2017 Abstracts

2017 Mountain Connect Abstracts


Ignite your RFP Community Panel Discussion
Facilitator: Deb Socia

Panel: Drew Davis: Larimer County, Sarah Vaine: Summit County, Virgil Turner: Montrose, John Bowcut: Spanish Fork, UT, Eric Lampland: Lookout Point Communications, Joanne Hovis: CTC Technology & Energy

Community RFP Presentations followed by an open Panel Dialog addressing:

  • Defining when a city might choose to use an RFI as opposed to an RFP?
  • When should a city/county propose/not propose an RFI or RFP?
  • What are the mistakes you(or other cities you know) have made that we could highlight so others do not make the same mistakes?
  • How do you market an RFP?  How do you get multiple responses?  Are there best practices you can share?
  • Once you receive responses, how do you go about selecting a vendor from the proposals you receive?  References?  Interviews?


How Chattanooga Became a Gig City
Colman Keane: EPB

It’s a fair question. How does a mid-sized southern town challenged by a trend of creeping decline in the last half of the 20th Century become the standard for 21st Century Internet connectivity and smart power distribution? To begin with, one must understand that it is not so much what Chattanooga has accomplished as much as how they have accomplished it.

Joint this conversation with one of the architects behind this massive change, Colman Keane to learn:

  • What motivates a city and a utility to make such a big change
  • How EPB of Chattanooga revolutionized their system reliability by deploying a fiber optic communications network and over 1400 intelligent switches across their entire system… in just two and half years.
  • Facts and results from the years of the system being online
  • The lessons EPB and the city learned that will help you plan and prepare for your own system
  • How to leverage a system to improve quality of life and promote economic development

Established as an independent board of the City of Chattanooga in 1935, EPB is a municipally-owned utility that provides electric power and fiber optic communications services as a means of promoting economic development and enhancing quality of life across the local area.


FirstNet: America’s First-ever Nationwide Public Safety Network
Delivering a broadband network for Colorado’s public safety community
Garett Doyle: AT&T FirstNet, Justin Shore: FirstNet

AT&T is honored to work with FirstNet to build, deploy and maintain the first-ever nationwide public safety broadband network for America’s first responders. This opportunity aligns with AT&T’s nearly 140-year history of serving the U.S. federal government and the public safety community. We’re committed to helping deliver the next generation of highly secure, reliable, and innovative mobile broadband communications to first responders through the FirstNet network.

AT&T and FirstNet will discuss the mission of delivering this dedicated network to first responders as it strengthens and modernizes public safety’s communications capabilities, enabling them to coordinate and respond more quickly and effectively in accidents, disasters, and emergencies. FirstNet will provide first responders like law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical personnel with access to new technologies and increased capacity and reliability for their mobile communications and data needs.


The Community of Tomorrow. A Discussion on the key forces and the impact on the Infrastructure
John McEntee: Juniper Networks

This presentation will cover:

Increased urbanization: By 2030, 6 out of every 10 people in the world will live in cities. By 2050, it will be 7 out of 10. While this trend mostly driven by migrations of people from rural to urban areas in Africa and China, the % of the population living in cities in the US and most of Europe continues to rise.  And this is counter-intuitive to many people who thought that the spread of the internet would push people to live and work remotely. But the trend continues and there has been a renewed understanding of the importance of proximity to innovation and of cities to economic growth (North America & Europe).

 More demanding citizens: We’ve seen the “consumerization” of IT. Many of us are walking around with a supercomputer in our pocket connected to the internet and everyone expects all services to be on-demand and available anytime and anywhere, and often, for free.

 Economic competition: Competition is now global and cities are competing to attract people and companies. And the competition is tough: Singapore, Hong Kong, London, New York, etc. Urban revitalization efforts that make a city a better place to live and work are a part of this dynamic.

And these forces put stress on the current infrastructure, which is often ageing and inadequate to deal with the congestion. Now the good news is that technology costs continue to drop and IT and connectivity are becoming pervasive. And today’s smartphones are becoming not just a “delivery platform” for services, but also a “sensor network” for smart city applications.


