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.
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