FTTH Council Regional Conferences

    Preliminary Conference Agenda

    Tuesday, September 2

    12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Planning Committee Meeting (Council Members Only)
    2:00 pm – 5:00 pm FTTH Council Americas Board of Directors Meeting (Board Members, Staff and Invited Guests Only)
    5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Opening Networking Reception in Exhibit Area

    Wednesday, September 3

    7:30 am – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast and Networking in Exhibit Area
    8:30 am – 8:45 am Opening Remarks by Heather Burnett Gold, President, FTTH Council Americas
    8:45 am – 9:15 am 
    Opening Keynote Presentation by Minnesota State Senator Matt Schmit
    9:15 am – 10:15 am Lighting Up the North: Why FTTH?
    Learn why local FTTH network operators chose to deploy fiber in their communities, and explore the struggles and successes their projects had.

    Moderated by Tom Cohen, Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP
    • Jim Hickle, President, Velocity Telephone, Inc./Gigabit Minnesota
    • Dan Pecarina, President/CEO, Hiawatha Broadband Communications
    10:15 am – 10:30 am Networking Break
    10:30 am – 11:30 am Why the Technology Matters – The Operational Superiority of Fiber
    Panelists will discuss why and how all-fiber technology creates a better customer experience by greatly reducing maintenance and repair costs.

    • Cheri Beranek, President and CEO, Clearfield, Inc.
    11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunchtime Keynote Presentation with Danna MacKenzie, Executive Director, Office of Broadband Development, State of Minnesota
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm How All-Fiber is Transforming Rural Life: The Killer Apps
    Hear from local leaders as they discuss the benefits FTTH deployment has brought to their industry sector, including healthcare, education, and agriculture.

    Moderated by Mark Erickson, EDA Director, City of Winthrop, MN
    • Dr. Milda Hedblom, Lawyer, Consultant, Professor
    • Rachelle Schultz, President and CEO, Winona Health
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Increasing Take-Rates and Retention: Marketing for Success
    Explore the latest product and service strategies with network operators who have successfully implemented these solutions.

    • Gary Evans, Former CEO, Hiawatha Broadband Communications
    3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Networking Break
    3:15 pm – 4:15 pm The Role of Regulatory Agencies in Promoting Broadband Deployment
    Join us for a panel discussion with local, state and federal employees, who will discuss their roles and experiences with FTTH deployment across various levels of government.

    • Jameson Dempsey, Associate, Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP
    • Dan Lipschultz, Commissioner, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
    4:15 pm – 5:30 pm Preparing to File for the FCC’s Rural Broadband Experiments
    On July 11, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission voted to allocate $100M to fund Rural Broadband Experiments, seeking to bring higher bandwidth to previously unserved or underserved price cap areas. Opening these grants to all entities, the FCC is looking for applications to be filed within 90 days of the release of the July 11 Order. Join Tom Cohen, FTTH Council’s outside counsel, in this special educational session to review the rules and understand what is needed to file a potential winning application.
    5:45 pm – 6:45 pm Networking Reception in the Exhibit Area

    Thursday, September 4

    8:00 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast and Networking in Exhibit Area
    9:00 am – 5:00 pm Implementation Workshop
    In order to implement a successful project, you need government, community and industry alignment. Multiple business models can lead to effective implementations – if you have the right elements in place. Examine what’s required for successful implementation of community broadband projects, using regional success stories and examples to uncover how the necessary ingredients can be effectively combined.

    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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