Tuesday, October 7, 2014
8:30 a.m. -
9:15 a.m. 
Rural Broadband: Extending the Reach to Meet Demand
Cost-effectively delivering broadband services in unserved and underserved markets post a host of challenges for providers.  In this session, panelists will explore and analyze these challenges, discussing the obstacles they have overcome and the cutting-edge technologies and products they’re using to reach customers. The session also will review unique issues related to deploying networks and providing services on tribal lands.
  Philip Macres
Klein Law Group
Thomas Beem
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Iowa Networks Services Inc.
Director of Business Development
  Bruce Holdridge
CLEC/Subsidiary Manager
Gila Local Exchange, Inc. (d/b/a Alluvion Communications)
  Erin Ostler
Director of Sales, Emerging & Wholesale Solutions
9:30 a.m. -
10:15 a.m. 
Fiber, Fiber Everywhere: The Intersection of Industry, Government and Policy
While consumers and businesses see the benefits of fiber, providers face a number of challenges related to fiber deployment. During this session, panelists will outline how new products and technologies are providing competitive advantages, share their experiences working with local governments on permitting and right-of-way issues, and discuss how industry and regulatory hurdles affect their strategies. The session also will feature a local government perspective on working with fiber companies, with regard to construction and infrastructure deployment.

Geoffrey Why
Mintz Levin

  James Capuano
Senior Vice President & Chief of Network Operations
FirstLight Fiber
  Joanne Hovis
CTC Technology and Energy
Immediate Past President/Board Member
National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA)
  Vice President, Sales and Marketing
  Ron Kormos
Chief Strategy Officer
2:30 p.m. -
3:15 p.m.
Rural Telehealth: A Healthy Business Opportunity

As the demand for telehealth continues to grow, and delivering advanced medical technologies to rural areas gains more momentum, what is the opportunity for competitive communications companies to provide telehealth services to rural communities?  Panelists will discuss the current federal program that underwrites those services, relevant business opportunities, the latest technologies supporting telehealth, and the network, bandwidth and customer care challenges of serving this market. 

  Randy Lowe
Davis Wright Tremaine
  Dr. Chris Gibbons
Scholar in Residence
Connect2Health FCC Task Force
Associate Director
Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute
  Larry Jonczak
Director of Information Services
Lakes Regional MHMR Center
  Tim Koxlien
Founder and CEO
Rural Health Telecom, a division of Telequality Communications
  Ryan Lehman
Director of Health
BT Americas, BT Global Services