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 Technology Committee Meeting (Council Members Only)
    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
    Panelists:
    • Kevin Beyer, Geneal Manager and CEO, Farmers Mutual and Federated Telephone
    • 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.

    Moderated by Bob Whitman, Vice President, Market Development, Corning Optical Communications
    Panelists:
    • Cheri Beranek, President and CEO, Clearfield, Inc.
    • John George, Director, Global Technical Marketing and Professional Services, OFS 
    • Jaxon Lang, Vice President & General Manager, Broadband Network Solutions, Central & North America, TE Connectivity
    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
    Panelists:
    • Dr. Milda Hedblom, Lawyer, Consultant, Professor
    • Mark N. Lewellen, Manager, Spectrum Advocacy, Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG), John Deere & Co.
    • 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.

    Moderated by Bernadine Joselyn, Director of Public Policy and Engagement, Blandin Foundation
    Panelists:
    • Brian Bissonette, Marketing Supervisor, Paul Bunyan Communications
    • Joe Caldwell, Co-Founder and CEO, US Internet
    • Gary Evans, Former CEO, Hiawatha Broadband Communications
    • Trevor Smith, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Broadband Solutions Network,
      TE Connectivity
    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.

    Moderated by Jameson Dempsey, Associate, Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP
    Panelists:
    • Curtis Dean, Broadband Services Coordinator, Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities
    • Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President & CEO, Minnesota High Tech Association
    • 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 network operators, the FCC is looking for applications to be filed within 90 days of the release of the July 11 Order. Join us for this special educational session to review the rules and understand what is needed to file a potential winning application.

    Panelists:
    • Jonathan Chambers, Chief, Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, FCC
    • Tom Cohen, Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP
    • Ben Humphrey, Vice President and Chairman of the Board, Finley Engineering
    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

    Thursday, September 4 (continued) – NTIA Workshop

    9:00 am – 5:00 pm Building a Community Broadband Roadmap: Lessons in Implementation
    Following the FTTH Council Regional Conference, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will hold an interactive, one-day workshop to share lessons learned from successful broadband projects across the Upper Midwest with other communities seeking to expand their broadband capacity.

    The workshop will feature a series of practical discussions focused on everything from business models and funding options, to public/private partnerships and stakeholder engagement, in order to inform other communities seeking to expand broadband capacity.

    Local and state leaders, federal officials, industry representatives, community advocates and others working to close the digital divide will come together to explore effective roadmaps for bringing broadband to the region. Using network infrastructure build-outs and digital inclusion programs from Minnesota and surrounding states - including projects funded by NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and State Broadband Initiative (SBI) Program - the workshop will present best practices and lessons learned on the front lines.

    As workshop materials become available, they will be posted on the NTIA website here.

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


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