About Broadband Communities Summit

The Broadband Communities Summit is the leading event for community leaders, multifamily property owners and network builders and deployers interested in the building, managing, marketing and monetizing of high-speed broadband technologies and services. It is focused on the successful delivery of high-speed broadband networks to communities – from multifamily properties to ultra-connected master-planned developments to the city or town where you live. The Summit's extraordinary program offers cutting-edge presentations by outstanding speakers with a finger on the pulse of what's new and what's coming, what works and what doesn't. From the first day of the Summit to the last, our goal is to send you home with information you can put to immediate use.

 

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  • Unique opportunity to network with community leaders, multifamily property owners and network builders and deployers.
  • Extensive 3-day multitrack agenda packed with insights from the leading players in the market.
  • Expanded program addressing the booming Multifamily Housing segment.
  • Insight into evolving business models – identify your next opportunity and keep ahead of your competition.
  • Special track dedicated to Rural Broadband with special emphasis on funding sources.
  • Economic Development Track featuring case studies, expert advice and strategies for using your broadband to create jobs and attract and keep businesses.
  • Build your Action Plan for Local Internet Choice at the CLIC Summit.
  • Extensive coverage and sharing of what's worked -- and what hasn't -- for your broadband peers during the COVID crisis.


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Why Attend the Summit?

Networking Opportunities Are Second to None!

The Broadband Communities Summit is the nation's premier meeting place for network builders and deployers.

With a mission to deliver the information and contacts you need to take control of your community's broadband future, we offer cutting-edge presentations focused on the successful delivery of high-speed broadband to multifamily properties and ultra-connected communities.

Our outstanding speakers offer a wealth of take-home information on funding, building, marketing, managing and monetizing broadband investments. The Summit's sessions concentrate on the leading issues affecting high-speed broadband in three areas: multifamily housing, economic growth and rural development. Industry leaders with their fingers on the pulse of what's new and what's coming help develop the programming. Summit speakers come to share their experiences and expertise, to answer your questions - and to network, connect with and learn from attendees like you.

 

Who Should Attend The Summit?

The 2020 Summit anticipates more than 1,000 attendees representing real estate owners, operators and developers; representatives of the telecommunications industry; cable system providers; architects and builders; federal, state and local officials and economic development professionals; telco and electric co-op officials; broadband champions and more.

Come Network With your Peers at the Speed of Light.

Agenda


Tuesday, September 22

10:00 am - 10:10 am CDT

Official Welcome and Introduction

Panelist:

Barbara DeGarmo, CEO
Broadband Communities

10:20 am - 11:10 am CDT

GENERAL SESSION

Hear, here! Our Experts Get Us Up to Speed on Broadband Matters

Moderator:

Jim Baller, President
Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

Panelists:

Nicol Turner-Lee, Fellow, Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation
Brookings Institution

Jon Sallet, Senior Fellow
Benton Institute for Broadband and Society

Dr. Christopher Ali, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies
University of Virginia

Lev Gonick, Chief Information Officer
Arizona State University

11:20 am - 12:15 pm CDT

GENERAL SESSION

Great Communities

Stunning examples of living the vida broadband in high-speed connected communities.

Moderator:

Stephen Mayo, President
Inteleconnect

Panelists:

Cullasaja

Sid Nurkin, Former President
Cullasaja HOA

Ryan Sherby, Business Development
BalsamWest

Ten Thousand by Crescent Heights

Terry Koosed, President
Bel Air Internet

Assembly Yards

Eric Pinckney, Project Executive, Commercial Real Estate
Integral

  CLIC Super Session On Partnerships: Broadband Partnerships and Federal and State Incentives: A Force Multiplier

11:20 am - 3:00 pm CDT

11:20am – 12:15pm CDT

Session 1: Models for Succesful Public-Private and Public-Public Partnerships

Broadband partnership is an idea whose time has come. All across the country, there are localities, states, and companies working together innovatively to solve broadband challenges in win-win ways. This includes public-private, public-public, and private-private partnerships of many kinds. In this session, we will explore a range of different models for partnerships, based on practical experience, and learn how to develop the partnership that best meets your community’s needs.

