Monday, April 10

8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m.* – Noon
Preconference Workshop:
Investigation Station Rotation: Cybersecurity, Managed WiFi, Broadband Video
Sponsored by NeoNova

Kick off the conference with a highly interactive, round-robin info-sharing session. Take the driver’s seat in small-group discussions with your peers to get the information that is most valuable to you, as you challenge industry experts in hot areas including cybersecurity, managed Wi-Fi and broadband video.

Here’s how it works:

  • After a brief orientation, attendees will split into small groups and share ideas via moderated discussions with industry experts.
  • Next, rotate through all three topic areas, giving you a chance to learn strategies on how to enhance, expand and better protect your business.
  • Last, gather back with the group after everyone has had a chance to discuss all the topics, and share lessons learned.

Be a part of this exciting opportunity to get the answers to the most pressing challenges you face. Reserve your spot when you register for the IP Vision Conference & Expo, and be sure to sign-up early as space is limited.

*This preconference starts exactly at 9:00 a.m. Please be sure to be seated by 8:55 a.m.

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Preconference Workshop:
Learn + See + Block = Comprehensive Security Solutions for your Network and Customers

Sponsored by Cisco

In the continual evolution of business and technology, where network transitions meet the evolving demands of the business, is the requirement for a comprehensive security architecture. Join Cisco for a free preconference workshop to discuss the ever-changing threat landscape and strategies that service providers can deploy to protect their evolving business requirements and those of their customers. Cisco and our partners will be discussing how to secure your business and technologies using automation; hosted virtual appliances such as next-generation firewalls and routers; and the industry’s first security Internet gateway (SIG), the Cisco Umbrella cloud security platform.

As part of Cisco’s preconference workshop, you will have the opportunity to participate in a presentation and discussion with the Cisco Talos team. Talos is Cisco’s threat intelligence organization, an elite group of security experts devoted to providing superior protection for our customers, products, and services. Talos encompasses five primary areas: detection research, threat intelligence, engine development, vulnerability research and development, and outreach. In addition to hearing from Talos and representatives from Cisco, the preconference workshop will include sessions with our partners CCI and Datalink.

At the conclusion of Cisco’s preconference workshop, you will have the opportunity for personal conversations with each of the presenters and can further discuss your security technology requirements.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception/Expo

Tuesday, April 11

7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
Sponsor Presentation: Palmetto Engineering

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Opening General Session

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Keynote Address
Digital Media Disruption

The ever-shifting video landscape doesn’t allow for much standing still either on the business front or with technology. Where market demand and rapid innovation converge, rural providers have great opportunity for growth. Hear the latest analysis of the business and technology forces that will guide your next move.
Colin Dixon, Chief Analyst & Founder, nScreenMedia

9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
At the Intersection of Business and Technology
It takes a balance of business acumen and technological know-how for innovation to generate revenue, yet that balance can be difficult to achieve. This panel discussion highlights the opportunities for collaborative thinking and strategies for maximizing the business opportunities presented by new technologies.
Jason McGinnis, CEO, NeoNova
Jeffry Smith, President & CEO, GVNW
Larry Thompson, CEO, Vantage Point Solutions

9:50 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
The Network In Transition
Internet Protocol-based services continue to expand, but the public switched telephone network isn’t gone yet. How are these two systems co–existing, even as Internet Protocol is ascending? A leading technologist will outline where the transition stands, where it’s going, and how your company is affected on topics such as numbering, call and traffic routing, emergency services and more.
Henning Schulzrinne, Chief Technology Officer, FCC

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

The IP Vision Conference continues with a series of breakout sessions dedicated to the topics at the leading edge of where business and technology meet. With three tracks of content, you are sure to find thought-provoking discussions on the issues that matter most to you. Breakout sessions A, B and C occur Tuesday afternoon; D and E occur Wednesday morning. All tracks are represented in all breakout sessions.

The Voice/Video/Data Track covers everything transmitting across your network and the means to get it where it is going.

The IT Track explores the hardware and software that keep the network functioning efficiently and securely.

The Wireless Track takes a wide-reaching view of wireless technologies and mobile devices driving a key component of your current and future network.

