Accompanying PowerPoint presentations have been uploaded onto each session page.  

May 23

9:00 am

Mountain Connect Golf Tournament

Annual Golf Tournament at the Keystone Ranch Golf Club.

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

10:00 am

Conference Registration

Conference Registration is located at the Main Lobby Registration Desk.

  • 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
  • Main Lobby Registration Desk

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

  • 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Moderator: David Reed
  • Grays Peak 2

12:00 pm

Exhibitor Setup

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

3:30 pm

Annual 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 current events and concerns and … Read more

6:30 pm

Conference Welcome Reception

The Adventure Center is lakeside, behind the main hotel. 

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

May 24

7:00 am

Conference Registration

Conference Registration is located at the Main Lobby Registration Desk.

  • 7:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Main Lobby Registration Desk

Conference Full Breakfast

Full Breakfast Buffet

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

7:45 am

Conference Welcome Message & Announcements

Welcome to Mountain Connect!

  • 7:45 am to 8:00 am
  • Moderator: Jeff Gavlinski
  • Colorado Rockies Ballroom

8:00 am

Q&A With United States Senator Michael Bennet

Have questions about the unprecedented infrastructure investment and how the BEAD program will change the face of broadband in the United States?  Senator Bennet will join from Washington DC to … Read more

8:15 am

The State of Broadband in The State of Colorado

  • 8:15 am to 8:30 am
  • Speakers: Brandy Reitter
  • Colorado Rockies Ballroom

8:30 am

Bridging The Digital Divide and Building A Stronger Community

We are in a once in a generation moment for digital inclusion. Untraditional service providers throughout the country are stepping up to close the digital divide in rural communities. As … Read more

  • 8:30 am to 8:45 am
  • Speakers: Martha Galley
  • Colorado Rockies Ballroom

8:45 am

Opening Keynote: The Coming Tsunami

Mountain Connect 2022 takes place near the largest single-day event in the history of the broadband industry. On May 16, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration releases Notices of Funding … Read more

9:40 am

Exhibitor Networking/Refreshment Break

  • 9:40 am to 10:00 am
  • Quandary Peak/Longs/Shavano Foyers

10:00 am

Broadband Equity, Access & Deployment

Navigating Federal and State Funding Programs

Remember when finding funding was the biggest challenge facing our industry? Well, in 2022 it feels like there is money falling from the sky! Okay, maybe that’s a stretch but … Read more

Community Development Track One

Your Network is Built… Now What?

With all the focus on getting funding and building networks, let’s talk about what happens after that. There’s no guarantee the customers will come. This session will talk about those … Read more

Emerging Technologies

Wi-Fi 6: What’s Different, and Why it Matters

You’re investing millions of dollars into your access network. But what’s the point of delivering 1 Gbps services—and beyond—to your subscribers’ homes if their in-home experience is antiquated? Most subscribers … Read more

Community Development Track Two

Telemedicine: Use, Experience, and Perspectives

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, telemedicine was often discussed in the future tense. While the state of Colorado has worked for years to increase access, many of the greatest shifts in … Read more

Community Broadband Case Studies

Using a Fiber Deployment to Aid in Revitalizing a Downtown

Loveland is challenged by the county and city rules regarding historic structures in our historic downtown area, from decorative brick alleys and roadways to historic buildings that are challenged to … Read more

11:00 am

Broadband Equity, Access & Deployment

RDOF? ARPA? ReConnect? BEAD? Which are Best for You?

How can today’s once-in-a-generation billion-dollar wave of broadband funding help you?  Whether you are a current broadband service provider that wants to build out your network, or you are a … Read more

Community Development Track One

High or Low? Choosing an Underground or Aerial Fiber Installation

The presentation will generally be a comparison of aerial fiber network construction versus underground network construction. The following points will be covered: Cost comparisons  Network reliability considerations  Time to build  … Read more

Emerging Technologies

Leveraging Geospatial Tools to Supercharge Fiber Deployment

As an industry, we are focused on delivering the technology infrastructure of tomorrow to our communities as we move forward in this digital age. Why then, are we still using … Read more

Community Development Track Two

Into Pandora’s Box – Cybersecurity Ramifications for Broadband Providers

Broadband providers are finding that there are 3 different ways cybersecurity impacts them and their business. Providers must contend with the security to their network, on their network, and from … Read more