Achieving Rapid Deployment of Broadband to Stay Ahead of the Curve
John Honker: Magellan Advisors

Community leaders are faced with many decisions concerning how to bring leading edge broadband services to their communities. This session will break down what appears a monumental task into five key steps that can fast track the process, enabling communities to see real improvement in local broadband within 18 months and take fiscally responsible steps to do so.

This session will present innovative case studies on communities that have raised awareness of broadband issues and taken innovative steps to solve them through economically viable approaches that marry public and private capabilities.

Every community is unique and no single approach to resolving broadband issues exists. Learn how to identify the near-term opportunities and low-hanging fruit that create the catalyst to expand broadband on a community-wide basis.


Comcast’s MachineQ/Smart City Solution, Gig Service, and the Launch of Xfinity Mobile
Jake Murphy, Jessica Phillips,  Julio Merette: Comcast MachineQ Group

Comcast's MachineQ, a new Comcast service that leverages the latest in sensor, network, and software technologies to gather, transmit, and create actionable intelligence from the physical world. With applications for Smart Communities and Infrastructure, Smart Buildings and Campuses, and Transportation Logistics, MachineQ technology can help municipal and private sector enterprises improve their operations by generating, collecting, and analyzing data.

This panel will also cover the latest developments in Comcast's rollout of residential gigabyte service and its launch of Xfinity Mobile.


Critical Communications Revolution: Understanding FirstNet and the Impact to Emergency Communications
Brian Shepherd: Governor's Office of Information Technology

There is perhaps no public service that will be more impacted by the wireless communications revolution than public safety.  Between the upcoming implementation of the FirstNet initiative to the integration of Smart technology, how our first responders communicate and operate is about to change. This transformation will begin the shift from public safety communications to the idea of Critical Communications.  No longer will the traditional first responders (Fire, Law Enforcement, EMS) operate or communicate in silos.  From preventative monitoring to multi-agency responses to real-time data sharing the integration of Next Generation 9-1-1, Intelligent Transportation, Public Works and other critical public services will create a comprehensive communications system.  This presentation will review Colorado's approach to the FirstNet initiative while looking at the greater impact of Critical Communications and the practical implications to communities and what they can do to prepare.


How Park county government is solving the equation: ParkCo + CFC + DOLA + CTN + USAC + IREA = Rural Broadband
Moderator: Randy Reznik: Colorado Telehealth Network
Panel: Charlie Wick: Colorado Telehealth Network, Alex Telhorst: Colorado Fiber Community, Mike Brazell: Park County

Is your community looking to solve its own rural broadband problems? Come hear how Park County government worked with private partners to combine State and local funds to leverage federal funds to build a municipal network in a challenging mountainside environment.


Building your Smart City - In the beginning there was Fiber...
Allen Meyer: Sherpa Fiber

Smart Cities" is a great buzz word for today but in reality, not may people outside of the telecom industry truly understand what this means.

Cities across the country share common challenges when it comes to technology - there is a strong demand by citizens coupled with a very strong resistance to provide the capital investment required to deliver the solutions.

Sherpa Fiber has looked at the the current landscape and future potential of smart cities and FTTx networks and how they can benefit communities of all sizes.  We have identified the critical infrastructure necessary to support Smart City initiatives and have even created models to provide the appropriate financing to build these networks.

This presentation will describe some of the more popular Smart City applications and solutions and also provide insight on the infrastructure needed to support these applications.  We will also discuss some of the financing models that have been used in the past and review their results, as well as introduce a newer model that has the potential of breaking down all of the resistance and barriers that cities encounter in their efforts to have high speed broadband technology in their communities.

David vs. The Goliaths: Developing a Winning Video Strategy 3.0
Mark Chambers: NRTC, Frank Scotello: Pulse Broadband, John Monday: DMEA/Elevate

Deploying fiber is a big investment and becoming an ISP is daunting enough. With end users streaming apps such as Netflix and Amazon, how do you effectively create and deploy a video strategy while monetizing this opportunity? Is it possible to successfully enter the video market against these Goliaths? The answer is…

Join NRTC’s Mark Chambers for a valuable discussion about the steps you need to take to build a successful video offering. You’ll learn about the current video environment and how various content delivery platforms are viewed by programmers, from local affiliates, to regional sports networks, clear up to national content providers. At the end of the session, you’ll be equipped with the tools you need to determine the video strategy that will work best for your business.


