2019 Agenda at a Glance – Washington, DC

Tuesday, October 29

7:00pm – 10:00pm Registration Open
(Edison Ballroom Foyer)   
7:00pm – 10:00pm Exhibitor Move-In
(Edison Ballroom Foyer)
7:30pm – 8:30pm Welcome Reception – Exhibit Area
(Edison Ballroom Foyer)

Wednesday, October 30

7:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration Open
(Edison Ballroom Foyer)
7:30am – 8:30am Continental Breakfast
(Edison Ballroom Foyer)
8:30am – 9:30am Conference Welcome and Opening Session:
(Edison Ballroom D-G)
The Big Picture: Washington Experts Tackle the Critical Broadband Issues


Moderator:
  Jim BallerPresident, Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

Presenters:
  Joseph WenderSenior Policy Adviser, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass)
  Nicol Turner-LeeFellow, Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovations Brookings Institute 
  Douglas KinkophDeputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, NTIA (Acting), U.S. Department of Commerce
9:40am – 10:40am General Session
(Edison Ballroom D-G)
Quiet Success in Community Broadband

"Lesser-known" municipal broadband networks share the results of their long-term investments to improve internet access for local businesses and residents.

Moderator:
  Christopher Mitchell Director, Community Broadband Networks, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Presenters:
  Jason Grey Director of Utilities, City of Danville, VA
  Robert Bridgham Executive Director, Eastern Shore of Virginia Broadband Authority
  Richard J. Sherwin CEO, Spot On Networks, LLC
   Mel Poole Director, OCALA Fiber Network
10:40 pm – 11:55 am Exhibits Open / Networking Break
(Edison Ballroom Foyer)
12:05pm – 1:10pm Lunch Activities / Keynote Address
(Edison Ballroom D-G)
Broadband Policy for America’s Future: A Vision for the 2020s

How public policy focused on competition, deployment, adoption, and community anchor institutions can deliver High-Performance Broadband to all Americans in the next decade.

Introduction by:
  Adrianne B. Furniss Executive Director, Benton Foundation

Keynoter:
  Jon Sallet Senior Fellow, Benton Foundation
  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRACK 1
(Edison Ballroom D-G)
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRACK 2
(Edison Ballroom A-C)
1:20pm – 2:10pm Funding Broadband Projects 1: Finding Federal Funds

From USDA to the FCC and more. PLUS: How to wade through the paperwork.

Moderator:
  Mark DeFalco Manager – Broadband, Appalachian Regional Commission

Presenter:
  Kenneth Kuchno Broadband Division, RUS, USDA
  Laura Spining Director, Broadband Infrastructure, NTIA
  Kirk Burgee Wireline Competition Bureau Chief of Staff, FCC
They've Bridged the Divide

Moderator:
  Laura BreedenChairman of the Board, National Digital Inclusion Alliance

Presenters:
  Leo Delgado – Founder & President, Converged Services; Member of NAHMA (National Affordable Housing Management Association)
  Tom Kamber Executive Director, Older Adults Technology Services (OATS)
  Kami Griffiths Executive Director & Co-Founder, Community Tech Network
  Kris Cook CAE – Executive Director, NAHMA
2:20pm – 3:10pm Funding Broadband Projects 2: Alternative Sources

Opportunity Zone financing, crowdfunding sources for civic projects, municipal bonds and more.

Moderator:
  Angie Kronenberg Chief Advocate and General Counsel, INCOMPAS

Presenters:
  Deborah SimpierCo-Founder, Althea
  Jase WilsonCEO, Neighborly
  Lisa YoungersPresident & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association
  Darnell SuttonPresident & CEO, Hollywall Development Company
Game Changing Technologies That Get High-Speed Broadband to You Faster and Cheaper

Microtrenching, DIY-ready non-burial fiber, multiplexers that enable retrofitting of MDUs to deliver gigs to all residents at a fraction of the cost! Come hear experts in these truly game changing techniques - and save yourself a bundle on your high-speed broadband deployment.

Moderator:
  Dan Urban Vice President,Corbel Communications Industries, LLC

Presenters:
  Dr. Haruo Okamura President, Global Plan, Inc., FibNet
  Pierre Trudeau President & CTO, Positron Access Solutions
  Daniel Turner Founder & CEO, Traxyl
3:10pm – 3:40pm Networking Break – Exhibit Area
(Edison Ballroom Foyer)
3:40pm – 4:40pm Funding Broadband Projects 3: Public Private Partnerships

A P3 primer: What’s new, what works.

Moderator:
  Joanne Hovis President, CTC Technology & Energy

Presenters:
   Shirley Bloomfield CEO, NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association
   David Hoover Principal, The Ferguson Group (TFG)

CAF II Auction Results—What's Working, What's Not.... And Will the Winners Bridge the Digital Divide?

Rural broadband experts and CAF Auction 903 award winners discuss the lessons learned – and what they mean for the upcoming Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction

Moderator:
  Carol Mattey Principal Mattey Consulting LLC; Former Deputy Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC

Presenters:
  Ted Osborn Senior Vice President, Strategy and Regulatory Affiars, Nextlink Internet
  Matt Larsen CEO, Vistabeam
  Doug JarrettPartner, Keller and Heckman
4:50pm – 5:40pm Solving the Broadband Gap: Start with Accurate Map Data!
(Edison Ballroom D-G)

Despite over $22B spent in the last five years, the broadband gap does not appear to be narrowing significantly. One of the reasons is the lack of accurate and reliable data about the actual deployment of broadband resources. Given the importance of this information in targeting funds to under- and unserved areas, it is imperative that the current system of mapping data collection be radically overhauled. Several proposals exist for this effort, including a NTIA project, an effort lead by US Telecom and some partners as well as recommendations from Microsoft. On this panel, you will hear from participants on all sides of this critical effort – and what a finished data set should include to be accurate.


