2024 BroadbandMT Annual Membership Meeting
August 19-21, 2024

2 Fairway Drive
Whitefish, MT 59937
406-892-2525

Our Annual Membership Meeting is a telecommunications policy conference attended by more than 100 BroadbandMT member senior execs from Montana’s telecom industry.  We offer sponsorship opportunities and other ways for Associate Members to participate. There are no booths/table tops for Associate Members, but it is a great venue for exposure to senior level telecom executives and the public policies that affect the industry!


Telco Member Pricing 

$450 | $500 after August 5th

Government Pricing
$200 | $250 after August 5th

Golf/Fly Fishing
$175/person. All proceeds go to our Rural Education Scholarship Fund

Room reservations at Grouse Mountain Lodge can be made by calling 406-892-2525 or email, reference BroadbandMT. Room rates start at $269/night plus tax, and do require a deposit. Room block is almost full. Room block rates expires July 4, 2024.

Other hotels nearby
Pine Lodge - 406-862-7600
The Firebrand Hotel - 406-863-1900
The Lodge at Whitefish Lake - 406-863-4000
Hampton Inn & Suites Whitefish - 406-730-8901
Best Western Rocky Mountain Lodge - 406-862-2569

Thank you to our generous sponsors!


Tentative Agenda

Confirmed Speakers

Session topics include workforce development, NTCA updates, USF, broadband mapping, Montana political candidates, and more!  Information updated frequently so keep checking back.  

Monday, August 19th

9am

Fly Fishing with Dustin Heath, CHR Solutions
Details available at a later date. 

11:32am

Golf - Whitefish Lake Golf Club
1200 US-93
Whitefish, MT 59937

Foursomes. Green fees, cart and two drink tickets included with registration.
More details to follow.  
5:30-7pm President's Welcome Reception - Outdoor Pavilion


Tuesday, August 20th
All sessions in the Continental Divide Room

8:30am

Welcome
Bridger Mahlum, BroadbandMT General Manager

8:45-12pm

Sessions

12-1pm Lunch - Outdoor Pavilion
1:15-4:30pm Sessions


Wednesday, August 21st
All sessions in the Continental Divide Room

8:30-12pm

Sessions

12pm

Raffle & Adjourn

12:30pm BroadbandMT Board of Directors Meeting

Confirmed Speakers

Joe Whittinghill is the Chief Learning Officer and Corporate Vice President for Microsoft. He leads learning and skilling, organization design and development, building world-class leaders, enabling the workforce of the future, and the future organization of Microsoft. Prior to this role, Joe spent 10 of his 25 years at Microsoft in Finance, including leading the Venture Integration Merger and Acquisitions Group where he was part of closing over 130 acquisitions worldwide. Joe serves on non-profit, corporate, and university boards with focuses technology, education, LGBTQIA+ advocacy, sustainability, and neuroscience. He received his masters of science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Montana where he served as the Chairman of the University of Montana Foundation.


Shirley Bloomfield is chief executive officer of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, the premier association representing nearly 850 independent telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. With more than 30 years of experience representing the country’s smallest telecom operators, Bloomfield is an expert on the role of federal communications policies in sustaining the vitality of rural and remote communities and the benefits rural broadband networks bring to millions of American families and businesses and the national economy. Bloomfield has a strong track record of leadership in seeking synergies and aligning strategic partnerships among rural telecom companies, their larger counterparts, other rural utilities and local and federal governments, further expanding business opportunities for small communications providers. Under her leadership, NTCA has made broadband an integral part of policy conversations in Washington, D.C., and has secured billions of dollars in federal funding for rural service providers to expand build out and sustain networks and help close the digital divide. Bloomfield is a strong supporter of national efforts to improve the resilience and reliability of critical electric and telecommunications infrastructure and serves as a board member of NRTC and the Southeast Reliability Corporation (SERC).


Rob Johnstone has been with Range for 18 years.  First, in the marketing department where he was the CMO for 13 years, and currently CEO for the last 6 years.  He received his education in management and marketing from the University of Montana School of Business in Missoula, MT.  Rob serves on several national, state, and local boards which include the SMC Board for NTCA and President of Montana’s state broadband association, BroadbandMT.  Rob has 25+ years of experience in leadership, management, public relations, marketing, and sales.


Michelle Owens is the Sr. Regulatory Specialist/Paralegal for Blackfoot Communications, a regional broadband, voice and managed services provider, located in Missoula, Montana.  With almost 30 years telecommunications experience, she is responsible for monitoring federal and states’ laws and regulations to ensure Blackfoot’s compliance.  Over the course of each year, Michelle files hundreds of compliance filings to include filings required by the FCC, states, and grant entities.  In addition to regulatory compliance, Michelle is an integral part of the Blackfoot team responsible for grant applications and compliance.  In 2021, Michelle was appointed to the Governor’s Committee on Telecommunications Access Service for persons with disabilities.  She represents independent service providers on that committee.  Outside of work she is active in her community supporting the local Soroptimists, Big Sky Autism, Ravalli County Museum, Children’s Museum, and she is the current board president of the Hamilton Farmers Market Cooperative.  Michelle holds a BS in Legal and Paralegal studies from the University of Providence.


Nathan Weber, PE is the Vice President of Engineering at Vantage Point Solutions, where he oversees the services and functions of Vantage Point’s network engineers, integration specialists, and data networking and cybersecurity experts. He has been active in the telecommunications industry since 2000, and his primary focus is on the technical and regulatory aspects of broadband service providers.

Nathan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the States of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Tennessee.


As JSI’s Economic Advisor, Douglas Meredith evaluates industry and regulatory issues that affect independent and rural telephone companies. Douglas assists clients with the development of policy pertaining to economics, pricing, and regulatory affairs, to ensure rural carriers have opportunities to provide services on state-of-the-art broadband networks. Douglas also serves as the economic advisor for the Telecommunications Regulatory Bureau of Puerto Rico, providing economic and policy advice to the commissioners on telecommunications issues.

Douglas participates in several national groups and task forces attempting to steer federal and state policy in a direction that will provide rural carriers the same opportunities and safeguards that larger carriers receive. He is a regular speaker on federal and state policy and routinely provides expert testimony in a variety of state proceedings. 

Douglas graduated from the University of Utah, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He received his Master of Arts in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. 


Khoa Nguyen is an Attorney Advisor with the Federal Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau, Telecommunications Access Policy Division (TAPD). In his current role, Khoa is involved in matters related to broadband deployment, including broadband deployment funding, data mapping and interagency coordination of broadband programs.  Prior to joining TAPD, Khoa served as an attorney with the Enforcement Bureau’s Universal Service Fund Strike Force investigating program fraud, waste, and abuse.


Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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Silver

 


Awards Luncheon

   

 

 


Rural Education Fund

   
 
 

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