News - October 6, 2022
Key Stakeholders in the Broadband Boom Featured at The 2022 INCOMPAS Show
Federal and State Officials, Industry Leaders Explore Ways to Bridge Digital Divide and Detail Experiences Building Out Fiber, Fixed Wireless and Mobile Networks Across the Nation
WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 6, 2022) – Network builders and the federal and state agencies overseeing funding programs will discuss the historic opportunity now in front of them to bring broadband to all consumers and businesses across the nation during general sessions at The 2022 INCOMPAS Show later this month at the Sheraton Denver Downtown.
The general sessions scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, are open to all registered attendees and include:
The Broadband Boom: Federal, State and Local Perspectives on NTIA’s Infrastructure Programs
It’s an historic moment for broadband builders – the chance to connect every family and business to a better broadband future. The bipartisan Infrastructure Act will forever change the broadband environment in the United States. With an unprecedented amount of federal funding, the communications industry has a unique opportunity to deploy new faster, more affordable networks that bring high-speed internet access to unserved and underserved markets, and close the digital divide. During this keynote, we will be joined by key federal and state officials overseeing the distribution of this funding. These stakeholders will share insights on the process and requirements to receive funding and federal programs, such as BEAD, Middle Mile and Digital Equity. Speakers include:
- Sarah Bleau, Middle Mile Program Director, U.S. Department of Commerce, NTIA
- Joshua Breitbart, Senior Vice President, ConnectALL, Empire State Development
- Mark Colwell, Senior Manager, Broadband Programs, Colorado Broadband Office
- Jade Piros de Carvalho, Director, Broadband Development, State of Kansas
Broadband Infrastructure Funding: INCOMPAS Member Experiences and Priorities
INCOMPAS and its members have been at the forefront of investing in and delivering middle- and last-mile broadband infrastructure throughout the U.S. With their experience building and participating in fiber, fixed wireless and mobile networks in urban, suburban and rural America, they know both the challenges and opportunities in delivering robust broadband network capability. During this roundtable discussion, learn about INCOMPAS member priorities on the policy and best practices regarding broadband funding programs, including their experiences with state and local partnerships, the application process, challenges and lessons learned. Speakers include:
- Walter Cannon, Vice President, Business Development, ZenFi Networks
- Michael B. Galvin, Chief Administrative Officer, Granite Telecommunications, LLC
- Kelly McGriff, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Uniti Group
- Tom Spackman, CEO, Gigabit Fiber
Also on Tuesday, October 25, the INCOMPAS Show will feature two additional general sessions:
Women in Tech Breakfast - Leading by Example: The Crucial Role of Mentors and Sponsors
Getting guidance to help develop a successful and satisfying career can be a challenge when doing it on your own. It's even harder when leaders do not notice your potential. During our popular Women in Tech session, sponsored by FirstLight Fiber, we will explore the importance of mentors and sponsors to advancing your career. Our speakers will talk about why you need both a mentor and a sponsor - and what the differences are between the two. In this session, we will share tips on how to find both, and discuss why company leaders should consider taking on mentorship or sponsorship roles to support advancement of women in the workplace. Speakers include:
- Zenita Henderson, Chief Marketing Officer, Segra
- Maura Mahoney, Chief Marketing Officer, FirstLight Fiber
- Carlee Parker, Strategy & Intel Coordinator, IdeaTek
- Sana Sheikh, Vice President of Transformation and Deputy General Counsel, Granite Telecommunications, LLC
Mind the Gaps: Making Robocall Mitigation and Call Authentication Obligations Work for Industry and Consumers
In this session, the panelists will review the industry’s efforts to address Congressionally mandated obligations and FCC rulemakings intended to mitigate the threat of illegal robocalling. As the FCC identifies and attempts to close gaps in its rules for robocall mitigation and call authentication, this panel will lead a discussion regarding the efficacy of current requirements and industry efforts to resolve implementation issues. Speakers include:
- Michael Pryor, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
- Greg Rogers, Head of Global Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Bandwidth Inc.
- Jim Tyrrell, Vice President, Product Management, TNS
About The 2022 INCOMPAS Show
The 2022 INCOMPAS Show will feature a full schedule, starting with a pre-conference Policy Workshop and Welcome Happy Hour on Sunday, October 23; nightly networking happy hours and parties; morning keynotes sessions on Monday, October 24, and Tuesday, October 25; dedicated exhibit hours; and special interactive industry roundtables available to VIP All-Inclusive passholders.
The INCOMPAS Show is an annual event that has earned a reputation as the place for the communications industry to meet, expand their networks, build their pipelines and seal deals. During the show, attendees have a unique opportunity to explore exhibits from leading vendors, schedule meetings and network with top decision makers and participate in industry-relevant education programs, workshops and panel discussions.
For more information, or to register, visit show.incompas.org.