June 24th

9:00 am

Dale Hatfield Open

Annual Dale Hatfield Open Golf Tournament at the Keystone Ranch Golf Club.

  • 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Keystone Ranch Golf Club

11:00 am

Broadband 101

Broadband 101 Session – The Basics of Broadband This pre-conference session will cover the basic concepts of broadband networking technology, economics, and public policy that all industry managers, public policy … Read more

12:00 pm

Conference Registration

The Conference Registration will be across the foyer from the Business Center at the junction of the Longs & Shavano Foyers.

  • 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Shavano Foyer

Exhibitor Setup

  • 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Quandary Peak/Longs/Shavano Foyers

2:00 pm

Community Development

Becoming Broadband Ready

There’s no “one size fits all” connectivity model for communities, but there are common threads that run through success stories. From staffing to permitting practices to financing models, Next Century … Read more

3:30 pm

Community Development

Local Technology Planning Team

Colorado Broadband Stakeholder Forum/LTPT Meeting This meeting is an opportunity for the Colorado Broadband Office to have an open discussion with broadband stakeholders across the state in order to discuss … Read more

6:30 pm

Conference Welcome Reception

Welcome Reception Sponsor

  • 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Adventure Center/Gazebo

June 25th

7:00 am

Conference Registration

The Conference Registration will be across the foyer from the Business Center at the junction of the Longs & Shavano Foyers.

  • 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Shavano Foyer

Conference Full Breakfast

Full Breakfast Buffet

  • 7:00 am to 8:00 am
  • Colorado Rockies Ballroom

8:00 am

Conference Welcome Message & Announcements

Welcome to Mountain Connect!

  • 8:00 am to 8:15 am
  • Colorado Rockies Ballroom

8:15 am

Conference Opening Remarks

Opening remarks from our new Chief Information Officer from the State of Colorado.  The state of broadband and our new administration’s strategy.

8:30 am

Opening Keynote: Future Living – Future Communities: Leveraging the Coming Waves of Disruption and Opportunity to Plan for a Better Tomorrow

We are approaching the intersection of smart cities and circular economies where everything physical is mapped digitally and our communities develop far more efficient systems. Our current use-once-and-throw-away lifestyles are … Read more

  • 8:30 am to 9:30 am
  • Speakers: Thomas Frey
  • Colorado Rockies Ballroom

9:30 am

Exhibitor Networking/Refreshment Break

  • 9:30 am to 10:00 am
  • Quandary Peak/Longs/Shavano Foyers

10:00 am

Wireless

Moving Beyond the FCC Order on Small Cells

Last fall the FCC released a Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order (“Order”) that significantly limits state and local management of small wireless infrastructure deployment and associated fees for … Read more

Community Development

A Colorado Broadband Partnership: Successes and Challenges

What happens when Colorado’s Broadband Office, Education SuperHighway and the Colorado Educational Broadband Coalition (CEBC) get together? These groups have been working together in Colorado for more than 3 years … Read more

Emerging Technologies

Fiber Broadband: Enabling Smart Cities, Smart Grid and Smart Homes

Fiber broadband networks positively change the lives of residents and bring economic development benefits to the municipalities that deploy them. From Smart City, to Smart Grid to Smart Home, these … Read more

Public Safety

Taking Control of Your Team’s Communication

Broadband wireless technology has emerged as the ideal platform to enhance business workflows.  Pervasive wireless broadband enables access to data services that can be used to enhance our communication experience. … Read more

  • 10:00 am to 10:45 am
  • Speakers: Josh Lober
  • Grays Peak 2
Connected Communities

Smart Cities in the Age of Digital Transformation

What does a Smart City encompass from a technology perspective?  What are the possibilities?  In this session, you will learn what is possible and what is being deployed today to … Read more

11:00 am

Wireless

Unique Use of Infrastructure to Support 5G for Driverless and/or Connected Cars

One of the most anticipated applications of 5G is driverless and/or connected cars. However, the technology can only be successful if its deployed safely which means there can be no … Read more

Community Development

The Utilization of Existing Electrical Easements for Broadband Deployment

This panel will explore the outcomes from Colorado SB19-107 and other approaches gaining access to and using existing easements for broadband.

