5G and Small Cell Workshop

 

5G, Broadband and Small Cells for Utilities: What You Need to Know

Date: November 6-8, 2019

Location:
Hilton Franklin Cool Springs

601 Corporate Centre Drive

Franklin, TN 37067

Agenda

Preliminary Agenda – Click here to review

Session Topics

    • How will carriers’ small cell deployments affect utilities?
    • Why is utility fiber a key player?
    • How do utilities deploy fiber and offer services?
    • Utility Fiber Use Cases
    • Fiber Engineering for utilities and consumer service offerings
    • How will government regulation will affect pole attachments?
    • What pole attachment issues matter most?
    • How can utilities take advantage of fiber funding programs?
    • Fiber deployment by utilities – case study
    • New sources of utility revenue from carriers’ small cell deployments
    • Deep dive into an existing utility pole attachment process, procedures, and standards.
    • Pre-event training on Wednesday afternoon, November 6th – additional fee applies

Sponsorship Information

Registration Rates

  • $200| GOV’T – MEMBER RATE
  • $295| UTILITY – MEMBER RATE
  • $495| NON-SPONSORING VENDOR – MEMBER RATE
  • $590| UTILITY – NON-MEMBER
  • $890|NON-SPONSORING VENDOR – NON-MEMBER

Cancellation Policy – Standard UTC Cancellation Policy

To become a UTC Member, contact Karnel Thomas.

5G, Broadband and Small Cells for Utilities: What You Need to Know

As bandwidth demand for wireless and wireline communications increases, so do the demands and implications on utilities, both in terms of increased broadband capacity and infrastructure access.  It means deployment of fiber for retail and wholesale communications, including broadband for rural unserved areas. It means the potential for new funding opportunities, including the Federal Communications Commission’s newest $20.4 billion in grants  under the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to promote broadband deployment in unserved and underserved areas next year.  It means upgrading wireline and wireless networks to improve utility communications, including grid modernization and the industrial Internet of Things (IoT).  Finally, it means more small wireless antennas attached to utility infrastructure, along with more regulations for faster deployment of the antennas and related equipment.  While U.S. policies on pole attachments and spectrum have long favored the telecommunications industry, are there ways for all impacted parties—and most importantly consumers—to benefit?

 

This 1.5-day workshop will provide insights into the demands being placed on electric utilities from 5G, broadband and small cells, as well as what this will mean in terms of securing and maintaining the infrastructure needed to safely and securely deliver electricity.  It will also feature key policymakers discussing new and exciting funding opportunities for broadband that utilities can access to help offset the high cost of deploying broadband into rural and other unserved areas.  In this conference, speakers and panelists will discuss various models of win-win scenarios that balance the needs of the utilities, communities and wireless providers.

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