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Multifamily Track
(Texas Ballroom B-C)
Workshops
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom C)
Track 2
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom A)
Financing Broadband
Infrastructure Program
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom A)
Track 3
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom F)
CLIC Program
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom B)
Exhibit Hours Food/Social Functions

September 27-30, 2021

Marriott Marquis in Houston, Texas

* * * * * PLEASE NOTE ALL TIMES ARE CENTRAL TIME (CST) * * * * *

Monday, September 27

7:00am – 5:00pm Contractor Move-In
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom D-E)  
5:00pm – 7:00pm  Exhibitor Move-In
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom D-E)  
10:00am – 5:00pm Registration Open
(Level 4/Texas Foyer)  
12:00pm – 5:00pm    CLIC Preconference Program
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom B)

Local Broadband Innovation in the Post-COVID Era

COVID-19 brought home to local, state and federal policymakers the criticality of taking new approaches to broadband deployment. Now, with substantial new public and private funding coming into the broadband market, local communities and their partners are doing just that. This CLIC program will examine pioneering new procedures being developed through innovative collaboration in the sharing of network risk and ownership.

1:00-1:10 pm
Welcome

1:10-2:00 pm
The Critical Local Role: New developments in community broadband and public-private partnerships

2:00-2:50 pm
The Federal Role: Federal funding for community networks and public-private partnerships

2:50-3:00 pm
Break

3:00-4:00 pm
The State Role: How state governments are meeting the moment for broadband planning and expansion

4:00-5:00 pm
The Private Role: Private sector perspectives on local broadband choice and innovation
Digital Infrastructure Investment 2021
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom A)

Digital Infrastructure Investment 2021 unites the broadband infrastructure and financial services communities to focus on the investment asset profile – including fiber, small cells, towers and data centers – required to support a 21st century information economy.

Co-located at the Broadband Communities Summit, Digital Infrastructure Investment 2021 brings investment fund managers, institutional investors, private equity and venture capitalists to the table with senior broadband leaders to provide clarity to the next business models for advanced digital infrastructure.

Topics include:
  • Infrastructure Investment Funds: How will the Biden administration’s broadband infrastructure package influence institutional investors? Will telecom mergers and acquisitions accelerate?
  • Last-Mile Digital Infrastructure: As ownership models evolve, who will play the lead role in construction? What entities, including cities, will own digital assets? Who will manage the networks?
  • Public-Private Partnerships: How has municipalities’ becoming a leading voice in new digital infrastructure projects changed the public-private partnership conversation?
  • The Future of Shared Infrastructure: Will 5G deployment accelerate the sharing of real-estate facilities between cell tower carriers and infrastructure owners?
The event is organized by Broadband Breakfast, part of Washington-based media company Breakfast Media LLC. Learn more at https://broadbandbreakfast.com.

Moderator:
  Drew ClarkOf Counsel, The CommLaw Group; Editor and Publisher – BroadbandBreakfast.com
1:00pm – 3:00pm Workshop #1
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom C)
An MDU Pro's Guide to Deploying Technologies with the Least Amount of Hassle

Moderator:
  Henry PyeVice President, RealPage
3:00pm – 5:00pm  Workshop #2
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom C)
Learn the "Mechanics" Behind the Innovative Community Accelerator that Can Provide the Right Boost to Help Launch Your Broadband Project

In November 2020, the first cohort of members of the VETRO Cares for Maine community broadband accelerator launched a focused six-month effort to move network ideas through the planning, design and funding stages. Learn how these groups used network mapping and planning tools, relevant data sets and expert advisory support to coalesce their community around specific broadband projects – and how you can organize a similar effort to accelerate your community's broadband expansion plans.