Emerging Technologies

Wyoming Blockchain Coalition: State Legislation Blueprint for Emerging Technologies

Wyoming has passed 13 pieces of legislation intended to create a legal framework for the development of Blockchain technology. Join us as David Pope, a member of the Wyoming Blockchain … Read more

Public Safety

Latest Trends in Wearable Technology: Cameras, Watches, Glasses, and More

Advances in mobile technology and connectivity have brought about a plethora of wearable technologies, both in terms of hardware and software.  This session will blend the theoretical with the practical … Read more

  • 11:00 am to 11:45 am
  • Speakers: Alex Popof
  • Grays Peak 2
Connected Communities

History Will Reward Open Access Networks

As Open Access networks begin to proliferate, the results will prove out that open access networks produce significantly better outcomes for consumers than the traditional ISP incumbent model. This talk … Read more

12:00 pm

Lunch Keynote: Disruption – How it Can Move an Industry Forward

Uber, Netflix, Airbnb are all recent examples of how companies have disrupted the traditional industry model through the use of technology resulting in a fundamental change in industry business practices. … Read more

  • 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
  • Speakers: Juan Vela
  • Colorado Rockies Ballroom

1:30 pm

Exhibitor Networking/Refreshment Break

  • 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Quandary Peak/Longs/Shavano Foyers

2:00 pm

Wireless

How to Obtain Financing for a Broadband Project – Getting to a “Yes”

If you’re thinking about applying for a loan, it’s important to gain an understanding of what banks and lenders look for in the approval process. An important, yet often overlooked, … Read more

Community Development

The Forgotten Key to Sustainability: How Marketing is the Difference Between the Life and Death of Your Network

Far too often municipal broadband networks are considered, launched, or even operated without giving consideration to the most critical component there is to drive technology adoption: marketing.  The fatal flaw … Read more

Emerging Technologies

Update on Sterling Ranch 2019: Making a “City” Smart and Safe

The presentation will provide a current update on Sterling Ranch – Colorado’s 21st Century Community. The expanded presentation will discuss methods and strategies to achieve connected smart and safe technologies … Read more

Public Safety

Statewide Migration to an Emergency Services IP Network

Colorado is in the process of migrating every Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) in the state to an Emergency Services IP Network, or ESInet. This migration is the first step … Read more

Connected Communities

Mapping the Future of Autonomous Vehicles, Smart Cities and the Infrastructure that Drives Them

Continental Mapping will share its work mapping for our connected future through its work in fiber, 5G, infrastructure and autonomous vehicles. We will define challenges faced when planning decisions are … Read more

3:00 pm

Wireless

To Infinity and Beyond!

Bandwidth use is growing at an exponential rate, and there doesn’t appear to be any limits in site.  The next wave of end user technology is coming.  These applications will … Read more

Community Development

USDA Broadband Funding Opportunities

For more than 75 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service has provided funding for critical infrastructure to promote economic development in rural America. As part of a … Read more

  • 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm
  • Speakers: Chad Parker
  • Quandary Peak 3
Emerging Technologies

Secure Mobile Voting with Blockchain

Join Forrest Senti as we discuss findings from our case study on the “Secure the Vote” initiative that is bringing secure mobile voting backed by block chain to Uniformed and … Read more

Public Safety

Off-Network Communications Challenges and Solutions for Broadband Systems

Many push-to-talk-over-cellular (PoC) services provide high-quality services when users can leverage a broadband network, and dedicated bandwidth from FirstNet and commercial systems that deliver priority/preemption should only enhance their effectiveness. … Read more

  • 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm
  • Speakers: Bob Escalle
  • Grays Peak 2
Connected Communities

A Different Approach to Finding the Right FTTP Partner

As communities continue to explore various broadband models and options for expanding business opportunities, creating jobs, and improving quality of life, this workshop will give you a firsthand look at … Read more

3:45 pm

Exhibitor Networking/Refreshment Break

  • 3:45 pm to 4:15 pm
  • Quandary Peak/Longs/Shavano Foyers

4:15 pm

Wireless

The Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric: A Precise Solution to Broadband Mapping and a Reduction in Burden

