Broadband Communities

Show Guide 2019

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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68 BROADBAND COMMUNITIES SUMMIT 2019 Show Guide Sponsor SPEAKERS McKenzie Schnell Associate Baller Stokes & Lide, PC Schnell is involved in a broad range of communications matters. She is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional for the U.S. private sector. She joined Baller Stokes & Lide in 2018 after graduating from the George Washington University Law School. While attending law school, Schnell worked on the Federal Communications Law Journal and edited the Notes section. Previously, she was an associate at ACT | The App Association. Gene Scott General Manager, Outside Plant Greenlight Community Broadband Wilson, North Carolina Scott has served Greenlight Community Broadband for 12 years. He oversees the design, material specifications and selection, and maintenance of the OSP portion of the City's FTTH network as well as private fiber optic networks for corporate customers. Prior to joining Greenlight, Scott worked for a major telco in OSP engineering for 28 years, holding positions of increasing responsibility, including senior engineer responsible for the day-to-day management of a district engineering office. He is a graduate of East Carolina University. Craig Settles President CJ Speaks For more than 30 years, Settles' workshops, consulting services and books have helped public, private and nonprofit organizations worldwide use technology to cut costs, improve business operations and increase revenue. His many in-depth analysis reports and books, including "Building the Gigabit City," establish Settles as a prominent thought leader on business strategies to deploy broadband. His clients include Ottumwa, Iowa; Benicia and Glendale, California; and the state of California. Settles hosts the radio talk show "Gigabit Nation" and is director of Communities United for Broadband, a national grass roots effort to assist communities launching networks. Scott Shapiro Consultant, MetroNet Former Chief Innovation Officer, City of Lexington Prior to working with MetroNet, Shapiro served two terms with Lexington, Kentucky, Mayor Jim Gray as the city's chief innovation officer. In that role, Shapiro initiated Lexington's deployment of a $100M citywide fiber-optic network, making Lexington the nation's largest gigabit city. He also discovered a new type of city – the University City – and he writes and speaks about the concept's implications for Lexington, its peers and aspiring University Cities. Shapiro managed the reform of the city's long-troubled police and fire pension system, called "the most effective pension reform in the country" by the city's actuary and "a template for fixing America's public pensions" by Bloomberg Markets. Shapiro has an MPA from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and created and taught a course, City Innovation, at the University of Kentucky.

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