Legend

MULTIFAMILY TRACK
(LEVEL 4/TEXAS SALON B-C)
SMART APPS-THEMED SESSIONS
(LEVEL 4/TEXAS SALON F)
WHITE HOT TOPICS IN BROADBAND
(LEVEL 4/TEXAS SALON A)
KEY LEGAL ISSUES
PUBLIC BROADBAND INITIATIVES FACE

(LEVEL 4/TEXAS SALON F)
BUSINESS/WHOLESALE SERIES
(LEVEL 4/TEXAS SALON A)
WORKSHOPS
(LEVEL 4/TEXAS SALON C)
SUCCESS-THEMED SESSIONS
(LEVEL 4/TEXAS SALON A)
INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING WORKSHOP
(LEVEL 4/TEXAS SALON A)
THE STATE OF STATE BROADBAND SESSIONS
(LEVEL 4/TEXAS SALON A)
CLIC PROGRAM
(LEVEL 4/TEXAS SALON B)
BUILDING YOUR BROADBAND COMMUNITY
(LEVEL 4/TEXAS SALON F)
EXHIBIT HOURS
(LEVEL 4/TEXAS SALON D-E)
FOOD/SOCIAL FUNCTIONS

May 2-5, 2022

Marriott Marquis in Houston, Texas

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

MONDAY, MAY 2

7:00 am – 5:00 pm Contractor Move-In
(Level 4/Texas Salon D-E)
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm Exhibitor Move-In
(Level 4/Texas Salon D-E)
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open
(Level 4/Texas Foyer)
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

WORKSHOP #1
(Level 4/Texas Salon A)

Geo Partners Workshop: Navigating the Citizen’s National Broadband Map

Learn what’s driving users in 17 states to choose the GEO Map mapping tool to determine eligibility and best funding options as they plan broadband projects for their communities and statewide.

Take a deep dive into GEO Map, a one-of-a-kind mapping software that utilizes 40 billion data points and approximately 110,000 lines of code, for the map that provides cost numbers for your broadband projects and that covers the entire U.S. and Canada.

You don't want to miss this workshop. Mapping is a huge issue in the fast approaching funding cycle and communities need to be aware of this affordable option they can pursue to ensure their applications are competitive and accurate!

Presenters:
  Richard TaylorExecutive Vice President, The Center for Rural Development, Geo Partners
  Glenn FishbineArchitect, GEO Software , Geo Partners

WORKSHOP #2
(Level 4/Texas Salon B)

Financial Modeling in Uncertain Times

Worried about network deployment labor shortages? Network monitoring and maintenance services? Higher interest rates? Tighter money? Short supplies of fiber and electrical equipment? Those NTIA regulations due in May (spoiler alert: They will be late) for disbursing over $40 billion in new federal deployment funds? Upcoming rules for basic broadband services eligible for federal consumer subsidies? Learn how to modify our latest financial models to cover these contingencies and more. Our FREE two-hour workshop covers model overviews and provides specific examples of how the models can be changed to fit your needs. Participants get a free thumb drive with the models, documentation and numerous case studies.

Presenter:
  Steve RossEditor-at-Large, Broadband Communities Magazine
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Broadband Breakfast’s Digital Infrastructure Investment 2022
(Level 4/Texas Salon C)

The annual Digital Infrastructure Investment program brings the broadband infrastructure and financial services communities together to focus on the digital infrastructure and investment asset profile, including fiber, small cells, towers and data center assets, that is required to support a 21st-century information economy.

The pathbreaking program unites infrastructure investment fund managers, institutional investors, private equity and venture capitalists with senior broadband leaders and brings clarity to the next business model for advanced digital infrastructure.

This year, our mini-conference at the Broadband Communities Summit focuses on two vital infrastructure financing topics: Private Financing and Public Financingi

Find the complete 2022 agenda – as well as links to the previous years' programs at DII 2020 and DII 2021 – at https://broadbandbreakfast.com/dii

12:00 pm – 12:10 pm

Welcome and Introduction
  Drew ClarkEditor and Publisher, Broadband Breakfast; Attorney-at-Law, Drew Clark PLLC

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Private Financing

Ownership models are evolving in the digital infrastructure investment space. Municipalities are playing a greater role in public-private partnerships. Private equity and pension funds have also stepped up their willingness to invest in fiber-grant asset classes. This session will provide a hands-on perspective – with both operators and financers – for what to expect with private financing.

Moderator:
  Drew ClarkEditor and Publisher, Broadband Breakfast; Attorney-at-Law, Drew Clark PLLC

Panelists:
  David BarronCEO, Next Level Networks

  Andrew SemenakManaging Director, Pinpoint Capital Advisors
  Noah TulskyPartner, Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners
  Shrihari PanditPresident and CEO, Stealth Communications


1:15 pm – 1:55 pm

Public Financing

The Biden Administration’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is about to unleash more than $42.5 billion for last-mile infrastructure, $2 billion for middle-mile infrastructure, $2 billion for Rural Utility Service funding, and many more billions through other means. What are the pros and cons of seeking a grant through the IIJA program? How can infrastructure providers navigate and make sense of the public financing – including its match component – options?

