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Wireless Pole Attachments Best Practices

January 18 @ 8:00 am - January 19 @ 5:00 pm

As technology advances and the demand for reliable, faster broadband services increases, pole owners are faced with increasing pressure to allow wireless attachments on their poles. But who will pay? What rights do the pole owners have regarding their own assets? And on the other side, the wireless carriers want to understand why they are having difficulty getting their equipment on utility poles. Wading through the waters of joint use and pole attachment agreements can be difficult, especially if these agreements are not up to date. Add increasing pressure from the FCC, strict timelines, and rental rates, both sides of the industry don’t always know what their best options are, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

This conference is intended to provide attendees from municipalities, electric utilities, and wireless/telecom companies with the knowledge and experience to better understand new regulations, technology, and what to expect in the future. Through technical presentations, open discussion, panels, and case studies, the goal of this conference is to let utilities and wireless carries share and hear each other’s experiences. The demand for faster internet access will not decrease, therefore, it is vital for these industries to be prepared and ready to meet the demands of their customers.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss how industry trends such as fiber deployment and wireless attachments are impacting electric utilities
  • Formulate effective strategies for working with attachers and joint-users to correct past mistakes and issues
  • Discuss the advent of 5G technology and how it impacts pole attachments
  • Review past and current state and federal pole attachment regulations
  • Discuss pole attachment insurance and indemnification
  • Describe current trends in broadband deployment
  • Compare different states commission plans for pole attachments
  • Compare future outlooks of pole attachments from the perspectives of leaders in investor owned utilities, public utilities, cooperatives, and telecommunications



Tim Asta, National Director, Strategic Siting, ExteNet Systems

Tom Breuckman, Xcel Energy (Invited)

Josh Broder, CEO, Tilson Construction

Matt Butler, West Territory Network Liaison – Community Outreach & Education, Verizon Wireless

Carlos Castro, Asset Management Technical Advisor, San Diego Gas & Electric

Martha Duggan, Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Claire Evans, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

Douglas Everette, Barnes and Thornburg, LLP

Aryeh Fishman, Associate General Counsel, Regulatory Legal Affairs, Edison Electric Institute

Commissioner Sarah Freeman, Indiana

Gabriel Garcia, Director & Senior Counsel, Legal Services, CPS Energy

Tim Gasser, Puget Sound Energy (Invited)

Michael Hill, Executive Director, External Relations, ExteNet Systems, Inc.

David Hulinsky, Utility Telecom Director, Black and Veatch

Chris Huther, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

Commissioner Paul Kjellander, Idaho

Sean Knowles, McLean Engineering

Commissioner Crystal Rhoades, Nebraska

Tim Schneider, General Counsel and Principal Consultant, Tilson Technology Management

Greg Walters, Team Lead-Electric Distribution Standards and Work Methods, San Diego Gas & Electric

Andrew Wills, Director of Government Relations, and Counsel, American Public Power Association


Hyatt Regency Orange County
11999 Harbor Blvd
Garden Grove, CA 92840 United States
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