A BROADBAND COMMUNITIES SUMMIT 2024
CONFERENCE AGENDA

All times are listed in CST

 

Texas, 6 - 8 May 2024

Schedule

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May 612:30 PM
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Registration Desk

Registration Desk

12:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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Town Center Prefunction (1st Floor)
May 61:00 PM
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Exhibitor Move-In

Exhibit Hall

1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Exhibitor Move-In

Town Center (1st Floor)
May 62:00 PM
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American Association for Public Broadband (AAPB)

Workshop

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

American Association for Public Broadband (AAPB) Workshop

The American Association of Public Broadband is hosting pre-conference sessions bringing together experienced leaders from around the county on starting and building public networks. These three sessions will help anyone thinking about or moving towards building a community-owned network better understand what is needed and how to get going.

Session 1 - How to build a public network.This session will bring perspectives from building community support, partnering with ISPs, design, construction, operations, maintenance, and financing - all the critical elements to get started.

Session 2 -Public Network Models.There are several models for building a public network. This session will bring together practitioners from startups to successful models including open access, publicly-owned utilities, and districts formed just to bring broadband to multiple communities.

Session 3 - Getting started over the hurdles.Let’s be honest. It's not all sweetness and light. Every public system hits hurdles, some bigger than others. This session will highlight challenging roadblocks and how public entities work to overcome and avoid them.

Gigi Sohn, Executive Director, American Association for Public Broadband
Waterway Ballroom 6-8 (2nd Floor)
May 62:00 PM
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Managed Wi-Fi 101/ Multifamily Pre-Conference Workshop

Workshop

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Are you new to the idea of Managed WiFi and just need to learn more? Join experts in the field who will cover some general ideas and basics for beginners. In this workshop, you will understand the definition of Managed WiFi, and find out what types of Managed WiFi are available. You can explore why you would want to buy bulk, how to select a provider, financial considerations, and the importance of having legal representation during the contract process.

Moderator: Bryan Rader, President, MDU, Pavlov Media
Kirk Taylor, Attorney, Hubacher Ames & Taylor Pllc
Duncan Cannon, Director, Building Automation, Cortland
Jeff McElhiney, Multifamily Technology, Infinisys
Waterway Ballroom 1-3 (2nd Floor)
May 64:00 PM
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Strategies for Financing Community Broadband Networks Workshop

Workshop
    00 pm - 6:00 pm

  • How can local government improve their access to the municipal broadband market?

  • Strategies for choosing a financing model which suits your community’s needs.

  • What funding options are available and who can use them?

  • What role can public-private partnerships play in expanding internet access in underserved areas?

  • How can federal and state funding be used in conjunction with other types of funding?

    4:00 pm - Chair’s intro -Jim Baller, Keller & Heckman LLP

    4:05 pm - Presentation: An introduction to municipal bonds

    4.15 pm - Panel: Bond finance

  • How can bond financing help communities to access the municipal broadband market?

  • Who can utilize this model – local government, not for profits, for profit companies, etc?

  • Navigating stakeholder management

  • Lessons learned from success stories: what are the pitfalls to watch out for and how can these be overcome?

    Speaker:

    Aadil Ginwala, Senior Policy Advisor, University of Pittsburgh

    5:00 pm - Panel: Private investments

  • What are the costs and benefits of private investment in the fiber sector?

  • Choosing the right partner: what are private entities looking for in potential partners?

  • When and how can federal and state dollars be used in parallel with private funding?

  • Lessons learned from success stories, including from outside the US: what are the pitfalls to watch out for and have can these be overcome?

Moderator: Jim Baller, Partner, Keller and Heckman Llp
Aadil Ginwala, Senior Policy Advisor, University of Pittsburgh
Waterway Ballroom 6-8 (2nd Floor)
May 66:00 PM
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Welcome reception

Cocktail Party

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Welcome reception sponsored by Spectrum

Waterway Ballroom Prefunction (2nd Floor)

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May 77:30 AM
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Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hall

7:30 am -8:00 pm

Visit leading solutions-providers, suppliers and partners on our exhibition floor and network with your fellow attendees.

