2016 Abstracts

2016 Mountain Connect Abstracts


Merits of Open Access

John McEntee: Juniper Networks
John will discuss the changing landscape of the Broadband Access Market. Focusing on how innovation and an effective business strategy can address the evolving needs of States and Municipalities. Specifically, John will discuss the Pros and Cons of an Open Access Network. He will discuss how business strategy and network technology need to be in sync in order to drive the desired outcomes.


Goals for our Next Administration

Moderator: Amina Fazllulah: Benton Foundation, Phil Weiser: Silicon Flatirons, Dr. GIl Gonzales: CIO, University of New Mexico, Kelleigh Cole: Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development
With the general election for President in full swing this panel turns to highlight key broadband policy issues facing our communities and how the next administration may address them.  Panelist will discuss what could be next for:  broadband deployment, broadband adoption, federal broadband programs, antitrust/competition policy, intellectual property, network neutrality, data caps, privacy, and spectrum policies.


Solving the Complications of Infrastructure in Indian Country

Matthew Rantanen, Southern California Tribal Chairman's Association
It is important to understand some of the underlying issues inherent in the development of networks on the sovereign nations of the American Indian reservations in the United States. Every situation is different and the concept of a cookie-cutter network solution does not apply. From cultural preservation, to the geography of 567 Federally recognized nations, to the lack of access to a connection to the rest of the world dictates the design strategies to bring this 21st century resource to North America’s first people.


Google Fiber Deployments: Lessons Learned & Best Practices

Brien Bell, Google
Google Fiber has been deploying new fiber-to-the-home networks since 2011 and is currently working with 22 metro areas across the country in hopes of bringing super fast broadband to more people.  There is no one-size-fits-all solution to increasing access to competitive broadband services; Google Fiber continues to explore innovative ways to deploy networks.  Along the way, the company has learned valuable lessons about how cities and network providers can partner most effectively, including by making digital literacy and broadband availability public priorities.  We've also observed the critical importance of sensible policy and regulatory frameworks that support predictability and foster investment.


Broadband Feasibility Planning

John Honker, Magellan Advisors
Communities need real world solutions to resolve broadband issues and often they can achieve them more effectively with private partners than going at it alone. Learn how communities recruit, select and negotiate public-private partnerships to achieve their broadband goals. Learn what incentivizes providers and how communities can leverage their capabilities to enable world class broadband, with real-world, on the ground examples from communities that have been successful. Find out how even small communities can achieve world class connectivity through these partnerships.


New Waves in Spectrum: How Spectrum Sharing is Transforming Spectrum Management

Moderator: Stephen Coran: Lerman Senter PLLC Panel: Rob Alderfer: Cablelabs, Michael Calabrese: New America
The FCC's new rules opening 100 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band represent a paradigm shift in spectrum management.  But this is but a precursor to developments in other bands -- 5 GHz and above -- that create both opportunities for a variety of wireless uses as well as threats to existing users.  Our blue ribbon panel explores the FCC's role and the way its policy choices will affect consumers, competition and innovation.


Is There Something Beyond Fast Internet?

Bruce Patterson: City of Ammon, ID, Jeff Christensen: EntryPoint Networks
Fiber optic networks are gradually replacing legacy infrastructure in the United States as the consumer’s appetite for greater speed keeps pace with bandwidth hungry applications. The leap forward in network capacity from fiber optics is transformative; but is there something else on the horizon that is compelling for broadband networks besides delivering more speed? Will advances in technology bring significant value beyond simply enabling fast internet?

Data center efficiency and functionality continues to rapidly evolve due to the emergence of networking trends including virtualization, automation, Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and affordable compute and storage resources. These tools have brought greater flexibility, lower capital and operational expenditures, improved quality of service, greater extensibility, improved resiliency, and nimble response times.

While the impact of these tools has been almost exclusively to the benefit of enterprise and data center networks, attention is now turning to broadband networks as innovators explore the possibility of achieving similar gains for network operators, service providers, and subscribers.

