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Utility Broadband Workshop

 

Utility Broadband Workshop

As the US recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, broadband access remains a key national priority. Between the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), the American Rescue Plan, and the numerous infrastructure packages being debated in Congress, literally hundreds of billions of dollars could soon be available for broadband funding. Is your utility in a position to take advantage? How can your utility tap into state broadband funding from the American Rescue Plan? What new technologies can assist your deployment strategies? What hurdles could impede utilities from connecting their unserved and underserved communities to robust, reliable, and affordable broadband services?

UTC’s Utility Broadband Virtual Workshop on June 22-24, 2021 will help answer these questions. Our agenda addresses the key issues for federal and state funding, new technologies, and the latest developments in Washington. If your utility is pursuing broadband programs, you won’t want to miss this!

  • Date: June 22- June 24, 2021
  • Location: Virtual

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Questions? Please contact Cheryl Stratos in Sales at cheryl.stratos@utc.org

Registration Rates

  • $200 | Member Rate
  • $300 | Non-Member Rate
  • $100 | Government Rate*
    *Contact support@utc.org to receive the government rate.

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations received by Tuesday, June 1, 2021, will receive a refund of less than a 25% cancellation fee.  There will be no refunds issued after June 1st; however, substitutions may be made without penalty. Cancellations must be received in writing to support@utc.org

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 Bilodeau
Ron Bilodeau
Director, Strategic Solutions, 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.

Austin Farmer
Austin Farmer
Application Engineer for FTTH, AFL

Austin Farmer is an Application Engineer for FTTH with AFL. He has worked in the electric utility industry since late 2013 and has been with AFL for over 5 years. In his role, Austin supports AFL’s end users building FTTH and Rural Broadband projects with his expertise in end-to-end fiber optic cables and passive components. Austin is an ETA Certified Fiber Optics Installer & Technician and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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.

 

Bob Greene
Bob Greene
Communications

Bob has been doing work with communications his entire life.  He started with the military where he learned and worked with several brands of electro-mechanical switching components both foreign and domestic.  After completing his service with an honorable discharge, he continued in this endeavor through private contractors.  To round his career, he went to work with the manufacturer of equipment for several years managing the installation, testing, and turnup of their equipment.  He has worked with the telephone operations group providing dial tones to customers and businesses.  He moved on from these jobs to start building a cellular operations company, this company was built with over 80 cell sites and 80,000 subscribers and sold in 1999.  After this endeavor, we started another company called HighSpeed Communications where we bid on LMDS licenses and won almost all licenses from Colorado to Hawaii.  This was going to be a large undertaking to build high-speed communications across the western united states.  Equipment manufactures were unable to get the scale right to build the equipment in a timely manner and this business was sold in 2004.  After that, I dedicated all my energy to Columbia REA a little-known cooperative distribution company in SE Washington.  They wanted to learn and build the communications side of their business for their members and others outside their existing territory.  Today we manage about 1600 internet customers, from small customers to customers that have 1000’s employees.  Most of these customers are wireless today although we have been migrating them over to fiber for the last 4 years as we continue to grow the overall subsidiary business unit.

John Griebling
John Griebling
Senior Solutions Architect, Itron

John Griebling is a senior solutions architect with Itron, focused on developing public and private optical and wireless network solutions for utilities and municipalities. John completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Penn State University. He has decades of experience gained through his work with the U.S. Department of Defense (US Army, US Intelligence Community), Commercial Telecom sector (MFS, Level 3, Enron, Aerie), and private network solutions companies ABB (formerly Tropos Networks) and Itron. Mr. Griebling has extensive experience designing and implementing optical and wireless network solutions globally.

Daniel Holbrook
Daniel Holbrook
Oregon’s Broadband Manager

Daniel Holbrook is Oregon’s Broadband Manager, which is both an honor and commitment. Broadband is critical to future economic and community development which is why he works to connect Oregon’s unconnected and underserved. He has been with Businesses Oregon since the fall of 2016. Daniel has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography as well as a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Memphis. In addition to his education, Daniel has two decades of experience in land use and infrastructure planning, management, and geographic information systems. Daniel is also an active member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and serves on the Dayton City Council.

Scott Jackson
Scott Jackson
National Market Manager – Broadband Graybar

As National Market Manager of Broadband Markets & Applications for Graybar, Scott has been actively involved with the Fiber Broadband Association and Utilities Technology Council for several years.

Scott has more than 20 years of technology and business modeling experience in Broadband, IT, and telecommunications applications in the industry.  In his current role at Graybar, Scott focuses on Broadband networking and applications for broadband network operators, utilities, wireless, and contractors. His past roles include Service Provider, Smart Grid, and Smart City as a market and business development manager.

He is currently his companies’ representative for the Utilities Technology Council, Fiber Broadband Association, National Rural Electric Association, National Association of Tower Erectors, and Wireless Industry Association.  Scott has served as various industry technology committee chair and board of director and officer/chair positions.  He also serves, or has served on various industry task forces from time to time; currently on the Wireless Industry Association’s Smart City Task Force and as a former active participant on the Smart Grid Task Force submittal of Electri International and Michigan State University School of Planning, Design, and Construction.

Eric Merten
Eric Merten
Vice President and General Manager of NV5 Geospatial’s Commercial Line of Business

Eric Merten is the Vice President and General Manager of NV5 Geospatial’s Commercial Line of Business responsible for the P&L for all Commercial Clients. NV5 Geospatial is the largest, most technically advanced full-service geospatial solutions provider in North America. Eric leads a team successfully delivering billions of acres worth of geospatial data in projects for energy, transportation, and other private industries. Prior to NV5G, Eric spent 15+ years in the Energy industry, holding positions in Operations, Professional Services, Information Technology, Sourcing, and Contracts Management, as in-house counsel, and in various leadership roles. He is an experienced Leader, Negotiator, Change Agent, Program Manager, and System Integrator. Eric lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, 2 boys, 2 dogs, and 3 chickens.