Town Center (1st Floor)
May 78:00 AM
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Registration Desk

Registration Desk

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Town Center Prefunction (1st Floor)
May 78:55 AM
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Chair's opening remarks

Keynotes

8:55 am - 9:00 am

Welcome to Broadband Communities Summit 2024

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Waterway Ballroom 4-5 (2nd Floor)
May 79:00 AM
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Keynote address: Welcome and state of the industry

Keynotes

9:00 am - 9:20 am

Keynote Address

Gigi Sohn, Executive Director, American Association for Public Broadband
Waterway Ballroom 4-5 (2nd Floor)
May 79:20 AM
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NMHC State of the Industry

Keynotes

9:20 am - 9:30 am

National Multifamily Housing Council -The multifamily program is presented in partnership with the NMHC​

Waterway Ballroom 4-5 (2nd Floor)
May 79:35 AM
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Community Broadband: Updates from Federal Government

Keynotes

9:35 am - 10:15 am

  • Hear the latest from government officials from the NTIA, the Treasury, the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service, and the FCC
  • Updates on broadband funding programs, mapping, and other key policy areas
  • How are federal government bodies coordinating their efforts to deliver better connectivity for US communities?

Waterway Ballroom 4-5 (2nd Floor)
May 710:20 AM
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Community broadband: an update from the service providers

Keynotes

10:20 am - 11:00 am

  • Hear from the service providers at the forefront of community broadband development
  • Service provider perspective on the current investment, funding, and regulatory context

Waterway Ballroom 4-5 (2nd Floor)
May 711:00 AM
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Networking break

Networking Break

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Visit leading solutions providers, suppliers, and partners on our exhibition floor and network with your fellow attendees.

Town Center (1st Floor)
May 711:30 AM
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NMHC Town Hall

Multifamily Theme

11:30 am - 1:00 pm / MULTIFAMILY THEME DAY 1 SPONSORED BY AT&T

Join us for the National Multifamily Housing Council’s (NMHC) Connectivity Town Hall and see the impact of tech, connectivity, and innovation coming together in the multifamily housing industry. 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 and are proud to partner together to present the Multifamily track of the Broadband Communities Summit. You’ll receive a regulatory update from Washington, see highlights of the top tech and telecom trends and needs driving innovation in the multifamily industry today, and hear what’s in store at OPTECH. NMHC has again partnered with Broadband Communities in 2022 to present the Multifamily Track. The content is designed to have NMHC’s OPTECH and the Broadband Communities Summit build off one another, focused on the distinct needs of attendees.

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Innovative Approaches to Bridging the Digital Divide

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm Presentation: State of Multifamily Connectivity

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm FCC / Washington Update

12:40 pm - 1:00 pm Multifamily Market Update

Moderator: Valerie M Sargent, MDU Correspondent, Broadband Communities
Waterway Ballroom 1-3 (2nd Floor)
May 711:30 AM
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NMHC Town Hall: Innovative Approaches to Bridging the Digital Divide

Multifamily Theme

11:30 am - 12:00 pm / MULTIFAMILY THEME DAY 1 SPONSORED AT&T

The multifamily program is presented in partnership with the NMHC

NMHC Town Hall - "Innovative Approaches to Bridging the Digital Divide: Multi-Dwelling Unit Connectivity Strategies using BEAD and other Federal Funding"

The demand for robust connectivity in multifamily properties is more critical than ever. This panel aims to explore creative strategies employed by various states in utilizing Broadband Equity and Access Development (BEAD) funds and other federal resources to address the unique challenges and opportunities associated with MDU connectivity. Our distinguished panelists will represent diverse perspectives, sharing insights of state broadband leaders from Massachusetts, New York, Michigan, and California and their efforts to ensure households in affordable MDUs have access to reliable, high-speed internet.

Waterway Ballroom 1-3 (2nd Floor)
May 711:30 AM
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Success Stories

Strategy Theme
success stories

11:30 am - 11:50 am

Lessons Learned on Advancing Digital Inclusion

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas provided technical assistance and leadership capacity building to four communities through its Advancing Digital Inclusion initiative. This session will showcase best practices from the communities’ work and will also highlight remaining gaps and barriers to addressing the digital divide.

Waterway Ballroom 6-8 (2nd Floor)
May 711:30 AM
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Success Stories

Communities Theme
success stories

11:30 am - 11:50 am

Disrupting the Digital Divide

Join us to explore how DigitalC is using disruption to eradicate the digital divide - for good - in Cleveland and beyond. As a nonprofit social enterprise, DigitalC is deploying a state-of-the-art hybrid network that not only challenges but revolutionizes the conventional approaches to digital inclusivity. Through their $18/month, 100 Mbps symmetrical service - accompanied by their provocative rebrand - they are setting a new standard for what community-based networks can achieve by being a disruptive force in the urban digital divide. The session will provide insights into how creative community-centric approaches can be scaled and replicated, offering lessons and inspiration for other communities.