How Infrastructure is Enabling the Mobile Revolution
Kay Henze: Zayo

For the past five years, video and streaming have driven dramatic growth in mobile traffic. New technologies and applications -- including sophisticated healthcare monitoring, virtual reality applications, machine to machine applications and smart city innovation -- will continue to drive demand for mobile bandwidth. Communications infrastructure, particularly high-capacity fiber, is a key enabler to increasing wireless capacity as we evolve to 5G. Zayo is engaged with both service providers and major wireless carriers in strategies to increase density and capacity. Continued innovation, collaboration and acceleration will be required to enable a whole host of groundbreaking services that are already revolutionizing the way we live, work and play.


Public Private Partnerships Demystified
Lori Sherwood: VantagePoint
Doug Adams: The Think Agency
Chris Kennedy: Region 10 Council of Governments
Chris Perlitz: Municipal Capital Markets

Public Private Partnerships (P3s) are “trending” bigly in municipal broadband – but are they a proven method to build and maintain a muni network? This session explores the different types of P3s and discusses the benefits and pitfalls of different P3 options. What are the key steps to take? What are the go/no go decision points? What does the financing look like? What is the timeframe? How realistic is this option?


Where to look for your Private Partner
Bruce Patterson, City of Ammon, ID

Public Private Partnerships are at the forefront of building community networks.  The new administration has indicated that they want to pursue public private partnerships for all infrastructure.  For a local loop infrastructure provider they should be looking towards their property owners rather than a provider.


Smart City Hybrid Networking & High Growth Applications
Moderator: Scott Jackson: Graybar
Panel: Mark Tichenor: OnTrac, Jaime Espinoza: Corning, Troy Harms: Acuity Brands Lighting

Attending this panel will provide insight on business modeling for the networks required to manage, monitor and deliver smart city applications. The panelist will provide the following insight:

  • Optical, wireless and mobility type networks working together in the city environment.
  • Considerations for an “IoT Canopy” network for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.
  • High Visibility Applications covered: Fiber Optics (FTTH & Other), Best Practices for installation for last mile/MDU (the most expensive aspect of construction) and Lighting (Lighting & Lighting Controls).
  • Business Modeling & Cost Effective Best Practices


Tuesday Lunch Keynote Panel: Broadband Policy Lost in the woods
Moderator: Phil Weiser: Silicon Flatirons,
Panel: Christopher Mitchell: Institute for Local Self Reliance, Blair Levin: Brookings Institute


The Evolution of Wireless
Duke Butler: Brocade

We will look at how wireless technology is evolving and what is on the horizon.  Wireless access will have an impact on both smart cities and rural locations, while providing device access for next generations of IoT devices.  We will look at some of the technology and security implications behind this evolution.


Public Private Partnerships (P3)
Jim Baller: Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

For a community seeking affordable access to advanced communications networks today, a P3 may be the best option.  For some communities, it may be the only option.  P3s come in many shapes and sizes, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.  This presentation will address the key business and legal considerations involved.


Funding Challenges & Opportunities for Rural Community Anchor Institutions
Moderator: John Windhausen: SHLB Coalition
Panel: Carrie Coogan: Kansas City Public Library
John Chisom: Education Superhighway
Denise Atkinson-Shorey: e-Luminosity

Community anchor institutions are playing an increasingly important role in the broadband ecosystem. The Federal E-rate program rules are encouraging greater investment in fiber networks serving schools and libraries, and several school systems and libraries around the country are benefiting from lower costs and more competition.  The FCC's Rural Healthcare program, however, is in a bit of crisis, as the demand for funding has outstripped the $400 M cap on available funds for the first time.  Several states are increasing their commitment to fund network deployment to rural anchor institutions.  This session will explore how funding challenges and opportunities are allowing libraries, schools and health providers to expand their use of broadband to serve the entire community.


