THE CONNECTED AMERICA 2024
CONFERENCE AGENDA

 

 

Dallas, Texas, 12 - 13 March 2024

Schedule

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Mar 129:15
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Mar 129:25
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Presentation

Keynotes
Junior Ballroom
Mar 1210:30
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Networking Break

Exhibition Floor

Visit leading solutions-providers and vendors on our exhibition floor, network with industry-disrupting startups in the Startup Village, or network with your fellow attendees.

Mar 1211:10
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Platinum Sponsor Presentation

Gigabit America
Junior Ballroom
Mar 1211:10
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Platinum Sponsor Presentation: UCL Swift

Project Rollout

Sponsor presentation

Meeting Room 9
Mar 1211:10
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Platinum Sponsor Presentation: Are you using your GIS to the fullest?

Connected Cities
Meeting Room 8
Mar 1211:10
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Platinum Sponsor Presentation: eero

Connected Society
Alap Modi, Head of Solutions Architect, eero, an Amazon company
Meeting Room 7
Mar 1211:30
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Delivering Middle Mile Fiber

Gigabit America
  • Developing comprehensive middle mile networks
  • Impact of open-access middle mile networks on affordability and competition
  • Inter-state cooperation to achieve nationwide high-speed middle mile coverage
Sachin Gupta, Director, Centranet
Raj Singh, CEO, VCTI
Rajesh Chundury, Vice President - Customer Solutions, Radisys
Junior Ballroom
Mar 1211:30
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Marching Towards Standalone 5G

Project Rollout
  • Migrating to cloud-native infrastructure
  • Strategies for increasing uptake of SA-capable devices
  • Can 5G actually deliver its promised benefits to consumers?
Meeting Room 9
Mar 1211:30
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Shaping Greener Cities

Connected Cities
  • How can enhanced connectivity lessen the environmental load of cities
  • Adapting to the ongoing growth in urban populations and the accompanying pressure on resources
  • Monitoring energy usage and traffic patterns to achieve sustainability goals
Meeting Room 8
Mar 1211:30
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A Holistic Approach to Closing the Digital Divide

Connected Society
  • Addressing historic inequities that contribute to the digital divide
  • Proactive strategies to reach unserved and neglected communities
  • Building trust and engaging with local institutions to assist marginalized communities with connectivity
Meeting Room 7
Mar 1212:30
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Next-Gen Regulation for Next-Gen Fiber

Gigabit America
  • Understanding the changing fiber regulatory landscape – how will power shifts between state and federal level impact connectivity advancements
  • Navigating complications over rights-of-way
  • Aligning regulation strategy to facilitate faster network rollout
Junior Ballroom
Mar 1212:30
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Overcoming Barriers to 5G Rollout

Project Rollout
  • Identifying major geographical and political barriers to 5G buildout
  • Deploying 5G infrastructure in dense urban areas vs rural areas
  • Spectrum availability challenges
Meeting Room 9
Mar 1212:30
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Data-Driven Cities

Connected Cities
  • Challenges with processing and storing data from sensing and monitoring technology
  • Protecting increasingly digital cities against data security breaches
  • Avoiding disruption to services due to technological failure
Meeting Room 8
Mar 1212:30
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Connecting Tribal Lands

Connected Society
  • How can ISPS, construction firms, and government bodies build trust with Native communities to facilitate network development
  • Reaching geographically isolated areas
  • Is Native-owned infrastructure the solution for connecting Tribal lands?
Meeting Room 7
Mar 1213:20
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Networking Break

Exhibition Floor

Grab some lunch, network with solutions-providers, vendors, and startups, and meet your fellow attendees!

Mar 1214:20
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Presentation: The benefits of air-blown fiber technology for FTTH deployments

Gigabit America
Junior Ballroom
Mar 1214:20
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Track Sponsor Presentation: Emtelle

Project Rollout
Scot Bohaychyk, Solutions Manager, Emtelle
Meeting Room 9
Mar 1214:20
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Presentation: Navigating the Challenges of Customer Satisfaction in Building a Connected City

Connected Cities
Rob Johnson, President and Founder, NOVOS FiBER
Meeting Room 8
Mar 1214:20
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Presentation: Ted Vagelos

Connected Society
Ted Vagelos, VP Business Development, Verizon Value Brands
Meeting Room 7
Mar 1214:40
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BEAD and Beyond

