Broadband Communities

Show Guide 2018

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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56 BROADBAND COMMUNITIES SUMMIT 2018 Show Guide Sponsor SPEAKERS Diane Kruse CEO NEO Connect Kruse is a thought leader in the ever-changing broadband industry. At NEO Connect, she consults with electric companies and local governments on feasibility, strategy, design and financial impacts of gigabit broadband networks. She has founded four successful telecommunication companies and has 35 years of telecommunications and energy industry experience, the last 25 years as an entrepreneur starting and managing successful telecommunication, energy and startup companies. Trevor C. Lane Assistant Professor of Community and Economic Development Washington State University, Ferry County Extension Office Lane's leadership in community and economic development centers around rural issues with a focus on small business, technology, tourism and agricultural programming. He recently received a National Achievement Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents and will speak in June 2018 at the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals about his research and work in rural communities. He has received recognition for innovative technology leveraging machine learning, CRM platforms and video production and collaborated on winning more than $1.5 million in state and federal funding. Lane co-founded the Community Intelligence Lab, a rural community think tank that combines open data, machine learning and science and citizen inquiry to address rural problems. He is currently a doctoral candidate and slated to graduate in May 2018. Dan Leaf President and CEO Leaf Communication Consulting Leaf began his career in the first responder/public safety wireless space, starting a company in Washington state in 2003. He grew it to support the western half of the United States with five regional offices and 29 employees. He continued as CEO until selling the company in 2011 but stayed on staff to grow the original foundation into a national integrator with more than 80 employees and $60 million in revenue. After meeting that commitment and understanding his entrepreneur goals and as a pioneer in the wireless space for major cell phone operators and first- responder systems, he branched back out to lead Leaf Communication Consulting and his staff of 44 team members. Ted Lehr, Ph.D. IT Data Architect City of Austin, Texas Lehr is part of Austin's smart city team, advising on technology, business partnerships and the use of data for better services, open government and development of opportunities for entrepreneurs and other private sector entities. He also leads the Mayor's Office's White House TechHire workforce initiative and facilitates or participates in several university-industry-city research collaborations. He lectures in computer science at Texas State University where, in 2015, Texas State recognized him for the quality of his teaching and research outreach. In 2017, he was designated a "Favorite Professor" by the honor students at Texas State. Lehr has published more than 20 refereed articles and speaks on open data, city research opportunities and smart cities. He earned a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon-University.

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