Waterway Ballroom 6-8 (2nd Floor)
May 711:30 AM
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Success Stories

Technology & Operations Theme
success stories

11:30 am - 11:50 am

Aaron Hildreth, Founding Member, Intellipop LLC
Montgomery Ballroom A-C (2nd Floor)
May 711:55 AM
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Digital equity

Communities Theme

11:55 am - 12:35 pm

Digital equity

  • Strategies for getting all consumers connected to broadband
  • Addressing key challenges including affordability, training, and adoption
Moderator: Kathryn De Wit, Project Director, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Alisa Valentin, Broadband Policy Director, Public Knowledge
Waterway Ballroom 6-8 (2nd Floor)
May 711:55 AM
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Technology update: the innovations revolutionizing network deployment

Technology & Operations Theme

11:55 am - 12:35 pm

  • Which technologies are changing the game for network deployments?
  • New kids on the block: who is driving real innovation in broadband technology?
  • Leveraging new technologies to make network rollout more efficient and cost-effective
Moderator: Solomon Israel, Managing Director, Dillon Morgan Consulting
Rob Johnson, CTO, NOVOS FiBER
Bo Gresham, VP of Strategy, Dycom Industries Inc
Zachary Ebner, Sr. Manager-Product Management, Quantum Fiber
Prabhu Maragathavannan, Vice President, Smart Building, Ubiquity
Montgomery Ballroom A-C (2nd Floor)
May 712:00 PM
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NMHC Town Hall: Presentation: State of Multifamily Connectivity

Multifamily Theme

12:00 pm -12:15 pm/MULTIFAMILY THEME DAY 1 SPONSORED BY AT&T

NMHC Town Hall: Presentation Stat of Multifamily Connectivity

The multifamily program is presented in partnership with the NMHC

Waterway Ballroom 1-3 (2nd Floor)
May 712:15 PM
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NMHC Town Hall: FCC/ Washington Update

Multifamily Theme

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm /MULTIFAMILY THEME DAY 1 SPONSORED BY AT&T

The multifamily program is presented in partnership with the NMHC

Matt Ames, Partner, Hubacher Ames & Taylor
Waterway Ballroom 1-3 (2nd Floor)
May 712:20 PM
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BEAD: where are we and what comes next?

Strategy Theme

12:20 pm - 1:00 pm

  • Progress update on BEAD
  • As we move into the implementation phase of BEAD, how are states progressing?
  • Early successes and key learnings
  • What are the current challenges of the process and how can these be overcome?
Waterway Ballroom 4-5 (2nd Floor)
May 712:40 PM
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NMHC Town Hall: Multifamily Market Update

Multifamily Theme

12:40 pm - 1:00 pm /MULTIFAMILY THEME DAY 1 SPONSORED BY AT&T

National Multifamily Housing Council -The multifamily program is presented in partnership with the NMHC​

Waterway Ballroom 1-3 (2nd Floor)
May 712:40 PM
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Ruckus/Commscope Presentation

Technology & Operations Theme

12:40 pm - 1:00 pm

Mark Goheen, Sales Director, RUCKUS/CommScope
Montgomery Ballroom A-C (2nd Floor)
May 71:00 PM
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Lunch & Networking

Networking Break

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch & networking break

Town Center (1st Floor)
May 72:00 PM
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Managed wi-fi: infrastructure & planning for new builds

Multifamily Theme

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm /MULTIFAMILY THEME DAY 1 SPONSORED BY AT&T

The multifamily program is presented in partnership with the NMHC

Are you considering bulk-managed Wi-Fi for your new development? This session explores the necessary planning for underground as well as interior pathways. How many conduits will you need in today’s tech environment, and how big should they be? What about redundancy pathways and circuits? CAT6 vs RG6 vs Fiber? Discover what needs to go right, and potential pitfalls if missed while planning for many different types of new construction in the Multifamily space.

Waterway Ballroom 1-3 (2nd Floor)
May 72:00 PM
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Understanding the investment context for broadband deployment in the US

Strategy Theme

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm

  • Looking outside of federal funding, who is investing in the US broadband sector?
  • Financing a project without BEAD - what are the other options? E.g. Private equity, debt financing, etc
  • An investor’s perspective on the outlook for the market
Chad Crank, Managing Director, Grain Management
Tom Coverick, Managing Director, Keybanc Capital Markets Inc.
James Henry, Sr. Managing Director, Bank Street Group
Waterway Ballroom 4-5 (2nd Floor)
May 72:00 PM
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How do you ensure the long-term sustainability of rural projects?

