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Legend

Multifamily Track
(Texas Salon B-C)
Workshops
(Level 4/Texas Salon C)
Track 2
(Level 4/Texas Salon A)
Financing Broadband
Infrastructure Program
(Level 4/Texas Salon A)
Track 3
(Level 4/Texas Salon F)
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 Salon D-E)  
1:00pm – 6:00pm  Exhibitor Move-In
(Level 4/Texas Salon D-E)  
10:00am – 5:00pm Registration Open
(Level 4/Texas Foyer)  
12:00pm – 5:00pm  Digital Infrastructure Investment 2021
(Level 4/Texas Salon 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.

The event is organized by Broadband Breakfast, part of Washington-based media company Breakfast Media LLC. Learn more at https://broadbandbreakfast.com/digital-infrastructure-investment/.

12:00 pm
Introduction

Logistics for In-Person and Remote Attendees

12:10 pm
Industry Keynote

What is Digital Infrastructure Investment?

12:35 pm
Infrastructure Investment Funds

How will the Biden Administration’s broadband infrastructure package influence institutional investors? Will mergers and acquisitions accelerate in telecom?

Moderator:
  Drew Clark Of Counsel, The CommLaw Group; Editor and Publisher – BroadbandBreakfast.com


Panelists:
  Ryan Carr Partner, MC Partners
  Tom Coverick Managing Director, Keybanc Capital Markets
  Lindsay Miller Partner, Ice Miller LLP
  James Wagar Partner, Frontbridge Capital


1:20 pm
Broadband Breakfast Presentation: Lit Communities

1:30 pm
Last Mile Digital Infrastructure

Ownership models are evolving. Who will play the lead role in constructing? What entities, including cities, will own digital assets? Who will manage the networks?

Moderator:
  Joan Engebretson Executive Editor, Telecompetitor


Panelist:
  Carter Old President and Chief Growth Officer, Tachus Fiber
  Monica Webb Head of Market Development & Strategic Partnerships, Ting Internet
  John Burchett Head of Public Policy, Government and Community Relations, Google Access and Google Fiber
  Ramiro Gonzalez Director of Government and Community Affairs, City of Brownsville
  Julie Wheeler President Commissioner, York County, PA


2:15 pm
Interactive Session: Broadband Breakfast and BroadbandNow

2:30 pm
Break

2:40 pm
Policy Keynote Address

A Vision for Digital Infrastructure Investment

3:05 pm
Broadband Breakfast Presentation

3:15 pm
Public-Private Partnerships

Municipalities are becoming a leading voice in new digital infrastructure projects. How has their role changed the conversations around public-private partnerships?

Moderator:
  Chris Mitchell Director, Community Broadband Networks Initiative


Panelist:
  Matt Schmit Director, Illinois Office of Broadband
  Chris Walker Governments Senior Executive Director, Infrastructure Strategy, NoaNet
  Nate Walowitz Senior Executive Director of Infrastructure Strategy, Northwest Open Access Network
  Sunne Wright McPeak President and CEO, California Emerging Technology Fund


4:00 pm
Broadband Breakfast Presentation: UTOPIA Fiber

4:05 pm
Broadband Breakfast Presentation: SiFi Networks

4:10 pm
Broadband Breakfast Presentation: Positron Access

4:15 pm
The Future of Shared Infrastructure

Cellular towers were once proprietary, before carriers partnered with infrastructure owners. Will 5G deployment accelerate the deployment of shared real estate facilities?

Moderator:
  Mari Silbey Senior Director of Partnerships and Outreach, US Ignite

Panelists:
  Jonathan Adelstein President and CEO, Wireless Industry Association
  Deborah Simpier Co-founder and CEO, Althea Networks

  C. Earl Peek, CPA Founder and Managing Partner, Diamond Ventures and Peek, LLC


5:00 pm
Conference Conclusion
3:00pm – 5:00pm  Workshop
(Level 4/Texas Salon C)
Maine is getting it Right: Learn from the Leaders Behind the Innovative Initiatives and Collaborations that are Accelerating Community Broadband Projects that Can Be Replicated to Provide the Right Boost to Launch Your Broadband Project

In November 2020, the first cohort members of the VETRO Cares for Maine Community Broadband Accelerator launched a focused six-month effort to move broadband communities through the planning, design and funding stages of their local projects.