We will describe why Gigabit Speed is only part of the emerging story and why the other half of the story will include virtualization, SDN, NFV, and cloud functionality for end users. The combination of these tools has the potential to transform networks in unexpected ways and will be relevant in the near future for Smart Cities, IoT, Telehealth, Public Safety, Emergency Communications, Distance Education, Smart Grid, and Transportation. As we design and build the networks of tomorrow we have the opportunity to leverage these emerging technologies to more powerfully address the needs and interests of all network stakeholders.

Who is Colorado's Fiber Community?

Paul Recanzone: Colorado Fiber Community. Alex Telthorst: Colorado Fiber Community, Naomi LaGere: Colorado Fiber Community
Fiber Community is engaged in public sector broadband development in Colorado (through Colorado Fiber Community) and throughout the U.S.  Fiber Community will announce exciting new developments in Colorado at this lunch presentation.

The Smart City Imperative: Innovate To Drive Intelligent Action

Rob Worden: Fujitsu Network Communications
To meet and exceed the expectations residents have of local government, leaders must continually innovate. Hybrid broadband infrastructure provides the foundation for innovation. To optimize outcomes, cities must get smarter by merging strong people, processes, and technology. Using this approach, governments can deliver services that residents value. Examples will be provided.


Regional Aggregation of Transport/Content

Moderator: Tim Scott: City of Centennial Panel: Nancy Casados: 910 Telecom,  Shawn Mills: Greenhouse Data, Jason Lefkowitz: CSI Digital
In this session, we will explore the drivers behind providing for regional aggregation of both transport and content. We will investigate what is new in the market and understand some of the key player’s solutions. Additionally, we will tie in what is important between content including video, infrastructure and facilities.


Financing Options for Municipal Networks

Moderator: Lori Sherwood: Vantage Point, Jason Gredell: JP Morgan, Brian Garcia: Aegis Capital, Kevin Padrick: Symmetrical Networks
Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) are all the rage. But what does the term really mean for a municipality – especially for smaller scale and rural projects? What are the requirements? What does a community need to contribute to make a P3 work? This session will explore what communities need to know about Public-Private Partnerships as well as explore the full range of other financing options and sustainability models. Our experts will discuss case studies and sample models in helping communities explore the right financing strategies for their communities.

Technologies Behind the Delivery of Public Private Partnerships

Michael Brayen: Nokia
This Presentation will explain the technologies behind the Delivery of Public Private Partnerships  for Municipal and Rural Broadband Delivery. It will also provide a view for the types of considerations That Communities, their Utilities and  PPP’s,  might require prior to building a network.  Finally, It will also discuss some of the new solutions, and an industry roadmap of f the new products that communities can be expecting to see riding upon these new networks.


Utilizing Federal Funding to Maximize Community Broadband Build-Out

Rob Jenkins: Colorado Telehealth Network
Reliable and secure broadband connectivity has become an area of primary concern for many communities in Colorado. Sadly, broadband carriers and suppliers remain hesitant to make investments in the very communities that need it most. In response, the Colorado Telehealth Network has developed the Building Communities Program. This newly developed opportunity seeks to maximize grant funding (e.g. DOLA funds, HRSA funding, etc.) by leveraging universal service funds specifically for building out broadband infrastructure to eligible community anchor institutions. This presentation will outline the mechanics of the program, who is eligible to participate, eligible funding sources and, how to communities can take advantage this CTN program.


Fiber/Wireless Hybrid Use Cases

Alex Phillips: Rural Broadband Network Services, Brian Young: Convergence Technologies
The first Use Case will explore using Wireless to build FTTx and then once you have enough wireless networks to connect them via a fiber back-bone, leaving the wireless network as a back-up network.   The second Use Case will explore using 3ghz for a mobile and fixed last mile network off a Fiber back-bone.


Sustainability of a FTTx network

Ben Bawtree-Jobson: SiFi Networks
This Presentation will explain the technologies behind the Delivery of Public Private Partnerships  for Municipal and Rural Broadband Delivery. It will also provide a view for the types of considerations That Communities, their Utilities and  PPP’s,  might require prior to building a network.  Finally, It will also discuss some of the new solutions, and an industry roadmap of f the new products that communities can be expecting to see riding upon these new networks.