Moderator:
  Benjamin KahnReporter, Broadband Breakfast

Panelists:
  Tom CoverickManaging Director, Keybanc Capital Markets

  Matt SchmitDirector, Illinois Office of Broadband
  Roger TimmermanExecutive Director, UTOPIA Fiber
  Sunne Wright McPeakPresident and CEO, California Emerging Technology Fund
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm WORKSHOP #3
(Level 4/Texas Salon A)

Flavors of Open Access – Which Model Is Right for You

Moderator:
  Christopher MitchellDirector, Community Broadband Networks Initiative, ILSR

Presenters:
  Roger TimmermanExecutive Director and CEO, UTOPIA Fiber
  Warren WoodwardDirector, Broadband Services, XMission Internet
  Bob ThompsonFounder & CEO, Underline


Part 2

Moderator:
  Pete PizzutilloVice President Sales and Marketing, ETI

Presenter:
  Monica WebbSenior Director, Market Development & Strategic Partnerships, Ting Internet
  Warren WoodwardDirector, Broadband Services, XMission Internet

CLIC Super Session on Broadband Partnerships For These Extraordinary Times
(Level 4/Texas Salon C)

2:00 – 5:00 pm

For communities seeking ubiquitous, affordable access to advanced communications services and capabilities, these are breath-taking times. It has taken a pandemic, but now the country and governments at every level are fully aware of the critical need for high-performance broadband infrastructure. As massive federal funds start flowing directly to local communities or indirectly through the states, broadband partnerships of many kinds are beginning to take center stage as potentially viable options for a rapidly growing number of communities across America. In this workshop, our deeply-experienced speakers will share their first-hand knowledge and insights into how the public and private sectors can work together effectively to develop successful broadband partnerships. They will address the key business, financial, legal, political, and other considerations involved, including how to anticipate and avoid potentially significant pitfalls.

2:00 pm – 2:20 pm

Welcome to These Extraordinary Times

Presenters:
  Jim BallerPresident, CLIC
  Joanne HovisCEO, CLIC
  Angela SieferExecutive Director, National Digital Inclusion Alliance
  Gary BoltonPresident & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association


2:20 pm – 3:45 pm

The Private Sector’s Perspective

Moderators:
  Jim BallerPresident, CLIC
  Joanne HovisCEO, CLIC

Presenters:
  Elliot NossTuCOWS; Executive Officer, TING
  Diego AndersonChief Executive Officer, Lumos/NorthState
  Mark Strama General Manager for Expansion Operations, Google Fiber


3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

The Public Sector’s Perspective

Moderators:
  Catharine RiceProject Director, CLIC
  Christopher MitchellDirector, Community Broadband Networks Initiative, ILSR

Presenters:
  Will AycockGeneral Manager, Wilson Greenlight
  Kenrick GordonDirector, Maryland Office of Statewide Broadband
  Deb SociaPresident & CEO of the Enterprise Center, Chattanooga, TN
  Joshua WilliamsInnovation Fellow, Department of Innovation, Office of Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm WORKSHOP #4
(Level 4/Texas Salon A)

Grant Writing for Broadband Needs

Moderator:
  Julia EmrickVice President, Business Development, Harrison Edwards PR

Presenters:
  Heather MillsVice President for Grant & Funding Strategies, CTC Technology & Energy
  Peggy SchafferExecutive Director, ConnectME
  Lee Davenport Director, Community Development, US Ignite
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Welcome Reception
(Level 4/Texas Foyer)

TUESDAY, MAY 3

7:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration Open
(Level 4/Texas Foyer)
7:00 am – 1:00 pm Exhibitor Move-In
(Level 4/Texas Salon D-E)
8:00 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
(Level 4/Texas Foyer)
Sponsored by Render Networks
8:20 am – 8:30 am OFFICIAL WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
(Level 4/Texas Salon B-C)

Introduction:
  Valerie Sargent Multifamily News Correspondent, Broadband Communities
8:30 am – 8:45 am GENERAL SESSION
(Level 4/Texas Salon B-C)

Introduction:
  Angie Kronenberg Chief Advocate and General Counsel, INCOMPAS


Keynote: Word from the Hill

  Congresswoman Lizzie FletcherRepresenting Texas' 7th Congressional District
8:55 am – 9:55 am GENERAL SESSION
(Level 4/Texas Salon B-C)

Great Communities

Take a deep-dive into two impressive communities highlighted in Broadband Communities Magazine during the past year. We view the Great Communities session each year as the lodestar to guide attendees on what’s possible with deployment and how fantastic it can be to live in a broadband-enhanced community. You will hear from both the developers and the service providers regarding goals both parties had and how they achieved them by addressing unique needs with technology, overcoming any obstacles in the process.

