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March 6 - March 8

Broadband Workshop 2024

Clemson, SC

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Broadband Workshop 2024

This is your connection to local utility telecommunications professionals and events. By interfacing with UTC Regions, you can:

  • Meet other telecom professionals from the utilities
  • Find educational opportunities for you, your staff, and your employees
  • Get involved in local telecom issues that affect us all
  • Attend events at both the regional and national level
  • Grow your own leadership skills by volunteering on one of our UTC Committees

Registration Information

Utility Attendees: 
$300 for the first registrant and $90 for each additional registrant from your utility. Once the first registration is completed please contact support@utc.org for instructions on how to register additional attendees at the discounted rate.
Associate Attendees: 
UTC Associate Member Registration Rate: $450
Non-Member Vendor Rate – $695
**If your company is a member of UTC and you are not seeing the member rates on the registration site please contact support@utc.org for assistance.
Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations received by Monday, February 5th will receive a refund less a 25% cancellation fee.  Cancellations must be received in writing to meetings@utc.org.

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Sponsor Information:
Kristi Middlebrooks | Director, Conference Exhibit and Sponsorship
Direct: +1.202.833.6838 |
Email:  kristi.middlebrooks@utc.org

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Madren Conference Center & Inn

230 Madren Center Drive
Clemson, SC 29634

SPEAKERS

Lee Ayers
Lee Ayers
VP of Engineering, Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative

Lee Ayers received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University in 1982. From 1982 until 1986, he worked for Central Electric Power Cooperative in Columbia, South Carolina. Since 1986, he has been employed with Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative in Lexington, South Carolina, where he currently serves as VP of Engineering, managing system planning, power supply, substations, metering, system control, and dispatch, and outside plant fiber optic communications and technology. He has worked extensively with electric service rate design and implementation. Presently he is managing MCEC’s FttM (Fiber to the Meter) project that will enable internet service to the MCEC’s entire membership along with system-wide electric distribution automation and data collection, as well as real-time electric service usage data to consumers.

Ron Beck
Ron Beck
Business Development Strategist, Burns & McDonnell

Ron has extensive experience in electronic and communications system design, deployment, and operation – focusing on utility telecommunications, power generation, electric distribution, and their associated industrial control systems (ICS) platforms. He is an advocate of the connected grid, a frequent speaker on subjects related to utility telecommunications modernization, and an active supporter of all things networked.

Ron Bilodeau
Ron Bilodeau
Sr. Solutions Consultant, Osmose

Ron provides solutions to the utility and broadband industries on wide-ranging topics including joint use, and wireless collocation programs and processes. Ron has more than 35 years of management experience in the telecom and electric space, he earned an MBA from Western Governors University and a BA from the University of Las Vegas Nevada, and is a certified Project Management Professional.

Jonathan Chambers
Jonathan Chambers
Partner, Conexon

The world is interconnected in many ways, and the future of information, education, work, health care, social connection and entertainment are all tied to broadband internet access. The COVID-19 crisis accentuates a point we have known for some time. For our kids to have the same educational opportunity, for our young adults to find work without moving away from the community, for our elderly to receive quality health care, rural America needs fiber broadband service.

–Jonathan Chambers

Brooke Coleman
Brooke Coleman
Broadband Account Manager, Nokia
Adam Copeland
Adam Copeland
Deputy Bureau Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau at Federal Communications Commission
Jan Forslow
Jan Forslow
Sr. Solutions Architect, Itron, Inc.

Jan is Itron’s Sr. Solutions Architect for cellular communication solutions and works out of its San Jose, West Coast office.  He was instrumental in the largest cellular direct-connect deployment of electric meters in the US so far with Consumers Energy in Michigan. More than 1.8 million meters are now deployed there over a Verizon’s 4G network. He has prior experience from leading start-ups in VPN security, cellular vehicle-to-vehicle communications and push-to-talk over cellular. Jan started his career in Sweden with Ericsson, where he for 10 years was involved in mobile core network development and standardization. Jan has 12 patents approved.

 

Brett Heather Freedson
Brett Heather Freedson
Advocate and Advisor to Utility Companies

Brett Heather Freedson is an advocate and advisor to utility companies, with expertise in infrastructure-related matters, including pole attachments and collocation. Brett has represented utility companies before federal courts of appeal, and informal complaint and policy proceedings before the FCC and state public service commissions. She also served as outside FCC counsel to a coalition of electric utility industry associations. Additionally, Brett advises infrastructure providers on transactional and regulatory matters critical to the deployment of broadband and 5G. Brett has served as counsel to both investor-owned utilities and internet service providers in their collaboration on rural broadband deployment projects, and their negotiation of related agreements. Brett also has handled regulatory matters related to the FCC’s RDOF program.