Dublin, OH Smart City Initiative
Doug McCollough: City of Dublin

Municipalities now occupy a nexus connecting the technologies that will enable the interconnected lifestyles and operations of individuals and businesses. As the broader development of innovations in the realms of Connectivity, Automation, Machine Learning, Data Analytics, and Mobility accelerate and merge, uncertainty arises regarding the practical application of the new technology based opportunities. When we include more specific impact points, such as blockchain, cybersecurity, cryptocurrency, autonomous vehicles, and predictive analytics, the uncertainty can turn to fear. This is where government can contribute to the advancement of innovation. As a society, we need to consider policy, standards, legitimacy, authenticity, and the "rules of the road" in the new arena's of innovation.

The City of Dublin, Ohio has been a center of innovation in the realm of connectivity with the implementation of the Dublink fiber optics network; a 125 mile fiber conduit system connecting the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARNET), the Ohio Super Computer, and the State of Ohio's only GENI Rack. Becoming a Broadband community led to recognition as a Top 21 or Top 7 award seven times with the Intelligent Communities Forum (ICF), and the founding of the Global Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community in Dublin Ohio; one of only two such institutes in the world. Now, with the NW 33 Smart Mobility Corridor Federal Grant, Dublin is poised to extend it's activities as a full innovation ecosystem with forays into Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Predictive Analytics, and Smart Cities, all resulting from a broadband economy strategy.

As a leader in the Smart Mobility implementation project, the ICF Global Institute, and partner with larger initiatives such as Smart Columbus, Doug will discuss how communities must connect enabling technologies with research, policy, Public-Private Partnerships, Grants, and direct investment in order to realize the hoped for future of Smart and Connected communities.


One View from Washington
Glenn Reynolds: NTIA

Increasing Broadband access can be a unifying public policy goal – but agreeing on how to accomplish that goal can be a much bigger challenge. NTIA is established by statute as the principal advisor to the President on communications policy, a role that puts it at the forefront of achieving this goal. Besides ensuring appropriate policies to encourage greater broadband deployment and adoption, NTIA (i) managed the $4 Billion Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, which included more than $3 Billion in infrastructure grants; (ii) has worked with hundreds of communities to provide assistance in expanding broadband capacity and use; and (iii) chairs a multi-agency working group to ensure that all federal agencies understand how their missions can impact broadband access. One of the most important lessons learned from these experiences is…there is no single right answer to the question of what technology is right for getting broadband deployed. This session will discuss some of these lessons learned, including some of the considerations in choosing between wired and wireless technologies.


How Fiber-to-the-Home Networks are built throughout Rural America
Jonathan Chambers: Conexon

Rural electric cooperatives were formed to bring electricity to areas of the country unserved by investor-owned utilities. Today, those same cooperatives are building fiber-to-the-home networks to their members. Learn how cooperatives provide broadband, and how your rural community can be served with gigabit internet access.


Moving Beyond the Feasibility Study 
Moderator: Aman Sehgal: Virtual Gateway Labs
Panel: Jeff Christensen: Entry Point Networks, Jeffrey Gavlinski: Mountain Connect

Growing numbers of cities are thinking about municipal broadband but the number of cities moving beyond the feasibility study toward actual implementations is still small in relative terms.


Developing an IPTV Product
Layne Sisk, ServerPlus & Real Choice TV

IPTV is the VoIP of 5 years ago. Deciding whether or not to get into IPTV and whether to do it yourself or resell an existing solution is a big challenge.  Layne has spent the past couple of years helping to develop Real Choice TV, and has the bumps and bruises to prove it.  Layne will discuss the intricacies of developing an IPTV product, including such things as equipment (hardware/software) required, retransmission agreements, set-top boxes, bandwidth requirements, and pricing.


Wednesday Keynote

A Municipal Broadband Utility
Unique Perspectives For Building a City-Wide Fiber Network and Operating a Non-Traditional Fiber Optic Service
Ernie Staten, City of Fairlawn, OH

The focus of this presentation is the unique aspects of the FairlawnGig project. Ernie will discuss his vision for financing, building, and operating a fiber and wireless network; and his experience in providing outstanding service for businesses and residents in the FairlawnGig footprint.  Whether you work in the public sector or private industry, this presentation is a must see for new business models.

What's driving rapid innovation in rural broadband?
Steve Coran: Lerman Senter, Ted Osborn: WISP Partners, Matt Larsen: Vistabeam,  Jimmy Carr: All Points Broadband, Rick Harnish, Bai Cells

How will the convergence of the Connect America Fund, Citizen’s Band Radio Service, and Long Term Evolution innovate broadband access for rural America?

