


Wednesday, April 10

7:45 am – 8:50 am

General Session: Breakfast and Program 

Breakfast Sponsored by Aerohive

5G: From Gee-Whiz to Making It Work 

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.

Deb Socia – Executive Director, Next Century Cities

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 – Executive Director, Fiber Broadband Association
Tim Burke – Vice President, Strategic Technology, Liberty Global, Inc.
Brian Kurkowski – Principal Member of Technical Staff – Firstlight

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm

Cornerstone Awards Luncheon

Sponsored by Verizon

Rural Broadband: A View from DC

Keynote Address by:
Jannine Miller
– Senior Advisor for Rural Infrastructure, USDA


Thursday, April 11

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

General Session

Exhibit Hall Luncheon, Keynote Presentation and the “Must be Present to Win” $5,000 Drawing

Big Cash Drawing During Thursday’s Exhibit Hall Lunch: To qualify, players must visit each participating drawing sponsor to obtain their signature or stamp. Once all boxes are filled, please turn in to the registration desk where your entry will be verified. This drawing is only for attendees. Vendors cannot participate. Only one submission per person. Must be present to win.

Jim Baller – President, Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

Susan Crawford
 – John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

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.

Book signing immediately following.

Sponsored by CTC

1:10 pm – 2:10 pm

General Session

San Francisco's MDU Open Access Ordinance: Here We Come... Again 

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.

Carl Kandutsch – Attorney, Law Office of Carl E. Kandutsch

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

2:20 pm – 3:20 pm

General Session 

Super Fun-ding Way to End the Summit 

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.

Jim Baller – President, Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

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
  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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