 

Robert L. Hance
Robert L. Hance
Rural Electric Cooperative Veteran

Bob Hance is a rural electric cooperative veteran, spending his entire 50-year career in the industry. Within the electric cooperative industry, Hance has earned a reputation as a leader and a trailblazer. In 2019, he was awarded NRECA’s prestigious President’s Award for his efforts to bridge the digital divide, and in 2023, he won the Impact Award – Greatest Technical Achievement in Connecting the Unconnected at the U.S. Broadband Summit.

He pushed MEC to become one of the first electric cooperatives nationwide to bring fiber to its electric customers. He continues to lead the company’s fiber expansion efforts, resulting in roughly $80 million in funding from the federal government and the State of Michigan. He continues to work as a tireless advocate for rural broadband at the national and local level and is frequently tapped as a subject matter on funding and other barriers to rural broadband.

Hance is a founding member of the Rural Broadband Council and a member of the Rural Broadband Coalition. He is a member of the Calix Leadership Advisory Board, former Chairman and current Vice Chairman of the RESCO board and serves on the Boards of Directors for the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association (MECA), and Spartan Renewable Energy and Utilities Telecom Council (UTC). In 2023, he retired from the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) board after serving 12 years.

Dennis Hensley
Dennis Hensley
Regional Sales Manager, DZS
Brett Kilbourne
Brett Kilbourne
Of Counsel, Stevens & Lee
Shannon Legree
Shannon Legree
Field Staff Branch Chief, Telecommunications Program, U.S. Department

Shannon R. Legree is currently a Field Staff Branch Chief with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Mission Area, working in the Rural Utilities Services, Telecommunications Program, and has been employed with the Agency for 25 years. With this position, he performs all aspects of supervisory duties to include planning and assigning work, developing performance standards, and evaluating the performance. He also works on the development of policy, plans and procedures for overall program administration, and assists in the coordination of the program with respect to loans, grants operations, management, and engineering activities. He has held various positions within the agency, including General Field Representative, Business & Cooperative Programs Specialist, Renewable Energy Coordinator, Area Specialist, and Community Development Specialist.

While working with the Agency, he has gained experience in reviewing, underwriting, and servicing all Business & Cooperative Programs loan and grant products, Multi-Family Housing complexes, Guaranteed Rural Housing loans, Single-Family Housing loans & grants, and Water & Waste projects. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agribusiness from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC. He enjoys traveling, grilling, and being around family and friends.

 

Josh Leonard
Josh Leonard
Broadband Business Lead Networks, Integration & Automation / Transmission & Distribution, Burns & McDonnell

Josh Leonard is Burns & McDonnell’s broadband business lead. He oversees business strategy, focusing on partnerships, client relationships, and market development. He possesses a diverse business background as a former investment banker, director of digital innovation, former FBI Special Agent, and founding entrepreneur.

Please join us for this special event where Josh will host a group discussion on why the utility business model is key to the opportunity for Electric Utilities, Electric COOPs, Municipalities, and ISPs to take an active role in helping to close the digital divide. We will discuss current broadband market conditions, capital funding opportunities both public and private, internet service provider partnerships, and a shared mission to help close the digital divide!

 

William Lowry
William Lowry
Managing Director, Exelon Strategy

Bill Lowry is Vice President, Innovation & Strategic Development for Exelon, which includes leading staff & partners to deliver innovations, new ideas, and improvements across Exelon’s OpCos.  Mr. Lowry’s team also develops multi-OpCos strategies for digital communications & data centers, helping OpCos turn strategic goals into actionable plans, and incubating the resulting new business functions.  Mr. Lowry has more than 20 years of experience building, delivering, selling, and operating solutions in the data center & Service Provider industry.  His career also includes leadership roles at Verizon, ServerCentral, Terremark, EMC, and Apple. He earned a B.A. in Advertising from Texas Tech University.

 

David McKinnon
David McKinnon
Principal Technical Project Manager (retired Chief of Staff) at PG&E

David’s expertise is assessing and solutioning complex business problems and process improvements that span across departments, disciplines, and systems.  David has over 30 years’ experience in IT and utility operations at Pacific Gas and Electric Company.  During his career at PG&E, David served in several capacities including utility capital improvements project manager, division support service manager, manager of IT infrastructure project delivery, manager of IT application project delivery COE, and chief of staff to the vice president of IT infrastructure operations, driving cross department planning, budgeting, and process improvement. David retired in 2018 as a chief solution engineer. In 2020, David was appointed as the principal project manager with PG&E’s Telecom Network Portal project.

David served 5 years with the United States Naval Mobile Construction Forces (Seabees) with deployments in the US Pacific Territory and the British Indian Ocean Territory.

 

Carl Meyerhoefer
Carl Meyerhoefer
SVP, Business Development, Conexon

Carl has been working in the telecommunications industry for over 25 years helping service providers successfully deploy fiber-to-the-home networks.

In recent years, Carl has concentrated on developing greenfield emerging markets with a focus on Electric Utilities. Leveraging a strong understanding of telecommunications technology and architectures coupled with keen understanding of customer and market needs; Carl has successfully developed and grown over $300 million in new business revenue while working for industry leading organizations such as CommScope and Calix.