Precise locations are crucial to accurately map broadband deployment nationwide and close the digital divide. Rural providers, municipalities, and new carriers carry the honor of serving the unserved locations, but … Read more

Community Development

The Highs and Lows of Building and Maintaining a Multi-Jurisdictional Community Broadband Fiber Network

REDI Net is a fiber optic high-speed, open access, community middle-mile broadband network located in Northern New Mexico.  Community broadband is owned and operated like other public infrastructure such as … Read more

Emerging Technologies

The Operation and Regulation of Drones – What You Need to Know!

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) popularly known as “drones” are suddenly everywhere! The FAA estimates that there will be over 7 million purchased commercial and recreational drones by 2020.  While … Read more

Public Safety

What Colorado’s Fire R&D Center is Doing to Help First Responders Maintain Situational Awareness in the Digital Age

The Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology (CoE) is the research and development branch of Colorado’s state fire management agency. A key goal of the CoE is to help firefighters … Read more

Connected Communities

Cooperatives: Leverage Cloud Methodologies to Simplify and Scale ISP Complexities

Operations, service and support can be challenging aspects of running an internet service offering for your community—Luckily leveraging multitenant and shared management cloud methodologies can simplify these aspects while maintaining … Read more

  • 4:15 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Moderator: Kyle Prawel
  • Grays Peak 1

5:00 pm

Exhibitor Reception

Exhibitor Reception Sponsored by Mammoth Networks!

  • 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
  • Quandary Peak/Longs/Shavano Foyers

June 26th

7:00 am

Conference Registration

The Conference Registration will be across the foyer from the Business Center at the junction of the Longs & Shavano Foyers.

  • 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Shavano Foyer

Conference Full Breakfast

Full Continental Breakfast Served

  • 7:00 am to 8:00 am
  • Colorado Rockies Ballroom

8:00 am

Community Development

The Power of Analytics and Data-Driven Decisions

In today’s information age, businesses have access to copious amounts of data. The companies that can extract, curate, analyze and democratize data will lead their industry by making data-driven decisions. … Read more

9:30 am

Wireless

Wireless Solutions to Power the Future of IoT & Rural Communities

By leveraging the 600 Mhz spectrum acquisition, T-Mobile will be able to add coverage throughout the entire US, including a focus on rural communities while adding significant value to our … Read more

Community Development

Colorado’s Broadband Fund Grant Recipients: Experiences and Lessons Learned

Hear from recipients of Broadband Fund grants about their experiences with the application process, the award process, and the build-out process.

Emerging Technologies

Intro to Blockchain and the Blockchain-Enabled Future of Telecommunications

Blockchain is a revolutionary immutable Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) that’s changing they way the worlds data is stored, reconciled and utilized. Over the next few years, a blockchain framework will … Read more

Public Safety

Situational Awareness for Public Safety

Training is vital and important, tabletop exercises will give responders tools to think through possible scenarios and what to do if those threats become reality. But what technologies are available … Read more

Connected Communities

Make Your City Smart Overnight

You can’t be a smart city until you’re first a connected city. And becoming a connected city requires a tight collaboration between municipalities, utilities and commercial businesses to provide solutions that benefit the citizens of those communities – and do so in such a way that it’s affordable, respectful … Read more

10:30 am

Wireless

Spectrum Solutions to the Digital Divide

This session will provide an update on the FCC’s various proceedings to allocate spectrum that can be used to help bridge the digital divide that impacts rural consumers and economies … Read more

Connected Communities

Monetizing the Smart Home Opportunity: Strategies and Solutions

Today, the Smart Home is a reality with homes averaging nearly 10 devices connected to in-home Wi-Fi, which is expected to grow to over 20 connected devices per home by … Read more

Community Development

Community Broadband Legal and Regulatory Barriers, Challenges and Opportunities: A Conversation on Where Things Stand at the Federal and State Level, What’s Working and What’s Not