Karen Perry
Karen Perry
Senior Policy Analyst with the National Telecommunication and Information Administration’s (NTIA)

Karen Perry is a Senior Policy Analyst with the National Telecommunication and Information Administration’s (NTIA) BroadbandUSA program at the U.S. Department of Commerce who has worked on broadband from a range of perspectives: nonprofit, commercial, philanthropic, and governmental. Ms. Perry was a contributor, author, or editor of three major national broadband policy reports: Connecting America – The National Broadband Plan (Federal Communications Commission’s 2010), the Broadband Opportunity Council Report, and Recommendations (NTIA 2015), and the American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report (February 2019). As a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Karen worked to improve broadband in public libraries and build advocacy capacity for librarians. She has over twenty-five years of experience in telecommunications, working with Bell Laboratories, AT&T, and related firms. Karen holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from the University of Washington and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University; the foundation of her education is her Associates from Cape Cod Community College. Karen is passionate about developing local solutions that leverage data, focus on community priorities, and are powered by partnerships. Karen lives in Seattle Washington.

Tom Pope
Tom Pope
Solutions Engineer, Calix

Tom Pope is a Pacific Northwest Native from Spokane Valley, Washington. As a Solutions Engineer for Calix, Tom works with Broadband Service Providers of all shapes and sizes to help them simplify their operations, excite their subscribers, and grow their business. In his 15-year career, Tom has helped service providers design, build, and troubleshoot networks of all sizes. When he’s not at work, you’ll often find him with a camera in his hand or spending time with his family. Be sure to stop by and visit at the Calix table.

Scott Richards
Scott Richards
Founder and Principal at G. Scott Richards, LLC

Scott Richards is founder and principal at G. Scott Richards, LLC, Olympia-based government affairs and consulting firm.

In 2014, after nine legislative sessions as nonpartisan staff to the Washington State House of Representatives, Scott hung out his own shingle as a lobbyist and consultant.

As principal of G. Scott Richards, LLC, Scott focuses on representing clients seeking a cleaner energy sector, increased customer access to high-speed broadband, and conservation and restoration of our natural resources.

During his time with the Legislature, Scott staffed House committees responsible for energy, environmental, carbon, economic development, and telecommunications policy

Before moving to Washington State in 2005, Scott served as Director of Energy and Environmental Policy at the Council of State Governments, Development Manager for the London Energy Partnership, Assistant Director at the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission, and a Research Specialist with the Kentucky Water Watch Program.

Scott holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.

Dave Sabala
Dave Sabala
General Manager, Douglas Electric Cooperative

Retiring in June, 2015, Dave Sabala worked for Douglas Electric Cooperative, Roseburg, Oregon starting as Director of Member Services in 1978.  He became GM in 1989.  He graduated from Oregon State University majoring in Business and is a graduate of the National Rural Electric Cooperative’s Management Intern Program at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

In addition to being the lead person to create Douglas Fast Net (DFN), Douglas Electric Cooperative’s wholly-owned telecommunications subsidiary, Dave was instrumental in the formation of NoaNet Oregon, now LS Networks, a regional interexchange carrier headquartered in Portland, Oregon.  He also represented DFN as a founding member of Eastern Oregon Telecom (EOT), a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) headquartered in Hermiston, Oregon.

Dave was named the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s First Citizen for community service in 2001.  He was awarded the Edwin G. Parker Enduring Achievement Award – Oregon’s Telecom Hall of Fame – in 2014.

Dave is currently a member of the governor-appointed Oregon Broadband Advisory Council.  OBAC was created by the Oregon Legislature to report and advise them on the progress of broadband in Oregon.  In addition, Dave is a member of the Utilities Technology Council’s Utility Broadband Council.  He consulted for the Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association on HB 2654 Broadband Easements that was recently passed into law in Oregon.

Mauricio Subieta
Mauricio Subieta
Energy Segment CTO for North America, leads the Industrial Cyber Security Program, and is the technical lead for the Private Wireless Networks (LTE and 5G) Nokia’s Enterprise division, which focuses on the energy segment including electric utilities, oil and gas, and mining

Dr. Mauricio Subieta is the Energy Segment CTO for North America, leads the Industrial Cyber Security Program, and is the technical lead for the Private Wireless Networks (LTE and 5G) Nokia’s Enterprise division, which focuses on the energy segment including electric utilities, oil and gas, and mining. Dr. Subieta completed his undergraduate studies in Systems Engineering (BSc) at the Bolivian Catholic University in 1997 and his master’s and Doctoral degrees in Telecommunications Management and Electrical Engineering at the Oklahoma State University in 2002 and 2006, respectively. He was awarded the Fulbright scholarship for his graduate studies and was a distinguished researcher at the Advanced Communications and Systems Engineering Laboratory at OSU. His work experience includes almost a decade as a security and network architect at Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OG+E); more than five years supporting the oil and gas industry (Devon, Chesapeake Energy, etc.) as a wireless network engineer; and more than 10 years performing research in cybersecurity, telecommunications, and teaching graduate-level courses at different institutions of higher education. Dr. Subieta’s areas of research and expertise cover next-generation wired and wireless networking architectures (5G), network traffic characterization and optimization, protocol design, system development, and cybersecurity for industrial control systems and networks.

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