October 26

11:00 am

Conference Welcome Message

Welcome messages for our 2020 Virtual Conference.

  • 11:00 am to 11:15 am

11:15 am

Community Development

Keynote: Prioritizing Home Access for K-12 Learning: The Chattanooga Story

Like most school districts, Covid-19 created a dilemma for Hamilton County Public Schools: far too many of our students lacked home access. Chattanooga’s local utility (Electric Power Board), the City … Read more

12:00 pm

Sponsor Networking Break

Please network with our Sponsors and refresh yourself for the start of our breakout sessions!

  • 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm

12:30 pm

Community Development

Colorado Broadband Deployment Fund: History, Accomplishments and Future

Access to broadband service has a strong correlation with economic development and well-being. The Broadband Fund exists to connect communities with providers and cooperatives, and fuel economic growth in rural … Read more

Community Development

Fiber Deployment – Some Starting Questions for Munis and COOPs

Power utilities, including municipalities and electric coops, have increasingly begun to deploy fiber optic networks, both for internal use as well as to provide service to end users.  Since utilities … Read more

Emerging Technologies

Digital Government Strategy in the Age of Covid

The global pandemic is disrupting government operations and requiring cities to revisit how they’re operating on a day-to-day basis. Many have or are thinking about implementing a comprehensive a digital … Read more

Wireless

5G Fact and Fiction for Local Officials

Wireless carriers have begun small cell deployments and municipal officials are facing a barrage of opposing pressure from states, industry, and citizen groups. With health and aesthetic concerns rising, and … Read more

1:00 pm

Community Development

What is Our National Broadband Infrastructure Policy?

This discussion will examine how policymakers in Washington have approached broadband policy to date, the challenges that remain in overcoming the digital divide, and the funding programs and other policies … Read more

Emerging Technologies

San Mateo County’s Approach to Digital Equity and E-Learning

San Mateo County decided in the midst of this pandemic to be proactive in preparing for E-Learning should schools not reopen.  We will discuss the drivers behind the initiative and … Read more

Emerging Technologies

Future Applications Network Impacts

This session will explore future applications and their impact to network infrastructure.  We will explore how 8K Cloud Gaming and Video Streaming, 360 Degree Video Augmented and Virtual Reality as … Read more

Wireless

The Ultimate Customer Experience – Is Wi-Fi 6 and Managed Wi-Fi Enough?

Probably not! Wi-Fi 6 and Managed Wi-Fi are quickly becoming “table stakes” when looking to deliver the ultimate customer experience. Today, progressive service providers are leveraging these technologies and capabilities … Read more

1:30 pm

Sponsor Networking Break

Please visit with our Sponsors and refresh yourself!

  • 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm

2:00 pm

Community Development

How a Municipal FTTH Network Helps Its Community Thrive

Even before COVID, there was an ever growing need for rural broadband. In today’s world, it is more important than ever before. We will be discussing how a municipal fiber … Read more

Community Development

Lessons Learned from Government Owned Broadband Networks (GONs) and Implications for Solving ‘Digital Divide’ Problems

In this presentation, I review the performance of GONs. I highlight the insights I have gained in my 20+ years studying GONs. Key insights from my research include the following: … Read more

Emerging Technologies

5 Year Review – A Reflection on What Fast Company Magazine calls “The Best Fiber Optic Network in America.”

The Ammon Network was launched in 2016. Over these five years, Ammon has been the subject of more than 75 articles, one short documentary, a visit from a sitting FCC … Read more

Wireless

Best Practices of Small Cell Deployment in the Rights of Way

Many cities in the country and in Colorado have been prompted to develop small cell wireless permitting processes. In the last year, as required by the Order, many cities have … Read more

2:30 pm

Community Development

What’s Driving the Need for 10G PON Networks?

The need for bandwidth has never been greater, as the network is now our lifeline to work, school, healthcare, and more. Not all fiber networks are created equal however, and … Read more

Emerging Technologies

Access, Equity, and Inclusion – Missing Bridges Across the Digital Divide

If you don’t know you have access to broadband Internet, you don’t have access. Significant portions of communities that have broadband infrastructure in place still do not have access due … Read more

Wireless

Rio Blanco County – a Success Story for Rural Municipal Broadband

Rio Blanco County’s Cody Crooks and Castle Rock Microwave’s Brett Bonomo reveal a model for successful public/private partnerships for rural broadband highlighting a fool-proof middle-mile focus, managing outside funding, enlisting … Read more

Wireless

5 Steps to Get Your Subscribers to Fall in Love with You

Tired of building pipes? GOOD. So are we! Join Josh & Jordan as they discuss strategies to transform your business from network plumbers to offering unique subscriber experiences. The end … Read more

3:00 pm

Sponsor Networking Break

Please visit with our Sponsors and refresh yourself for the last breakout sessions of the day!

  • 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

3:30 pm

Community Development

Digital Equity Data

The pandemic has drawn attention to the lack of broadband service in homes. The biggest barriers are lack of affordable broadband and digital literacy skills. Join us for a robust … Read more

Community Development

Canada’s Intertwined Regulatory and Funding Regimes for Rural Broadband

The Pandemic has applied renewed pressure on all levels of government to address the digital divide. The panel will take a critical look at the current Federal regulatory regimes vis-à-vis … Read more

Emerging Technologies

The Future of the Edge in Western States is Rural

The future of the internet is the edge, and the future of the edge is rural. In this session we will show how smaller non-urban markets are a proving ground … Read more

Wireless

The Benefits of Multi-band Backhaul

In this session, you will provided a comprehensive overview on the benefits of wireless backhaul.  Questions to be covered include: What is Multi-band Backhaul? Why is it important? Benefits? What … Read more

October 27

11:00 am

Conference Welcome Message

Welcome message for day 2 our 2020 Virtual Conference.