Enabled through the highly successful state broadband office, ConnectMaine, VETRO Cares enlists the “it takes a village” mindset to encourage collaboration across numerous local stakeholders, both public and private, by providing a platform that creates a visual “single source of truth” for local mapping, data and network construction scenarios.

This workshop will introduce participants to a cross-section of state, local and private sector leaders in Maine who are helping create a fertile ecosystem where a wide array of approaches is flourishing to extend and build future proof fiber networks and close the digital divide once and for all.



Moderator:
  Brian MeffordVice President, Broadband, VETRO FiberMap


Panelists:
  Peggy SchafferExecutive Director, Connect Maine
  Brian LippoldPresident, Casco Bay Advisors, LLC
  Sarah DavisSenior Director Government Affairs and Wholesale Strategies, Consolidated Communications
  Debra HallChair, Midcoast Internet Coalition; President, Midcoast Internet Development Corporation
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 Salon D-E)  
8:00am – 9:00am Continental Breakfast
(Level 4/Texas Foyer)  
Sponsored by The Broadband Group
9:00am – 9:30am OFFICIAL WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
(Level 4/Texas Salon B-C)
Envisioning Our Digital Destiny – Technology Got Us Through the Pandemic... and We Aren't Going Back


Presenter:
  Scott Woods Senior Broadband Program Specialist, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), US Department of Commerce
9:40am – 10:10am GENERAL SESSION
(Level 4/Texas Salon B-C)
Living and Working in a Tech-Enabled Community


Generation Park, meticulously designed to provide the ultimate experience of living and working in a smarter city, is transforming the face of Houston. From smarter traffic management, intelligent parking guidance, behavior-controlled lighting, occupancy based HVAC and more, an array of sensors and proprietary technology means Generation Park residents and employees enjoy maximum energy savings and data-driven planning for roads, parks, trails, restaurants and shopping, along with fiber-enabled multiple-gigabit internet service.


Presenters:
   Jeff Reiman President, The Broadband Group
   Bryan Ruth Sr. Director of Land Development, McCord Development, Inc.
10:20am – 10:50am GENERAL SESSION
(Level 4/Texas Salon B-C)
Lessons We Learned about Learning: What the Homework Gap Taught Us About the Digital Divide



Presenter:
   Jack LynchChief Operating Officer, EducationSuperHighway
11:00am – 11:30am GENERAL SESSION
(Level 4/Texas Salon B-C)
Precision Agriculture: Innovation Explosion Keeps Food on Our Tables



Presenter:
   Nancy Shemwell Chief Operating Officer, Trilogy Networks, Inc.
11:40am – 12:10pm GENERAL SESSION
(Level 4/Texas Salon B-C)
Ensuring No Community Is Left Behind: A Blueprint for Advancing Tribal Broadband



Presenter:
   Bill Bryant President, Saddleback Communications
12:15pm – 12:45pm GENERAL SESSION
(Level 4/Texas Salon B-C)
The Market Has Spoken



Presenter:
   Gary Bolton President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association
12:45pm – 1:15pm 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/MULTIFAMILY TRACK
(Level 4/Texas Salon 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

Panelist:
   Angel Rogers Chief Learning Officer, National CORE
   Kelly Stranburg Principal, LE3 Solutions
   Sara KyleFounder and Principal, LE3 Solutions
   Nicole PageVice President of Sales, Senior Living Division, Touchtown Inc.
  MULTIFAMILY TRACK
(Level 4/Texas Salon B-C)
TRACK #2
(Level 4/Texas Salon A)
TRACK #3
(Level 4/Texas Salon F)
2:15pm – 3:15pm

2:15pm – 3:45pm

National Multifamily Housing Council Connectivity Town Hall

The National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) has once again partnered with Broadband Communities to present the Multifamily Track at the 2021 Broadband Communities Summit. In hopes of helping multifamily industry professionals and their provider partners remain up to speed and connected, the content between NMHC’s OPTECH and the Summit will build off one another. To help kick us off the track, join us at NMHC’s Connectivity Town Hall which promises to be a fast-paced and interactive scan across tech, connectivity and innovation in the industry. During the Town Hall, we will provide a regulatory update from Washington, hear what’s in store at OPTECH and highlight the top tech and telecom trends and needs driving innovation in the multifamily industry.