Communities Theme

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm

  • How do you ensure that rural connectivity projects are able to sustain themselves in the long term?
  • Engaging with the right stakeholders to make sure the project thrives for years to come
Moderator: Hilda Legg, Consultant, Legg Strategies
Charles Dennie, Principal Consultant, Broadband Solutions WV
Jim Baller, Partner, Keller and Heckman Llp
Waterway Ballroom 6-8 (2nd Floor)
May 72:00 PM
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Building and retaining the workforce

Technology & Operations Theme

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm

  • Strategies for addressing the critical shortage of skilled labor
  • Why should workforce development be a higher priority for senior industry leaders?
  • How can the industry collaborate to attract new talent?
  • What can we learn from other sectors when it comes to training, development, and retention of talent?
  • Opening up employment opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds
Montgomery Ballroom A-C (2nd Floor)
May 72:45 PM
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Xfinity Communities presents "The Connected Building"

Multifamily Theme

2:45 pm - 3:05 pm / Gold Sponsor Presentation by Xfinity Communities

The importance of having a building or property-wide network infrastructure continues to grow for not only the resident experience but also for the property itself. IOT solutions for both the property and residential needs are becoming the norm. Join us to learn more about dedicated networks, proactive monitoring, and this Connected Building solution that’s ideal for existing and new buildings.

Scott Carroll, Director, Multifamily Product & Devices, Comcast Cable Communications
Waterway Ballroom 1-3 (2nd Floor)
May 72:45 PM
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Success Stories

Communities Theme

2:45 pm - 3:05 pm

Shining a spotlight on community success stories from across the US/ City of Syracuse

Vincent Scipione, Smart City Manager, City of Syracuse
Waterway Ballroom 6-8 (2nd Floor)
May 72:45 PM
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Clearfield, Inc. presents: Home Passed – Making the Connection Every Time

Technology & Operations Theme

2:45 pm - 3:05 pmGold Sponsor Presentation by Clearfield, Inc.

Every deployment is different, but the one thing they all have in common is that nothing can happen without that final connection. Homes passed mean little if no fiber can reach the building or premises. Services cannot start until the fiber is terminated at the site and connected to the network. This sometimes takes a new approach to fiber management and delivery. In today’s deadline-driven, federally funded expansion plans, any approach that puts less burden on fiber technicians is better. During this session, Clearfield will discuss the scenarios where it has helped its customers overcome unique and common challenges as each looks to reach people and places that have never been connected before.

Montgomery B-C (2nd Floor)
May 73:05 PM
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Networking break

Networking Break

3:05 pm - 3:35 pm

Visit leading solutions providers, suppliers, and partners on our exhibition floor and network with your fellow attendees.

Town Center (1st Floor)
May 73:35 PM
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Managed Wi-Fi: Infrastructure & Planning for Retrofits

Multifamily Theme

3:35 pm - 4:15 pm / MULTIFAMILY THEME DAY 1 SPONSORED AT&T

The multifamily program is presented in partnership with the NMHC

One of the most challenging Managed Wi-Fi Multifamily installations can be in existing brownfield apartment communities, due to the unknowns of current infrastructure. Legal considerations for cost and contract implications weigh heavily, as well as infrastructure and ownership needs. Will you pull fiber? What disruption will the residents experience? Are there other options? What if you don’t have enough closets? From evaluation of current pathways and wiring to vetting providers, the panel will discuss what is needed for a successful retrofit. Discover what owners are looking for in creating technology-enabled hubs to raise the bar and improve the customer experience.

Moderator: Ryan Gibson, IT Portfolio Manager, BH Management
Bryan Rader, President, MDU, Pavlov Media
Waterway Ballroom 1-3 (2nd Floor)
May 73:35 PM
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Delivering innovative public-private partnerships that work for delivering community broadband

Strategy Theme

3:35 pm - 4:15 pm

How are different partnership models working in different states and municipalities?

Waterway Ballroom 4-5 (2nd Floor)
May 73:35 PM
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How to effectively deploy broadband with or without grant funding

Communities Theme

3:35 pm - 4:15 pm

  • With historic levels of broadband funding available many new entrants and small providers, including electric cooperatives, are launching broadband builds or expansions.
  • Short grant program applications windows and build out deadlines small ISPs and new entrants can experience issues not anticipated in an accelerated planning process.
  • How broadband industry experts overcame challenges and successfully deployed high-speed broadband to their rural communities within the constraints of funding programs or deployed even when they failed to receive grant funding.
Waterway Ballroom 6-8 (2nd Floor)
May 73:35 PM
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Now you’ve got the funding, how do you build your network in time?

Technology & Operations Theme

3:35 pm - 4:15 pm

  • Securing the funds is only the first step, how are you going to build your network within the time restrictions?
  • What are the barriers to network deployment – availability of labor, materials, etc? How do you overcome these challenges?
  • The importance ofgood stakeholder management
Montgomery Ballroom A-C (2nd Floor)
May 74:20 PM
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Managed wi-fi networks & security – cut the risk!

