FTTH Council Regional Conferences


    Preliminary Conference Agenda

    Tuesday, December 9

    1:00 pm – 1:15 pm Opening Remarks by Heather Burnett Gold, President, FTTH Council Americas
    1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Opening Keynote Address
    2:15 pm – 3:15 pm Lessons from Network Operator Leaders – How We Made It Happen
    3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Break
    3:30 pm – 4:30 pm How All-Fiber Is Transforming Communities
    In this session, communities who have deployed discuss the ways they used ultra high bandwidth for economic and social development.
    4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Organizing, Promoting, and Marketing for Success
    The key to all successful implementations is identifying a champion and then working through community organizations to gain support and build momentum toward a successful enterprise. This panel will explore strategies for building community support; a process that is more of an art than a science, requiring organization, persistence, and good political instinct.
    5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Networking Reception in Exhibit Area


    Wednesday, December 10

    7:00 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
    8:00 am – 8:10 am Day 2 Opening Remarks by Joseph Jones, Chairman, FTTH Community Toolkit Committee
    8:10 am – 9:00 am Workshop 1: Creating the Business Plan
    This workshop will focus on the key elements that need to be covered in your business plan such as community approval, design, facility staffing and build, asset management, vendor / partner selection, construction build, content installation, and service and maintenance. Also project capital and operational costs will be discussed as key elements to building a sustainable business plan for all fiber deployment.
    9:10 am – 10:00 am Workshop 2: Regulatory Considerations in the Business Model
    10:10 am – 11:00 am Workshop 3: Sources of Funding and Partnerships (Private and Public Entities)
    Attendees will be divided into two groups – private and public entities. You will learn key information and analysis of state, federal, and local resources available for network operators and community leaders, from assistance with business model development to funding the project. Participants will understand the array of resources, where to find them, and how to best choose the right ones for their project.
    11:10 am – 12:00 pm Workshop 4: Issuing an RFP (Private and Public Entities)
    Attendees will be divided into two groups – private and public entities. The model of network ownership your community chooses will determine the type of RFPs issued for potential partners/service providers. Attendees will learn how to evaluate their internal knowledge about telecommunications, the desire of a community to own and/or control its own network assets in selecting their approach, and identify the appropriate elements of the project RFPs.
    12:10 pm – 1:30 pm Working Lunch: Managing the Implementation
    Once communities decide to move forward, they must follow up their business case, RFP, and solicitation of support with an implementation plan to manage the project—to be on time, on budget, and deliver what is needed. Participants will learn how to deploy a tight implementation strategy, including contract and oversight. 
    1:30 pm – 1:45 pm Closing Remarks by Heather Burnett Gold, President, FTTH Council Americas

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