Community Broadband Case Studies

Facilitating Fiber in Nebraska

Public-private partnerships offer a valuable blueprint for improving rural connectivity. However, direct involvement in broadband expansion is an unprecedented and often daunting responsibility for many county governments. Developing partnerships between … Read more

11:45 am

Exhibitor Networking Break

  • 11:45 am to 12:00 pm
  • Quandary Peak/Longs/Shavano Foyers

12:00 pm

Lunch

  • 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
  • Colorado Rockies Ballroom

12:30 pm

Boulder County Fires:
If Broadband is a Utility, We Need to Treat it as One

Disasters happen. During the last couple of decades, Colorado alone has experienced severe weather events such as floods, fires and tornados that significantly impacted or took down major communications systems. … Read more

1:30 pm

Exhibitor Networking/Refreshment Break

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

2:00 pm

Broadband Equity, Access & Deployment

Alternate P3: People, Product, Planning

No matter where you get you funding, private equity, public private partnership, ARPA or other means, there are three other P’s to consider. The panelists will share the current state … Read more

Community Development Track One

How Detroit is Using Open Access to Solve the Digital Divide

The COVID-19 pandemic represents a watershed moment for digital access policy by furnishing incontrovertible proof that digital access is an imperative for modern societal success. There is public support, empirical evidence, … Read more

Emerging Technologies

The Future of Network Convergence

The next decade of telecom infrastructure evolution will drive true digital transformation in the connected world. The industry is already undergoing a significant transformation with the enablement of 5G services … Read more

Community Development Track Two

A Hardening Cyber Insurance Market

Historically, businesses have chosen to invest in insurance policies to help contain and reduce financial losses and mitigate the risks associated with a cyber breach. While cyber insurance policies will … Read more

Community Broadband Case Studies

Private Sector Investments in Broadband, Partnerships, Mergers and Acquisitions

In addition to public investment such as ARPA and Infrastructure Bills, the private sector is aggressively investing in the broadband and connectivity industry.  Private capital investing, which includes M&A activity, … Read more

3:00 pm

Broadband Equity, Access & Deployment

How States Will Decide and Disburse BEAD Money

This session will focus on how states are dealing with the multiple buckets of funding for broadband infrastructure and digital equity. A conversation-based discussion will focus on how they are … Read more

Community Development Track One

Managing Expectations for the Subscriber Installation Experience

Millions of dollars go into an FTTx deployment.  Regardless the costs of such infrastructures, ROI banks on subscriber buy-in.  That’s not only about robust marketing, but also creating a subscriber … Read more

Emerging Technologies

Impacts and Opportunities of 5G for Network Operators

5G is fundamentally different from its predecessors because its impacts extend far beyond handheld devices. In fact, much of the new specification targets the evolution of core wireline and access … Read more

Community Development Track Two

Designing a Full Blown Fiber System for Widespread Broadband in Rural Colorado

COVID exposed our country’s lack of broadband connectivity, especially in underserved rural areas. The Southern Ute Indian Tribe (SUIT) is taking action to deploy high-speed broadband within the exterior boundaries … Read more

Community Broadband Case Studies

Your Network’s Success Relies on Messaging Your Vision

Every business needs a vision, including the business of municipal broadband. In this session, we’ll have leaders from Fairlawn, Ohio and Fort Collins, Colorado talk about the origin of their … Read more

3:45 pm

Exhibitor Networking/Refreshment Break

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

4:15 pm

Community Development Track One

How We Capitalize on Investment to Make a Dent in the Digital Divide

The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a light on glaring inequalities in the American social safety net in a variety of sectors, such as healthcare and housing, and also critically in … Read more

Emerging Technologies

The Terragraph Multi-Gigabit Solution

The quintessential wireless technology: how Terragraph delivers reliable multi-gigabit broadband connectivity in dense urban areas and in rural communities. Session Slides

Community Development Track Two

How to Partner with Construction Professionals

Often the actual process of construction (and the employees who oversee it) of our networks is an afterthought. But with challenging workforce issues, never has it been more important to … Read more

Community Broadband Case Studies

Real World Examples: Colorado Communities and Broadband Program Implementation

Thanks to numerous state and federal programs, counties and cities have the opportunity to leverage billions for broadband, transforming our infrastructure. With those billions, local governments and, potentially, their partners, … Read more

5:00 pm

Exhibitor Reception

Exhibitor Reception Sponsored by Bonfire    

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

May 25

7:00 am

Conference Registration

Conference Registration is located at the Main Lobby Registration Desk.