Moderators:
  Sean Buckley Editor-in-Chief, Broadband Communities
  Valerie Sargent Multifamily News Correspondent, Broadband Communities


The Vic at Interpose, Houston, Texas
Presenter:
  Stephanie Burriss Director of Multifamily Operations, Hunington Residential
  Will Walker National Account Manager, Dish Fiber


The Tappan
Presenter:
  Robin Doerschuk Vice President & General Manager, Snip Internet
10:10 am – 10:40 am GENERAL SESSION
(Level 4/Texas Salon B-C)

State of Broadband

Latest from the funding front, including how communities are using their ARPA funds, distributing IIJA funds, update on NTIA state broadband requirements and more.

Word from Rural America


Introduced by:
  Hilda LeggRural Economic Development Consultant, Legg Strategies

Presenter:
  Shirley BloomfieldCEO, NTCA
10:50 am – 11:50 am GENERAL SESSION
(Level 4/Texas Salon B-C)

State of Broadband (continued)

Word from the Agencies

Meet the gatekeepers to the billions

Presenters:
  Andy Berke Special Representative for Broadband, US Department of Commerce, NTIA
  Laurel Leverrier Assistant Administrator, Rural Utilities Service
  Joseph (Joey) WenderDirector, Capital Projects Fund, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  Kirk BurgeeChief of Staff, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC
11:50 am – 12:30 pm GRAB AND GO LUNCH
(Level 4/Texas Foyer)
 
The Multifamily Program is Presented in Partnership with the NMHC
  MULTIFAMILY TRACK / ROOM #1
(Level 4/Texas Salon B-C)
ROOM #2
(Level 4/Texas Salon A)
ROOM #3
(Level 4/Texas Salon F)
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

12:30 pm – 1:50 pm

MDU Legal Leaders

FCC and Industry focused. The best way to keep your finger on the pulse of legal needs in the industry is to listen to top lawyers representing both MDU owners and providers as they engage one another in spirited debate on both sides of key industry issues, including addressing how the latest changes at the FCC will be impacting broadband in multifamily.

Moderator:
  Barney Pullam VP Strategic Business Services, The Inland Real Estate Group, LLC

Presenters:
  Sue Weiske Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Charter Communications
  Michael TurbesAssistant Vice President, Senior Legal Counsel, AT&T
  Art HubacherManaging Member, Hubacher Ames & Taylor, PLLC
  Carl KandutschAttorney, Kandutsch Law Office
  Ian DavisTelecommunications Attorney, Founding Partner, Davis Craig, PLLC
  Dan GlivarPartner, Holland and Hart LLP

Town hall-type quick 15 minute discussions/debate on subjects such as:

Moderator:
  Angie Kronenberg Chief Advocate and General Counsel, INCOMPAS


  • The Top 3 Things You Need to Know About the Affordable Connectivity Program

    Presenter:
      Jenn Holtz Regulatory Vice President, JSI
  • Universal Service Fund Reform

    Presenter:
      Carol MatteyPrincipal, Mattey Consulting LLC
  • Mapping

    Presenter:
      James Stegeman President & CEO, CostQuest
  • Microtrenching

    Presenter:
      Duke Horan Vice President, Operations, Mears Group, Inc.
  • Overbuilding

    Presenters:
      Christopher Mitchell Director, Community Broadband Networks, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
      Bob KnightCommissioner of Economic and Community Development Town of Ridgefield, Conn.
  • What’s Next on the Supply Chain Woes List?

    Presenter:
      Fletcher KittredgeCEO, GWI
... and more

Step-by-Step Guide to Planning for and Acquiring the Broadband Services Your Citizens Want and Need

Introduction:
  Heather Burnett Gold Vice President External Affairs, Mears Group, Inc.


Let’s Get Organized and Identify a Leader and Partners

In this session, we will hear how different communities have organized and found leadership to drive broadband deployment. We will discuss the vast array of constituencies that must be attracted to the cause and how to organize them as effective partners.

Moderator:
  Bob Knight President and CEO, Harrison Edwards PR

Presenters:
  Aaron Deacon Managing Director, KC Digital Drive, Kansas City
  Jen Gregory Executive Director, Southern Tier 8 Regional Board
  Jimmy Carr CEO, All Points Broadband
1:40 pm – 2:40 pm

2:00 pm – 3:55 pm

National Multifamily Housing Council Connectivity Town Hall

Join us for the National Multifamily Housing Council’s (NMHC) Connectivity Town Hall and experience a fast-paced and interactive examination of tech, connectivity and innovation in the industry. With much action at the FCC of late, you’ll also receive a regulatory update from Washington, hear what’s in store at OPTECH and see highlights of the top tech and telecom trends and needs driving innovation in the multifamily industry today. NMHC has again partnered with Broadband Communities in 2022 to present the Multifamily Track. Broadband Communities and NMHC share a goal of connecting multifamily industry professionals and their provider partners to ensure both sides of the industry obtain the education necessary to continue to grow together. The content is designed to have NMHC’s OPTECH and the Broadband Communities Summit build off one another.