Moderator:

Jim Baller, President
CLIC

Panelists:

Dorothy Baunach, CEO
DigitalC, Cleveland Ohio

Michele Kohler, Business Development Manager/Network Investment
FACEBOOK, Seattle, WA

Scott Shapiro, Consultant to MetroNet
Former Innovations Officer, Lexington, KY

Brad Moline, President
Allo Communications

1:00pm – 2:00pm CDT

Session 2: Identifying and Selecting Your Partner

One of the critical elements of a partnership strategy is a process to identify and select the right partners. This session will answer such questions as: How should you go about this? What kinds of process can help to identify companies that will work with you to meet your goals? And what kinds of characteristics should you seek – or avoid?

Moderator:

Catharine Rice, Project Director
CLIC

Panelists:

Monica Webb, Head of Market Development & Strategic Partnerships
Ting Internet, Ontario, CN

Ben Moncrief, Sr. VP – Strategic Relations
C-Spire

David Finn, Director of Corporate Development
Google Fiber, Seattle, WA

Bryon Horn, Chief Information Officer, Information Services Department
City of Fresno, California

2:00pm – 3:00pm CDT

Session 3: Broadband P3s and Federal and State Incentives: A Force Multiplier

New sources of state and federal broadband funding also create new opportunities for public/private and other partnerships. For example, a community can collaborate with a private broadband ISP to apply for state and federal grant funds, enabling the community to share with the state and federal governments – and the private sector – the considerable cost of solving its broadband challenges. The current environment of new, robust broadband funding creates new opportunity for such collaboration in a range of communities. In this session, some of the architects of successful partnerships will share their strategies, lessons learned, and guidance for other communities.

Moderator:

Joanne Hovis, CEO
CLIC

Panelists:

Kenrick Gordon, Director, Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband
State of Maryland

Charlotte Bewersdorff, Vice President, Community Engagement
MERIT Network

Lisa Youngers, Executive Director, Fiber Broadband Association

Darrell Maynard, CEO
Eastern Telephone & Technologies

Digital Infrastructure Investment for the 2020s A Broadband Breakfast Mini-Conference at the Broadband Communities Summit

11:20 am - 4:30 pm CDT

11:20 am – 1:30 pm CDT

Welcome, Introduction and Framing Remarks: What is Digital Infrastructure Investment?

Presenter:

Drew Clark, Editor and Publisher
Broadband Breakfast

Topic 1: 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:

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

Panelists:

Roger Timmerman, CEO
UTOPIA Fiber

Monica Webb, Head of Market Development & Strategic Partnerships
Ting Internet

Industry Keynote Address: The Vision for Digital Infrastructure Investment

Presenter:

Greg Mesch, CEO
CityFibre

1:40 pm – 2:50 pm CDT

Topic 2: Infrastructure Investment Funds

Infrastructure financing is available for broadband. Will it dwindle or accelerate with the coronavirus pandemic? What is the experience on institutional investors?

Moderator:

Jase Wilson, Founder & Vice President of Growth
Ready.net

Panelists:

Ben Bawtree-Jobson, CEO
SiFi Networks

Matteo Andreoletti, Head of Infrastructure Equity, Europe and North America
Smart City Infrastructure Fund

Chris Perlitz, Managing Director
Municipal Capital Markets Group, Inc.

Sponsored Presentation / Interactive Interlude

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm CDT

Topic 3: Federal Funds and Opportunity Zones

The FCC is making $20.4 billion available for rural broadband. The U.S. Treasury’s Opportunity Zones help urban projects. Can these funds make a difference?

Moderator:

Drew Clark, Editor and Publisher
Broadband Breakfast

Panelists:

Blair Levin, Former Executive Director
National Broadband Plan

Graham Richard, Former Mayor
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Sponsored Presentation

Topic 4: Shared Infrastructure and Small Cell Deployments

Cellular towers were once proprietary, before carriers partnered with infrastructure owners. Will shared infrastructure also take over small cells and 5G?