Gigabit America
  • What comes next once all BEAD funding has been released?
  • Planning for the long-term costs of network maintenance and upgrading
  • Early consideration of strategies to close gaps that still remain after BEAD funding
  • Balancing deployment speed with network future-proofing
Junior Ballroom
Mar 1214:40
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Over and Under - Methods of Fiber Deployment

Project Rollout
  • Assessing the suitability of different fiber installation methods for different cases
  • How will deployment method impact network future-proofing?
  • Balancing the pressures of staffing, cost, speed, staffing constraints, and more
Moderator: Bradford Randall, Editor, Broadband Communities
Kimberly McKinley, CMO, UTOPIA Fiber
Scot Bohaychyk, Solutions Manager, Emtelle
Meeting Room 9
Mar 1214:40
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Future-Proofing Smart City Digital Infrastructure

Connected Cities
    Building scalable, flexible, and agile digital infrastructureCoordinating public and private efforts to build a solid platform for future smart city initiativesBalancing both short- and long-term smart city needs
Meeting Room 8
Mar 1214:40
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Affordability and Accessibility - Reaching All Americans

Connected Society
  • Impact of (potential) end of ACP/USF
  • Strategies for improving affordability of broadband and internet-connected devices
  • How to increase public awareness of digital equity and inclusion programs
Meeting Room 7
Mar 1215:40
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Raising the Standard: The Broadband Speed Debate

Gigabit America
  • How would increasing the minimum broadband speed requirements impact FCC and NTIA policy?
  • Would new standards increase the complexity associated with allocating federal funding?
  • Will changing speed standards impact affordability of broadband – who will foot the bill?
Sandip Bhowmick, State Broadband Director, Arizona Commerce Authority
Rick Cimerman, Vice President of External and State Affairs, NCTA - The Internet & Television Association
Luke Langford, CEO, WeLink
Junior Ballroom
Mar 1215:40
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Cultivating the Workforce for Broadband Development

Project Rollout
  • How to reach students at various educational stages and increase awareness of careers in broadband
  • The role of vocational training in expanding the fiber workforce
  • Who should bear the financial burden for education and training initiatives?
Meeting Room 9
Mar 1215:40
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Panel: Connecting Communities: Understanding Broadband Models, Challenges, and Collaborations

Connected Cities
  • Differentiating middle-mile and last-mile providers: models, challenges, and community collaboration
  • Operational challenges in middle-mile and last-mile collaboration vs. End-to-end operators
  • Ensuring sustainable success and future readiness for broadband providers to connect their communities.
Meeting Room 8
Mar 1215:40
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Connecting MDUs and Subsidized Housing

Connected Society
  • Recognizing availability and adoption gaps in subsidized and/or multifamily housing
  • Coordinating outreach strategies across various government departments
  • Combatting the effects of digital redlining
Meeting Room 7
Mar 1217:00
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Diamond Sponsor Presentation: Esri

Keynotes

Reserved for Esri

Junior Ballroom
Mar 1217:20
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Closing Keynote Panel: Regional Connectivity Priorities

Keynotes
  • Regional and state authority perspectives on regional connectivity challenges
  • How state broadband offices have progressed since their inception
  • Understanding regional differences in demand for fiber vs. 5G vs. other technologies
  • Assessing locally-specific infrastructure challenges
Moderator: Scott Woods, President, PPP, Ready.net
Glen Howie, Director, Broadband Office, State of Arkansas
Nate Walowitz, Regional Broadband Director, Northwest Colorado Council Of Governments
Junior Ballroom
Mar 1218:00
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Drinks Reception

Exhibition Floor

Round off a busy day with a drinks reception on the Exhibition Floor!

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Mar 139:00
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Chair's Opening Remarks

Keynotes
Junior Ballroom
Mar 139:05
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Mar 139:20
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Mar 1310:00
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Diamond Sponsor Presentation: Cisco

Keynotes

Reserved for Cisco

Mar 1310:20
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Networking Break

Exhibition Floor

Explore the exhibition hall and startup village and meet your fellow attendees

Mar 1311:10
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Mar 1311:10
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Presentation - From Maps to Impact: Driving Change with ArcGIS

Investment Strategies
Meeting Room 9
Mar 1311:10
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Presentation: Smart Unified Management Framework

Smart America
Meeting Room 8
Mar 1311:10
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Presentation: Adam Farmer

Connected Industries
Meeting Room 7
Mar 1311:30
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Connecting the Rural Economy