Introduction:
Moderator/Presenter:
  Kevin Donnelly Vice President for Government Affairs, Technology & Strategic Initiatives, National Multifamily Housing Council


FCC Update with the National Multifamily Housing Council

Presenter:
  Matt Ames Attorney, Hubacher Ames & Taylor, PLLC


Wireless Home Products and Cellular Connectivity

Moderator:
  Kevin Donnelly Vice President for Government Affairs, Technology & Strategic Initiatives, National Multifamily Housing Council

Presenters:
  Michael WestonSenior Leader, Verizon Enhanced Communities
  Jacques SaiveDirector, Mixed Use Properties Business Development, AT&T
  Adam MooreGroup Vice President of Customer Operations, Spectrum Community Solutions


Well Tell Us What You Really Think! Surveys Reveal What Renters and Industry Leaders Think About Connectivity in Apartment Communities

NMHC presents new and exclusive survey data from the largest renter preferences survey in the country, and new data from apartment industry tech and telecom leaders from recent NMHC member surveys. The massive database of renter preferences provides the most reliable insights into what renters want in broadband, smart home, cell reception and so much more. We’ll also dig deeper and look at preferences by age and other factors.

With membership of the largest apartment owners and managers, NMHC also has exclusive insights from surveying their members on technology and connectivity. You’ll hear how they currently provide connectivity in their communities, as well as what they see as challenges and opportunities moving forward. From residents to multifamily industry tech and telecom leaders, you’ll hear what they really think about everything related to connectivity.

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


Post Pandemic Broadband and Proptech

Moderator:
  Amy ChienDirector of Strategic Innovations, BH Management

Presenters:
  Dan Terheggen CEO, Smartaira
  Sharon Douglass Vice President of National Accounts, Cox Communications
  Sarah Jordan Director, Mass Markets Sales, Quantum Fiber


NMHC OPTECH & Women in Tech Update

Presenter:
  Alison Johnson Associate VP, Content and Program Strategy, National Multifamily Housing Council


Where is Net Neutrality?

Presenter:
  Matt Ames Attorney, Hubacher Ames & Taylor, PLLC


Renters Are Cutting the Cord: It’s Time to Rethink Video

Moderator:
  Andrew Beach Vice President, Community Technology, Millcreek Residential

Presenters:
  Mark Cunningham Director ISP, MDU and PIP Sales, DIRECTV
  Dave Spence Senior Director of National Accounts, Xfinity Communities
  Perry Crider General Manager, DISH Fiber

Becoming Investment Ready

This session will review the nuts and bolts of building asset inventories and aggregating demand. Gain an understanding of the hidden gems within your communities’ ecosystem that will assist in making the investment case.

Moderator:
  Heather GoldVice President External Affairs, Mears Group, Inc.

Presenters:
  Scott MenhartChief Information Technology Officer, Traverse Power & Light
  Mary Ellen Player Vice President for Market Management and Expansion, Consolidated Communications
2:50 pm – 3:50 pm

Closing the Fiber Gap in Small Buildings Market

Fiber connectivity is not just a priority for consumers. Small to medium businesses are also ripe candidates for fiber-based broadband services. According to a 2020 Vertical Systems Group, 14.1 percent of commercial buildings with less than 20 employees working at that location have access to fiber broadband, meaning there are plenty of opportunities for service providers to expand their SMB reach. Further, the research firm said fiber connections to SMBs began to rise in 2018, and that in 2019, the number of lit commercial buildings in the U.S. exceeded one million. Join a group of industry experts for insight into and advice on how they are closing the fiber gap in the small business buildings market.

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

Presenters:
  Joe Plotkin Director, Business Development, Stealth Communications
  Mano Nachum Chief Product Officer, Connectbase

What Ownership Model Should We Explore?

This session will feature communities that have partnered with incumbents, electric coops, municipal utilities, private entities or just gone DIY. Hear the pros and cons of each model described.

Moderator:
  Heather Burnett Gold Vice President External Affairs, Mears Group, Inc.

Presenter:
  Joanne Hovis President, CTC Technology & Energy
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

4:00 pm – 4:50 pm

Applications and A.I. and Automation … Oh My!

Don’t miss learning about many of the different types of applications that attach to broadband networks, including intelligent building and smart home technologies. Find out the most important considerations for these systems by hearing about the applications that work on them, including the ability to leverage IoT, radio and Zigbee. Discover lessons learned from smart home deployment, including resident adoption trends and how to best implement smart home solutions into the existing stock of properties.