Multifamily Theme

4:20 pm - 5:00 pm / MULTIFAMILY THEME DAY 1 SPONSORED AT&T

The multifamily program is presented in partnership with the NMHC

Once infrastructure is built, you move into setting up networks and functionality. Risk Management needs for cybersecurity are paramount in planning for the building services network connection of today. Explore concerns with access control/CCTV, staff devices, and resident smart devices weighed alongside management's IT protocol. Resident data privacy it a top concern – what is your SOP for dealing with data breaches? What security protocol does your ISP provide in the contract and as ongoing customer service?

Waterway Ballroom 1-3 (2nd Floor)
May 74:20 PM
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Creating a regulatory framework for delivering connectivity for communities

Strategy Theme

4:20 pm - 5:00 pm

  • What are the hot topics being discussed at the FCC and in Congress? How do these policies impact the broadband sector?
  • Is the current regulatory framework fit for purpose?
  • What policy changes could be implemented to better support connectivity deployments for communities?
  • Are programs like BEAD and ACP going far enough to ensure underserved communities get connected?
Moderator: Jim Baller, Partner, Keller and Heckman Llp
Hayley Steffen, Legal Advisor, Federal Communications Commission
Gigi Sohn, Executive Director, American Association for Public Broadband
Brett Kilbourne, Sr. Vice Pres. of Policy, Utilities Technology Council
Waterway Ballroom 4-5 (2nd Floor)
May 74:20 PM
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Bridging the digital divide in cities

Communities Theme

4:20 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Thinking outside of the box to tackle the digital divide in urban settings
  • What are the root causes of digital inequity in urban communities?
  • Developing innovative solutions to overcome connectivity challenges for underserved areas
Moderator: Chris Field, Digital Equity Coordinator, University of Pittsburgh
Keith Quarles Jr., President and CFO, A2D Inc Ecommunity Holdings Llc
Scott Menhart, Chief Tech & Inf. Officer, Traverse City Light & Power
Jon Gant, Director, US Department Of Commerce NTIA
Sean Gonsalves, Associate Director, The Institute for Local Self Reliance
Waterway Ballroom 6-8 (2nd Floor)
May 74:20 PM
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Getting to grips with the next phase of BEAD

Technology & Operations Theme

4:20 pm - 5:00 pm

  • How can State Broadband Officesand other key stakeholdersmanage the next stages of BEAD?

  • What operational challenges are being faced and how can these be overcome?

  • Have the issues with mapping been resolved?

  • How can State Broadband Offices manage the grants and track the related data?

  • How do you verify thatthe networks are being built?

Moderator: Justin Fazzari, Senior Broadband Strategist, Sanborn Geospatial
Carl Guardino, VP of Government Affairs & Pol, Tarana Wireless
Montgomery Ballroom A-C (2nd Floor)
May 74:55 PM
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Networking break

Networking Break

4:55 pm - 5:00 pm

Visit leading solutions providers, suppliers, and partners on our exhibition floor and network with your fellow attendees.

Town Center (2nd Floor)
May 75:05 PM
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How Smart Are Your Amenities?

Multifamily Theme

5:05 pm - 5:45 pm

The multifamily program is presented in partnership with the NMHC ~ Sponsored by AT&T

The pandemic introduced the true need for smart technology to enable self-tours and access control. How are companies leveraging their Managed Wi-Fi networks with other smart devices in the apartments and amenity spaces? From smart thermostats to leak detection and parcel delivery, smart apartment software has to safely connect and provide the services residents are requesting. And more electric vehicles are coming – are you prepared? How are you meeting the growing needs of your residents and ensuring functionality with your prop tech?

Moderator: Andrea Taylor, SVP Product and Marketing, CSC Serviceworks
Mai Tran, Member, Davis Craig, PLLC
Joshua Delzell, Dir. of Ancillary Services, Venterra Realty
Waterway Ballroom 1-3 (2nd Floor)
May 75:05 PM
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What’s hot? A deep dive into current legal challenges

Strategy Theme

5:05 pm - 5:45 pm

Bring your questions about the most pressing legal challenges facing service providers, municipalities, and infrastructure builders

Casey Lide, Partner, Keller and Heckman Llp
Waterway Ballroom 4-5 (2nd Floor)
May 75:05 PM
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How schools/libraries are closing the homework gap with innovative wireless solutions

Communities Theme

5:05 pm - 5:45 pm

  • "To and Throught" opportunity - upgrading and extending networks to connect low-income households directly to the internet
Moderator: John WIndhausen, Executive Director, SHLB Coalition
Ty Beauchamp, Division Director of IT, Harris County Public Library
Waterway Ballroom 6-8 (2nd Floor)
May 75:05 PM
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Overcoming supply chain challenges