1:00 p.m.– 2:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions A

Voice/Video/Data Track
The Opportunity for Skinny Bundles
The number one reason people cite for cutting the cord is rising pay TV costs. Skinny bundles are attacking this rising tide of cost sensitive consumers with lower priced bundles of channels. But is this really what consumers want? 78% of them say they want to be able to choose the channels that make up their pay TV bundle. This session will look at the underlying trends affecting the emergence of the skinny bundle and how streaming services may ultimately blend into the entertainment mix of consumers.
Colin Dixon, Chief Analyst & Founder, nScreenMedia

IT Track
Deploying Data Center Services: A Means to Expand and Diversify your Revenue
Are you considering adding data center services to your customer offering? Rural telco providers are uniquely positioned to take advantage of the movement toward edge computing and deliver data center services to their customers. In this session you will learn about the business case for deploying an edge data center in your central office as a means to expand and diversify your sources of revenue, the options available for the deployment and management of an edge data center and, how you can monetize your data center service. Take advantage of the edge compute phenomenon and create your own blueprint for success.
Hugh Carspecken, Dartpoints
Mark Hurley, Solution Architect, Schneider Electric
Jeff Leslie, CEO/President, ITS Fiber

Wireless Track
Where We Are With Wireless
From WWAN to WLAN and all the technologies and protocols in between. This survey of wireless technology as we approach the end of the decade will serve up a healthy dose of alphabet soup while making clear how existing and near-future wireless communication will impact the rural market.
Doug Dawson, President, CCG Consulting

2:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Refreshment Break

2:20 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Breakout Sessions B

Voice/Video/Data Track
Your Video Future: Don’t Exit, Evolve
Video provision is tough, and rapid changes don’t make it any easier. But there are alternatives to getting out of the market altogether. New approaches may help your company evolve your video product into something sustainable and more responsive to the more fluid demands of today’s—and tomorrow’s—consumer. From hosted solutions to OTT integration to renegotiating content rights, this panel discussion will bring you up to speed on the video landscape and help identify a route that works for your company.
Daniel Brashear, Network Manager, Plateau Telecommunications
Mark Chambers, National Director of Sales, NRTC
Bruce Churchill, Sales Director, Ericsson

IT Track
The ABCs and ROI of NFV and SDN
OTT content providers have long used software to streamline big data delivery between customers and core infrastructure facilities. Now communications service providers of all tiers are recognizing the need to manage capital expenditures and streamline operations through this same use of software. NFV (network functions virtualization), SDN (software defined networks), and additional uses of the cloud are steadily moving from lab to network deployment. This session will discuss why carriers are moving to virtualization, the ROI this transition promises, and the latest in research and technological best practices.
Brian Ford, Regulatory Counsel, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association
Camille Issa, Vice President of Sales, Alianza
Jeff Meyer, Director of IT, ITS Fiber
Narayan Raman, Principal–Emerging Technologies, Bell Labs Consulting, Nokia

Wireless Track
Finding the Rural Play for “5G”
With so much talk around “5G” the two primary questions are: which “5G” are you referring to and what are the practical implications for the rural market? These questions and more will be addressed in this deep dive on the future of fixed wireless and mobile technologies.
Mike Carpinelli, Regional Sales Manager, Calix
Clare Liedquist, Associate Attorney, Herman & Whiteaker
Kevin McGuire, COO, Enhanced Telecommunications
Larry Thompson, CEO, Vantage Point Solutions

3:20 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
Refreshment Break

3:40 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions C

Voice/Video/Data Track
IPv6: Today and Tomorrow
The free pool of IPv4 addresses for our region was exhausted in 2015. Hear about your current options and potential next steps to implement IPv6 in your network and how it may affect your revenue streams, customers’ online experiences and your approaches to security.
Frank Bulk, Technology and Product Development Manager, Premier Communications
John Curran, President and CEO, American Registry for Internet Numbers

IT Track
Surveying the IoT Landscape
This wide-ranging conversation addresses questions of opportunities, challenges and everything in between for the world of IoT.
Ben Chan, Director of Solutions Marketing, Calix
Doug Dawson, President, CCG Consulting
Jeff England, CFO, Silver Star Communications
Chris Olson, System Engineer, Cisco

Wireless Track
The Realities of Managed Wi-Fi Deployment
There is a lot of talk around managed wi-fi as a new revenue stream, but what does it take to move from plan to roll out? Hear from two operators how managed wi-fi deployments over DSL and fiber have impacted their business.
Kevan Burroughs, Director of Product Line Development, Peoples Telephone Cooperative
Ron Ellis, Director of Operations, Nex-Tech
Rick Snelling, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, AirSonics