Moderator:
  Scott Casey Chief Executive Officer and President, ROVR

Presenters:
  Ted Maulucci President, SmartONE Solutions
  Amy Chien Director of Strategic Innovations, BH Management
  Guillermo Rivas Vice President of New Business Development, Cox
  Kurt Raaflaub Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, Adtran
  Scé Pike CEO, IOTAS, Inc.

Don’t Dismiss the Middle Mile and Wholesale Opps for Providers

As broadband providers expand service to more homes and businesses across a diverse set of markets, they need access to high-capacity fiber lines that carry large amounts of data at high speeds over long distances. To support the build-out of new middle-mile networks, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provides a new funding mechanism to improve middle-mile infrastructure and make it easier to deliver broadband in currently unserved and underserved areas. States, tribal governments, utilities, traditional carriers and nonprofit organizations are eligible for these middle mile grants and this session will address how providers can take advantage of them.

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

Presenters:
  Kelly McGriff Vice President and Deputy General Counsel – Uniti Group Inc.
  J. Brent LeggExecutive Vice President, Government Affairs, Connected Nation
  Mike EllisonVice President Public Sector, FiberLight

Creating the Business Case: Part 1 – From Feasibility to Construction – Issues in Physically Deploying the Network

Communities need to use engineering and construction firms as valuable partners in order to create a winnable RFP and ultimately achieve a feasible deployment plan that will deliver the end product that your community wants. Join this session as the experts discuss the details of going from a “why we need it” stage to an actual blueprint that can deliver a network.

Presenters:
  Duke HoranVice President, Operations, Mears Group, Inc.
  John TaitDirector of Strategy, Biarri Networks
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Exhibit Hall Opens – Refreshment Break
(Level 4/Texas Salon D-E)
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Opening Night Cocktail Reception
(Level 6/Parkview Terrace/Texas Pool Side)
Co-Sponsored by Blue Stream Fiber, DIRECTV, Magellan Advisors, RadiSys and ubiQuity

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4

7:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration Open
(Level 4/Texas Foyer)
7:45 am – 9:15 am Continental Breakfast
(Level 4/Texas Foyer)
Sponsored by Mears
  MULTIFAMILY TRACK / ROOM #1
(Level 4/Texas Salon B-C)
ROOM #2
(Level 4/Texas Salon A)
ROOM #3
(Level 4/Texas Salon F)
8:30 am – 9:20 am What’s Important to Multifamily Owners When Implementing Managed Wi-Fi & Other Tech

This session explores what multifamily clients say they need most from their broadband technologies and managed Wi-Fi providers. Discover how to remove impediments to implementing new technologies or managed Wi-Fi from an owner’s point of view. With so many new companies in startup mode, what should multifamily be looking at when choosing providers for managed Wi-Fi, CBRS, 5G, fiber, and more? Learn what’s most important and what the differentiating factors are from an owner and industry perspective.

Moderator:
  Robert GroszExecutive Vice President and COO, World Cinema

Presenters:
  Lisa MooreDirector of Design Innovation, JPI
  Andrew BeachVice President, Community Technology, Mill Creek Residential

Those Fiber Community Wow! Anecdotes Aren't Just Pie in the Sky

Long-Term Data Backs Up the Benefits

Moderator:
  Michael RenderCEO and Principal Analyst, RVA LLC Market Research and Consulting

Presenters:
  Aaron DeaconManaging Director, KC Digital Drive, Kansas City
  Angela ImmingDirector of Technology and Innovation, City of Highland, IL
  Roberto Gallardo Ph.D.Director, Purdue Center for Regional Development; Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

Creating the Business Case: Part 2 – Funding

There are a myriad of funding options available to any community that wants to build today from RUS loans (if qualified), state broadband dollars, tax payer and private. Hear how each will work and can in fact complement each other so you have the $$ you need. We will hear from a funding expert who can lay out the requirements for each major funding opportunity and what would qualify your build for participation.

Moderator:
  Casey Lide Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP

Presenters:
  Heather Mills Vice President for Grant & Funding Strategies, CTC Technology & Energy
  John Scrivner Vice President, Broadband, Live Oak Bank
  Laurel Leverrier Assistant Administrator, Rural Utilities Service
9:30 am – 10:20 am Managed Wi-Fi is Not a Set It and Forget It Technology

Most of the original managed Wi-Fi providers were working only in student housing, which had very specific needs. Managed Wi-Fi has changed and evolved through the years, and it is not a “set it and forget it” technology. From a broadband operator perspective, see what’s important when installing a system and managing the customers. Multifamily owners and broadband operators have different needs with regard to pricing, bulk managed Wi-Fi, OTT service, vendor platforms, ownership of wiring, etc. Attend this session to explore the service provided alongside the technology.