Technology & Operations Theme

5:05 pm - 5:45 pm

  • How have delays to BEAD funding impacted suppliers and manufacturers?
  • What role can partnerships play in mitigating supply chain challenges?
  • How are distributors and contractors collaborating to ensure customers don’t face delays?
  • How can we manage the supply chain to better serve customers?
Montgomery Ballroom A-C (2nd Floor)
May 76:00 PM
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Exhibit Hall Reception

Cocktail Party

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us in the Exhibit Hall for our evening drinks reception co-sponsored by Quantum Fiber, Finley, Future Infrastructure, and Mears Broadband.

Town Center (1st Floor)

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May 87:30 AM
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Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hall

7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Visit leading solutions-providers, suppliers and partners on our exhibition floor and network with your fellow attendees.

Town Center (1st Floor)
May 88:00 AM
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Registration Desk

Registration Desk

8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Stop by the registration desk and pick up your credentials.

Town Center Prefunction (1st Floor)
May 89:00 AM
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Chair's opening remarks

Keynotes

9:00 am - 9:05 am

Waterway Ballroom 4-5
May 89:00 AM
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Multifamily owner's roundtable

Multifamily Theme

9:00 am - 9:40 am

Closed forum for property owners, managers, and owner representatives only

Waterway Ballroom 1-3 (2nd Floor)
May 89:05 AM
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Community broadband: updates from the state broadband offices

Keynotes

9:05 am - 9:45 am

Brian Vair, Broadband Infrastructure, Texas Broadband Development Office
Andrew Butcher, President, Maine Connectivity Authority
Arielle Collins, Program Manager, LA Office of Broadband Development & Connectivity
Waterway Ballroom 4-5 (2nd Floor)
May 810:15 AM
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Great communities

Keynotes

10:15 am - 10:55 am

Take a deep dive into these impressive communities, chosen to highlight what’s possible with high-speed deployment and how fantastic it can be to live in a broadband-enhanced community. You will hear from both developers and service providers regarding the goals both parties came to the table with and how they achieved them, overcoming any obstacles in the process, thanks to technology.

Moderator: Valerie M Sargent, MDU Correspondent, Broadband Communities
Waterway Ballroom 4-5 (2nd Floor)
May 810:55 AM
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Networking break

Networking Break

10:55 am - 11:25 am

Visit leading solutions providers, suppliers, and partners on our exhibition floor and network with your fellow attendees.

Town Center (1st Floor)
May 811:25 AM
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Legal leaders

Multifamily Theme

11:15 am - 11:55 am / MULTIFAMILY DAY 2 SPONSORED BY DIRECTV

The multifamily program is presented in partnership with the NMHC

This legal session is FCC and Multifamily 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. From the latest at the FCC to new legislation and prop tech needs, what can we expect regarding impacts for broadband in the Multifamily industry? Don’t miss this spirited session with all the info you need!

Dan Glivar, Partner, Holland & Hart L.L.P
Sue Weiske, VP and Ass General Counsel, Spectrum Community solutions
Ian Davis, Founding Partner, Davis Craig, PLLC
Waterway Ballroom 1-3 (2nd Floor)
May 811:25 AM
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The different flavors of open access

Strategy Theme

11:25 pm - 12:05 pm

  • What does the term “open access” mean in today’s market?
  • How can the industry help municipalities understand which model best suits them?
  • Strategies for financing open access networks
  • What are the challenges of open access?
Waterway Ballroom 4-5 (2nd Floor)
May 811:25 AM
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Success Stories

Communities Theme
success stories

11:25 am - 11:45 am

The American Connection Corps: Closing the Digital Divide through National Service

Shining a spotlight on community success stories from across the US

Eric Kotin, Dir. of Strategic Initiatives, Lead For America / American Connection Corps
Waterway Ballroom 6-8 (2nd Floor)
May 811:25 AM
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Internet Exchange Point (IXP): Partnerships and Strategy

Technology & Operations Theme

11:25 am -12:05 pm

Tonya Witherspoon, Asst. Vice President, Wichita State University
Doug Maglothin, CEO, Diamond State Networks
Montgomery Ballroom A-C (2nd Floor)
May 811:45 AM
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Success Stories

Communities Theme
success stories

11:45 am - 12:05 pm

New Approaches to Creating Municipal Broadband Networks - Repurposing Traffic Signal Fiber, Street lights and Utility Systems… Generating millions in new revenue and creating value - for PENNIES on the dollar!