Feeding the Beast: Confronting the Wireless Data Crunch

Jonathan Adelstein, PCIA
Rising consumer appetite for wireless broadband threatens to create a wireless data crunch. To feed that demand, the wireless industry is using the three main tools at its disposal: spectrum, technological efficiency and the deployment of physical infrastructure through network densification.  In the near term, for at least the next five years, infrastructure will carry much of the burden of delivering the throughput to meet an expected 7-fold increase in data demand.  5G will improve efficiency and demand more infrastructure improvements.  All of these measures are costly and time-consuming.  Jonathan Adelstein, President and CEO of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association and a former Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, will explain how the industry is confronting issues such as regulatory obstacles, the growing need for skilled labor and the complex need for both the macro network and small cells to meet customer demands with limited capital budgets.


Multiple Funding Sources Moving Steamboat Springs Forward!

Moderator: Tim Miles: Steamboat Springs School District, Jane Blackstone, Steamboat Chamber, Charlie Wick, CTN, Ken Brenner, Colorado Mountain College
NorthWest Colorado is moving it's communities forward by building a network backbone of 288 fibres connecting the anchor institutions. We were able to accomplish this by piggybacking 4 major funding sources, General Funds, DOLA funds, E-Rate Funds, Tele-Health Funds.   This is the first step of a much larger county and regional plan.


Infrastructure Supporting Precision/Smart Farming

Mark Erickson, Winthrop, MN EDA
Precision Ag is driving more bandwidth to farm - If, as they say, download is consumption and upload is production then farms needs the upload to send high resolution crop photos, crop analysis/recommendations in a timely and reliable manner. In addition, all cellular communications to farm equipment relies on fiber connections. 90% of every cell phone calls is on fiber.


Strategic Planning for Your Community

Diane Kruse, NEO Connect
Strategic planning for improving broadband within your community involves identifying assets, potential partners, capital costs and funding mechanisms.  Learn best practices for collaboration and partnership models, financing and key metrics toward creating a sustainable plan.


The State of Broadband: Agency Perspectives

Moderator:  Anna Ewing: OEDIT Panel:  Irv Halter: DOLA, Suma Nallapati: OIT, Jordan Beezley: DORA
This panel discussion with leaders of state agencies engaged in the collaborative effort to expand broadband throughout the state.  The panelists will discuss the key achievements over the past year and look forward to how the state will continue to contribute and coordinate the statewide effort.


What is the impact of Open Access?

Mike Lee, First Solutions
With any discussion around municipal broadband networks, there’s inevitably a heated debate about the definition of “Open Access”. There is no legal or industry standard definition and so it is often left to the interpretation of the audience. Existing incumbents claim that Open Access already exists. They argue that customers can get competing services today from any number of application providers. However competitors counter that the lack of choice in broadband providers is tantamount to a monopoly. They rail against the cost of infrastructure which creates a barrier to entry and decry the logic of overbuilding existing infrastructure – their answer to the issue being deregulation of broadband facilities. This session will explore the network design differences between these opposing perspectives and review the differences between physical/logical/application separation strategies as well as the impacts to network operations, the customer experience, and long-term planning.

The State of Broadband: Agency Perspective

This is a panel discussion with leaders of state agencies engaged in the collaborative effort to expand broadband throughout the state.  Panelists will discuss the key achievements over the past year and look forward to how the state will continue to contribute and coordinate the statewide effort.

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Internet of Things Universe

Rob Tiffany, Microsoft
Take a journey through the entire Internet of Things ecosystem from devices to analytics to visualizations. You’ll learn how all the components fit together so you can transform your business by turning insights into action.


FTTH: Deployment choices and trade-offs in the last mile

Kara Mullaley, Corning
Every network build comes with a unique combination of challenges for network owners/operators to solve according to their own business priorities. During this session, we will explore the trade-offs made within architecture, product selection, and deployment method decisions.


