Agenda for Digital SW in Mesa, AZ, April 18, 2017

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Keynote Speakers: US Representative Andy Biggs (R-AZ), FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, Mayor Giles


NOTE: All times in Mountain Standard Times (MST) 

9:00am Welcome and Keynote Conversation

Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn 

9:30am Panel One: What’s Working– Stories of Success

Hear from elected officials and city leadership who can share stories about what is working in their communities.

John Bowcut, IS/SFCN Director, Spanish Fork, UT

Bob Fifer, Mayor Pro Tem, Arvada, CO

Beth Huning, Chief Engineer, City of Mesa, AZ

David Littell, RIVCOconnect Manager, Riverside County, CA

Kimball Sekaquaptewa, Manager of Tribal Critical Infrastructure, Amerind Risk

Don Williams, Senior Program Specialist for Broadband at US Department of Commerce

11:00am Panel Two: Broadband Infrastructure Needs

Where are the gaps in broadband infrastructure in our country? What can be done to improve access for the underserved and the unserved?

John Brown, CISSP, President / CTO,  CityLink Telecommunications NM, LLC

Jonathan Chambers, Partner, Conexon LLC.

Christopher Mitchell, Policy Director, Next Century Cities Director, Community Broadband Networks, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Matt Rantanen, Director of Technology, Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association

Jory Wolf, Vice President, Digital Innovation, Magellan Advisors

12:40pm Presentation on PAWR

Bill Maguire, US Ignite, PAWR Project Office

12:45pm Lunch and Keynote Conversation

U.S Representative Andy Biggs (AZ-05)

Mayor John Giles, Mesa, AZ

1:30pm Breakout Session One: Models 101

What are the ways in which a counties, cities, or towns might successfully bring broadband to their communities?

Mitch Drake, Executive Engagement Leader, Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.

Mark Feest, General Manager, Churchill Communications

Mark Goldstein, President, International Research Center

Andrew T. Gonzales, PIO/Telecom Manager, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative

Virgil Turner, Director of Innovation and Citizen Engagement, Montrose, CO

1;30pm Breakout Session Two: Small Cells and Pole Attachments

What do communities need to know about pole attachments? What are small cells and how can local leaders create a collaborative and mutually beneficial process with vendors who are seeking to deploy them?

Todd O’Boyle, Deputy Director, Next Century Cities

Michael Calabrese, Director, Wireless Future Program, New America, Open Technology Institute

Casey Lide, Partner, Law Firm of Baller, Stokes, and Lide

Courtney Schmidt, Executive Vice President, SureSite Consulting Group, LLC

David Young,  ‎Fiber Infrastructure and Right of Way Manager, Lincoln, NE

1:30pm Breakout Session Three: Rural and Tribal

What are the unique issues and barriers in rural and tribal lands that leave many of these areas unserved? What solutions exist that can help to improve access?

John Badal, CEO, Sacred Wind Communications, NM

Brian Howard, Research & Policy Analyst, American Indian Policy Institute, Arizona State University

Shawn Irvine, Economic Development Director, Independence, OR

Blake Mobley, IT Director, Rio Blanco County, CO

Belinda Nelson, Director, Gila River Indian Community Utility Authority and Gila River Telecom, Inc.

Matt Rantanen, Director of Technology, Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association

3:00pm Panel Three: Broadband Financing

How are communities funding broadband expansion? What resources exist to help local communities fund infrastructure and digital inclusion efforts?

Keith Adams, Assistant Administrator, RUS

Jordana Barton, Senior Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Tom Coverick, Managing Director, KeyBanc Capital Markets

Tim Herwig, District Community Affairs Officer, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Aimee Meacham, Director, Broadband Services Program, NTIA

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