FTTH Council Regional Conference

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    Preliminary Conference Agenda

    Schedule is preliminary, and is subject to change. 

    Wednesday, March 30

    5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Opening Reception in Exhibit Area

    Thursday, March 31

    7:30 am – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Area
    8:30 am – 8:45 am Welcoming Remarks and Introduction
    Presented by Heather Burnett Gold, President and CEO, FTTH Council Americas
    8:45 am – 9:15 am Opening Keynote Presentation
    9:15 am – 10:00 am Panel Presentation: Network Operator Success Stories
    10:00 am – 10:15 am Break in Exhibit Area
    10:15 am – 11:00 am Panel Presentation: Building Public/Private Partnerships: What are the Parameters?
    One of the hottest topics in all fiber deployments is how communities can work with private entities to improve the project's investment case. This panel will focus on the parameters under which such public/private partnerships can work successfully.

    Panelists:
    • Timothy Herwig, Central District Community Affairs Officer, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
    • Joanne Hovis, President, CTC Technology & Energy 
    11:00 am – 11:45 am Panel Presentation: Public/Private Partnerships: Examples of Deployment
    Hear from community leaders who have already moved to the public/private partnership model. Learn how panelists decided to move to this model, and how they made the partnership work.

    Panelists:
    • Mark Erickson, EDA Director, City of Winthrop, MN
    • Robert Wack, Council President, City of Westminster, MD 
    11:45 am – 1:00 pm Group Networking Lunch
    1:00 pm – 1:45 pm What Incumbents Need to Further their Fiber Investment
    The largest number of all-fiber access lines are being deployed by incumbent network operators. They know your communities, your citizens, and most importantly, how to run a network. This panel will review ways for communities to assist in improving the investment equation for their incumbents.

    Panelists:
    • Allison M. Ellis, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Frontier Communications
    • Tyler Middleton, Vice President, Operations, Metro Minnesota, CenturyLink Communications 
    1:45 pm – 2:00 pm Break in Exhibit Area
    2:00 pm – 2:45 pm Working with University Communities
    University communities bring together unique characteristics, including a concentration of ultra-high bandwidth users and (usually) existing fiber assets to share. With both demand and assets, the investment case for all fiber should be relatively easy, correct? In this panel, participants from university communities will discuss the realities of deployment, including challenges and opportunities.

    Panelists:
    •  Mark Smeltzer, former Director of Communications, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Applications Driving Fiber Deployment
    The ever increasing number of high-bandwidth applications required for education, healthcare, lifestyle and/or life/work management are creating a greater demand than ever before for all-fiber networks. However, these applications also represent revenue opportunities, and can assist carriers and communities in justifying the investment case. This panel will provide a preview of some of these must-have applications.

    Moderated by Bill Wallace, Executive Director, US Ignite
    3:45 pm Closing Remarks
    Presented by Heather Burnett Gold, President and CEO, FTTH Council Americas

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