Moderator:
  Mike SmithPresident and CEO, White Space Building Technology Advisors

Presenters:
  Richard SherwinCEO, Spot On Networks
  Michael StraitCCO, Blue Stream Fiber
  Craig WaltonLead Product Manager AT&T
  Mike JanssenSr. Manager of Sales Engineering, Quantum Fiber

Supersized Projects

Moderator:
  Jeff Reiman President, The Broadband Group

Presenters:
  Joe PattonPresident, Wholesale Sales, SiFi Networks
  Monica WebbSenior Director, Market Development & Strategic Partnerships, Ting Internet
  Jamie EarpCo-CEO and Managing Partner, ubiQuity
  Ted Schremp CEO, IQ Fiber

Managing the Implementation

This final session will discuss operational oversight and community communications, both critical functions as your network is constructed. Listen to our experts discuss how to manage for success.

Moderator:
  Sean StokesPartner, Keller and Heckman LLP

Presenters:
  Kim McKinleyChief Marketing Officer, UTOPIA Fiber
  Angela ImmingDirector of Technology and Innovation, City of Highland, IL
10:30 am – 11:20 am Opportunities for Bridging the Digital Divide in Affordable Housing

Closing the digital divide and expanding deployment and adoption is one of the hottest topics in the multifamily industry. It will require collaboration and partnerships between various stakeholders, including policymakers, property owners of all kinds, and service providers. With the passing of the historic $65 billion for broadband deployment and expansion approved by Congress through the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, multifamily owners and broadband operators have opportunities to expand broadband services to those who need it most. Meet those working in the affordable housing segment, and see how this unparalleled infusion of funds into broadband services is impacting affordable housing in an effort to close the digital divide once and for all.

Moderator:
  Bryan RaderPresident, MDU, Pavlov Media, Inc.

Presenters:
  Angel RogersDirector of Learning & Development, National CORE
  Christy ZeitzCEO, Fellowship Square
  J.Kirk TaylorAttorney, Hubacher Ames & Taylor, PLLC
  Hunter PieklikSenior Partnerships Manager, Education Superhighway

Howdy, Partner. Successful Models You Need to Know About

The numbers side and the human side of it.

Moderator:
  Hilda Legg Rural Economic Development Consultant, Legg Strategies

Presenters:
  Dewayne McDonald CEO, Warren Electric Coop/North Central Telephone Coop
  David Kramer Senior Director, Corporate Strategy and Development, Cincinnati Bell
  Johnny McClanahan President & CEO, NCTC
  Kevin Beyer CEO, Federated and Farmers Telephone

Okay, you’ve got the bandwidth, now how are you going to use it to improve the everyday quality of life and connectedness of your citizens?

Keynote Introduction:
What a Smart Community Offers


Presenters:
  Kevin SchwartzExecutive Director, CommunityConnect, Geeks Without Frontiers

Public Safety Tech – Integrating Tools and Tech to Support First Responders and Make Everyone Safer

Moderator:
  Jenn HoltzRegulatory Vice President, JSI

Presenters:
  Travis HullDomain Lead – User Experience, Roadmap Development Division, FirstNet
  Samantha AlspaughDirector, Global Sales and Corporate Development, RapidSOS
11:40 am – 12:40 pm Exhibit Hall Open / Refreshment Break
(Level 4/Texas Salon D-E)
12:45 pm – 2:05 pm Cornerstone Awards Luncheon and Keynote Address
(Level 4/Texas Salon G-H)
Sponsored by Verizon


Welcome:
  Frank HeadringtonDirector, Sales & Marketing, Verizon

Keynote Address:
  William Aderholdt, PhDDirector, Program Management Office, Grand Farm, Emerging Prairie
  MULTIFAMILY TRACK / ROOM #1
(Level 4/Texas Salon B-C)
ROOM #2
(Level 4/Texas Salon A)
ROOM #3
(Level 4/Texas Salon F)
2:20 pm – 3:10 pm Broadband Partnerships: How Do We Work Better Together?

Broadband companies are a staple in multifamily life, and they deliver a vital service to residents that helps them live their connected lives more effectively. Real estate owners seek efficient, dependable service delivery and have valued the partnerships built with providers of different sizes and specialties through the years. Broadband operators sit down with property owners to discuss what works well among the topics of importance to each, including inside wiring, infrastructure, planning, design, implementation, service provider data and more.

Moderator:
  Steve SadlerVice President, Multifamily Development, RealPage, Resident Technology Services

Presenters:
  Gabe MartinezManager, Community Technology Services, LMC, a Lennar Company
  Erik SpringVice President, Multifamily, Bai Connect
  Mike Mancini Senior Director, Sales Engineering, Xfinity Communities
  Barney PullamVP Strategic Business Services, The Inland Real Estate Group, LLC
  Chris Alvarado Vice President, Development, Embrey Partners
  Lynn Dodson Vice President, Sales, Spectrum Community Solutions

Shattering the Digital Divide: Notable Projects Getting the Job Done

Moderator:
  Kevin SchwartzExecutive Director, CommunityConnect, Geeks Without Frontiers

Presenters:
  Joshua EdmondsDirector of Digital Inclusion, City of Detroit, Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT)
  Devin WeaverDirector of Engineering, Project Waves
  Shawn Gross – Managing Director, Digital Millennial Consulting