The FCC has adopted the highly-innovative shared use model for putting under-utilized spectrum to work on Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) applications. Under the Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS), affordable spectrum assets are becoming available to a wide range of existing and new entrants who serve broadband access to rural markets. This new Spectrum Access System (SAS) is driving innovation in radio technology using Standards based (LTE) equipment that promises to deliver 100Mbps performance to Internet users soon. Notably, the Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II Reverse Auction promises to bring $2.15 billion of capital to bear for serving up to 1.5 million rural locations. Capital, spectrum, and technology coming together in 2017 will change how rural Americans become connected with true broadband access.

Our panelists of experts will provide insight and commentary on these converging developments.


City of Centennial's Fiber Commission
Moderator: Tim Scott, City of Centennial
Panel: Ken Lucas, City of Centennial
Stephanie Piko, City of Centennial
CJ Whelan, City of Centennial

We will provide project background, policy steps and the background to the creation of the Fiber Commission. Commission members led by CJ Whelan talk about the Commission creation, objectives, balancing with City Council etc.


3 Paths to the three layer Public Private Partnership Model
Ben Bawtree-Jobson, SiFi Networks

SiFi Networks CEO, will discuss live examples of projects in development, the issues and the solutions found to getting these projects to a financial close and the role that the public sector can play  in making FTTP a reality. Alternative financial models to achieving world leading infrastructure will be examined as well as operations, service provision, the role of Smart City applications and what barriers remain in the way.


The Time Is Now. Make Your City Smart
Robert Worden: Fujitsu Network Communications

By now, everyone knows that smart cities are the way of the future, but if you think that they’re just about offering shiny new applications to your residents, think again. In this fascinating session, you’ll learn about the key building blocks that support smart cities, including network infrastructure, security, the Internet of Things (IoT) platform, data analytics, and the cloud, as well as all those shiny new IoT applications. You’ll discover ways to demonstrate the financial viability of smart cities, and you’ll learn about creative strategies that municipalities have leveraged to increase the attractiveness of their communities for economic development dollars, a larger tax base, quality of life improvements, and more. So make the smart choice: attend this session and find out how to bring the smart city concept to your area.


Carrier Class Wireless Broadband for Service Providers
Les Sparrey: Radwin

Rural Electric Cooperatives and ILECs have each brought lifesaving services to rural communities as far back as 100 years.  Both, as well as WISPs now bring internet service to what most consider as critical as electric and phone services. They typically deliver services by two main methods, Wireless and Fiber. Both delivery methods of broadband are incredibly viable methods, but each has its short comings…if you’re not using carrier class wireless equipment that you can consistently count on delivering 25/3 baseline service no matter if it’s at 2:00AM or 7:00PM (peak hours), you must ask yourself, am I serving my community well? FTTH, gives you gig speeds, but it’s often slow and costly to deploy or can’t be deployed due to water or terrain. What if a wireless manufacturer could actually deliver 25/25 symmetrical bandwidth service to the home even during Peak Hours? Learn how RECs, ILECs and WISPs are accomplishing it successfully today. RADWIN is working with CAF recipients, utilizing spectrum re-use, Beamforming technology and High Capacity wireless technology that can deliver up to 3Gbps in a ring and hasten high capacity deployments so that residence don’t have to wait months or years to receive true high speed internet service.


Why Open Access is the Right Choice for Communities
Bjorn Wannman: COS Systems

An increasing number of US cities are considering a deployment of fiber networks to ensure job creation, economic development and quality of life for their residents. Community leaders realize that the younger generations and businesses of the future will not accept inadequate broadband access. What they also realize is that the incumbent providers will prioritize their investments to the bigger markets where the business case is the most favorable. It’s simply how the market dynamics work. For the US to reach its national broadband target and to stay competitive in an increasingly connected world, cities need to build networks.

