2022 Showcase

Attendee RegistrationVendor/Associate Member Registration | Agenda | Current Sponsors

Wednesday, November 30 - Thursday, December 1st

Billings Hotel & Convention Center
1223 Mullowney Lane
Billings, MT  59101
406-248-7151

Room reservations can be made by calling 406-248-7151, reference MT Telecommunications Association/BroadbandMT or click here. Room rates start at: $102/night plus tax. Room block rates expire November 14, 2022.


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Agenda

Tuesday, November 29th

Noon - 9pm Vendor Booth setup

  

Wednesday, November 30th

7:00am Registration Opens
7:30am Hosted Breakfast - Outside Tent
8:15am Welcome: Geoff Feiss, BroadbandMT - Outside Tent
8:30am Booths Open
9:30am Joint Session: ConnectMT / BEAD - Ballroom
Robyn Madison, Regional Director, NTIA Office of Internet Connectivity & Growth
Misty Ann Giles, Director, MT Department of Administration / Vice Chair, Montana Broadband Commission
10:30am

Meeting your SLA, and MTTR requirements via Remote Fiber Test solutions – Steven Knight, Business Development Manager with Viavi Solutions - Madison Room

Agenda: Contractual agreements SLA's- service level agreements MTTR Chronic outages Outage Credits 2) Benefits of a remote fiber test system Reduced MTTR Sla management Reduced outage credits Reduced trouble tickets Accurate postmortem reports PON construction reducing repeat visits PON monitoring.

How Fiber Connectors are Changing the Broadband Game – Thomas Nyman, Regional Sales Manager with Corning Optical Communications - Ballroom

Plug-and-play connectors are the future of fiber networks. 

The rising pace of fiber deployment and consumer demand has had a number of unforeseen consequences—for instance, the current shortage of skilled fiber splicers, which directly impacts the schedule and materials needed for a build. Not only can new innovations in connector technology help operators skirt this labor shortage, but they can reduce time to perform customer installs and improve efficiencies throughout your build. 

Join Corning Optical Communications for a webinar on this exciting new technology. We’ll discuss: 

  • Innovations in connector technology
  • Possible use cases for network deployment
  • Advantages of incorporating connectors in your build 

In the end, you’ll learn how this technology can help optimize your workforce, accelerate deployments and expand the reach of your network—bringing faster connections to those who need it most.

11:30am Marketing Panel - Madison Room
Brett Damaskos, Sales & Marketing Specialist, InterBel
Channing Lewis, Advertising Solutions Representative, Nex-Tech
TellWell Invited

FTTH – Now What?  Andy Deinert, Network & Security Services Manager with Vantage Point - Ballroom

In many ways, building fiber is just the start; and as with any initiative, best laid plans rarely survive contact with the real world. Fiber cuts, flooded data centers, ransomware attacks, etc. – these are all operational realities fiber operators must be prepared for. Vantage Point has worked with many network operators with both buried and aerial plant, and can speak to the unique maintenance and disaster recovery responsibilities all fiber broadband providers should be prepared for.

12:30pm Hosted Lunch Buffet - Outside Tent
 1:30pm New to GIS: Data Management and Making Data Work for You - Dustin Heath, Director, Engineering and Technology with CHR Solutions - Madison Room
This course will walk you through the possibilities of GIS and how GIS can assist your organization in making smarter decisions, manage federal funding financing and reporting, optimize Network Operations and Permitting.  This course will show you the benefits of leveraging live data throughout your project lifecycles to maximize your success. 

Living in a Multigig World - Tom Pope, Regional Vice President Solutions Engineering with Calix - Ballroom

Abstract: 10G XGS-PON deployments are growing 500% year over year as operators of all types prepare their networks for the broadband battles coming to their markets. Hear about the key factors driving Broadband Service Providers to move now to architect their network to own their market for years to come.

Three Key points:

  1. Understand why such strong adoption among BSP’s in deploying 10G XGS-PON FTTP access networks
  2. Advantages of 10G PON FTTP vs other access technologies (DOCSIS, FWA etc)
  3. Hear how BSPs are using multi-gig as a marketing differentiator
2:30pm Trade Show break for attendees - Trade Show Area
3:30pm

Joint Session: Network Operations Roundtable - Ballroom

  • DJ Bulkley, Network Operations Manager, Range
  • Troy Unrein, Director of Operations, InterBel
  • Others TBD

This roundtable will cover a wide range of Network Operations topics and provide listeners with diversity of thought from experts from all regions of Montana. Topics will range from Plant Maintenance, Labor and Training, Plant/Network Expansion, Central Office and Network Management Best Practices, Plant/As Built Records and questions from the audience. Questions will include how does security from providers help or affect provider network security? How to best manage testing circuits across networks? These experts will share their thoughts on how to best operate a Network in today’s ever changing Broadband world.  Come and listen in and don’t be afraid to bring your questions for the expert panel.

4:30pm Hosted Hospitality Hour in the Trade Show Area

 

Thursday, December 1st

7:30am Hosted BreakfastOutside Tent
8:00am Plant Supervisors and Vendor Meeting - Trade Show Area
8:30am Booths Open
9:30am

Supply Chain / Labor Issues Panel - Madison Room

  • Paul Gladen, Director, Accelerate MT
  • Laura Marshall, VP of Human ResourcesBlackfoot Communications
  • Dean Mischke, Vice-President, Finley
  • Cory Polman, Area Vice President Sales, Calix

The Convergence of Wireless vs. Wireline (FTTx) Networks, and Operations Dilemma or Dream to come true?  Glen Scymanski, Senior Director Critical Infrastructure & Broadband Development with Radisys. - Ballroom

An informative and technical discussion addressing Fiber's limitations and how to implement a good wireless augmentation strategy.

10:30am Joint Session - Ballroom

MTA CEOs will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing our industry in the near-and long-term future.

  • Bryce Daniel, General Manager, Lincoln
  • Aimee Dietrich, General Manager/CFO, Northern Telephone Cooperative
  • Craig Gates, CEO, Triangle Communications
11:30am Raffle & Door Prize Drawing - Outside Tent

 

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