Moderator:

Drew Clark, Editor and Publisher
Broadband Breakfast

Panelists:

Dean Bubley, Founder
Disruptive Analysis

Oliver Pilco, Wireless Infrastructure & Real Estate Investments
View Capital Advisors, LLC

Sponsored Presentation

Interactive Wrap-up and Conclusion

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

Break

1:00 pm - 2:35 pm CDT
The Multifamily Program is Presented in Partnership with the NMHC

GENERAL SESSION

Telecom Town Hall

Last fall’s NMHC OPTECH Town Hall was a great success, providing a fast-paced and interactive scan of the world of telecom. Continuing the conversation, NMHC is bringing the Town Hall to the Broadband Communities Summit. It will include an update on recent policy actions in Washington, DC, as well as the latest offerings from telecom providers, and will get you up to speed fast and prepare you for the rest of the Summit's MDU content. Hear from the people in the know on the hottest telecom topics, including how the pandemic has shifted resources plus the need for always-on connectivity. Come get the information you need to make your 2020 and 2021 telecom plans.

Facilitators:

Gail Corder, National Ancillary Services Manager
Fairfield Residential

Kevin Donnelly, Vice President, Government Affairs
NMHC

Regulatory Update From Washington

Moderator:

Kevin Donnelly, Vice President, Government Affairs
NMHC

Panelist:

Matt Ames, Attorney
Hubacher, Ames & Taylor

Telecom Provider Update #1 on COVID’s Impact, Innovation & Speed

A look at providers’ ways of grappling with COVID’s impact on multifamily owners and residents who have found their homes turned into round-the-clock offices, schools and entertainment hubs.

Moderator:

Linda Willey, Director of Ancillary Services
Camden

Panelists:

Melissa Morales, Vice President of Operations
Boingo Wireless

Matt Wootton, General Manager – ACC
AT&T

Katelyn Buckley, Director of MDU Sales
Verizon Enhanced Communities

Trends in 21st Century Telecom

A lightning-round preview of the many exciting new trends that will be covered more extensively at the Summit.

Moderator:

Steve Sadler, Director, Multifamily Development
RealPage, Inc.

Panelists:

Tom Stender, President
InfiniSys

Henry Pye, Vice President, Residential Technology Services
RealPage, Inc.

Ian Davis, Telecommunications Attorney, Founding Partner
Davis Craig, PLLC

Telecom Provider Update #2 on Future Proofing & COVID’s Impact

A look at the takeaways of COVID’s lessons when it comes to future proofing properties.

Moderator:

Cheryl Jordan, Sr. Director Telecommunications, Operations & Investment Services
AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

Panelists:

Vickie Rodgers, Vice President, MDU & New Build Strategy and Operations
Cox Communications

Dave Spence, Senior Director
XFINITY Communities

Sarah Jordan, Director Consumer Sales
CenturyLink

Chris Pitts, Director MDU Sales Operations
Spectrum Community Solutions

A Look Ahead to OPTECH

Panelists:

Racquel Madlala, Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing
NMHC

Telecom Provider Update #3 on Disruption in Telecom & COVID’s Role

Even in the pre-COVID world, the “disruptive” providers – smaller, independent and wireless providers – were increasingly key to helping families, especially in rural and low-income communities, gain access to the internet. Here’s a look at how disrupters have responded to the added challenge of the pandemic.

Moderator:

Julianne Goodfellow, Senior Director, Government Affairs
NMHC

Panelists:

Virginia Lam Abrams, Sr. Vice President, External Affairs and Strategic Advancement
Starry

Erik Spring, Senior Director, Multifamily
WaveG

Dan Terheggen, CEO
Consolidated Smart Systems

Closing:

Gail Corder, National Ancillary Services Manager
Fairfield Residential

2:40 pm - 3:30 pm CDT

GENERAL SESSION

The Pandemic Tech and Telecom Accelerator

The pandemic of 2020 has been called the coronavirus technology accelerator for its role in speeding up the deployment of existing technology trends like videoconferencing among remote workers. But it also accelerated a number of existing tech and telecom trends at apartment communities, like the move toward self-service apartments. While many changes were specifically for crisis management and will likely fade when we reach the “new normal,” some have shown real value and will likely remain in a post-pandemic world. Pre-pandemic advances in smart home automation, virtual tours and mobile technologies all hold promise to help the industry during the pandemic and beyond. Speakers from NMHC will assess the phases of the pandemic crisis and how technology and telecom may lead to permanent changes in the way we build and manage apartment communities.