Putting Broadband to Work – the Realm of the Feasible

Thomas Darcy, IBM, David Southwell, Obsidian

This two (2) part presentation provides ‘something for everyone’, or perhaps in this age of IOT (Internet of Things) we should say 'something for everything'. Advances in technologies such as virtualized systems, high performance computing, advanced interconnects and non-rotating storage continue to stress the boundaries of the possible. Weight these advancements with a growing list of concerns and considerations around Big Data, Cyber-Security, Long Distance Communication and Latency and a fuller understanding of the realm of the feasible and the practical implementation of high speed connectivity become essential.

In the initial part of this presentation, David Southwell will speak to how technologies originally aimed at the high performance computing world can be beneficially deployed within and between regional data centers, underpin Smart City infrastructure and render advanced subscriber services.

The second part of this discussion, given by Tom Darcy, will depict practical examples currently being employed as transformation agents across such industries as education, commerce, infrastructure, healthcare and government services.

Together these are rapidly forming the underpinnings of numerous Smart Cities projects around the world while also creating an effective ecosystem for regional economic development.


Broadband in K-12 - Planning for the Future

Moderator:  Denise Atkinson-Shorey Panel: Arlene Salyards: NEBOCES, Tim Miles: Steamboat Springs Schools, Jarred Masterson: ECBOCES
Come learn about the Colorado Educational Broadband Coalition (CEBC).  An Advisory Committee whose goal is to provide direction, data and decision making to address the need of Colorado schools to provide equal, effective, and affordable access for every student in our state regardless of geographic condition.

Broadband connectivity for schools and libraries in Colorado lags behind other states and stands as an impediment to student learning.  Today, 47% of Colorado districts do not meet the FCC short term goals of access to 100 Mbps ( targeted by 2017) and 74% of districts in Colorado do not meet the FCC long term goal of 1 Gbps (targeted by 2020) according to the 2014 Colorado Broadband and Infrastructure Survey. The State’s Blueprint identifies the need for 1 Gbps of affordable broadband connectivity for schools, libraries and hospitals by 2020.

A small group of educational representatives have been meeting to discuss broadband challenges and have invited OIT (Governor's Office of Information Technology), BOCES, CDE and others to discuss a statewide broadband effort.   The ultimate goal is to develop a collaborative, comprehensive solution to our education needs from a statewide perspective.

Changes to E-rate and other funding sources have opened new avenues to meeting these challenges.  A panel discussion of the need, new resources and challenges is proposed.


Potholes, Pitfalls, and Problems to Avoid in Bringing Your Broadband Network to Life

Greg Manganello:, Fujitsu Network Communications
States, municipalities, and rural communities are initiating broadband projects in unprecedented numbers. Every network is unique, and you don’t have to make every mistake yourself. Lessons learned from challenging last mile and middle mile projects can help you minimize risk, get off to a fast start, and avoid the gotchas that can bust budgets and sink schedules. You won’t have to reinvent the wheel after hearing these insights from an experienced design-build, operate, and maintain network integrator.

Broadband Implementation, the Hybrid Solution

Dan Mieszala: Centerline Solutions, Mike Riley: Mid-State
It is widely acknowledged that bringing broadband through fiber to every doorstep in rural America is not practical now or in the foreseeable future.  In this session we will discuss the options for implementing broadband in these challenging areas through a hybrid solution of fiber and wireless.  The cost of bringing fiber to rural areas is prohibitive and may not be justified by density and bandwidth demand in those areas.  We will discuss alternative solutions including cooperation among existing fiber owners and potential interested parties such as municipalities, utility companies and private concerns.  Wireless options include many types of microwave and last mile solutions that can also be shared assets among interested parties.  We will outline these solution sets and the challenges that go along with them.