He has held strategic positions in Product Management, Business Development, Marketing, Sales Management as well as Product Development Engineering.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University and holds 9 patents in the telecommunications space.

Nwabueze (“Eze”) Phil-Ebosie
Nwabueze (“Eze”) Phil-Ebosie
Director of Engineering, Commonwealth Edison Company

Nwabueze “Eze” Phil-Ebosie is a Director in the Engineering and Smart Grid Organization. He is responsible for ComEd’s strategy to deploy advanced communication infrastructure (REACTS- Renewable Energy Advanced Control and Telemetry System) widely across the service territory to mitigate challenges the grid will face now and in the future.

Eze was promoted to Director of Engineering in January of 2021 to lead the REACTS program. Prior to REACTS, he was the Senior Manager of Transmission and Substation Engineering where he was responsible for leading teams that provided engineering designs and support for all ComEd Substations in both Distribution and Transmission levels. Apart from that, he was the Category Manager responsible for developing and implementing investment plans directed to improve Substation Performance.

Eze is a proven leader with a track record of implementing innovative changes in the various departments that he has led. He also has an extensive background in system operations due to his tenure in Testing and Commissioning Engineering department where he commissioned various complexed systems and brought them online to support ComEd system operation needs

Eze graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He has been a part of the ComEd team since February of 2006.

Mitch Simcoe
Mitch Simcoe
Director, Solution Marketing, Ciena

Mitch Simcoe has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, starting with Bell Canada and later with Nortel, where he worked in numerous roles in marketing and product management, as well as in product groups including voice switching, broadband access, and optical networking. He later joined GENBAND as Director of Application Marketing and built an application showcase for communication-enabled IT applications.

At Ciena, Mitch is currently the Director of Solution Marketing. In this role, he is responsible for supporting Utilities to modernize and automate their networks, and position Ciena’s solutions for Edge Cloud.

Mitch received a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Bruce Smith
Bruce Smith
Co-Founder & CEO, GEOGRAPH Technologies
Jim Stritzinger
Jim Stritzinger
Broadband Director, SC Broadband Office, Office of Regulatory Staff

As Director of the South Carolina Broadband Office, which was formed in July 2021 as part of the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (“ORS”), Mr. Stritzinger is responsible for facilitating and ensuring the rapid deployment of broadband infrastructure in South Carolina. He is directly responsible for over $1 billion in state and federal grant investments.

Before joining ORS, Jim was the Founder and President of a consulting firm that specialized in the deployment of high-speed internet in rural communities. He has been featured on NPR Marketplace Tech, and the Wall Street Journal, presented at numerous national conferences, and was invited to present to the US House Rural Broadband Task Force by Congressman James E. Clyburn. In addition, Jim’s unique broadband mapping methodology was selected for publication in the Esri® Map Book (Vol 36, 2021, pg. 186).

Mr. Stritzinger is a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and was inducted into the NC State University (NCSU) Electrical and Computer Engineering Alumni Hall of Fame in 2015.  He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from NCSU, a Master of Health Information Technology from the University of South Carolina, and is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

 

Sean Stokes
Sean Stokes
Partner, Keller & Heckman

Sean is a partner at Keller and Heckman, LLP.  Sean represents clients nationally on a wide range of communications matters including broadband, pole attachments, fiber leasing, regulatory compliance, barriers to community broadband, and public-private partnerships. His clients include utilities of all types, as well as national and state utility associations, municipal leagues, and numerous public and private entities throughout the U.S. He collaborates with multi-disciplinary teams of legal, financial, engineering, and other technical experts, assisting clients in making comprehensive telecommunications and broadband plans.

Sean’s extensive career experience includes serving as Associate General Counsel for UTC in the 1990s. Sean is a graduate of the National Law Center at George Washington University.

Piotr (Peter) Stoklosa
Piotr (Peter) Stoklosa
Director of Business Development at Comarch
Aaron Watanabe
Aaron Watanabe
Business Development Account Executive, Broadband, LightRiver
John Werner
John Werner
Senior Manager, Fiber & Wireless, Thayer Power and Communications
John Werner is the Senior Manager, Utilities and Communications at Thayer Power & Communication.  In this role he is responsible for the interaction of Thayer’s Power, Wireless and FiberComm divisions focused on all communication services located on utility infrastructure. John is integral to the entire deployment ecosystem – engineering, permitting, , installation, and operations.
Thayer provides services from nine offices with 800 employees and 630 fleet vehicles.  Oriented towards construction, the unique combination of Thayer’s power, fiber, and wireless skills creates a single very highly skilled and safe deliverable that has immediate support and credibility with utilities, carriers, telcos, and governmental agencies.
John represents Thayer at the Utilities Technology Council, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association, Telecommunications Association, American Public Power Association, and Heartland Joint Use.
John earned an MBA at The Ohio State University and a PMP while at AT&T Mobility. Prior to joining Thayer, John served in management positions at Crown Castle, Paul J Ford & Company, AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless.

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