Moderator:
  Brian MeffordVice President, Broadband, VETRO FiberMap
5:30pm – 7:00pm Welcome Reception
(Level 4/Texas Foyer)   

Tuesday, September 28

7:00am – 6:00pm Registration Open
(Level 4/Texas Foyer)  
7:00am – 1:00pm  Exhibitor Move-In
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom D-E)  
8:00am – 9:00am Continental Breakfast
(Level 4/Texas Foyer)  
Co-Sponsored by The Broadband Group
9:00am – 9:30am OFFICIAL WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom B-C)
Envisioning Our Digital Destiny – Technology Got Us Through the Pandemic... and We Aren't Going Back
9:40am – 10:10am GENERAL SESSION
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom B-C)
Living and Working in a Tech-Enabled Community


Moderator:
   Jeff Reiman President, The Broadband Group
10:20am – 10:50am GENERAL SESSION
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom B-C)
Lessons We Learned about Learning: Looking to a Smarter Future
11:00am – 11:30am GENERAL SESSION
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom B-C)
Precision Agriculture: Innovation Explosion Keeps Food on Our Tables


Presenter:
   Chad Rupe – Market President, Citizens Bank and Trust; Former Administrator, USDA Rural Utilities Service
11:40am – 12:10pm GENERAL SESSION
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom B-C)
Ensuring No Community Is Left Behind: A Blueprint for Advancing Tribal Broadband


Presenter:
   Bill Bryant – President, Saddleback Communications
12:15pm – 1:00pm Network Break / Grab and Go Lunch
(Level 4/Texas Foyer)  
 
The Multifamily Program is Presented in Partnership with the NMHC
1:00pm – 2:00pm GENERAL SESSION
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom B-C)
The Evolving Digital Lifestyle for Seniors – How Can Providers Keep Up?

Senior Living is the fastest-growing segment of the multifamily market today, driven by the growth in the population of seniors that will continue to accelerate by 3-5% per year. This customer base is also the fastest-growing consumer of broadband. Senior Living property owners seek technology amenities from their service providers to support them in the areas of connectivity, personalized on-site support, e-health monitoring, and more. Come listen to property owners and service providers in Senior Living address their resident expectations of today.

Moderator:
   Bryan Rader President, Single Digits
  MULTIFAMILY TRACK
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom B-C)
TRACK #2
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom A)
TRACK #3
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom F)
2:15pm – 3:15pm

2:15pm – 3:55pm

National Multifamily Housing Council Telecom Town Hall

Moderator:
   Kevin Donnelly Vice President, Government Affairs, National Multifamily Housing Council
So You've Decided You Need to Build a Fiber Network. Now What?

A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting It Off the Ground… and Ensuring It Flies

Moderator:
   Kevin Morgan Chief Marketing Officer, Clearfield

Panelist:
   Jeremy Billings General Manager - Regional Engineering, Midco

2:15pm – 3:30pm

New and Bigger Broadband Funding Opportunities Electric Utilities Need to Know About

In the wake of the pandemic, policymakers have created new broadband funding programs and budgeted more money than ever before. This session will explore the various federal and state programs that are available now and are under consideration, evaluate these options and develop strategies for accessing broadband funding that is being made available. Our panelists will feature policymakers and broadband providers engaging in a highly interactive discussion with each other and with the audience. If your company is already providing broadband or interested in offering it, this session will provide you with the information you need to expand your deployments or start new ones.

Moderator:
   Brett Kilbourne – General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Policy, UTC

3:30pm – 3:40pm

Quick Bio Break

3:45pm – 5:00pm

Utilities Helping Utilities: Vermont Case Study Shows the Way

Moderator:
   Heather Gold CEO, HBG Strategies

Panelists:
   Elin Swanson Katz Vice President Utilities, Tilson Technology Management
   Joseph Milliard – Risk & Performance Management; Broadband Development Team Leader – Ameren
   June Tierney Commissioner of Public Service, State of Vermont (Pre-recorded announcement)
3:30pm – 5:00pm

4:00pm – 4:30pm

National Multifamily Housing Council Industry Trends

Moderator:
   Rick Haughey Vice President, Industry Technology Initiatives, NMHC
Look Who's Getting it Right

A Close Look at Successful Broadband Communities and the Benefits They've Reaped from Being Connected

Moderator:
   Deb Socia President and CEO, The Enterprise Center

Panelist:
   Sean Gonsalves Senior Reporter, Editor and Researcher, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

   Matt Sayre – Vice President, Technology Association of Oregon
 

4:30pm – 5:00pm

What Residents Want

Join Michael Render, CEO, RVA Market Research and Consulting, for a roundtable deep dive look at broadband satisfaction trends he's found by building type, connection type, effect on rents and more.