Panelists:

Rick Haughey, Vice President, Industry Technology Initiatives
NMHC

Sarah Yaussi, Vice President, Business Strategy
NMHC

3:40 pm - 4:30 pm CDT

GENERAL SESSION

Road Map to Creating a Gigabit City

City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., has laid the foundation for residents and businesses to truly benefit from living in a gigabit city. With an investment of $120 million, 113,000 households will be connected to high-speed broadband services through the selection and lease of excess fiber to qualified internet service providers. Project leaders whose forward-thinking collaboration across planning, design, engineering and construction significantly raised the potential of success will be on hand to give specifics and to answer questions so you can follow their path to your own gigabit community.

Moderator:

Heather Burnett Gold, CEO
HBG Strategies

Panelists:

Jeff Bertholdi, Director
SpringNet

Patrick Thibeault, CTO & Sr. Vice President
The Broadband Group

Sam Pratt, CEO
Render Networks

Matt Brungardt, Principal
BHC Rhodes

Paul Sulisz, CEO
Biarri Networks

Wednesday, September 23

10:00 am - 10:50 am CDT

MULTIFAMILY TRACK

The Multifamily Program is Presented in Partnership with the NMHC

Supporting Infrastructure

A discussion with some of the 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:

Tom Stender, President
InfiniSys

Panelists:

Michael Mancini, Director, Sales Engineering
XFINITY Communities

Jeff Johnson, Director of Consumer Sales
CenturyLink

Eric Small, Vice President
AT&T Fiber Build

Jeff McElhiney, Student Housing Technology Manager
Peak Campus Companies

10:00 am - 10:50 am CDT

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRACK

Regional and State Broadband Inititatives

Many states have taken action to speed deployment of broadband to unserved and underserved communities through programs that include financial incentives, legislative initiatives, partnerships with utilities, and other creative tools. This panel will include experts from the field reporting on the successes (and the challenges) of these state programs.

Moderator:

Elin Katz, Managing Director, Utilities & Associate General Counsel
Tilson Technology Management

State Panelists:

Anna Read, Officer, Broadband Research Initiative
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Ben Blink, Policy Advisor, Transportation & Technology Innovation
Office of Governor Doug Ducey, State of Arizona

Regional Panelists:

Jory Wolf, Vice President of Digital Innovation
Magellan Advisors

John Leary, Information Technology Manager
Westfield Gas + Electric

10:00 am - 10:50 am CDT

EDITOR'S CHOICE TRACK

Future View: The Next Wave of Fiber/5G Applications to Make Your Jaw Drop

While fiber networks prepare to handle more streaming, gaming, telehealth, and other exciting applications, developers and providers are working hard to unveil the next wave of future applications that will revolutionize just about every internet-enabled device, especially mobile. And who better to reveal what’s being developed than a senior solutions architect at Amazon Web Services? Get ahead of the curve at this fascinating, future-focused conversation.

Moderator:

Bob Knight, Executive Vice President & COO
Harrison Edwards

Panelist:

Jonathan Solomon, Sr. Partner Solutions Architect, Telecommunicators, Media & Entertainment
Amazon Web Services

11:00 am -11:50 am CDT

MULTIFAMILY TRACK

The Multifamily Program is Presented in Partnership with the NMHC

Smart Apartment/IoT

A discussion on implementing smart apartment and IoT solutions from the basics of self-managed solutions to more extensive third party managed solutions and covering a wide variety of Internet connected devices both in the unit and throughout the building.

Moderator:

Henry Pye, Vice President, Residential Technology Services
RealPage, Inc.

Panelists:

Mitch Karren, Chief Product Officer
SmartRent

Ryan Buchert, CTO
STRATIS IoT, Inc. & BuLogics, Inc.

11:00 am -11:50 am CDT

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRACK

Transforming Telehealth

The COVID-19 crisis has caused telehealth visits to skyrocket over the past 6 months. It is no longer enough for telehealth networks to connect hospitals and clinics – consumers need telehealth connections at home as well. This raises the question whether our nation's telehealth networks are capable of handling this extraordinary surge in demand. President Trump issued an Executive Order on August 3 directing the government to improve the physical telehealth networks to address rural Americans' health needs during this crisis. These panelists will discuss how they are using broadband networks to implement successful remote and interactive healthcare solutions and what measures the government should take to promote telemedicine in both urban and rural markets.