  • 11:00 am to 11:10 am

11:10 am

Community Development

US Ignite Special Announcement!

On October 5, 2020, US Ignite announced that it had received a cooperative agreement from the National Science Foundation to select 5 communities nationally and fund them with up to … Read more

11:15 am

Community Development

Keynote:
Advancing Smart Infrastructure: Speed. Strength. Leadership.

High quality fiber broadband networks are not what defines a great city or development project, rather their existence is a by-product of strong leadership that positions a community for growth, … Read more

12:00 pm

Sponsor Networking Break

Please visit our Sponsors and refresh yourself for an action packed afternoon!

  • 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm

12:30 pm

Community Development

“Data Sold Separately?” – Overcoming Data Shortfalls to Develop an Evergreen Approach to Network Design

What’s the biggest challenge to adopting a data-driven approach to network design? Often it’s the data itself — or the lack thereof. In 10 years of working on FTTx networks … Read more

Emerging Technologies

Creating an Exceptional Customer Experience for Broadband Subscribers

Network operators must strive to provide their subscribers flawless connectivity and rock-solid Wi-Fi, which form the core of any great broadband experience. Achieving this in today’s environment means leveraging the right … Read more

Wireless

5G – Sorting Out Fact from Fiction

There is no doubt that 5G is a game changer.  This disruptive technology brings many new capabilities, and will enable many new applications that have yet to be thought of. … Read more

1:00 pm

Community Development

How Innovation is Accelerating Rural Fiber and Wireless Network Rollouts 

As pandemic-related demand and rural broadband investment reach an all-time high, the obligation is on broadband providers to identify all available efficiencies, including advances in technology to accelerate network rollouts.Attempting … Read more

Emerging Technologies

Local Officials Are Working to Ensure That Residents Can Adapt to New Connectivity Demands & Thrive In a Post-COVID-19 Landscape

The coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic triggered a once unimaginable series of events which only exacerbated the digital divide. Regardless of their ability to get online, millions of Americans were required to … Read more

Wireless

Picking a Lane: Dial in to drive your tech business forward

In order to grow, tech-driven businesses need to be ready to shift, focus and pick up speed regularly. As CEO of Mammoth Networks and Visionary Broadband, Brian will share strategies … Read more

1:30 pm

Sponsor Networking Break

Please  visit our Sponsors and refresh yourself!

  • 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm

2:00 pm

Community Development

Innovative Rural Broadband Community Models in Canada

This diverse panel will discuss various operating models that communities could seek to implement, and the inherent business planning required.

Community Development

Rural Development Broadband Programs

In this session,  you will learn about the diverse USDA’s Rural Broadband Programs. The Broadband ReConnect Program furnishes loans and grants to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, … Read more

Emerging Technologies

IoT Transformational Trends for Rural Broadband Providers

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a transformational trend impacting most aspects of consumer and business segments. From the digital home, to the smart farm, to the automated factory, IoT … Read more

Wireless

The Adaptive Network: Helping Community Networks Become Faster, Efficient and Secure

Community networks are under enormous pressure to be faster, efficient, secure and closer to the constituents they serve. Whether connecting “smart” applications, combining fiber assets, or enabling dense 5G connectivity, … Read more

2:30 pm

Community Development

State Broadband Grant Applications – Successes and Strategies

State broadband grant programs are beginning to look more similar, which means that similar strategies can be applied to many of these states.  The Minnesota Broadband Grant Program has proven … Read more

Community Development

Broadband as an Essential Service Requires a Service-Oriented Approach

Service-oriented broadband operations is a transformation of the broadband service provider operational dynamic – expanding the subscriber centric model to include real time service data as the key to providing … Read more

Emerging Technologies

Broadening old challenges with Fixed Wireless Access and CBRS

Introduced by the FCC, CBRS creates new ways to use the 3.5 GHz band by offering the ability of a private LTE network for residential and commercial applications. Fixed Wireless … Read more

Wireless

After the RDOF Auction: What Happens Next?

The FCC is poised to begin the $16 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction on October 29th, and there’s interest in Congress in providing additional funding for broadband. This … Read more

3:00 pm

Sponsor Networking Break

Pleases visit with our Sponsors and refresh yourself!

  • 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

3:30 pm

Community Development

The Art of Delivering a Successful Fiber to The Home Program

Many FTTH build programs have very little runway in the business case to incur cost over runs, or to fall short on the build schedule, that is typically tied to … Read more

Emerging Technologies

Navajo Technical University – Sacred Wind Communications – A Public / Private Partnership

The Navajo Nation is besieged with COVID-19 viral communal spread, impacting multi-generational families that live in close quarters, often without electricity and running water. Internet connectivity for many Navajo students … Read more

Wireless

5G Challenges and Opportunities for Utilities

We have been hearing quite a bit of industry hype around 5G and other emerging wireless technologies.  Is the hype now being realized as networks leveraging these technologies are being … Read more