Rural Broadband Track

 

Tuesday, April 9

8:00 am – 8:45 am

General Session

The Big Picture


Presenters:

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


3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Track Session

Rural Funding 1: State of Play From the USDA

Yes, there’s an urban-rural broadband divide. But the good news is there’s a lot of money to close it – so much that we have two panels on rural funding. First comes the state of play from the USDA (et al). There’s millions in the Farm Bill, millions more in the ReConnect program. And that’s not the end of federal funds.


4:10 pm -5:00 pm

Track Session

Rural Funding 2: Investment Opportunities: Get Ahead of the Pack and Help Spur an Innovation Renaissance 

Here we’ll take up strategies for going after private investment funds – yes, there are bullish proponents of rural investment who tout the benefits of getting ahead of the pack. Come find out why… and what they’re anxious to invest in.

Moderator:
Tim Marema – Editor, The Daily Yonder

 

Wednesday, April 10

8:00 am – 8:50 am

Track Session

Telework and Broadband: What’s Working, What’s Not

 


9:00 am – 9:50 am

Track Session

Rural Broadband as a Driver for State Broadband Initiatives

 


10:00 am – 10:50 am

Track Session

In Sickness and In Health… Benefits of Marrying Telehealth and Community Broadband

A telehealth strategy can make funding your deployment easier, give your network a marketing edge and drive subscribers to your broadband network. This session aims to engage municipalities, co-ops and local ISPs with proven how-tos of designing that effective strategy, building telehealth partnerships and uncovering ways to use telehealth to increase broadband subscribers. Attendees will also go home from the “wedding celebration” understanding the different broadband design considerations for urban and rural communities.

Moderator:
Craig Settles – President, Gigabit Nation

Presenters:
James Cowan – CEO and Founder, Docity
Melodie Anderson – Spinal Cord Injury Telehealth Coordinator, Veterans Health Administration


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

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Track Session

Turning Your Connection into Economic Opportunity

 


9:10 am – 10:00 am

Track Session

Rural, Yes Rural, Broadband Success Stories

With all the news about the digital divide and rural America being left behind, come hear from rural communities with proven broadband track records. Sure it’s easier to get everyone wired up when they live close together, but these panelists will tell you how it can be done, had they did it -- problems and all – and how their communities have benefited.

Moderator:
Jane Smith Patterson – Partner, Broadband Catalysts

Presenters:
Gene Scott – General Manager, Outside Plant, Greenlight, Wilson NC
Mark DeFalco – Manager, Appalachian Regional Commission
Ted Osborn – Senior Vice President of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs, Nextlink, Hudson, Texas


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.

Keynoter:
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

April 8-11, 2019

Renaissance Hotel in Austin, Texas

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

Demographics

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,
49%

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