Gigabit America
  • How can broadband create new economic opportunities in rural communities
  • Leveraging connectivity to attract new businesses to rural areas
  • How will the rise of hybrid and remote working impact rural economies?
Junior Ballroom
Mar 1311:30
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Making the Case for Infrastructure Investment

Investment Strategies
  • Building the business case for digital infrastructure investment
  • Adapting strategies for operators of various sizes
  • Securing private vs. public funding
  • How will potential net neutrality legislation impact investment strategies
Jay Schwarz, VP Public Policy, Comcast
Jonathan Adelstein, Managing Director, Vertical Bridge
Brian Worthen, CEO, Visionary Communications
Meeting Room 9
Mar 1311:30
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Neutral Host Networks - Closing the Gaps?

Smart America
  • How can neutral host networks help connect areas with high network traffic
  • Using scalable solutions to solve complex connectivity needs
  • Is the neutral host model a cost effective and secure means of connecting urban dead zones?
Meeting Room 8
Mar 1311:30
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Farm Fresh - Unlocking the Benefits of Connected Agriculture

Connected Industries
  • Understanding the relationship between internet connectivity and American farming results
  • Applications of IoT for cultivation and distribution of farm produce
  • The role of digitally-supported agriculture in promoting rural economic prosperity
Meeting Room 7
Mar 1312:20
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Break

Exhibition Floor

Time for a quick break and to head to another amazing session!

Mar 1312:30
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Co-op Connectivity - The Solution to Rural Broadband Challenges?

Gigabit America
  • Is it financially feasible for co-ops to build out their own networks to deliver high-speed internet to rural communities?
  • Partnering with private companies and government bodies for network buildout and operation
Junior Ballroom
Mar 1312:30
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The Business of 5G

Investment Strategies
  • How can operators and enterprises maximize ROI on 5G investments?
  • Driving adoption and scaling of 5G for businesses
  • The role of private networks in enterprise 5G use cases
Moderator: Martha DeGrasse, Technology Journalist, Network Builder Reports
Sergio Adames, Director New Partnerships, T-Mobile
Gary Lynch, Global Lead - Healthcare, Verizon
Meeting Room 9
Mar 1312:30
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Panel: Unlocking the potential for municipally lead utility grade Gigabit/fiber networks: Business Plans and Strategic Investments

Smart America

Reserved for Arcadis | IBI Group

Meeting Room 8
Mar 1312:30
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The Digital Healthcare Revolution

Connected Industries
  • Strategies for telcos to enter the digital healthcare space
  • Co-developing connectivity solutions with healthcare professionals
  • Leveraging connectivity technology to provide more accessible healthcare
  • Telehealth considerations in digital equity work
Moderator: Molly Weiner, Dir. Local & Regional Planning, Connected Nation
Gary Lynch, Global Lead - Healthcare, Verizon
Meeting Room 7
Mar 1313:20
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Networking Break

Exhibition Floor

Grab some lunch, spend time on the exhibition floor and in the startup village, and network with your fellow attendees

Mar 1314:10
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Presentation - The Viability & Economics of Open Access Networks

Gigabit America
Junior Ballroom
Mar 1314:10
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Presentation: Render Networks

Investment Strategies

Render Networks

Meeting Room 9
Mar 1314:10
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Presentation: Addressing the Challenges in the Deployment of 5G’s Most Innovative Use Cases

Smart America
Meeting Room 8
Mar 1314:10
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Presentation - Bronner Davis

Connected Industries
Bronner Davis, VP of Operations, Elektrafi
Meeting Room 7
Mar 1314:30
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Cracking the Code - Optimizing CAPEX

Investment Strategies
  • Navigating the complexities of telcos’ CAPEX investment options
  • Configuring investments in various technologies to maximize ROI
  • Assessing the fit of existing and future assets to deliver customer satisfaction
Meeting Room 9
Mar 1314:30
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Digital Texas - The Past, Present, and Future

Smart America
  • Leveraging the legacy of the telecom corridor
  • How healthy is the current connectivity landscape?
  • Highlighting innovative government initiatives to close the digital divide
  • Strategies to foster startups, attract businesses and drive technological growth in Texas
Meeting Room 8
Mar 1314:30
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Powering the Future of Manufacturing

Connected Industries
  • How can CSPs develop solutions for smart factories
  • Impact of cloud-based solutions and edge computing on productivity
  • Creating safer, more efficient factories
Meeting Room 7
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