Introduction:
   Kevin Donnelly Vice President, Government Affairs, National Multifamily Housing Council

Biden's Broadband Plans and Impact on Multifamily

Moderator:
   Kevin Donnelly Vice President, Government Affairs, National Multifamily Housing Council

Panelist:
   Matt Ames Attorney, Hubacher, Ames & Taylor

The Growing Need for Bulk and Managed WiFi to Meet Resident Expectation: Providers Perspective

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

Panelist:
   Craig R. Walton Lead Product Manager, AT&T
   Melissa Morales Vice President, Operations, WhiteSky Communications
   Joe Varello Vice President National Sales, Spectrum Community Solutions

Look Ahead to OPTECH

Presenter:
   Alison Johnson Associate Vice President of Content and Program Strategy, National Multifamily Housing Council

Need for Speed and Innovation: Meeting Resident Demand?

Moderator:
   Rick Haughey Vice President, Industry Technology Initiatives, National Multifamily Housing Council

Panelists:
   Matt Passalacqua Regional Manager, WAVE
   Mark Cunningham Director ISP, MDU & PIP Sales, DIRECTV
   Bryan Rader President, Single Digits

Security of our Networks and Work from Home Impacts

Moderator:
   Julianne Goodfellow Vice President, Government Affairs, National Multifamily Housing Council

Panelist:
   Dan Terheggen CEO, Consolidated Smart Systems
   Sean Robertson Senior Manager of Channel Partner Marketing, Plume
   Taft Singletary Sr. Sales Engineer, DISH Fiber

The Role of Independents and WISPs in Serving the MDU Market

Moderator:
   Valerie Sargent Executive Consultant, Broadband Communities

Panelists:
   Patrick Bailey Senior Vice President, ICS Advanced Technologies
   Bill DoddCEO, Gigamonster
   Don JohnsonPresident, Partner, Inspire WiFi
   Michelle NorrisVP of Sales, Bai Connect
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
   Jeff Reiman President, The Broadband Group
   Linh Nguyen Customer Success Director, COS Systems

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

Panelists:
   Mike Cowley Relationship Manager, Electric Distribution Group, CoBank
   Ken Kuchno Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy and Outreach, USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS)
  Scott Woods Senior Broadband Program Specialist, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), US Department of Commerce

3:30pm – 3:40pm

Quick Bio Break

3:45pm – 5:00pm

You Don't Need to Do It All Yourself

Finding and Using Others to Enable Broadband Entry


Moderator:
   Heather Gold CEO, HBG Strategies

Panelists:
   June Tierney Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service (Pre-recorded announcement)

   Carl Meyerhoefer Sr. Vice President, Business Development, Conexon
   Dewayne McDonald President and CEO, WRECC (Warren Rural Electric Cooperative)

   Clint Harp – Senior Vice President of Telecom Business Development, Lower Colorado River Authority
   Elin Swanson Katz VP Utilities, Tilson
3:30pm – 5:00pm

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Survey Says! Feedback from Industry Leaders and Residents on Connectivity in MDUs

NMHC will present survey data from two recent surveys, one of apartment industry tech and telecom leaders, another from the largest resident preferences survey in the country. A panel of industry connectivity experts will provide their take on what the data means for how the apartment industry provides connectivity in their communities as well as what residents want. The NMHC Technology Report provides data on how connectivity is addressed in apartment communities as well as major challenges for the industry. The NMHC-Kingsley Resident Preferences survey provides data on resident thoughts on broadband, cell reception, smart home tech and more. Join this fascinating look as how the industry is providing residents with their most desired amenity: broadband internet.


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
   Keith Gabbard CEO, Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative
   Liz Cedillo-Pereira Chief of Equity and Inclusion, City of Dallas, TX
 

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 Salon 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, Plume Design, Inc., Radisys 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 MULTIFAMILY TRACK
(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 Salon B-C)
Keynote: Smart Home & Healthy Home Trends: Are We Mainstream Yet?


More than one-third of US broadband households own at least one smart home device and one third own a home security system. Device makers and platform providers continue to strive to offer consumers an intelligent, automated, and unified experience that is also useful. The multifamily housing market, making up about 30% of all broadband households, has become increasingly important to device manufacturers as they seek to drive overall adoption of the smart home products and integrate with platforms.