Moderator/Panelist:

John Windhausen, Executive Director, Schools, Health & Libraries
Broadband (SHLB) Coalition

Panelists:

Dr. Robert Wack, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, Medical Director, Continuum of Care, Frederick (MD) Health
City Council President, Westminster, MD

Matt McCullough, Associate Director
Utah Education & Telehealth Network

Roberta Levy Schwartz, Ph.D., FACHE, Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer
Houston Methodist Hospital

11:00 am -11:50 am CDT

RURAL BROADBAND TRACK

Connecting the Middle Mile & Last Mile

The interconnect between middle mile and last mile networks has become increasingly important in recent years, as last mile networks expand into rural America. Come review progress as the panel provide examples and optimal strategies for the middle mile – last mile interconnect.

Moderator:

Essam El-Beik, Consultant
Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology

Panelists:

Mark Wagner, CEO
ThinkBig Networks

Dennis Kyle, Sr. VP
Zayo

Greg Green, CEO
Fatbeam

12:00 pm - 12:50 pm CDT

Cornerstone Awards Luncheon

Sponsored by Verizon

Insights from a Tech Disruptor

Keynoter:

Ted Malucci, President
SmartONE Solutions

12:50 pm - 1:45 pm CDT

Break

1:45 pm - 2:35 pm CDT

MULTIFAMILY TRACK

The Multifamily Program is Presented in Partnership with the NMHC

Managed Wi-Fi

What exactly is managed Wi-Fi? How is it deployed in both a retail and bulk environment? How does it benefit both residents and owners? Have questions? Our experts reveal the answers.

Moderator:

Steve Sadler, Director, Multifamily Development
RealPage, Inc.

Panelists:

Matt Paschick, Principal
National WiFi

Sandy Jack, Director CRE/MDU
Ruckus/CommScope

Melissa Morales, VP of Operations
Boingo Wireless

Allen Cory White, CTO
WhiteSky

Richard Sherwin, CEO
Spot On Networks, LLC

1:45 pm - 2:35 pm CDT

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRACK

The Great Reset: Community-Based Ecosystems in the COVID-19 Era

We’ve known that work was changing - but none of us knew how quickly it could transform. In this era of “The Great Reset,” how can broadband-fueled community ecosystems help ensure that there will continue to be widespread access to meaningful, well-paid work? Has the workplace transformed forever? Can rural and urban communities become hubs for remote work? And how can entrepreneurship change the game? In this interactive session, three experts on the changing nature of work and communities will offer insights into programs that are working today to help ensure communities can continue to thrive.

Moderator:

Deb Socia, President & CEO
The Enterprise Center

Panelists:

Gary Bolles, Chair for the Future of Work
Singularity University

Matt Dunne, Founder and Executive Director
Center on Rural Innovation

1:45 pm - 2:35 pm CDT

RURAL BROADBAND TRACK

Better Broadband Mapping for Rural America

Much of the recent legislative focus on broadband mapping at the FCC and on Capitol Hill has been driven by concerns from constituents in rural areas who are considered "covered," when they are in fact living in a broadband desert. This session will consider recent controversies in broadband mapping, discuss the FCC’s Digital Opportunity Data Collection Report, and examine what particular communities are doing to map out broadband.

Moderator:

Drew Clark, Editor and Publisher
Broadband Breakfast

Panelists:

Jack Lynch, Director of State Engagements
Education SuperHighway

Glenn Fishbine, Chief Technology Officer
GEO Partners, LLC

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm CDT

MULTIFAMILY TRACK

The Multifamily Program is Presented in Partnership with the NMHC

MDU Legal Leaders

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

Moderator:

Linda Willey, Director of Ancillary Services
Camden

Panelists:

Sue Weiske, Vice President and Associate General Counsel
Charter Communications

Ian Davis, Telecommunications Attorney, Founding Partner
Davis Craig, PLLC

Art Hubacher, Managing Member
Hubacher Ames and Taylor, PLLC

Dan Glivar, Partner
Holland and Hart LLP

Jarius Treadway, Senior Attorney
CenturyLink

Gregory Remus, Attorney
Verizon Enhanced Communities

Lauren Brown, Assistant General Counsel
Comcast Cable

2:45 pm - 3:35 pm CDT

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRACK

More Muni Broadband Unfamiliar Success Stories

This panel features municipal fiber networks that arrived at the retail-service-model using different methods and assets. Some were incremental, some had other muni utilities, and they used different strategies with contracted help. We'll talk about what worked, what didn't, and why these networks have been important and valuable investments for their communities.