This session, which will end with an audience involved discussion will elaborate on what an open access network is and why it’s the right model for a city building a network. It will exemplify the difference between a last mile and a middle mile open access network and deep dive in the model that has proven to be very successful in many markets, especially in Sweden. The session will also look into demand aggregation, letting future subscribers pre-register in neighborhood zones, and why that is quickly becoming the natural first step of fiber deployments. While there is a lot of technical focus in this industry for obvious reasons, this session is not for the techies, but those who want to find the right model to build an economically sustainable network and a model that will ensure high adoption and reasonably priced services to subscribers.


Fiber Everywhere!
Heather Gold, Fiber Broadband Association

Each community needs more fiber -- and we will explore the trends in the US which are forcing such a response in order to stay part of the competitive economy, the growth of Smart Cities, 5G and IoT.  Heather will provide details on the new brand launch of the FTTHC and how they plan to serve all consumers that need and want more fiber in their communities.


Using Communications Infrastructure as a Smart Highway Development Tool
Moderator: Kevin Glynn: eX2 Technology
Panel: Daniel Corey: AECOM, Lesley Mace: CDOT, Carl Rundell: TSPS

Utilizing high-speed voice, data and video communication technology, today’s ITS networks provide the traveling public with reliable, real-time information that allows for smarter, more informed transportation decisions. From truck parking availability to connected vehicles to autonomous transportation, these disruptive technologies are continuing to emerge daily. And, while these applications may result in safer, more connected roadways, they demand a substantial amount of bandwidth and network capacity.

This panel will discuss the future of travel, the importance of investing in communications infrastructure and how public-private partnerships can be implemented for continued deployment and scalability of ITS applications. Hear views from the transportation department end user, ITS engineer, network integrator and solutions provider. Learn industry best practices on maximizing assets and attaining a positive return on your investment while benefitting from secure, reliable connectivity.


A Phased Approach to Feasibility
Curtis Dean, Todd Kielkopf: Smart Source Consulting

For communities that have been authorized to do so by voters, the next logical step historically has been conducting a comprehensive feasibility study and business case. These studies can cost many tens of thousands of dollars, which is barrier for communities that first want to know “can a municipal telecom utility make a meaningful positive impact to our community and would our community support it?”

An alternative concept is to take a phased approach to feasibility. The process is divided into two logical steps:   (a) community engagement and education including stakeholder interviews, with an analysis tailored to determining the likelihood that a feasibility study would result in a positive outlook on the formation of a utility, and then (b) the remaining traditional feasibility steps (design, cost estimate, business and financial plan, etc.) that builds on the information gathered in the first phase.

The pre-feasibility phase measures consumer attitudes about incumbent providers, support for the concept of a community fiber broadband network, and community barriers to forming a utility. Methods used include social media engagement, surveys, one-on-one stakeholder meetings that identify key pain points at anchor entities, and group discussions with citizens. Economic development and quality of life impacts are points of emphasis, which is important to begin defining measures of success if the telecom initiative proceeds. This is also a means to identify potential partners, local allies, and detractors.

If the pre-feasibility study finds that conditions are favorable for further exploration, community leaders more-confidently move forward with a full feasibility study. The consultant that performs it is able to utilize the data collected during pre-feasibility in making their business case assumptions. If the pre-feasibility phase doesn’t provide this confidence, they stop the process and avoid or postpone the additional expense.


Does OTT make Cable TV the Walking Dead?
Jerry Caloroso: StreamVision TV

The cable companies added Internet and telephone to make a profit because they were losing money on every video customer. If you are considering offering pay premium TV on your existing network infrastructure we will ask the question "Is it a smart move to add the cable company's money losing video content to your business?"  In this session we will ask some hard questions and explore the origins of cable industry and see where we can find some help to gauge the future.  The results will show examples of how your company can leverage OTT and earn revenue on your existing infrastructure.  Here are some of the questions answered:

  1. What does OTT really mean for the Wisp, CableCo, and TelCo service providers?

  2. What options are there for revenue now that the consumer can now buy that content however they want with OTT Apps like Sling and Direct TV Now?