This presentation includes insight into the key trends in the smart home and MDU market, including shifts in home services, adoption of connected devices, the future opportunity for healthcare and home solutions, and expanded use cases.


Presenter:
   Elizabeth Parks President, Parks Associates
  MULTIFAMILY TRACK
(Level 4/Texas Salon B-C)
TRACK 2
(Level 4/Texas Salon A)
TRACK 3
(Level 4/Texas Salon 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:
   Dan Terheggen CEO, Consolidated Smart Systems

Panelists:
   Demetrios Barnes COO, SmartRent
   Felicite Moorman CEO, Stratis IoT, a RealPage Company
   Sean Robertson Senior Manager of Channel Partner Marketing, Plume
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
   Jeff Boozer Market Development Strategy, Utility and Municipal Sector, ETI Software Solutions
   Christopher Mitchell Director, Community Broadband Networks, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Making the Business Case Work for Multifamily Fiber Deployments


Moderator:
   John George Senior Director, Solutions and Professional Services, OFS

Panelist:
   Michael RenderCEO, RVA Market Research and Consulting
   Patrick Moreno Product Marketing Manager, Zyxel
   Bryan Rader President, Single Digits
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:
  Chris Walker Governments Senior Executive Director, Infrastructure Strategy, NoaNet


Panelist:
   John Burchett Director, Public Policy and Government Relations, Google Access and Google Fiber
   Mary Ellen Player Vice President Market Management, Consolidated
   Ben Bawtree-Jobson CEO, SiFi Networks
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

Moderator:
   Jennifer Harris State Program Director, Connected Nation Texas

Panelists:
   Ernesto Falcon Senior Legislative Counsel, Electronic Frontier Foundation
   Angie Dickison Executive Director, Office of Broadband Development, Department of Employment and Economic Development, State of Minnesota
   Clint Harp – Senior Vice President of Telecom Business Development, Lower Colorado River Authority
   Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson House Representative, State of Texas
11:40am – 12:40pm Exhibit Hall Opens – Refreshment Break
(Level 4/Texas Salon 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 Salon G-H)
Sponsored by Verizon

Destroying the Divide: How Detroit Is Taking Action on Digital Equity


Keynoter:
   Joshua EdmondsDirector of Digital Inclusion, City of Detroit
  MULTIFAMILY TRACK
(Level 4/Texas Salon B-C)
TRACK 2
(Level 4/Texas Salon A)
TRACK 3
(Level 4/Texas Salon 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:
   Mike Smith President, White Space Building Technology Advisors

Panelist:
   Ethan Gnepp Director, Sales, Stratis IoT, a RealPage Company
Marketing Matters: Part 1

How to Acquire Customers in a Competitive Environment

Panelists:
   Bob KnightCEO and Managing Partner, Harrison Edwards
   Kim McKinley Chief Marketing Officer, UTOPIA Fiber
Financing: ABCs of Government Funding


Moderator:
   Hilda Legg Rural Economic Development Consultant


Panelists:
   Keith Gabbard CEO, Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative
   Kenneth Kuchno Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy and Outreach USDA Rural Utilities Services

  Scott Woods Senior Broadband Program Specialist, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), US Department of Commerce
3:20pm – 4:10pm Broadband Services for MDUs

MDU residents want ubiquitous and seamless wireless connectivity. How do property owners ensure that connectivity is available and what part do both the providers and owners need to play in meeting the challenges of making in-home wireless 5G broadband work?

What is 5G and how can it benefit a property owner? What is managed wi-fi and how can it overcome the limitations of 5G in some buildings? What is CBRS and how might it fit into a solution to augment 5G? Is a traditional DAS system still an option despite its high cost to deploy and maintain? And finally, what about in-unit wired Internet and video services, how are those impacted by a solution decision?

The goal of this session is to help clarify persistent confusion about all these service options and what they really mean to a property owner and their residents.


