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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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72 BROADBAND COMMUNITIES SUMMIT 2018 Show Guide Sponsor SPEAKERS Deb Socia Executive Director Next Century Cities Deb Socia is the executive director of Next Century Cities, a nonprofit that strives to support community leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that all people have access to fast, affordable, reliable internet. More than 180 cities strong, Next Century Cities is committed to celebrating city successes, demonstrating the value of truly high-speed broadband and elevating the importance of next generation broadband as essential infrastructure. Previously, Socia was executive director of the Tech Goes Home program in Boston, whose mission is to ensure digital equity. Tech Goes Home provides training, hardware and low-cost internet access to Boston residents. She spent 32 years as an educator and administrator and was the founding principal of the award-winning Lilla G. Frederick Middle School in Boston, where she led the one-to-one laptop initiative. Rep. Albert Sommers House Majority Whip, 2017–2018 Wyoming House of Representatives Sommers has lived on a Sublette County ranch all his life; his four grandparents were early homesteaders in the Green River Valley. He graduated with honors from the University of Wyoming in 1981 with a B.S. in electrical engineering and then returned home to help run the family ranch. In 2012, Sommers was elected to represent the citizens of House District 20 in the Wyoming Legislature. In November 2016, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead created the Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming Initiative, citing the need for a comprehensive approach to diversify the Wyoming economy. Sommers was recently appointed to serve on ENDOW's Broadband Advisory Council, which will develop a broadband plan for the state of Wyoming. Tom Stender Vice President, Chief Technology Officer InfiniSys Stender has been with InfiniSys for nearly two decades. He oversees product development to ensure that InfiniSys designs meet the latest standards. He closely monitors the telecommunications industry as well as other home technology trends to help clients understand the latest technology. He helps InfiniSys develop new services that will appeal to today's tech-savvy residents. Broadband Communities has named Stender one of the most influential people in the industry. Sean Stokes Principal Baller Stokes & Lide, PC Stokes's clients include the American Public Power Association, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, regional and state utility associations and municipal leagues, and public and private entities in more than 35 states, including most publicly owned FTTH networks in the country. He was part of the legal team representing Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Wilson, North Carolina, in their petitions to the FCC to preempt state barriers to broadband. Stokes is a graduate of the National Law Center at George Washington University. He is a member of the bar of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Eighth and Eleventh Circuits; the Federal District of Columbia; and the local courts of the District of Columbia. He holds an AV rating, the highest peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. FEATURED SPEAKER

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