  3. Are the content providers going to create programs to share in that revenue?


The Messiness of Innovation: How emerging technology infrastructure demands new types of civic order
Aaron Deacon, KC Digital Drive

Much has been made about the power of cities—that they’re the place where innovation happens, that they are where the real work of government gets done, that they hold some less partisan antidote to Washington gridlock. It is at the city scale that technology infrastructure, like Google’s ambitious fiber-to-the-home project, are deployed. But the resulting confluence of the digital and physical worlds differentiates such projects from other civil engineering projects, like sewers and roads. The way the digital world alters our sense of place and the restrictions of geography also forces us to reorient the way our communities make decisions about their future.


Deployment Strategy for Providing the Best in-home Wi-Fi Customer Experience to your Subscribers
Lonny Maler, Calix

It’s clear service providers of all varieties and sizes are expanding the reach of their access networks by establishing a strategic point of presence – including a Wi-Fi access point – within the home for the best user experience.  While the convergence of network demarcation and service delivery center works for many companies, others require the ability to terminate access inside the premise and flexibility to place the service delivery center in an optimal location for Wi-Fi performance.  This session will examine the benefits of both approaches as well as the best practices for access termination and Wi-Fi access point placement.


Sterling Ranch: Colorado's First Ground-up Smart City
Moderator: Michael Pecot: Jiggsa
Panel: Brock Smethills: Lumiere Fiber, Drew Finkelstein: CenturyLink, Marty Skolnick: Siemens

If you could start from scratch, how would you build your city?   Sterling Ranch Colorado is a currently under construction as a 3,400 acre next generation master planned community zoned for 12,000+ residential units (31,000 residents at build out), a 30,000 sf civic center, up to 3.5 million gsf of retail/commercial, eight schools, 35+ miles of trails and a 100 acre planned sports campus. Sterling Ranch has its first model homes open and will have the first resident moving into their home in July 2017.

The development visionaries recognized early on that advancing broadband (fiber and wireless) technology and integrated automated systems are the driving force of residential, societal, entrepreneurial, governmental, and political change. Looking to the future, Sterling Ranch incorporated a home run fiber network (Lumiere and CenturyLink), technology standards (Corning and Calix) and revolutionary municipal/residential systems (Siemens) to create a community that can adapt to the needs of residents and businesses for the next 50 years.


Long Term Evolution – Changing the Wireless Landscape
Chris Daniels: Telrad

Every telecom operator and ISP faces the same challenges – how to increase revenues, while decreasing costs. There are different strategies an operator may take on, trying to maximize subscribers on the network, upgrading the technology, finding equipment that can overcome non-line-of-sight (NLOS) challenges, and many more. LTE is now emerging as the best solution for fixed broadband applications. The business case has been proven - it is the most appropriate solution for service providers. LTE is standards-based, best meets FCC guidelines, addresses CBRS requirements and outperforms proprietary solutions in many real-field applications. Find out how LTE can work for your business.


Community Owned Fiber: The Sea Ranch Case Study
Kevin Richter: Cannon Companies, Frank Bell, The Sea Ranch

The Sea Ranch, a small community along the northern California coast, had poor Internet connectivity and was essentially abandoned by the incumbent ILECs and cable operators.  Today The Sea Ranch has some of the fastest Internet service on the California coast and a modern community owned fiber network connecting every home and business. This presentation and Q&A will go in depth on how an established community, worked with private partner GigabitNow, developed, deployed, and operates a Gigabit Fiber Network when no one else could.


Collaborative Network Security & Design: A School District Perspective
Erik Moore: Adams 12 Five Star Schools

Embedding security early into collaborative regional network designs.  this presentation addresses the responsibilities and risks of the Confidentiality, Integrity, and availability of data running through collaborative networks and reviewing the options for maintaining information security by using the characteristics of network design at the contract/policy, multiplexing, switching, and application layers.


What Makes a Smart City - What makes it Sustainable?
Mark Thompson: Samsung

Looking at a Smart City’s functions, purposes and sustainability: a city that strategically utilizes many smart factors such as Information and Communication Technology to increase the city’s sustainable growth and strengthen city functions, while keeping the citizens’ happiness and wellness in mind.


Achieving capacities over 1Gbps wirelessly
Martins Dzelde: SAF

This session will discuss aggregation methods within available spectrum, connecting multiple radios to single antenna, myths about data rates, benefits over fiber and new technologies becoming widespread in wireless technologies for achieving capacities over 1 Gbps.