Presenter:
   Michael Render CEO, RVA Market Research and Consulting
5:00pm – 6:30pm Exhibit Hall Opens – Refreshments
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom D-E)

5:15 pm – 6:25 pm
Don’t miss 10-minute presentations from leading companies exhibiting at the event.
Presentation Schedule (Click Here)
6:30pm – 9:00pm Opening Night Cocktail Reception
(Level 6/Parkview Terrace/Texas Pool Side)  

Join Us for this year's Caribbean Nights Party
Co-Sponsored by CDG, DIRECTV and Walker and Associates

Wednesday, September 29

7:00am – 6:00pm Registration Open
(Level 4/Texas Foyer)  
7:45am – 9:15am Continental Breakfast
(Level 4/Texas Foyer)  
8:00am – 8:50am GENERAL SESSION
(Level 3/Montrose Room)
Owner / Legal Roundtable
Closed forum for owners and owner lawyers only.

An exclusive, closed forum for owners and owner lawyers to identify the key issues facing the MDU community that will be aired in a subsequent open session.

Panelists:
   Ian Davis Telecommunications Attorney: Founding Partner, Davis Craig, PLLC
   Art Hubacher Managing Member, Hubacher Ames and Taylor, PLLC
9:00am – 9:30am GENERAL SESSION
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom B-C)
Keynote: The Intersection of Health and Home: Implications of Leveraging Your Smart Home into a Healthy Home


Presenter:
   Elizabeth Parks President, Parks Associates
  MULTIFAMILY TRACK
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom B-C)
TRACK 2
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom A)
TRACK 3
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom F)
9:40am – 10:30am New Innovations in IoT You Need to Know About

Vendors educate property owners and providers on what's new, what's the value – and will it work with my set-up?

Moderator:
   Mike Smith President, White Space Building Technology Advisors

Panelists:
   Scott Andersen Senior Vice President, Sales, Latch
   Demetrios Barnes COO, SmartRent
Open Access Comes of Age

A Guide to Transforming Conception Into Reality

Moderator:
   Heather Gold CEO, HBG Strategies

Panelists:
   Kim McKinley Chief Marketing Officer, UTOPIA
   Pete Pizzutillo Vice President Sales & Marketing, ETI Software
   Christopher Mitchell Director, Community Broadband Networks, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Innovative Ideas for Keeping Your Supply Chain Running Smoothly

Advice to keep your rapidly growing network on track – even if you don’t have big-guy clout

Moderator:
   John George Senior Director, Solutions and Professional Services, OFS
10:40am – 11:40am

10:40am – 12:00pm

MDU Legal Leaders

The top lawyers representing both MDU owners and providers engage one another in spirited debate on both sides of key industry issues.

Moderator:
   Linda Willey Vice President – Business Services, Camden Property Trust

Panelists:
   Ian Davis Telecommunications Attorney: Founding Partner, Davis Craig, PLLC
   Art Hubacher Managing Member, Hubacher Ames and Taylor, PLLC

   Michael TurbesAssistant Vice President, Senior Legal Counsel, AT&T
   Sue WeiskeVice President and Associate General Counsel, Charter Communications
   Dan GlivarPartner, Holland and Hart LLP
Best of the P3s

Stories from the Frontlines of Successful Public-Private Partnerships

Moderator:
   Joanne Hovis President, CTC Technology & Energy; CEO Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC)
Bills, Bills, Bills … and Getting Them Passed

Hear the latest from leaders from around the country on the exciting broadband legislation their state and local governments are working to implement
11:40am – 12:40pm Exhibit Hall Opens – Refreshment Break
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom D-E)

11:50 am – 12:20 pm
Don’t miss 10-minute presentations from leading companies exhibiting at the event.
Presentation Schedule (Click Here)
12:45pm – 2:05pm Cornerstone Awards Luncheon and Keynote Address
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom G-H)
Sponsored by Verizon

Greetings:
   Katelyn Buckley Sales Director, Verizon
  MULTIFAMILY TRACK
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom B-C)
TRACK 2
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom A)
TRACK 3
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom F)
2:20pm – 3:10pm IoT Realities: An IoT-deployment Check-Off List for Future Proofing Your Projects:

Revenue    Payback    Educating residents on value beyond the wow factor   

Moderator:
   Andrea M. Taylor Director of Ancillary Services, Morgan Properties

Panelists:
   Scott Andersen Senior Vice President, Sales, Latch
   Demetrios Barnes COO, SmartRent
   Felicite Moorman – CEO, Stratis IoT, a RealPage Company
Marketing Matters: Part 1

How to Acquire Customers in a Competitive Environment

Panelists:
   Bob Knight Executive Vice President and COO, Harrison Edwards
   Kim McKinley Chief Marketing Officer, UTOPIA Fiber
Financing: ABCs of Government Funding

Panelists:
   Steve Ross Editor-at-Large, Broadband Communities
   Hilda Legg Rural Economic Development Consultant
3:20pm – 4:10pm 5G Broadband for MDUs

The challenges in making in-home wireless 5G broadband work – and how to overcome them, including the complimentary Wi-Fi, CBRS (lower bands give you more coverage) and alternatives to DAS systems.

Moderator:
   Steve Sadler Vice President, Multifamily Development, RealPage, Inc.

Panelists:
   Mike Weston Executive Director, Verizon
   Sandy Jack – Senior Manager, Market Development-VCN, CommScope
   Richard Sherwin CEO, SpotOn Networks
   Mark Niehus – Vice President, Area, Connectivity Wireless
Marketing Matters: Part 2

Growing Your Subscriber Base: Broadband’s Marketing Superstars Show You How

Moderator:
   Kara Mullaley Market Development Manager, Emerging Accounts, Corning Optical Communications

Panelist:
   Carl Meyerhoefer Senior Vice President, Business Development, Conexon
   Bob Knight Executive Vice President and COO, Harrison Edwards
   Kim McKinley Chief Marketing Officer, UTOPIA Fiber
Finance Wizards

Pros in issuing bonds, applying for grants and loans show you how to maximize your community's opportunity

Moderator:
   Hilda Legg Rural Economic Development Consultant

Panelist:
   Chad Rupe – Market President, Citizens Bank and Trust; Former Administrator, USDA Rural Utilities Service
4:20pm – 5:10pm Consultants Play A Key Role In MDU Today: Learn How Providers Can Work Best With Consultants

Broadband service providers take note: A growing proportion of business is being conducted with a consultant or adviser representing the Multifamily/MDU owner and managing their decision-making processes. Here’s your chance to learn how to work more effectively with them and with owners. In this session, panelists from leading MDU consulting firms will discuss: What are the expectations, due diligence requirements, engineering needs, etc. providers need to know to win these opportunities? How can providers win a larger share of this business and serve the multifamily market more effectively? And much more. Don't miss this glimpse into how to make negotiations and implementation smoother for all involved.

Moderator:
   Bryan Rader President, Single Digits

Panelists:
   Richard Price CEO, Broadband Planning
   Leo Delgado Founder and President, Converged Services
   Dean Wolfe Vice President of Technology and Vendor Relations, Choice Property Resources, Inc.
   Chris Merrell Founder/Owner, Communications Consulting Group (CCG) ; Chairman, Landlease.com
The Doers: Less Talk, More Action on Closing the Digital Divide

We'll highlight heroes who are closing the divide in their communities on health care, tribal efforts, seniors, education and more.

Moderator:
   John Windhausen Executive Director, Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition
There's Money for That

Hear from the masters of pulling it all together how they maximized the money to get their communities connected

Moderator:
  Roger TimmermanExecutive Director, UTOPIA


Panelist:
  Jessica ZufoloVice President of Rural Broadband Strategy, Magellan Advisors
  Tom Coverick – Managing Director, Government, Illinois, Colorado, Utah, Municipal Broadband, KeyBank
5:00pm – 7:30pm Exhibit Hall Cocktail Reception
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom D-E)
Co-Sponsored by Sinewave


5:15 pm – 7:25 pm
Don’t miss 10-minute presentations from leading companies exhibiting at the event.
Presentation Schedule (Click Here)
7:30pm – 9:00pm Networking Dinners – Privately Arranged