Shining a spotlight on community success stories from across the US.

Moderator: Ken Demlow, Group Manager-Planning Service, HRGreen, Inc.
Trevor Minyard, Strategic Services Manager, City Of Mckinney
Waterway Ballroom 6-8 (2nd Floor)
May 812:10 PM
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Managing Your Managed Wi-Fi

Multifamily Theme

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm MULTIFAMILY THEME DAY 2 SPONSORED BY DIRECTV

The multifamily program is presented in partnership with the NMHC

When your infrastructure is in place and networks are up and running, how do you best monitor the Managed Wi-Fi service? In this session, we will cover the importance of ISP portals or apps for the residents to communicate and monitor their usage and needs, such as devices online, submitting tickets, network/speed data, and network health visibility. Multifamily management needs their portal to be able to see the health of the network to view outages and oversee customer support needs with retrofits and new move-ins – what is your plan for accountability?

Kyle Leissner, President, WireStar Networks
Shahrukh Raheem, Head of Product, eero
Chris Spadone, SVP of Provider Relations, Onboard Rs
Aaron Lee, Sr. Manager, Systems Engineer, Ruckus Networks
Waterway Ballroom 1-3 (2nd Floor)
May 812:10 PM
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Best practices for county involvement in broadband implementation

Strategy Theme
    2:10 pm - 12:50 pm

  • How can you effectively engage with county government elected officials and leadership in pursuing the implementation of high-speed broadband services?
  • What are the different roles that local governments play in the deployment of high-speed internet, and the various digital equity and inclusion initiatives that counties have assumed in recent years?
  • What does an effective partnership between local governments and providers look like?

Waterway Ballroom 4-5 (2nd Floor)
May 812:10 PM
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Digital Equity programs and funding strategies in rural and urban communities

Communities Theme

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm

  • What funding programs are upcoming for Digital Equity work?
  • How to frame a project to be the most competitive
  • Case Study of successful Urban DE project
  • Case Study of successful Rural DE project
Cindy Fisher, Digital Opportunity Program, Texas Broadband Development Office
Colin Rhinesmith, Director, Digital Equity, Metropolitan New York Library Council
Waterway Ballroom 6-8 (2nd Floor)
May 812:10 PM
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Making the Right Technology Choice for Rural Ceployments

Technology & Operations Theme

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm

  • What role can alternative access technologies play in rural settings - e.g., FWA, Satellite?
  • How to manage the deployment costs by choosing a cost-effective and efficient technology mix
Montgomery Ballroom A-C (2nd Floor)
May 81:00 PM
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Lunch & networking

Networking Break

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch & networking

Town Center (1st Floor)
May 82:00 PM
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Connectivity Without Managed Wi-Fi

Multifamily Theme

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm

The multifamily program is presented in partnership with the NMHC ~ Sponsored by DIRECTV

We’ve talked a lot about Managed Wi-Fi. What about other connectivity options? For owners who don’t want to install an entire Managed Wi-Fi network, what options exist that still allow them to keep up with residents’ demand for fast and dependable broadband services. Let’s look at their needs for cellular DAS, 5G cellular, satellite providers, and other retail models. Don’t forget, you have those gamers who have hard-wired network needs out there! Are you prepared to handle their needs? How can Multifamily owners leverage their current non-bulk infrastructure to add amenity Wi-Fi or other smart amenities?

Moderator: Dean Wolfe, Vice President, Technology & Vendor Relations, Choice Property Resources, Inc.
Taylor Jones, President and Chief Tech Off., Elauwit Connection Inc
Reg Weiser, Chairman & CEO, Positron Access Solutions
Waterway Ballroom 1-3 (2nd Floor)
May 82:00 PM
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How do you tie broadband into an economic development strategy?

Strategy Theme

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm

  • Strategies for engaging with local stakeholders to make broadband a key pillar of municipal planning
  • How can better connectivity create lasting benefits within communities across the US?
  • Driving positive socioeconomic outcomes with better connectivity
Waterway Ballroom 4-5 (2nd Floor)
May 82:00 PM
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Making Broadband Affordable: How to Ensure That Everyone Can Afford Access to Connectivity

Communities Theme

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm

  • With ACP winding down, what support is available for low-income households?
  • What role should service providers and the wider industry play in ensuring everyone has access to affordable connectivity?
Moderator: Jeffrey Sural, Principal/ Owner, Sural Consulting
Delia Burke, Strategic Advisor, City of Seattle
Waterway Ballroom 6-8 (2nd Floor)
May 82:00 PM
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Brand Development, Customer Acquisition, and Revenue Generation: 30 Ideas in 30 Minutes

Technology & Operations Theme

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm

Two of the industry’s most high-profile marketers share their tricks of the trade in turning fiber brands into cash flowing, self-sustaining projects, in a fast-paced and lively session.

