General Sessions


Tuesday, April 9

7:50 am – 8:00 am

Official Welcome and Introduction


8:00 am – 8:45 am

General Session

The Big Picture

Steve Ross
– Editor-at-Large, Broadband Communities

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

8:55 am – 9:50 am

Keynote Address:

What's Hot in the City of Austin


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

10:00 am – 11:30 am

General Session

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


Daniel O’Connell – Senior Director of Consumer Markets, CenturyLink
Dan Terheggen – CEO, Consolidated Smart Systems
Michael Weston – Senior Leader, Verizon Enhanced Communities   
Jackie Arbour – Director of National Sales & Mixed-Use, AT&T  Connected Communities
Mike Slovin – Vice President of National Field Sales, Xfinity Communities

11:40 am – 12:30 pm

General Session

Great Communities

Jeff Reiman – Principal, The Broadband Group

Kara Weinstein – Home Owners Association and Lifestyle Director, Whisper Valley
Ben Waltzer – National Real Estate Partnerships, Google Fiber


12:40 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.

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 – Broadband Director, Neighborly  
Shawn Parker – Director, Fiber City Networks, Nokia 


Wednesday, April 10

7:30 am – 8:50 am

General Session: Breakfast and Program 

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 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
Rebecca Hunter – External Affairs, Corporate Development & Strategy, Crown Castle 
Tim Burke – Vice President, Strategic Technology, Liberty Global, Inc.

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm

Cornerstone Awards Luncheon

Sponsored by Verizon

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.

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

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.

April 8-11, 2019

Renaissance Hotel in Austin, Texas

Photo Gallery

Here's a glance at last year's Summit.


Who's attending our Summit events? Should you be making plans?

  Consultant, Contractor 10%
  Equipment Manufacturer, Supplier, Distributor 17%
  Government/Legal 12%
  System Installer, Service Provider 8%
  Financial Advisor, Institution, Investor 3%
  Systems Operator*
*Includes Telcos - Private, CLEC, ILEC, Cable Operators, Wireless Broadband Operators, Property Managers, Developers, Owners, REITs, University, College,

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