Moderator:

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

Panelists:

David Williams, Technology Services Director
Ponca City, OK

Carole Monroe, Chair of the Board, Community Outreach
ValleyNet, Inc.

Dwight W. Thomas, Jr., Director, Broadband & IT Services
City of Mont Belvieu-MB Link Broadband

Nathan Watkins, City Manager
City of Mont Belvieu

2:45 pm - 3:35 pm CDT

RURAL BROADBAND TRACK

Rural Success Stories

What kind of a difference does broadband make when deployed in rural America? This session will explore numerous "success stories," and will examine what these rural communities have been able to do with their improved broadband. Come learn from them what you can do to enhance broadband adoption in your community.

Moderator:

Bill Gerski, Senior Vice President, Business Development
Tri-Co Connections

Panelists:

Paul Breakman, Vice President, Cooperative Business Solutions, Business & Technology Strategies
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Joseph Franell, President
Blue Mountain Networks & Eastern Oregon Telecom

Thursday, September 24

10:00 am - 10:50 am CDT

MULTIFAMILY TRACK

The Multifamily Program is Presented in Partnership with the NMHC

How MDU Owners and Service Providers Can Work With Consultants

A growing proportion of business is conducted with a consultant or advisor representing the MDU. There are many new consulting groups in our market today, and they are attracting apartment owners and condos to have them manage their decision making. The question is, how can providers and MDU owners work effectively with consultants? How are they helping the industry? How can we win more share of this business? What are expectations, due diligence requirements, engineering needs, etc. to win these opportunities?

Moderator:

Bryan Rader, President
Upstream Network

Panelists:

Leo Delgado, President
Converged Services, Inc.

Ken Crawford, CEO
MDU Consulting Group, LLC.

Dick Price, CEO
Broadband Planning

Dean Wolfe, Vice President of Technology and Vendor Relations
Choice Property Resources, Inc.

10:00 am - 10:50 am CDT

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRACK

The 'Sausage Making' of Fiber Financing - How It Really Works

Consultants often say finding financing is the hardest step for any fiber project. Our panelists have made it through the financing process and are ready to share the stuff they went through in the “sausage making” process – including partnerships, property taxes and a mix of methods used to finance a coalition of multiple municipalities.

Moderator:

Doug Dawson, President
CCG Consulting

Panelists:

Chris Townson, CEO
DTC, Tennessee

Ben Fineman, President & Co-Founder
Michigan Broadband Cooperative

Leslie Nulty, CFO
Mansfield Community Fiber, Inc.

10:00 am - 10:50 am CDT

EDITOR'S CHOICE TRACK

Build Your Network as an Open and Automated Platform for Future Providers, Services and Revenue

Fast internet is just one of a multitude of services that can be delivered on your fiber infrastructure. By building your network from the start with the ability to virtually slice every fiber for specific services and for specific providers – while also being able to price those slices separately – it will be possible to deliver all the services of the future on one shared infrastructure. Yes, this introduces a whole new level of complexity. And, yes, automation is crucial. But it is already being done today, and we’ll show you how!

Moderator:

Isak Finer, Chief Marketing Officer
COS Systems

Panelists:

Mircea Ciocan, Business Development Manager
Nokia

Anthony Bednarczyk, Broadband Practice Leader
Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.

Chris Walker, Telecommunications Director
NoaNet

Jerrald Rector, Vice President
A2D

11:00 am - 11:50 am CDT

MULTIFAMILY TRACK

The Multifamily Program is Presented in Partnership with the NMHC

Bulk 101 for New Builds and Existing Community Conversions

An insight into bulk agreements: information on benefits and challenges, operational considerations such as billing, how to convert an existing community with choice, and marketing.