Broadband Adoption & Utilization: Keys to Success
Bill Coleman: Community Technology Advisors

Broadband infrastructure is like a health club membership.  Broadband networks must be used to provide value.  Just like there are all kinds of reasons to go to the gym, there are powerful discouraging forces as well.  Bad habits, lack of resource, fear, more comfortable short-term alternatives.  All of these retraining forces are even more powerful when you go it alone.  But by moving forward with friends, or in the case of broadband, as a community, many of these forces are overcome through group learning, best practices, positive reinforcement and immediate rewards.  This presentation will describe a process used in more than rural 30 communities at a variety of geographies - towns, cities, counties, tribal reservations and economic development regions - that has demonstrably increased the rate of broadband adoption, addressed digital inclusion, spurred training of youth, elders and business owners.  The process engages a wide range of community stakeholders, preferably in partnership with one ore more area broadband providers to quickly benchmark the community on a number of critical competitiveness elements and then to implement collaborative projects that will bring them closer to their community vision.  In communities where broadband infrastructure is a critical issue, this process stimulates use of existing infrastructure and builds consensus around the need for new infrastructure investment.  With new networks  in place, momentum builds to realize the network’s full potential, sweeping away the myriad of other inhibitors to sophisticated community-wide technology adoption.


Colorado Educational Broadband Coalition
Denise Shorey: e-Lumosity, Tim Miles: Steamboat Springs Schools, Jarred Masterson: East Central BOCES, Arlene Salyards: North East BOCES

A group of K12 educators have been working together to bring affordable broadband to rural parts of Colorado.  In 2016 districts were paying more than $35/mb in some areas of Colorado when Education Superhighway lists the national benchmark price per mb at $3.00. With projected demand for bandwidth in schools growing at 65% a year, what can schools do to make the internet connections affordable?  How can districts work with providers to make robust, reliable and affordable connections for students?  There are some of the topics this panel will address.


Municipal Planning – Including Smart City Applications in your Strategic Broadband Plan
Diane Kruse: Neo Connect

Many municipalities and communities understand the importance of offering advanced high-speed Internet services to their constituents.  Just as importantly, communities need to include smart city applications in their planning for better broadband.  This session will discuss the collaborative ways communities can plan for enhancements to public safety, the explosion of the Internet of Things, better traffic management and numerous other smart city applications, in addition to planning for Gigabit-enabled broadband services.


Making Municipal Fiber a Success
Roger Timmerman: Utopia

UTOPIA Fiber has turned the corner and is now building out new communities with a sustainable model that covers all debt and operating expenses, while providing the fastest speeds and most competitive service provider environment in the country.  Come learn how your project can benefit from a proven model, established designs, financing models, and service provider environment of the 11 city UTOPIA Fiber project.


Federal and State Legislative & Regulatory Update - What's New?
Lynn Notarianni: Colorado Public Utilities Commission


Universal Wireless Considerations
Derek Underwood: Cambium

Selecting the right tool for the job – Factors when determining what wireless connectivity solution to use based on your application:

-licensed vs unlicensed
-propagation vs capacity
-reliability vs throughput
-standards vs proprietary
-importance of spectral efficiency
-importance of a synchronized network


Wyoming Equality Network - Moving Wyoming Forward

Troy Babbitt: Wyoming Department of Transportation, Sean Moore: Wyoming Department of Enterprise Technology Services

The State of Wyoming, Department of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) had the responsibility to redesign and incorporate two existing networks (Wyoming Equality Network - (WEN) and the State agency network) into one to become the Unified Network. This new design greatly improved network infrastructure, bandwidth and quality of service. Today the WEN provides maximum redundancy, has Lowest Corresponding Price (LCP) and scalability for future expansion in the roadmap of the Unified Network.


General Session Panel Debate: Are RFIs Impeding Progress?
Moderator: Deb Socia: Next Century Cities
Panel: Aaron Deacon: KC Digital Drive, Lori Sherwood: VantagePoint, John Honker: Magellan Advisors

This panel will debate the merits of whether or not RFI's are actually leading to communities moving forward with broadband projects or are they nothing more than exercises in information gathering that expose gaps in planning?  The panel will also explore alternative considerations for communities.