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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BROADBAND COMMUNITIES SUMMIT 2018 57 Show Guide Sponsor Blair Levin Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Project Brookings Institute Executive Director Gig.U: The Next Generation Network Innovation Project In addition to his commitments to Brookings and Gig.U, Levin serves as a consultant to the investment community, to numerous communications enterprises, and to a number of local, state, and national governments on broadband policy. From 2009 to 2010, he oversaw the development of the FCC's National Broadband Plan. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has praised Levin's work, noting "no one's done more to advance broadband expansion and competition through the vision of the National Broadband Plan and Gig.U." Previously, Levin worked as an equity analyst at Legg Mason and Stifel Nicolaus. He is the co-author, with Reed Hundt, of "The Politics of Abundance" (2012) and, with Denise Linn, of "The Next Generation Connectivity Handbook: A Guide for Community Leaders Seeking Affordable, Abundant Bandwidth" (2014) as well as numerous articles on telecommunications policy. He is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School. Ben Lewis-Ramirez Business Development Leader Foresite Group Lewis-Ramirez has worked in almost every facet of the OSP engineering world, from fieldwork to design engineering to permitting and project management, giving him a holistic view of large-scale network deployments. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two children. Casey Lide Principal Baller Stokes & Lide, PC Lide represents local governments and public power utilities in matters involving telecommunications, cable television, high-speed data communications, internet access, wireless telecommunications, right-of-way management, pole and conduit attachments, and barriers to the public-sector entry into telecommunications. He has particular expertise assisting public- and private-sector clients on contract drafting and negotiation matters, having successfully executed dozens of fiber optic IRUs and leases, easements, franchises, attachment agreements, ISP service agreements, interconnection and collocation agreements, strategic memorandums of understanding, and others. Lide regularly works with multidisciplinary teams of legal, financial, engineering and other technical experts, assisting government entities and utilities in making comprehensive telecommunications and cable plans, developing state-of-the-art communications systems, and complying with state and federal communications requirements. He is a frequent author, speaker and instructor on these topics. Jim Loter Director of Digital Engagement City of Seattle Loter's office supports technology, programs and policies that connect citizens with their government and helps ensure digital equity in Seattle. His team is responsible for Seattle's digital properties and websites, the open data platform, the award-winning Seattle Channel government television network, broadband and cable franchise programs, the Digital Equity Initiative and Technology Matching Fund grant program, and the privacy program.

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