Moderator:

Linda Willey, Director of Ancillary Services
Camden

Panelists:

Josh Lunsford, Director of Strategy, Multi-Family & New Build
Cox Communities

Dave Spence, Senior Director
XFINITY Communities

Lynn Dodson, Vice President, Sales
Spectrum Community Solutions

11:00 am - 11:50 am CDT

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRACK

Who Will Connect America's Broadband?

In this session, attendees will hear about the unique role that electric utilities will play in connecting consumers to broadband, particularly in those areas where incumbents do not believe their investments would be justified. This includes both rural communities and municipalities who are striving to ensure that their citizens are afforded the same level of internet services as that available to their urban/suburban peers. We will review some of the challenges and some of the unique opportunities afforded by already possessing a wire to every premise.

Moderator:

Heather Gold, President & CEO
HBG Strategies

Panelists:

Matt Sayre, Managing Director
Onward Eugene

Hank Blackwood, Chief Technology Services Officer
Dalton Utilities

Phil Sharps, Manager, Technical Services
Clarksville Connected Utilities

Sheryl Riggs, CEO
Utilities Technology Council

11:00 am - 11:50 am CDT

EDITOR'S CHOICE TRACK

Workshop: Zero Touch Provisioning of True Open Access Networks

COS Systems has been automating service provisioning on fiber networks in Europe since 2008. In this workshop you will get to experience how this works and meet the engineers who made it possible. COS Systems is now introducing this functionality in North America in partnership with Nokia and you will also learn about their end-to-end electronics platform and architecture strategies for automated networks open to multiple service providers.

Panelists:

Isak Finer, Chief Marketing Officer
COS Systems

Scott Lemke, Solutions Architect
Nokia

Mircea Ciocan, Business Development Manager
Nokia

11:50 am - 12:30 pm CDT

Break

12:30 pm - 1:20 pm CDT

MULTIFAMILY TRACK

The Multifamily Program is Presented in Partnership with the NMHC

5G: What it Means to Us

5G is still such a great unknown. Come hear from high level presenters on what to expect and how to prepare.

Moderator:

Mike Smith, President
White Space Building Technology Advisors

Panelists:

Richard Sherwin, CEO
Spot On Networks, LLC

Eric Fichtner, COO
Symphony Technologies

Mike Weston, Executive Director
Verizon Enhanced Communities

Mike Bonewitz, Chief Technology Officer
GigaMonster

Lewis Roberts, Executive Director Product Strategy & Architecture
Cox Communications, Inc.

12:30 pm - 1:20 pm CDT

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRACK

Key Legal Issues Affecting Community Broadband Initiatives

Our community broadband legal experts will provide an update and overview of the key legal and regulatory issues affecting community broadband projects, including the latest developments at Congress, the FCC, and in the states, federal broadband program compliance matters, practical issues involving the network owner and service provider relationship, and access to rights-of-way and poles by broadband providers. The session will conclude with an interactive discussion, with attendees invited to ask additional questions and share information with fellow participants.

Panelists:

Sean Stokes, Principal
Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

Casey Lide, Principal
Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

Nancy Werner, General Counsel
National Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors

12:30 pm - 1:20 pm CDT

EDITOR'S CHOICE TRACK

Marketing and Community Outreach: 30 Ideas in 30 Minutes

Marketing matters and you'll get great advice from two of the savviest people in the broadband industry. They'll be dishing out practical, real-world suggestions for those starting and running fiber-broadband networks.

Moderator/Panelist:

Bob Knight, Executive Vice President & COO
Harrison Edwards

Panelist:

Kim McKinley, Chief Marketing Officer
Utopia Fiber

1:30 pm - 2:20 pm CDT

MULTIFAMILY TRACK

The Multifamily Program is Presented in Partnership with the NMHC

Sustainability, Building Management Systems

Interested in operation savings your owners will really care about? Then get interested in – and informed about – building management systems. When it comes to managing a property for efficiency, comfort and longevity, a BMS works for multifamily as well as commercial buildings. Come find out more about these systems – and if one will work for you.

Moderator:

Mary Nitschke, Vice President of Sustainability
RealPage

Panelists:

Abhay Ambati, Senior VP of Technology Services
Logical Buildings

James Walton, Vice President of Technology
ENTOUCH

1:30 pm - 2:20 pm CDT

RURAL BROADBAND TRACK

Apps for Rural America: Putting Better Broadband to Better Uses

Broadband matters not because of the "feeds and speeds," but because of the uses to which it is put. These include telehealth, education, senior connected living and telecommuting. What do these apps mean for rural America? Do they work? Are there legislative, policy or business insurance hurdles to overcome as they are used more and more in rural areas? These are just a few of the questions, come hear the answers.