Bob Knight, President and CEO, Harry
Montgomery Ballroom A-C (2nd Floor)
May 82:45 PM
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Understanding Bulk Billing Solutions in MDU

Multifamily Theme

2:45 pm - 3:25 pm /MULTIFAMILY THEME DAY 2 SPONSORED DIRECTV

The multifamily program is presented in partnership with the NMHC sponsored by DirecTV

With recent FCC activity surrounding bulk billing arrangements for internet service in apartments, condos, public housing, and other multi-tenant buildings, this panel will enlighten the audience on how the MDU industry actually works in relation to bulk billing programs. Learn how creating a bundled, bulk solution allows providers to offer broadband services that are better, faster, cheaper, and more reliable than a resident could secure separately on their own, and understand how financing happens for infrastructure installation. Our panel will cover the many benefits to bulk, where the competition happens, and why it is an important part of bridging the digital divide and being able to offer better pricing to residents in addition to ease of delivering Managed Wi-Fi solutions.

Waterway Ballroom 1-3 (2nd Floor)
May 82:45 PM
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Tribal connectivity

Strategy Theme

2:45 pm - 3:25 pm

  • How is the NTIA’s Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program supporting connectivity provision for tribal households and businesses?
  • What other funding is available for tribal broadband deployments?
  • Understanding and overcoming the barriers to deployment for tribal communities
  • What role can partnerships play?
Moderator: Frank Martinez, VP, Strategic Initiatives, Connected Nation
Shekinah Pepper, ReConnect Policy Advisor, Rural Development U.S.D.A.
Robert Griffin, Tribal Broadband Coordinator, Choctaw Nation of OK
Heidi Todacheene, Senior Advisor to the Secretar, U.S. Department of the Interior
Waterway Ballroom 4-5 (2nd Floor)
May 82:45 PM
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Success Stories

Communities Theme
success stories

2:45 pm - 3:05 pm

Could it be me? Should it be me? Understanding what makes Broadband Champions

As more communities devise their own broadband solutions leveraging federal funding, what makes for successful efforts that are responsive to community needs?

Many people seeking to enhance broadband connectivity in their communities often feel overwhelmed, believing they lack the necessary expertise or qualifications to make an impact, or that their efforts might be ineffective as they do not hold official municipal roles. Through studying the commonalities and differences that contributed to community champions’ approaches, and the lessons and tactics they utilized, this research illustrates how anyone can emerge as a broadband champion in their own community.

The work of community champions is important, but research revealed that technical know-how was not the determining factor. What mattered to their success was the personal qualities they brought to bear, how they worked with partners and overcame opposition, and finally, their commitment to the cause. This project, supported by the Marjorie & Charles Benton Opportunity Fund, will share the stories of broadband community champions and the factors that contributed to their success.

Waterway Ballroom 6-8 (2nd Floor)
May 83:05 PM
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Success Stories

Communities Theme
success stories

3:05 pm - 3:25 pm

The Power of Community Broadband Networks! aSTEAM Village and the RedTail Digital Engineers

2023 Cornerstone Award Recipient

Arnold Gordon-Bray, Board Member, aSTEAM Village
Mark Weaver, IT Director, Macedonia Baptist Church
Waterway Ballroom 6-8 (2nd Floor)
May 83:30 PM
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Cornerstone awards & closing network reception

Cocktail Party

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Cornerstone Awards Ceremony & Reception & closing network reception

Sponsored by Verizon

The Cornerstone Award has been an important recognition of excellence as part of the Broadband Communities Summit since 2004. Now in its 20th year, we believe the Cornerstone Awards are due a well-deserved upgrade! For the 2024 edition, we have formalized the categories and are enhancing the judging process to ensure that the Cornerstone Awards benefit from greater credibility and transparency - ensuring that they are worth entering, worth winning, and worth shouting about!

The aim is to recognize achievements in broadband and connectivity for all communities and municipalities that are based in the US, including residential multifamily (apartments, campus housing, active adult communities) and planned communities (multi-home developments, renewed urban areas).

Waterway Ballroom Pre-function Area (2nd Floor)
May 84:00 PM
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Exhibitor Move-Out

Exhibit Hall

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Exhibitor Move-Out

Town Center (1st Floor)
May 85:00 PM
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Close of conference

Keynotes

Close of the conference - See you in San Diego!

Broadband Communities Summit West 2024

30-31 October 2024

San Diego Convention Center

San Diego, CA

last published: 12/Apr/24 20:15 GMT

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