Concurrent Breakout Sessions:


Directors & Technicians Open Discussion Roundtables
Tuesday, March 6th at 2:00 PM
Directors:  Rooms 307 - 308
Technicians:  Rooms 309 - 310

Come visit with your peers in an informal forum to discuss best practices, new trends, and other emerging topics of interest during this interactive roundtable session.  Learn from each other and come away with ideas that you can put into place when you go back to the office.  Always one of the most beneficial sessions as stated from previous year attendees!


Policy Update for GMs Luncheon
Dave Duncan, ICA CEO & John Pietila, ICA General Counsel
Wednesday, March 7th at 12:15 PM
Room 314 -315

Join Alliance General Counsel John Pietila and CEO Dave Duncan for an open and honest discussion of current industry developments.  This session will include an overview of recent state and federal legislative, regulatory and industry developments and will highlight the impact of those on your business.   This interactive session will focus on audience questions and member feedback on association activities, strategies and progress. 

NOTE:  This session is specifically limited to telco member CEOs, GMs and managerial level employees. 


The Internet is Slow! - Effectively Finding the Root Cause of Poor QOE

Dustin Curtis, RVW, Inc.
March 6, 2018 at 10:30 AM
Room 307-308

Attendees will gain an understanding of the tools and techniques that can be used to progress your network team from being reactive to proactive, with the ultimate goal of improving susbcriber quality-of-experience.


FirstNet & Emergency Response in Iowa
March 6, 2108 at 10:30 AM

Tom Lampe, FirstNet State Point of Contact and Chair of Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications Systems Board
Andy Sackreiter, AT&T Director of the Radio Access Network for Iowa RAN Engineer
Room 319-320

The State of Iowa has opted-in to the plan that AT&T designed to deploy the public safety wireless network known as FirstNet. FirstNet is already operational in Iowa, giving emergency responder priority access to communications services in times of need.

Attend this session to learn about how FirstNet works, AT&T’s plans to continue the scope of FirstNet in Iowa, and how Iowa’s public safety sector views FirstNet and other emergency response capabilities to better serve Iowans.

Managed WiFi—Panel Discussion
March 6, 2108 at 10:30 AM   (This session will be repeated on March 7, 2018)

Karlin Kelley, HunTel Engineering
Michael McCalpin, Calix
Ken Fernandes, Adtran
Room 309-310

Easing the Burden of a 21st Century Business Imperative. Due to intense competition, stores, banks, hospitals, restaurants and branch offices are all evolving into technology-enabled hubs that are designed to help improve the customer experience and drive customer loyalty. Wi-Fi attracts, engages and retains customers; it enhances employee productivity. But, managing and securing a private Wi-Fi network while also enabling a Wi-Fi layer with a quality end user experience requires substantial attention and resources to implement and maintain.


Top 10 CES Products—A Review

March 6, 2108 at 10:30 AM  (This session will be repeated on March 7, 2018)

Brian Bloget, NGT
Heath Mallory, WiaTel
Justyn Miller, Aureon
Room 317-318

CES offers new gadgets and gizmos from almost every manufacturer on the planet.  But what CES products will actually make it to market?  And more importantly, what products can your company/customers benefit from?  Join our “scouting team” for their top 10 product reviews and opinions on what products have potential. 


CYBER-RISK: What Executives & Boards Need to Know
March 7, 2018 at 1:10 PM

Jan Hertzberg, BKD LLP
Room 307-308

This presentation will review the cyber-risk landscape, share leading industry practices for cybersecurity and provide cybersecurity governance insights.


Generations at Work
March 7, 2018 at 1:10 PM

Doug Pals, Re:Sourceful Communications
Room 303-304

Changes in workforce demographics (aka generation gaps) have impacted our workplaces or work culture perpetually. Today with the size of Millennials and Generation Z, and the retirement of aging Baby Boomers, organizations are on the cusp of dramatic changes as the new generations move into leadership roles at work. This panel will discuss the topic from many angles, as well as the impacts you may see in your company. You’ll leave with ideas, and possible action steps to use to help position your organization for continued success.


Achieving High Availability with NFV
March 7, 2018 at 1:10 PM

Mike Gates, REDCOM
Room 309-310

Network Function Virtualization” (NFV) has a goal to separate software from hardware to enable flexible network deployment and dynamic operation. Implementing an NFV based solution presents a unique set of challenges for ICA members who have previously deployed network services with high availability and reliability as part of a complete solution, and are looking to achieve the same with an NFV based service. This session will focus on the various methods that can be used, and the tradeoffs of these methods to maximize service availability in a virtualized environment.


Demystifying Skinny Bundles, Broadband Delivery and OTT
March 7, 2018 at 1:10 PM

Melanie McMullen & Bruce Beard, Cinnamon Mueller
Room 317-318

Streaming video has arrived, and digital OTT providers are gaining ground. The disruptors are changing the game. Traditional MVPDs want to stay competitive, but how do they compete against new, and rapidly maturing, OTT services that use MVPDs' own broadband facilities to compete against them while operating without the constraints of outdated regulations and archaic content agreements? This panel of legal and business content experts will explore the evolution of video content rights, including issues around broadcast programming and compulsory copyright, and will share their practical insights and experience around app-based broadband delivery and "true" OTT.


Disaster Recovery--Panel
March 7, 2018 at 1:10 PM

Alex Rawitz, Servato
Marilyn Blake, Telcom Insurance
Karl Hochmuth, Power Product Services

Room 319-320

Disasters can strike without warning at any time crippling an organization's ability to not only do business, perhaps even communicate internally, externally and all of the above.  To ensure a higher likelihood of successful results when recovering from a disaster, planning and preparation is essential.  After all, if there is no plan in place, you and your employees may be simply winging it.  Without a plan, there is no focus and direction, during emergency, that is not a good recipe.

This session will provide thought-provoking case studies and disaster recovery templates to help you and your company update your plans or start a new one.  



Non-Traditional Partnerships Panel
March 7, 2018 at 2:10 PM

David Fridley, FARR Technologies
Curtis Dean, SmartSource Consulting
Kevin Condon, Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives
Room 303-304

Municipalities are all looking into upgrading their broadband infrastructures.  They can find the money to build most projects.  However, maintaining and managing the networks are a problem.  Existing ILEC's might be able to leverage their existing resources to assist, plus generate another revenue stream for the ILEC in the process.


VoIP Deployment Best Practices
March 7, 2018 at 2:10 PM

Mike Gates, REDCOM
Room 309 -310

Next generation voice systems are critical network components. Security breaches have become commonplace in today’s news. This session will focus on some key areas of concern for ICA members and will review best practices that can be considered to help mitigate infiltration risks.


Network Planning for Managers—What Networks Will Look Like in 10 Years.
March 7, 2018 at 2:10 PM

Tom Conry, FMTC
Dean Mischke, Finley Engineering
Nathan Weber, Vantage Point Solutions
Frank Kaim, 7Sigma
Room 317-318

2026--Is Your Network Ready? This panel will ask the questions you should be thinking about.  For example, “If we provide a gig of connection to every customer by 2026 what routers will be needed as we plan our fiber network to handle the 2nd mile and connections back to the middle mile?”