Moderator:

Drew Clark, Editor and Publisher
Broadband Breakfast

Panelists:

Eric Ogle, General Manager
Trilight

Virgil Turner, Regional Broadband Project Director, Region 10 League for Economic Assistance & Planning, Inc.
City of Montrose, CO

Greg Laudeman, Ed.D., Executive Officer and Founder, Eduity, LLC; Senior Consultant, Magellan Advisors, LLC

1:30 pm - 2:20 pm CDT

EDITOR'S CHOICE TRACK

FTTP vs. Fixed Wireless vs. Hybrid Fiber/Fixed Wireless

Sponsored by FINLEY Engineering

There's more than one way to get connected, and if you're looking for advice on what's the best way for your community, this is the place. Straight from the front lines of getting us connected, our panelists weigh the pros of the technologies they champion and note the cons of the rest – all moderated by a researcher who's been conducting consumer broadband surveys for years and can share what users say.

Moderator:

Michael Render, Founder
RVA LLC

Panelists:

Nathan Stooke, CEO, Wisper Internet; Chairmen of the Board
WISPA

Michael McGannon, Vice President, Wireless Engineering
Engineering Associates, LLC

Carroll Faulkner, President and CEO
Digital Fields

Brett Glass, Owner and Founder
LARIAT.net

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Frequently Asked Questions

The 2020 Broadband Communities Virtual Summit is an exclusively online event being hosted by Broadband Communities Magazine on the vFair platform. Our 1,000+ attendees will enjoy an interactive conference featuring top industry speakers from across the United States and Canada as well as a virtual exhibit hall where 40+ exhibitors and sponsors will display their products and services. Attendees will find a multitude of networking opportunities including group and one-on-one text, voice and chat options. It's a must-attend event for relationship building with broadband industry leaders without the constraints of travel due to global restrictions.
  • Real Estate Owners
  • Network Operators and Developers
  • Representatives of the Telecommunications Industry
  • Cable System Providers
  • Architects and Builders
  • Federal, State and Local Officials and Economic Development Professionals
  • Telco and Electric Co-op Officials
  • Broadband Champions and more
Yes, you’ll need to register for this online event. Follow the link at the top of the page and submit your information. Then you’ll receive an email confirming your registration for the event. If you have previously registered for the live Summit, your registration will be automatically assigned to the virtual event. In that case, you will not have to re-register for the virtual event.
Exhibitors will receive an information packet about a month before the event with detailed instructions outlining the steps for successfully setting up their virtual booth. Videos, recorded presentations, infographics, data, price lists and certifications that visitors to exhibitors' virtual space can view and download are just some of the ways to optimize the platform's interactive features. Exhibitors can also chat with potential clients, run promotions, competitions and more. And it can all be linked back to your home base.
Yes! And better than coming home with a bunch of business cards, when a visitor to your virtual space shows an interest in your business, you will receive their details digitally for easy follow-up after the live event closes. This data will come from us and will be bespoke per exhibitor.
To get the most from your experience during the three-day live event, we recommend you have at least one active member of your team online from 10am - 4pm CDT to monitor the live chat facility and connectivity to your social media. For the two months following the event, attendees can purchase products, watch videos, listen to presentations, download catalogues, brochures, COAs and technical specifications as well as read reviews and request further information plus much more.
Yes — on live days you will be able to see questions from visitors and respond to them in real time. You may engage in conversations via telephone, messaging, or video conferencing.
The on-demand content will be hosted for 2 months following the event. Audiences can listen to the sessions and exhibitors will get added exposure beyond the 3-day main event.
Please send your enquiry to Irene Prescott, irene@bbcmag.com, or by calling 505-867-3299.
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Yes. Like any physical event, we will have a Digital Briefcase for you! You can add all the documents available to the digital briefcase in your account and email them to yourself.
This is an online event, and you can participate from anywhere you have internet access. No traveling involved. All you need is a desktop, mobile or tablet device and an internet connection.
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