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

Panelists:
   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 KnightCEO and Managing Partner, Harrison Edwards
   Kim McKinley Chief Marketing Officer, UTOPIA Fiber

  Jeff Gavlinsky Marketing Director, Industry Organizations, Calix
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:
   Douglas Meredith Director, Economics and Policy, JSI
   Casey Bush Vice President, KeyBanc Capital Markets
   Nancy White Vice President, Rural Telephone Finance Cooperative
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:
  Drew ClarkOf Counsel, The CommLaw Group; Editor and Publisher – BroadbandBreakfast.com

Panelists:

   Christa Vinson Program Officer, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
   Lisa Alvarenga San Antonio Project Coordinator, Libraries Without Borders, US
   Tabinda Ghani Portfolio Officer, Humana Foundation
   Michael Abensour Director of Policy and Advocacy, Human-I-T
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:
  Tom CoverickManaging Director, Government, Illinois, Colorado, Utah, Municipal Broadband, KeyBank
  Nate RobertsonVice President, Lewis Young Robertson & Burningham, Inc.
5:00pm – 7:30pm Exhibit Hall Cocktail Reception
(Level 4/Texas Salon D-E)
Co-Sponsored by COS Systems and 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/MULTIFAMILY TRACK
(Level 4/Texas Salon 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.


Beckert’s Park
Moderator:
   Sean Buckley Editor-in-Chief, Broadband Communities Magazine

Panelists:
   Melissa Morales Vice President, Operations, WhiteSky Communications

Desert Color
Moderator:
   Valerie Sargent Executive Consultant, Broadband Communities

Panelists:
   Ryan Coates Marketing Manager, Desert Color
   Jeff Johnson Director of Consumer Sales, Lumen
  MULTIFAMILY TRACK
(Level 4/Texas Salon B-C)
TRACK 2
(Level 4/Texas Salon A)
TRACK 3
(Level 4/Texas Salon 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
   Ryan Dulaney Senior Director, Community Solutions Product & Technology, Spectrum Community Solutions
   Alfonso Martinez Director, Construction and Engineering, AT&T
   Virginia Lam Abrams SVP, Government Affairs & Strategic Advancement, Starry
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

Panelists:
   Christine Havey Senior Director of People Services, Congruex
   Deb Kish Vice President, Research and Marketing, Fiber Broadband Association
  Martin Lee President, The Light Brigade
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

Panelists:
   Sean Stokes Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP
   Wes Wright Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP
   Casey Lide Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP
   Tracy Marshall Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP
10:30am – 11:20am Public Officials Roundtable

The Fiber Broadband Association’s wildly popular Public Officials Group takes the stage to tackle the big issues facing cities, towns, and counties deploying fiber. Topics up for discussion include Infrastructure and ARPA funds, lobbying efforts, selecting consultants, and more.

Moderator:
   Bob KnightCEO and Managing Partner, Harrison Edwards

Panelists:
   Gary Bolton President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association

   Autumn S. Evans – Deputy Director of Digital Inclusion, City of Detroit
   Russ Brethower Senior Manager, Wholesale Fiber, Grant PUD
Mapping: What You Can Do While We Wait for the FCC

Proactive Measures to Fill in the Gaps


Moderator:
   Brian Mefford Vice President, Broadband, VETRO FiberMap

Panelist:
   Paul Sulisz CEO, Biarri Networks
   Gerry Lawlor CEO of Open5G
11:30am – 12:20pm Best Practices for Keeping the Supply Chain Rolling

What good is all the money pouring in to build new broadband projects if you can't get the supplies to do it? Join leaders in the industry, from major deployers to product providers, in a frank and open roundtable discussion of how they do it and how you can, too.

Moderator:
   Kim McKinley Chief Marketing Officer, UTOPIA

Panelist:
   Theodore Pietz Head of Supply Chain, Aquidneck Light
   Kara Mullaley Market Development Manager, Emerging Accounts, Corning Optical Communications
   Carl Meyerhoefer Sr. Vice President, Business Development, Conexon
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 US
   Douglas Blue Business Development, Nokia
   David Spiller Director of State and Local Operations, VETRO FiberMap
   Patrick Moreno Product Marketing Manager, Zyxel
   Will Stetson – Product Line Manager, ADTRAN
12:20pm – 2:00pm Exhibit Hall Luncheon and "Must be Present to Win" Drawings
(Level 4/Texas Salon 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 – 2:00pm GENERAL SESSION/MULTIFAMILY TRACK
(Level 4/Texas Salon D-E)
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.


Presenter:
   Carl Vassia Vice President of Product Management, CommScope
2:00pm – 6:00pm Exhibitor Move-Out
(Level 4/Texas Salon D-E)  

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