Twenty states currently have legal barriers to public broadband initiatives and public-private partnerships, and bills to add, remove, strengthen, or weaken existing barriers to municipal and electric cooperative participation have … Read more

  • 10:30 am to 11:15 am
  • Speakers: Sean Stokes
  • Quandary Peak 3
Emerging Technologies

How to Deploy Your Network 50% Faster with Digital Network Construction

Traditional network construction methods are struggling to keep pace with today’s large-scale network deployments. Despite the millions of tasks required, they rely heavily on manual processes, labor-intensive handoffs and utilize … Read more

  • 10:30 am to 11:15 am
  • Speakers: Dan Flemming
  • Quandary Peak 1
Public Safety

Technology Innovations for Public Safety

There are many innovations now available to public safety or on the horizon. Companies are thinking outside of the box and collaborating with others to make cutting-edge technologies available to … Read more

11:15 am

Exhibitor Networking/Refreshment Break

  • 11:15 am to 11:45 am
  • Quandary Peak/Longs/Shavano Foyers

11:45 am

Community Development

Project THOR Keynote

Robust, redundant and affordable middle mile connectivity is a requirement for any 21st century regional community. To achieve this goal often requires diverse collaboration, public private partnerships, government sponsorship, and/or … Read more

1:00 pm

Exhibitor Networking/Refreshment Break

  • 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm
  • Quandary Peak/Longs/Shavano Foyers

1:30 pm

Wireless

Policies Governing Small Cell/5G

Participants will learn how local governments can establish reasonable regulations and public policies governing small cell deployments In addition, the presentation will address:  Legal impacts of the FCC regulations on communities Concerns such … Read more

Community Development

Telehealth: The Next Big Thing in Community Broadband

Everybody gets sick at some point and many of us will be responsible for someone in need of healthcare. From a marketing and economic development perspective, telehealth soon will soon drive community … Read more

Emerging Technologies

Securing IoT Networks

In this session, you will learn about cyber security trends, standards, compliance, and governance as applied to IoT networks.  We will be covering some of the accepted best practices to … Read more

  • 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm
  • Speakers: Dan French
  • Quandary Peak 1
Public Safety

Enhanced Smart Maps for In-Building Awareness Using Broadband Technology

Situational awareness tools with map data, personnel location, and video integration deliver common operating pictures for on-scene and remote visualization. Flexible policy-based controls support sharing of communications as well as … Read more

Connected Communities

GIS: Creating a Map to Your Connected Community

Need directions on the path to becoming a connected community? Use your map! Your GIS map!   Before the business plan, before fiber is placed, before antennae and sensors are set … Read more

2:15 pm

Exhibitor Networking/Refreshment Break

  • 2:15 pm to 2:30 pm
  • Quandary Peak/Longs/Shavano Foyers

2:30 pm

Wireless

The Data that Supports Connectivity

From a vendor and operator study of less than two years before, The Carmel Group explains the results of recent data collection efforts and analysis, and what that means for the future … Read more

Community Development

FTTH-Alternative Architectures and Construction Methods

FTTH construction is a large capital expenditure.  Centralized split architectures with home run fiber or Fiber Distribution Hubs are great designs and offer many benefits; however, there are alternatives to … Read more

Emerging Technologies

Greenwood Village, CO Takes a New Approach in Developing its Small Cell Deployments

The City of Greenwood Village has recently published small cell design guidelines for ROW installations. The team set out with the goal of creating a design guideline that preserved the … Read more

Public Safety

911 Network Diversity and Resiliency

As the first link in the public safety chain, 911 is often considered the most important service government provides. But what happens when it fails, and more importantly, how can … Read more

Connected Communities

Public and Private Debt and Equity Including Opportunity Zones and Other Non-Traditional Financings

In this session, you will learn from financial industry experts as this discuss Opportunity Zones and other non-traditional financial options.

3:30 pm

Community Development

Wireless vs Fiber Closing Keynote Panel

You won’t want to miss this debate!  Industry experts will compare and contrast both technologies in a scintillating conversation!  Will we find middle ground when it is over?

4:30 pm

Exhibitor Booth Breakdown

  • 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Quandary Peak/Longs/Shavano Foyers