It’s Time to Plant: Farming, Broadband and the Future

Moderator:
  Nancy ShemwellCOO, Trilogy Networks

Presenters:
  Gavin Whitechurch COO & Co-Founder, Topio Networks; Co-Founder, Edge Computing World, Intelligent Infrastructure
  Emily BuckmanDirector, Congressional Relations, American Farm Bureau Federation
  Johnny ParkCEO, WHIN
  Kevin T. CabbageCEO, Farmers Mutual Telephone Co.
  William Aderholdt, PhDDirector, Program Management Office, Grand Farm, Emerging Prairie
3:20 pm – 4:10 pm How Do I Upgrade My Existing Brownfield Community’s Broadband?

Deploying fiber or managed Wi-Fi to offer seamless connectivity for residents is often easiest when dealing with greenfield/new construction. But what about those existing brownfield B and B+ facilities, sitting across from those A+ properties, that want to elevate their amenities? Wiring, infrastructure, contracts – what needs to be considered by an owner who wants to upgrade? What about the requirements for converting to bulk? What about delivery options for broadband installation and upgrades, such as coax, Cat 5, Cat 3, DOCSIS 4.0, coax to fiber, and delivering gigabit services over existing coax? Explore different technology options available for delivery to the unit on all types of properties.

Moderator:
  Matt PassalacquaRegional Market Development Manager, MDU, Astound

Presenters:
  Sandy Jack Senior Manager, Market Development -VCN, CommScope
  Pierre TrudeauPresident & CTO, Positron Access Solutions
  Rush Blakely President & CEO, RealtyCom Partners
  Matt Wootton General Manager – Property Acquisition, AT&T Connected Communities
  Scott Buehrle Vice President of MDU Sales & Strategy, Frontier

Marketing Magnificos

Experts in the broadband industry will discuss how marketing is a vital part of the deployment process in EVERY sized market. You will hear from rural co-ops and network operators in urban markets chat about their experiences of incorporating marketing into your business strategy.

Moderator:
  Kim McKinleyChief Marketing Officer, Utopia Fiber

Presenters:
  Scott MenhartChief Information Technology Officer, Traverse Power & Light
  Bob Knight President and CEO, Harrison Edwards PR

  Nicholas Coates Town Administrator, Town of Bristol, NH

Telehealth – Expanding and Maintaining Access to Top Medical Care

Moderator/Panelist:
  Jordana Barton-GarciaCEO, Barton-Garcia Advisors

Panelists:
  Craig Settles – Digital Equity Strategist, Nevada Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology
  Arshia Khan, Ph.D.Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Computer Science, University of Minnesota Duluth
4:20 pm – 5:10 pm Consultant Panel – Step into the Shark Tank

What are multifamily owners looking for when making decisions regarding broadband providers, applications, and smart home needs? With so much infusion of private equity into broadband and proptech, how do RFPs and companies find a way to stand out from the competition and shine? If these companies were applying for their business to be accepted in the Shark Tank, from a consultant’s perspective, what drives decisions for multifamily owners? Get the scoop from our consultant “sharks” to see what owners want (what they really, really want).

Moderator:
  Bryan RaderPresident, MDU, Pavlov Media, Inc.

Presenters:
  Alison Savage Senior Manager, Multifamily Development, Resident Technology Services, RealPage
  Chris MerrellFounder & Chairman, Communications Consulting Group (CCG) and Landlease.com
  Richard PriceCEO, Broadband Planning
  Dean WolfeVice President, Technology and Vendor Relations, Choice Property Resources, Inc.

Creating a Workforce for Today and Tomorrow
(With emphasis on training the fiber workforce)

Moderator:
  Kelly P. WeissmannSr. Manager Technical Training and Support, Clearfield Inc.

Presenters:
  Deborah KishVice President of Research and Workforce Development, Fiber Broadband Association
  Sean KellyTechnical Director, Light Brigade
  Harrison Hiner Legislative and Political Director, Texas State Employees Union, Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 6
  Zac Cronauer – Head of Fiber Initiatives, Blue Ridge Communications

Enabling Education from Around the Globe

Moderator/Presenter:
  Deb SociaPresident & CEO, The Enterprise Center

Presenters:
  Pierrette Renée DaggDirector of Marketing and Communications, Merit Networks
  Kevin SchwartzExecutive Director, CommunityConnect, Geeks Without Frontiers
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm Exhibit Hall Cocktail Reception
(Level 4/Texas Salon D-E)
Co-Sponsored by Quantum Fiber and Hexatronic
7:30pm – 9:00pm Networking Dinners – Privately Arranged

THURSDAY, MAY 5

7:00 am – 2:00 pm Registration Open
(Level 4/Texas Foyer)
7:30 am – 9:15 am Continental Breakfast
(Level 4/Texas Foyer)
Sponsored by Ribbon Communications
  MULTIFAMILY TRACK / ROOM #1
(Level 4/Texas Salon B-C)
ROOM #2
(Level 4/Texas Salon A)
ROOM #3
(Level 4/Texas Salon F)
9:30 am – 10:20 am Broadband as the Fourth Utility – How Your Broadband Services Affect Your Marketability

Broadband connectivity is at the top of the list for prospective residents when seeking a new apartment. How does this play into a community’s marketing efforts? New companies in the industry work with owners to offer scoring models that evaluate and promote the quality of a community’s Wi-Fi, network and cellular connectivity throughout the property. This session will examine what type of results owners are seeing with these services and the successes they have had with their broadband marketing efforts.

