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Legend

Multifamily Track
(Texas Ballroom B-C)
Financing Broadband
Infrastructure Program
Texas Salon A CLIC Program
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
(Texas Ballroom D-E)  
5:00pm – 7:00pm  Exhibitor Move-In
(Texas D-E)  
10:00am – 5:00pm Registration Open
(Texas Foyer)  
12:00pm – 5:00pm   

CLIC Preconference Progam
(Texas B)

Financing Broadband Infrastructure Program
(Texas A)
1:00pm – 3:00pm Workshop #1
(Texas C)
An MDU Pro's Guide to Deploying Technologies with the Least Amount of Hassle
3:00pm – 5:00pm  Workshop #2
(Texas 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.
5:30pm – 7:30pm Welcome Reception
(Atrium Foyer)   

Tuesday, September 28

7:00am – 6:00pm Registration Open
(Texas Foyer)  
7:00am – 1:00pm  Exhibitor Move-In
(Texas D-E)  
8:00am – 9:00am Continental Breakfast
(Texas Foyer)  
9:00am – 9:30am OFFICIAL WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
(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
(Texas Ballroom B-C)
Living and Working in a Tech-Enabled Community
10:20am – 10:50am GENERAL SESSION
(Texas Ballroom B-C)
Lessons We Learned about Learning: Looking to a Smarter Future
11:00am – 11:30am GENERAL SESSION
(Texas Ballroom B-C)
Precision Agriculture: Innovation Explosion Keeps Food on Our Tables
11:40am – 12:10pm GENERAL SESSION
(Texas Ballroom B-C)
Rich/Poor, Urban/Rural, Large/Small: Ensuring No Community Is Left Behind
12:15pm – 1:00pm Network Break / Grab and Go Lunch
(Texas Foyer)  
1:00pm – 2:00pm GENERAL SESSION
(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.
  MULTIFAMILY TRACK
(Texas Ballroom B-C)
BREAKOUT #2
(Texas Salon A)
BREAKOUT #3
(Texas Salon F)
2:15pm – 3:15pm 2:15pm – 3:45pm

National Multifamily Housing Council Telecom Town Hall
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
Electrics and RDOF

Advice from the Frontlines: What Electrics Have Learned – and you need to know – about sucessfully securing and implementing RDOF grants
3:30pm – 5:00pm 4:00pm – 4:30pm

National Multifamily Housing Council Industry Trends
Look Who's Getting it Right

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

There's Power in Partnerships: Communities Are the Winners When Their Utilities Join Forces
  4:30pm – 5:00pm

What Tenants Want

Join Michael Render, CEO, RVA Market Reseach 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.
5:00pm – 6:30pm Exhibit Hall Opens – Refreshments
(Texas Ballroom D-E)  
6:30pm – 9:00pm Opening Night Cocktail Reception
(Parkview Terrace / Texas Pool Side)  

Wednesday, September 29

7:00am – 6:00pm Registration Open
(Texas Foyer)  
7:45am – 9:15am Continental Breakfast
(Texas Foyer)  
8:00am – 8:50am GENERAL SESSION
(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.
9:00am – 9:30am GENERAL SESSION
(Texas Ballroom B-C)
Keynote: Broadband and HollywoodLand: A Partnership for the Future of Entertainment
  MULTIFAMILY TRACK
(Texas Ballroom B-C)
POLICY TRACK
(Texas Salon A)
POWER PLAYERS TRACK
(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?
Open Access Comes of Age

A Guide to Transforming Conception Into Reality
Explosive Demand: How to Keep Up

How rapidly growing networks are keeping up with the demand amid the supply-chain havoc wreaked by COVID
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.
Best of the P3s

Stories from the Frontlines of Successful Public-Private Partnerships
Bills, Bills, Bills … and Getting Them Passed

Hear the Latest from Leaders from Around the Country on the Exciting Broadband Legislation Their States Are Working to Implement
11:40am – 12:40pm Exhibit Hall Opens – Refreshment Break
(Texas Ballroom D-E)  
12:45pm – 2:05pm Cornerstone Awards Luncheon and Keynote Address
(Texas Ballroom G-H)
Sponsored by Verizon
  MULTIFAMILY TRACK
(Texas Ballroom B-C)
POLICY TRACK
(Texas Salon A)
FINANCING TRACK
(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.
Marketing Matters: Part 1

How to Use Social Media and Innovative Digital Plays to Get in Front of Target Audiences
Financing

ABCs of Government Funding
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.
Marketing Matters: Part 2

Mining the Data You're Already Collecting to Market to Your Customers
Finance Wizards

Pros in issuing bonds, applying for grants and loans show you how to maximize your community's opportunity
4:20pm – 5:10pm A Consultant's Guide to Working With MDU Owners and Providers

A growing proportion of business is being conducted with a consultant or adviser representing the MDU and managing their decision making. This session considers how this is helping the industry; what are the expectations, due diligence requirements, engineering needs, etc. to win these opportunities; how can consultants work more effectively with owners and providers; how can consultants win more share of this business?
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.
There's Money for That

Hear from the Masters of Pulling It All Together How They Maximized the Money to Get Their Communities Connected
5:00pm – 7:30pm Exhibit Hall Cocktail Reception
(Texas Ballroom D-E)  
7:30pm – 9:00pm Networking Dinners – Privately Arranged

Thursday, September 30

7:00am – 2:00pm Registration Open
(Texas Foyer)  
7:30am – 9:00am Continental Breakfast
(Texas Foyer)  
8:30am – 9:15am GENERAL SESSION
(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
(Texas Ballroom B-C)
POLICY TRACK
(Texas Salon A)
BROADBAND MEETS THE LAW TRACK
(Texas Salon F)
9:30am – 10:20am 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.
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.
Broadband Meets the Law

Legal eagles' super session delving into eveything from pole attachments to privacy matters, cybersecurity to funding public-private partnerships.
10:30am – 11:20am 11:00am – 12:15pm
(Hunters Creek / Level 3)

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.
Mapping

What to Expect from the FCC and What You Can Do to Complement Their Efforts
11:30am – 12:20pm Solving Tomorrow's Tech Problems Today

5G, Pons, SaaS and other cool tools to call on
12:20pm – 2:00pm Exhibit Hall Luncheon and "Must be Present to Win" Drawings
(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
(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.
1:15pm – 5:00pm Exhibitor Move-Out
(Texas D-E)  

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