Moderator:
  Heather Burnett Gold CEO, HBG Strategies, LLC

Presenters:
  Lynn Follansbee Vice President, Law & Policy, USTelecom – The Broadband Association
  Paula Boyd Senior Director, Government & Regulatory Affairs, MicroSoft
  Jean Plymale Broadband Project Manager, Center for Innovative Technology
  Tim Moyer Program Manager, US Department of Commerce, NTIA
5:40pm – 7:45pm Cocktail Reception
(Edison Ballroom Foyer)
Co-Sponsored by Walker & Associates

Thursday, October 31

7:00am – 5:00pm Registration Open
(Edison Ballroom Foyer)
7:30am – 9:00am Continental Breakfast
(Edison Ballroom Foyer)
Sponsored by ETI Software
  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRACK 1
(Edison Ballroom D-G)
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRACK 2
(Edison Ballroom A-C)
8:00am – 8:50am

Policies to Power Co-ops' Rural Broadband Deployment

Electric cooperatives are increasingly players in bridging the digital divide in rural America. At least 100 cooperatives are deploying retail broadband to unserved or underserved communities and about 200 more are exploring the feasibility of deploying. This session will highlight the policies that have contributed to the growth of their entry into the broadband market and what additional policies would incent and accelerate further investment in broadband.

Moderator:
  Bryan O'Hara Senior Director Regulatory Issues, Broadband & Telecommunications, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)

Presenters:
  Ron Holcomb President & CEO, Tipmont REMC
  Craig Eccher President & CEO, Tri-County REC
The Future of Work: Find Out What Works

Broadband infrastructure can lay the foundation for healthy community ecosystems. But what strategies are necessary to build on top of that foundation to encourage a positive future of work? What successful models allow communities to continually adapt? In this rapid-fire session, we will review a variety of case studies of effective approaches to help communities continually adapt in exponentially-changing times.

Moderator/Speaker:
  Gary Bolles Co-Founder, eParachute; Partner, Charrette LLC

Presenters:
  Cat Blake Policy and Program Manager, Next Century Cities
  Gene Scott General Manager, OSP, Greenlight Community Broadband, Wilson, NC
9:00am – 10:00am Determining What Technology/Technologies Will Work Best for Your Community

Fiber, wireless, satellite, white space… let’s hear the people who are working to get us connected weigh the pros and cons of the technologies that are out there.

Moderator:
  Scott Zimmer Co-Founder, President & CEO, Air Advantage

Presenters:
  Vickie S. Robinson Director, Airband Initiative, Microsoft
  Virginia Lam Abrams Senior Vice President, Communications & Government Relations, Starry
  Gerry Lawlor Vice President, T-Mobile ISP
  David Goldman Director of Satellite Policy, SpaceX
Broadband and Telehealth: Fulfilling the Promise of Transforming U.S. Health Care 

Co-Moderators:
   Craig SettlesPresident, CJ Speaks
  Dr. Robert Wack Board of Directors, The Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (MAGIC)

Presenter:
  Dr. Thomas KlobucarExecutive Director, Office of Rural Health (ORH), Veterans Health Administration
10:10am – 11:00am 5G: Hype or Hope?
(Edison Ballroom D-G)

Are we having the right conversation? Come get in on the debate!

Moderator:
  Doug Dawson President, CCG Consulting

Presenters:
  Sean Stokes Principal, BallerStokes & Lide, PC
  Joy Ditto President & CEO, Utilities Technology Council (UTC)
  Jonathan AdelsteinPresident & CEO, The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA)
11:00am – 12:10pm Exhibit Hall Open / Networking Break
(Edison Ballroom Foyer)
12:20pm – 1:20pm Lunch Activities / Keynote Address
(Edison Ballroom D-G)

Keynoter:
  Geoffrey Starks Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
1:30pm – 3:00pm A Conversation about Local Internet Choice in the 2020s
(Edison Ballroom A-C)

Join us for this singular conversation about the future of the broadband internet with Vint Cerf, an Internet Pioneer and currently VP and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google and Jon Sallet, former FCC general counsel and author of the Benton Foundation’s publication, A Vision for the 2020s: Access to Broadband in the Next Decade. Vint and Jon will discuss why local internet and broadband authority are important to the expansion and vitality of the broadband internet throughout the United States. Through this extensive conversation among Vint, Jon, and the audience, we will explore the optimal policies and best practices for local decision-making in broadband and how these might inform policymaking for the coming decade at both the federal and state levels.

Introductions:
  Jim Baller President, CLIC

Moderator:
  Joanne Hovis Chief Executive Officer, CLIC

Speakers:
  Jon Sallet Senior Fellow, Benton Foundation
  Vinton Cerf Vice President & Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
3:00pm – 4:00pm Hands-On Financial Modeling for Broadband Networks
(Edison Ballroom A-C)

Can your community or local carrier afford FTTH? It's become surprisingly affordable, plus last year brought $2.35 billion in new federal funding for loans and grants. This workshop is a near-zero-cost way to see if you're close enough to making a business case to hire a consultant. We'll show you how to do the basic calculations, using our free, robust, easily modified financial models, providing a general overview of all four investor models and two monthly cash flow models. All participants receive free copies of the easy-to-customize models, calculation details, manuals, and use cases, all on a convenient, free thumb drive.

Presenter:
  Steve Ross Editor-at-Large, Broadband Communities Magazine
2:00pm – 5:00pm Exhibitor Move Out
(Edison Ballroom Foyer)

 

October 30 – 31, 2019

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