DAY 1, NOVEMBER 2, 2016

Location: Room W-178 McCormick Center; West Building

8:00 AM
Registration and Networking
8:50 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks:

Greg Whelan, Principal, Greywhale Insights

9:00 AM

Pat Quinn, Former Governor, State of Illinois

9:30 AM
The Municipal Network: The Value is More than Faster Internet

The kickoff session focuses on the Network: How it is different from legacy networks; what will be expected of it; how the evolution in communications networks impact today’s decisions by municipal leaders and their stakeholders. Network connectivity is the foundation of the emerging city experience, this session provides insight and information about how virtualization, software-defined networks and abundant bandwidth is the foundation to every city and community.
Jeff Christensen, President, Entry Point Networks

10:00 AM
The Story of Santa Monica — Building the Network Yourself

Hear from city leaders who chose to invest, design and deploy a municipal broadband network owned by the municipality. Understand the decision-making, processes, and experience gleaned from these multi-year efforts. It will help cities of all sizes understand the value that Santa Monica derived from its network, and the methods undertaken to overcome political challenges, operational barriers and more.
Jory Wolf, Vice President of Digital Innovation, Magellan Advisors; Former CIO, City of Santa Monica, California

10:30 AM
10:45 AM
Hardik Bhatt, Chief Information Officer and Secretary, Dept. of Innovation & Technology, State of Illinois
11:15 PM
Karen Rhodes, SLED Chief Technologist, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
11:45 PM
PANEL: Smart Cities, Smart Solutions – Connecting to the Intelligent Communications Highway

The Illinois Toll Highway Authority saw a need for a communications network to support their internal voice, video and data requirements. The agency also had the vision to include additional duct and dark fiber resources that they have leased on a fair and non-discriminatory basis to carriers, hospitals, schools, internet service providers and others. An early customer was Illinois Municipal Broadband Association, made up mostly of municipal electric utilities. The IMBCA was a group of determined individuals serving their communities that wanted to establish connectivity between themselves. The Cities of Batavia and Rochelle are here today to share their journey and describe what this initial connection to the intelligent communications highway meant to them and how these efforts have led their communities to creatively expand additional broadband services.
Moderator: Joel Mulder, Vice President, ex2 Technology
Scott Koteski Superintendent of Communications, Rochelle Municipal Utilities
Bob Rogde, Senior Project Engineer, Batavia Municipal Utilities
Dave Wilson, Chief of Operations, Illinois State Toll Highway Authority

12:30 PM
1:30 PM
CASE STUDY: The Dublin, Ohio Story

Examine the experience of city leaders who chose to invest, design and deploy a municipal broadband network owned by the municipality. Understand the decision-making, processes, and experience gleaned from the multi-year efforts put forth by the City of Dublin, Ohio, and learn more about the regional collaboration, and the methods undertaken to overcome political challenges, operational barriers and more.
Doug McCollough, Chief Information Officer, Dublin, Ohio

2:00 PM
PRESENTATION: Funding – The Changing Investment Profile of the Municipal Broadband Project

Municipal networks have a role to play in ensuring that basic infrastructure is provided in communities that may be unserved by private providers. This session discusses current thinking behind the finance and funding of broadband and addresses how this infrastructure is unique to traditional civic infrastructure, including electricity, sewerage and waste water disposal, roads and railways
Steve Peloso, Vice President, Landmark Dividend

2:30 PM
Wireless, Small Cells: How Municipalities are Key to the 5G Revolution

Municipalities of all sizes are fielding more and more requests to locate fiber, small cells and a denser array of wireless antennas in their jurisdictions. FCC Chairman Wheeler estimates there is a need for millions of small cells to be sited to meet the demand for mobile capacity. As mobile operators (and others) move to “densify” mobile networks, more applications will be filed to deploy small cells. This session will discuss the small cell challenge, and how with the right tools and strategy, this new wave of technology spending means opportunity for municipalities.
Brian Mefford, CEO, Connected Nation Exchange

3:00 PM
PRESENTATION: The Global City Teams Challenge: What Has Been Learned To Date

Dr. Sokwoo Rhee, Assoc. Director of Cyber-Physical Systems Program, NIST and Leader, Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC)

3:30 PM
3:45 PM
Harnessing the Power of Community Anchors and E-rate to Fund Fiber Build Projects

The December 2014 E-rate Order gave schools and libraries many more options to consider fiber-based broadband access. For example, the FCC suspended the amortization rules, allowing FCC subsidy for large nonrecurring charges. This presentation will start with Fiber basics and terminology, and then explore how municipalities can leverage E-rate fiber build rules to establish a municipal network.
Essam El-Beik, Illinois Century Network

4:15 PM
CASE STUDY: The Story of Westminster: A Unique Public Private Partnership Model for Smart City Development

Hear this Case Study from Westminster, Maryland and examine its unique public private partnership model that was awarded the 2015 NATOA Community Broadband award for innovative partnership.
Robert Wack, City Council President, City of Westminster, Maryland

4:45 PM
PANEL: The Gigabit Economy: Leveraging the Network for Economic Development

Communities across the country look to communications networks to support progress in multiple areas: economic development and competitiveness in education, health care, public safety, transportation, environmental protection and more. This panel discuss the relationship between high-speed broadband and community economic vitality.
Michael Curri, President, SNG Networks
Brad Cole, Executive Director, Illinois Municipal League

Herb Kuryliw, Director of NIUNet Broadband Solutions, Northern Illinois University

5:30 PM

Room W-179 McCormick Place WEST

6:30 PM
IoT Emerge Happy Hour

2nd Floor — McCormick Place WEST
(Up the Escalators)