Moderator:
  Angel RogersDirector of Learning & Development, National CORE

Presenters:
  Scott CaseyPresident & CEO, ROVR Score
  Jose RodriguezRegional Director of Operations, Servitas

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Learn the Best Practices for Setting Up Your State Broadband Office From the Best Practitioners

Moderator:
  Anna ReadSenior Officer, Broadband Access Initiative, The Pew Charitable Trust

Presenters:
  Amanda Martin-HerreraTelecommunications Policy Analyst, US Department of Commerce, NTIA
  Greg ConteDirector, Texas Broadband Development Office
  Peggy SchafferExecutive Director, ConnectME

9:30 am – 12:20 pm

KELLER AND HECKMAN LEGAL WORKSHOP

Key Legal Issues Affecting Public Broadband Initiatives and Partnerships

Legal issues play a critical role at each stage of a public broadband initiative or partnership. This interactive workshop will address the key legal issues at every stage, from preliminary opportunity assessment to ongoing operation and regulatory compliance. Topics to be addressed include coping with potential legal barriers to entry; finding the right funding; securing access to infrastructure, content, and customers; developing strategic partnerships; establishing effective governance structures; integrating wireline/wireless issues; dealing with privacy and cybersecurity; complying with applicable regulatory requirements; and much more. No matter where in the process your project may be, bring your questions and our speakers will try to answer them.

Moderator:
  Jim BallerPartner, Keller and Heckman LLP

Presenters:
  Wes WrightPartner, Keller and Heckman LLP
  Tracy MarshallPartner, Keller and Heckman LLP
  Sean StokesPartner, Keller and Heckman LLP
  Casey LidePartner, Keller and Heckman LLP
10:30 am – 11:20 am Cybersecurity for the Multifamily Industry

Even companies with strong cyber defenses are vulnerable to cyberattacks. Multifamily owners, property management companies and apartment communities are finding themselves asking not just “Are we vulnerable?” but “What can we do to better protect our broadband networks and business continuity if we are the victim of a cyberattack?” Broadband focused service providers are taking steps to secure networks and help enhance cybersecurity efforts. Do you know the legal implications regarding data risks and security needs for systems inside buildings? Some technology may be more secure than others. Discover how you can mitigate cybersecurity risk and ensure systems and tools are in place to protect your systems.

Moderator:
  Julianne GoodfellowVice President, Government Affairs, National Multifamily Housing Council

Presenters:
  Margarita RiveraVice President, Information Security & Privacy, LMC
  Norman ComstockManaging Director, UHY Consulting, Inc.
  Bill McFarlandCTO, Plume

10:40 am – 11:10 am

Why Are States Finding It Such a Heavy Lift to Get Their Offices Up and Running?

A fireside chat with experts on the front lines

Presenters:
  Chad RupeBroadband State Director, State of Montana
  Hilda LeggRural Economic Development Consultant, Legg Strategies
  Peggy SchafferExecutive Director, ConnectME
11:30 am – 12:20 pm Owner Roundtable
(Closed forum for property owners and managers only.)
(Level 3/Memorial)

Open only to owners and owner representatives. During this session, owners will be able to openly discuss trends within the industry as well as challenges faced.

Moderator:
  Valerie SargentMultifamily News Correspondent, Broadband Communities

11:20 am – 12:20 pm

Counties and Regional Coalitions Get in on the Action

Moderator:
  Seamus DowdallAssociate Legislative Director, NACo

Presenters:
  Jen GregoryExecutive Director, Southern Tier 8
  Mickey SlimpBroadband Project Manager, Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG)
  Barbara Hayes Chief Economic Development Officer, Rural County Reps of California (RCRC)
  Craig Rice Councilmember, Montgomery County, MD
  Jody Shadduck-McNally County Commissioner, Larimer County, Colorado
12:20 pm – 2:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Luncheon and "Must be Present to Win" Drawings
(Level 4/Texas Salon D-E)

Money for Local Fiber Projects: A Funding Guide and Mapping Case Study

Presenters:
  Deb Fuglie Senior Vice President, Vetro FiberMap
  Ryan Smith Business Development Manager, Nokia



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.

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Exhibitor Move-Out
(Level 4/Texas Salon D-E)

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