FTTH Council Regional Conferences

    Preliminary Conference Agenda

    Tuesday, March 4

    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Welcome Networking Reception in Exhibit Area

    Wednesday, March 5

    8:00 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Area
    9:00 am Buses Depart Hotel for Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise Center
    9:30 am – 11:00 am 
    Fiber – Not Just for Breakfast!
    Join this special tour of the Center and a series of presentations by entrepreneurs attracted to Lafayette because of its high capacity all-fiber networks. Click here for an in-depth look at the LITE Center.
    11:30 am Buses Return to the Hotel
    11:30 am – 1:30 pm Pre-Conference Seminar: Identifying Sources of Public Funding for FTTH Projects
    Note: Lunch will be provided. 
    Presented by: 
    Jameson Dempsey, Associate – Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
    Lee Jones, Assistant to the State Director – USDA Rural Development
    1:45 pm – 2:00 pm Welcoming Remarks
    Presented by: Heather Burnett Gold, President – FTTH Council Americas
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm The Economic Miracle on the Bayou
    This panel will feature Lafayette’s leaders who drove the deployment of FTTH to the resulting economic and social development.

    Moderated by: Geoff Daily, Development Director – Lafayette General Foundation for Healthcare Innovation
    Joey Durel, President – Lafayette Parish
    Frank LeDoux, Engineering, Power and Communications Manager – LUS Fiber 
    3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Coffee Break in Exhibit Area
    3:15 pm – 5:00 pm Sector Impacts from FTTH
    Hear from speakers who have benefited from Lafayette’s all-fiber networks as they discuss the impact fiber has had on various segments of the economy, including healthcare, education, and enterprise.

    Impact of FTTH on Entrepreneurs (3:15 pm – 4:15 pm)
    Moderated by Ben Lovins, SVP Telecommunications Division – Jackson Energy Authority
    Shane Milazzo, Founder – iNotaryNow.com
    Synthia Payne
    , CEO and Founder – CYBERJAMMER
    Chris Rader
    , CEO – Rader Solutions
    Hugh Robertson
    , Founder – Lafayette Disc and Media Services

    Impact of FTTH on Social Services (4:15 pm – 5:00 pm)
    Moderated by Heather Burnett Gold, President – FTTH Council Americas
    Eric Arceneaux, RN, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center
    Aaron Deacon
    , Managing Director – KC Digital Drive
    Doug Menefee, Former CIO – Schumacher Group
    5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Networking Reception in Exhibit Area
    6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Social Event: An Evening out at the Blue Dog Cafe 
    (note: separate registration required, transportation will be provided)

    Thursday, March 6

    8:00 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Area
    9:00 am – 10:15 am  Getting to Yes: Why No U.S. Community Can Say No to FTTH
    In this discussion, panelists will explore why FTTH is the only logical discussion for U.S. communities and the factors driving increased deployment.

    Moderated by: Damon Porter, Director – MoBroadbandNow
    Cheryl Beranek, CEO – Clearfield
    Jennifer McCain, Principal and Founding Member – The Motive Group
    Cathy O'Connor
    , First Secretary, ICT, Energy & Science Policy – Embassy of Ireland
    David Salway, Director, Broadband Program Office – NYS Department of Economic Development 
    10:15 am – 10:30 am Coffee Break in Exhibit Area
    10:30 am – 11:45 am Adoption and Utilization Techniques and Impacts
    How much is the value of that network? How do you ensure it will be used if built? In this discussion learn from adoption and utilization experts as they discuss how to improve your broadband return on investment.

    Moderated by: David Moore, Director – Louisiana Broadband Initiative
    Michael Curri, Founder and President – Strategic Network Groups
    Douglas Kinkoph, Acting Associate Administrator, Office of Telecommunications and
    Information Applications – NTIA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Tom Koutsky, Chief Policy Officer – Connected Nation, Inc. 
    11:45 am – 1:00 pm Lunch and Keynote Address
    1:00 pm Event Concludes

    Note: Sessions, times and speakers are subject to change.

    This session will focus on loan and grant funding opportunities through the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), how application processes work and the types of projects and services eligible for funding. Future and current RUS borrowers are encouraged to attend in order to hear program updates and learn what new projects may be eligible for funding. The presenters will welcome and answer your questions.

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