Thursday, September 30

7:00am – 2:00pm Registration Open
(Level 4/Texas Foyer)  
7:30am – 9:00am Continental Breakfast
(Level 4/Texas Foyer)  
8:30am – 9:15am GENERAL SESSION
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom B-C)
Great Communities

A deep-dive into two communities highlighted in Broadband Communities Magazine. Meeting individualized needs, considering the technology used, overcoming obstacles, etc.
  MULTIFAMILY TRACK
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom B-C)
TRACK 2
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom A)
TRACK 3
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom F)
9:30am – 10:20am 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Supporting Infrastructure

A discussion with major providers of high-speed internet and video services on how owners/developers can better prepare their properties for 21st century telecom/data services. Topics include services being delivered, what infrastructure they require, and what owners need to know and prepare for, all looked at through the lens of both retail and bulk services.

Moderator:
   Scott Casey CEO and President, ROVR

Panelist:
   Taylor Jones CTO, Elauwit Connections
   Michael Janssen – Sr. Manager Sales Engineering, Quantum Fiber
   Adam Moore – Vice President, Community Solutions Customer Operations, Spectrum Community Solutions
Building a Fiber Workforce

With so many projects underway, finding and training qualified professionals is critical for the industry. Hear from the leaders who are tackling the job.

Moderator:
   Bruce Forey Owner, BroadMax Group
Broadband Meets the Law

Get the latest on the critical legal and regulatory issues that broadband projects – especially public initiatives and partnerships -- are likely to encounter in this 3-hour, interactive legal eagles’ deep-dive supersession with attorneys from Keller and Heckman LLP. The discussion will proceed through the major stages of typical projects, from inception to planning to construction to start-up to ongoing operations. It will cover state restrictions; pole attachments, fiber leases, and other infrastructure issues; access to rights-of-way and easements; integration of wireless and wireline issues; business and financial matters; funding opportunities; partnership development; organizational and governance issues; compliance with federal and service provider requirements (USF, CALEA, CPNI, E911, privacy, etc.), and much more. Bring your questions, plans, and ideas – and go home with a wealth of legal advice.

Moderator:
   Jim Baller Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP
10:30am – 11:20am 10:40 am – 12:20 pm
(Level 3/Montrose Room)

Owner Roundtable
(Closed forum for owners, owners attorneys and their consultants only)

During this session, owners will be able to openly discuss trends within the industry as well as challenges being faced.

Leader:
   Cheryl Jordan Sr. Director Telecommunications, Operations & Investment Services, AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
Mapping: What to Expect from the FCC and What You Can Do to Complement Their Efforts

Moderator:
   Paul Sulisz CEO, Biarri Networks
11:30am – 12:20pm Solving Tomorrow's Tech Problems Today

5G, Pons, SaaS and other cool tools to call on

Moderator:
   Sean Buckley Editor-in-Chief, Broadband Communities Magazine

Panelists:
   Beni Blell Vice President of Sales, Hexatronic USA
   Douglas Blue Business Development, Nokia
   David Spiller Director of State and Local Operations, VETRO FiberMap
   Kurt Raaflaub Global Product Marketing, ADTRAN
   Patrick Moreno Product Marketing Manager, Zyxel
12:20pm – 2:00pm Exhibit Hall Luncheon and "Must be Present to Win" Drawings
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom D-E)  

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.
1:30pm – 2:30pm GENERAL SESSION
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom B-C)
The TV Isn't Just for Watching TV Anymore

After a year of locked-down working, learning and binge-viewing at home, there is a growing need to make it easier for consumers to manage, find and use content across multiple services. This proliferation of services cries out for integrated home media solutions that can aggregate all services into one, easy-to-use platform. Learn the technology solutions that turn TVs into those platforms.

Moderator:
   Carl Vassia Vice President of Product Management, CommScope
1:15pm – 5:00pm Exhibitor Move-Out
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom D-E)  
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Workshop
(Level 4/Texas Ballroom B-C)
Financial Modeling for Community Networks

Moderator:
  Steve RossEditor-at-Large, Broadband Communities

 

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