  • 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Main Lobby Registration Desk

Conference Full Breakfast

Buffet Breakfast Served

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

7:45 am

Q&A With United States Senator John Hickenlooper

Have questions about the unprecedented infrastructure investment and how the BEAD program will change the face of broadband in the United States?  Senator Hickenlooper will join from Washington DC to … Read more

8:00 am

Broadband, The Law, and Digital Rights

Once a niche area of interest, technology policy increasingly dominates headlines and political debates. The new infrastructure bill allocates $65 billion to broadband improvements, including measures to address the digital … Read more

9:00 am

Exhibitor Networking/Refreshment Break

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

9:30 am

Broadband Equity, Access & Deployment

Building Better Broadband Maps: A Guide for Communities

As communities across the US tackle the digital divide, the current state of broadband mapping presents a problem – developing plans and securing funding depends on reliable data. With the lack … Read more

Community Development Track One

The Right Tool for the Right Job: The Fit for Fiber and Wireless in Community Broadband

Fiber and Fixed Wireless have different and offsetting advantages and disadvantages. Fiber has capacity and scalability advantages but suffers from dependencies on ROW, long timelines for deployment and higher economic … Read more

Emerging Technologies

Wi-Fi Best Practices for Better Deployments & Satisfied Subscribers

Subscribers take Wi-Fi for granted and often think of “Wi-Fi is the Internet.” A great Wi-Fi experience starts with a great foundation of Wi-Fi hardware and an easy-to-use management platform. … Read more

Community Development Track Two

PPP’s and You: What You Need to Know and Consider Before Picking a Partner

Ever wonder what your community would need to do to take advantage of a public-private partnership to deliver broadband to your citizens? In this panel Allo will bring some of … Read more

Community Broadband Case Studies

Making 10G a Reality for Colorado Springs

Bandwidth demands from households and enterprise business applications continue to grow rapidly to the point where we’ve reached a tipping point that often exceeds one gigabit network capacity. Network traffic … Read more

10:30 am

Broadband Equity, Access & Deployment

The Emerging Public-Private Broadband Partnerships

Federal broadband funding has increasingly become localized vs centralized. However, 18 states have legislation making municipal broadband prohibitive. A wide variety of public-private partnerships are emerging. Operators including Windstream, ATT, … Read more

Community Development Track One

Broadband Actually Needs (Good) Marketing!

Utilities Don’t Need Marketing… but Broadband is a Technology While we believe “broadband is a utility,” taking this approach with your marketing can be deadly. To make matters worse, when … Read more

Emerging Technologies

How Utilities Can Leverage Fiber Networks

According to the Grid Modernization Initiative at the United States Department of Energy, the nationwide electric grid does not have the attributes necessary to meet the demands of the 21st … Read more

Community Development Track Two

The NOFO is a political document, not a broadband plan

How local communities can protect themselves from Washington politics. Led by Conexon Partner and former FCC Chief of Strategic Planning Jonathan Chambers, this session will focus on how local communities … Read more

Community Broadband Case Studies

Do Network Headaches Keep You Up at Night?

Building a fiber network is only the first step in providing best-in-class broadband services. Once the network is built, after hours callouts and truck rolls can be some of the … Read more

  • 10:30 am to 11:15 am
  • Speakers: Doug Kuntz
  • Quandary Peak 3

11:15 am

Exhibitor Networking/Refreshment Break

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

11:45 am

Wednesday Lunch

Sponsored by Adtran!

  • 11:45 am to 1:00 pm
  • Colorado Rockies Ballroom

12:15 pm

Innovations in Digital Inclusion

Broadband is magic for those who have it. Too many don’t. Soon, historic broadband grant investment will empower Mountain Connect attendees to solve America’s digital divide, once and for all. … Read more

1:15 pm

Exhibitor Tear Down

  • 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm
  • Quandary Peak/Longs/Shavano Foyers