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Fiber Broadband Association welcomes you to the Regional Fiber Connect 2023!
7:15 am Registration Opened, sponsored by Wesco
7:15 - 8:00 am Networking Breakfast with Exhibitors, sponsored by Future Infrastructure
8:00 - 8:07 am Welcome & Introduction: Gary Bolton, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association
8:07 - 8:10 am Platinum Sponsor Welcome & Introductions
  • Ashley Brown, Senior Director, Field Marketing, Adtran
8:10 - 8:45 am Fireside Chat: Rob Osborn, California Public Utilities Commission, Communications Director, with Marissa Mitrovich, Fiber Broadband Association, Vice President of Public Policy
8:45 - 9:30 am Building and Sustaining Customer Experience: Measurements that Matter
As homes get smarter, and applications more capacity and latency dependent, fiber broadband provides the only scalable option to ensure services can be delivered and consumed as intended by the content and application providers, but more importantly as consumers expect. What are the measurements that need to be measured as applications scale and more services are layered onto home networks, many running at the same time, and the old model of peak time obsolete.

Moderator: Kimberly McKinley, CMO, Utopia Fiber, FBA Board Member
  • John Paul, CEO, Spiral Internet
  • Joseph "JJ" Jones, President, OnTrac, FBA Chairman of the Board
  • Jeff Brown, Senior Director, Segment Marketing, Calix
9:30 - 9:32 am Breakfast Sponsor Remarks – Denise Manka, Director of Communications, Future Infrastructure
9:32 - 10:00 am Networking Break with Exhibitors, sponsored by The Broadband Group
10:00 - 10:02 am Networking Break Sponsor Remarks - Jeff Reiman, President, The Broadband Group
10:02 - 10:45 am The Community Connection: How Fiber Impacts Economics and Opportunity
As the industry moves to close the Digital Equity Gap, what does this mean for local stakeholders in terms of economic impact and opportunity? What role does fiber play in improving GDP, creating job opportunities, and new business development. What impact can it have on education, community services and home prices, and does fiber present the best catalyst for growth as local operators decide what technology to leverage with BEAD funding? At the heart of it is, does an option other that fiber equate to a decision to potentially leave a community behind?

Moderator: Heather Burnett Gold, Vice President, External Affairs, Mears Group Inc, Broadband Division
  • Jess George, Head of Government & Community Affairs, Google Fiber, East Region
  • Barbara Hayes, Chief Economic Development Officer, Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC)
  • Jonathan Restivo, Chief Development Officer, Cityside Fiber
  • Todd Way, CEO, Douglas Fastnet
10:45 - 11:30 am Workforce Development: Building Tomorrow's Fiber Teams Today
As we head into the largest fiber investment cycle in history, the technical workforce required to ensure homes can be connected needs to be developed. FBA, its members, and the industry in general, have created programs to address this challenge but more needs to be done. This panel will discuss current plans and how they can be expanded, what's missing, and the role of local stakeholders in the process.

Moderator: Mark Boxer, Technical Manager, OFS, FBA Board Member
  • Jimmy Todd, CEO/General Manager, Nex-Tech, Vice Chair, FBA Board
  • Sachin Gupta, Director of Government Business & Economic Development, Centranet
  • Gregg Logan, VP of Engineering, Teleplex, FBA Board
  • Elise Brentnall, President and COO, South Valley Internet
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Fireside Chat: Community Cooperatives' Role in Advancing Fiber Broadband
Trish Kelly, Managing Director, Connected Capital Area Broadband Consortium and Kristin York, Gold Country Broadband Consortium, with Ariane Schaffer, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Google Fiber, FBA Board Member
12:00 - 12:02 pm Lunch Sponsor Remarks - Scott Jackson, National Market Manager, Graybar, FBA Board Member
12:02 - 12:45 pm Networking Lunch Sponsored by Graybar/Ciena
12:45 - 1:15 pm Networking Dessert with Exhibitors
1:15 - 1:45 pm Federal Funding and the Economic Impact on the Fiber Broadband Industry
Ryan Koontz, Managing Director, Needham & Co
1:45 - 2:30 pm Deployment Challenges and Opportunities: Taking Fiber Further
As BEAD funds become available, operators will be taking fiber broadband to places they have not gone before. Given technological advances, how can operators best move fiber from homes passed to homes connected? This panel will discuss the role that various deployment scenarios will require as the industry looks to take fiber further.

Moderator: Brendan O'Boyle, National Sales Manager- Communications Markets, Preformed Line Products, FBA Deployment Specialists Committee Chair
  • Jeremiah Sloan, CEO, Craighead Cooperative
  • Jason Smith, Chief Network Officer, Ting
  • Brent Williams, Vice President, Outside Plant, KGPCo
  • John Tait, Director, North America, Biarri Networks
2:30 - 3:00 pm Networking Break with Exhibitors sponsored by The Broadband Group
3:00 - 3:02 pm Networking Reception Sponsor Remarks - Mitch Olsen, Service Provider Sales Director, Western Region, LightRiver
3:02 - 3:35 pm Fireside Chat: NTIA Update
Marina MacLatchie, FPO, NTIA with Evann Freeman, EPB, Director of Government Relations, FBA Conference Committee Chairman
3:35 - 4:15 pm Industry Trends & Technology Best Practices - Operator Support Systems
Looking ahead five years, what tools and processes are available to operators as they look to streamline management and operational support for a fiber plant that is the backbone of local networks and economies? As additional capacity becomes available, residential services scale, and more homes connected, what are the features and functionality that needs to be introduced as networks grow dynamically at all levels so that customer experience is protected, and operational costs minimized.

Moderator: Scott Jackson, National Market Manager, Graybar, FBA Board Member
  • Elise Brentnall, President and COO, South Valley Internet
  • Robert Conger, Senior Vice President Technology and Strategy, Adtran
  • Ginny Gardea, Business Development – Broadband Partners, Nokia
4:15 - 4:35 pm Closing Remarks
4:35 - 5:15 pm Networking Reception, sponsored by LightRiver

Attendee Type Member Non-Member
Network Operators $99.00 $199.00
Public Officials $99.00 $99.00
Vendors & Suppliers $249.00 $349.00
Professional Services $149.00 $249.00
Non-Profits $99.00 $99.00
Academic/Education N/A $99.00
Enterprise/Commercial N/A $359.00
Table Top Exhibits
  • Members: $2,948 (includes 2 regs)
  • Non-Members: $4,000 (includes 1 reg)
Sponsorship opportunities start as little as $1,000. Click here for the full prospectus with pricing and sponsorship inclusions. 

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