4:30–6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception/Expo

Wednesday, April 12

7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
Breakfast Sponsor Presentation: Ditch Witch

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m. – 10: 20 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Breakout Sessions D

Voice/Video/Data Track
Caching, Transit, and Peering: Strategies to Control Costs and Enhance User Experience
Storing data locally has long been used to reduce data transit costs and minimize latency for consumers. At the same time, carriers are increasingly establishing their own transit networks, either on their own or jointly, to enhance network efficiency and lower expenses. This session will examine recent efforts to get data to its destination as quickly and economically as possible.
Kurt Gruendling, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom
Chris Van Fossen, Peering and Content Distribution, Google
Mel Wagner, CEO, INDATEL

IT Track
A New Strategy for Effective Cyber Risk Management
Traditional approaches to cybersecurity including firewalls, anti-virus and encryption are proving insufficient for preventing determined cyber criminals from breaching networks. Effective cyber risk management demands that telcos adopt a new strategy that “assumes breach” and employs techniques that enable early detection and eradication. See a demonstration of a live cyber attack and hear about lessons learned by an NTCA member who recently tested their own cybersecurity through an adversarial simulation.
Dr. Leo Carlson, Business/Technology Manager, Norvado
Robert Dowling, Product Manager, Cyber RiskScope, Dynetics

Wireless Track
Handset Repair: New Revenue Stream & Upsell Opportunity
As the lines between wired and wireless blur, the most important connection is the one at hand. Establishing your company as the all-around tech expert for your local market means maintaining connectivity, installing smart technologies and delivering quality aftercare by servicing devices. Learn about the potential business opportunity of mobile device repair.
Michelle James, President, The Branding Network
Jeremy Willis, President, Power Future Mobility

9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
Refreshment Break

9:20 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
Breakout Sessions E

Voice/Video/Data Track
Central Office Consolidation and the Network Transition
New hardware and software technologies enable carriers to handle far more traffic with less equipment. But how will new capabilities affect network design, revenue streams, and cost recovery? This session will explore how widespread consolidation may become, how it will help, or hinder, traffic in reaching its destinations, and how costs structures may change as a result.
Jason Atwater, Product Manager, Consolidated Telecommunications
Mark Hayes, Vice President of CLEC Operations, Momentum Telecom
John Nickey, Director of Product Development, Inteliquent

IT Track
Smart Grid Strategies
From large scale analytics to smart meters and thermostats in the home, broadband data helps drive the smart grid evolution. Experts will provide an update on what’s next for the smart grid, from helping the grid transform to provisioning smart technology within customer premises. Explore the various ways that telecom carriers can participate in the grid transition.
Shannon Clark, CEO and GM, Richland Electric Cooperative / Genuine Telecom
Andy Heins, Operations Manager, Finley Engineering
Eric Freesmeier, President and CEO, Pulse
Steve Pastorkovich, Vice President of Technology and Business Development

Wireless Track
Mesh Wi-Fi and Analytics: Improving the Subscriber Experience

Mesh technology using multiple access points (APs) has incredible potential. Not only can it improve coverage but it can also increase speed. However, technical challenges are inevitable. This session explores how to use analytics to overcome some of these challenges by orchestrating multiple mesh Wi-Fi APs to deliver the ultimate subscriber experience.
Ben Chan, Director of Solutions Marketing, Calix

10:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
Hall Talk
A final opportunity to network with peers and arrange post-conference connections over light morning refreshments.


10:40 a.m. – Noon
Closing General Session

10:40 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Keynote Address
Rural Telecom 2020: Clear Vision for the Years Ahead

Put away the crystal ball, because this pragmatic futurist will bring some clarity to the three-year picture examining how real-world indicators point to changes that matter for rural providers.
Peter L. DeNagy, Managing Principal/President, Acommerce Advisors

11:30 a.m. – Noon
Business and Technology Futures
A wrap-up discussion on key takeaways from the conference and how to best implement lessons learned.
Brian Ford, Regulatory Counsel, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association
Bill Gerski, Vice President of Sales, Huawei Technologies
Jasen Kintner, Director of Data Solutions, Palmetto Engineering
Todd Murphy, Security Account Manager, Cisco

Conference Concludes