The Network, supporting the IoT (Internet of Things) and Social Innovation

Duke Butler, Brocade
Brocade will discuss the explosion of data and the impact on the network.  We will discuss how the network supports technology and social innovation with our partners globally.   With the growth of the smart city, changes in healthcare and the growth of IoT, Brocade is at the core of this change and we will discuss our responsibility as a technology provider and the changes we are seeing.


The Nuts & Bolts of Rio Blanco County's Fiber Deployment

Dave Russell: Calix, Blake Mobley: Rio Blanco County
Rio Blanco County’s broadband deployment has progressed rapidly over the past year.    A detailed case study, including a photographic tour of the project, with particular focus on the selected architecture and electronic equipment configurations.


Smart Cities:  How the spread of smart cities can help people live better

Lee Kedrie, HP Technology Consulting
Over 200 smart city projects are underway around the world. Denver is joining the ranks with our own version of a smart community “Pena Station Next”.  How will this community influence city planners to create a next generation Denver?  How can technology and information be used in rural areas to capitalize on this rising global trend? How can we use smart city concepts to parlay Colorado’s high “quality of life reputation” making it even better?  Smart cities are all about living better, safer, greener while reducing costs and carbon footprint. In this session we will explore how HPE’s four transformational areas are foundational for creating cities of the future.  We will also discuss opportunities for creating smart services that leverage the best of both urban and rural settings allowing people to live better!

Rural Applications for Small Cells

Charles Kennamer, Centerline Solutions
Small cells have existed for over 20 years and were initially used to offload voice networks in high capacity areas.  With the advent of wireless data, cheaper transport solutions and multiple access technologies, the potential opportunities to deploy them is far greater today.  This session will provide insight into the current network topologies that exist for small cells and their application in rural environments.


Public Sector Broadband Development Panel

Moderator: Christopher Mitchell: Institute for Local Self Reliance, Blake Mobley: Rio Blanco, Bob Farmer: Glenwood Springs, Rick Smith: Cortez, Brent Nation: Fort Morgan
Panelists have been selected from public sector broadband development projects in various stages from around the state of Colorado.  Panelists will discuss their community’s projects with Christopher Mitchell of MuniNetworks.org.  Panelists will share lessons learned building smart broadband solutions for their various types of communities.


Building a Community Broadband Platform: Lessons Learned from Success in Northern New Mexico

Luis Reyes: Kit Carson Electric, Jeff Johnson: VIAM
A community broadband platform consists of fiber, wireless and cellular. Kit Carson Electric Coop and VIAM discuss how, through their strategic partnership, they are delivering broadband benefits in Northern New Mexico needs that span nearly 3,000 square miles, 29 communities, more than 20,000 households, 3,600 businesses, nearly 200 community institutions and two Native American pueblos.


Broadband for Community Anchor Institutions

Moderator: John Windhausen: SHLB Coalition, DeLilah Collins: CO Dept. of Education, Gene Haimer: CO State Library, Brian Shepherd: CO Office of Information Technology
This panel will explore the broadband needs of schools, libraries and other anchor institutions.  The U.S. National Broadband Plan set a goal that anchor institutions in every community should have 1 Gigabit of connectivity by the year 2020.  This panel will examine whether that goal is realistic, how much progress has been made, and what work remains to be done both nationally and in Colorado.


Municipal and Governmental Broadband Partnerships – Have You Considered RLECs and RECs?

Moderator: Doug Eidhal: VantagePoint, Greg Grablander: Nunn Telephone, Jon Loe: CCT, Jon Saunders: SECOM
Governmental Broadband providers are often looking for partners to help them determine feasibility, middle mile solutions, design and operate their proposed broadband networks.  Often they look to the incumbents, large telcos or big cable and get a deaf ear.  Look locally to the rural areas surrounding your project - to smaller rural telecom or rural electric cooperatives.  They are often more progressive, more community focused, more accommodating and offer more advanced services than their larger counterparts.  Come hear about a growing partnership model in Colorado and other states where governmental network owners are partnering with rural telecoms or rural electrics to plan, design and operate a government broadband networks and the success they have achieved.


Lighting up the Montrose Economy

Virgil Turner: City of Montrose, Sandy Head: City of Montrose, Dennis Lankes: Abrams Strategic Group
In a world where fast and affordable internet service is expected, communities which have this critical infrastructure will realize economic growth and vitality, and communities without will be passed by. Businesses can only thrive where the environment is right. Just as light is critical for a plant to grow, robust internet is a necessity for thriving business. Montrose is delivering this critical ingredient and companies are starting up, moving to and expanding there in ever growing numbers. You will hear from those who are working daily to leverage crazy fast internet to grow the Montrose economy.


Fixed Wireless over LTE: Changing the way we think of Microwave-delivered Broadband

Justin Davis: Skywerx Industries, Skywerx Industries
Long Term Evolution: a term that in the past has primarily been associated with mobile platforms is now taking the world of broadband delivery by storm. Join us as we explore software defined radios and how this technology can maximize network efficiency, scalability, and growth capabilities. Discover a way to minimize your long term hardware costs and stop fork-lifting your towers every time technology changes.


Public-Private Partnership Broadband Operations and Maintenance

Alex Telthorst, Colorado Fiber Community
The Case for the Network Operator - Why Municipalities should engage a Private Partner to Extend and Operate their Network.'  This session is ideal for elected officials, municipal staff and citizens engaged or interested in local broadband improvement. We will delve into how this partnership aligns incentives, leverages public strengths in infrastructure development and private skill sets in operating, maintaining and monetizing broadband networks.

FirstNet Update - Where are we at and Where are we going?

Brian Shepherd: CO Office of Information Technology
The past year saw significant movement in the effort to develop the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) with FirstNet releasing the RFP for the nationwide solution.  With responses due to FirstNet at the end of May and state plans due by Fall of 2017 the next year will be crucial for Colorado’s effort to implement the best network possible for our first responders and local communities.  This session will focus on the specifics of the nationwide RFP, what it means for Colorado and how FirstNet Colorado is developing an alternative plan to ensure a thorough analysis of options is undertaken to determine how Colorado should proceed.


Research Perspectives:  Understanding the Barriers to Broadband Adoption

Moderator: Amina Fazlullah: Benton Foundation, Panelists: Colin Rhinesmith: Oklahoma University/Benton Foundation, Todd O'Boyle: Common Cause
This panels explores the latest research on broadband adoption and digital inclusion.  Panelists will focus on both academic and professional research discussing barriers to broadband adoption, the best practices to address, and detailing how communities investing in broadband infrastructure have planned for digital inclusion support.

Climbing to the Summit of the Best Department Of Transportation in the Nation

Ryan Rice: Colorado Department of Transportation
CDOT believes that our mobility is freedom. It connects us to one another, expands our opportunity, and lets us experience the world in new ways. We live in a world that is growing more connected every day through technology.  It gives expands our learning, community, convenience, safety, and freedom to explore the world in new ways.

CDOT has the goal of being the Best DOT in the Nation for all of our customers and is using technology to connect your travel to expand your mobility, freedom, and overall travel experience.  CDOT has identified three strategic focus areas, or peaks, that are critical areas to master in order to achieve this goal of "Best DOT in the Nation".  They are Technology, People, and a Healthy Multi-Modal System.  Within this construct, CDOT is working on many technology initiatives Department wide, particularly within safety, operations, and maintenance.  CDOT launched the RoadX Program in October 2015, a new program focused on testing and deploying transformational technologies, like Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and supporting infrastructure, with an enhanced focus on partnerships with private industry.

Gigabit To The Premise Model using Millimeter Wave technology

Craig Burgess: Siklu
Where have we been, where are we today and where are we going in delivering bandwidth to our community?  We know fiber, we know long haul point to point wireless, we know long distance point to multi-point.  Do we know how Millimeter Wave technology can be another way to build from core to edge as a utility to delivery highly reliable, high throughput  to deliver the mounting need for bandwidth to the edge?  Hybrid Fiber Wireless (HFW) is a great way to build and deliver bandwidth and extend your budget over straight fiber build.