NWTA Annual Conference

Ashland Hills Hotel 2525 Ashland St, Ashland, United States

Northwest Telecommunications Association Annual Conference Open to all NWTA members and guests   Location: Ashland Hills Hotel 2525 Ashland St, Ashland Oregon Room will be available at 7:30am. Vendor tables will be set up outside the room and can be accessed at 7:30am We will have a projector in the room for your use. 10/25/23…

NWTA Annual Board meeting

Northwest Telecommunications Association Annual Conference NWTA board members and guests only  

OBAC Meeting

Oregon Broadband Advisory Council Meeting State Public Meeting - Open to Public Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites 2525 Ashland Street Ashland, Oregon 97520 ​Virtual Option Available

Active listening Session on Digital Equity

Ashland Hills Hotel 2525 Ashland St, Ashland, United States

Immediately following the OBAC meeting, Business Oregon is holding an Active listening Session on Digital Equity Open to Public.

Connections Networking Mixer

This Mixer is FREE for conference attendees. Complimentary food and Karaoke!   Join us for a fun and exciting evening at the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites Stardust Lounge in Ashland, OR. Whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting out, this in-person event is the perfect opportunity to expand your network and make…

Keynote Presentation Part 1 – Ron Wyden US Senator from Oregon

Senator Ron Wyden will discuss his vision for a future where all Oregonians have access to highspeed, affordable Broadband and the tools to use it effectively. Prestation will be presented via Zoom. https://www.wyden.senate.gov/meet-ron

Keynote Presentation Part 2 – Jim Teece and Joe Franell

Joe Franell President of Blue Mountain Networks Speaker https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-franell-rural-connector/ Jim Teece Project A, Ashland Home Net & Rogue Broadband Speaker https://jimteece.com/  

General Session Panel #1 – AI: How will AI shape the future of broadband?

Marta Tarantsey Regional Development Officer, Business Oregon Moderator https://www.linkedin.com/in/martatarantsey/ Sara Tangdall Lead AI Principles Ethic Specialist, Google Panelist https://www.linkedin.com/in/sara-tangdall/ Belinda A. Batten, PhD. Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President, Professor of Mechanical Engineering Panelist https://www.linkedin.com/in/belinda-batten-4b647310/

Session – Working partnership models (Non-Profit, Municipality, EDD, Tribal)

Exploring how various partnership models can further broadband deployment in our communities. Nick Green OBAC Moderator https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickgreen3/ Denise Stilwell Executive Director at South Central Oregon Economic Development District (SCOEDD) Panelist https://www.linkedin.com/in/denise-stilwell-3a61664/ Christina Berger Founding Member, Josephine County Broadband Action Team | ACC Team Leader (Western US) | Entrepreneur Panelist https://www.linkedin.com/in/christina-berger-cbergerdesigns/ Beth Fox Program Manager for…

Session – Convergence: Colliding Technologies

In-depth discussion of broadband technologies and deployment. Duke Dexter Clackamas Broadband eXchange (CBX) Manager Moderator https://www.linkedin.com/in/duke-dexter-25824190/ John Seaman Cambium Wireless - Regional Sales Director Panelist https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-seaman-2699963/ Roy Novosel VP of Engineering PNW Region Comcast Cable Panelist https://www.linkedin.com/in/roy-novosel-726b9a80/ Derrick Mottern CEO/GM with SMTA, COO with Consolidated Business Services Panelist CTO LS Networks Panelist https://www.linkedin.com/in/leif-hansen-73435415a/  

Session – BROADBAND 101: The basics of broadband, from fiber, to laser light, to wireless and more

Downstairs : Cosmos Room What's a TLA and a SLA? Megabits versus Megabytes. What are the OSI layers and why should I care? This interactive workshop will demystify broadband and its technical terms through a hands-on, fun and interactive format. Adam Haas Principal/Member Manager of Rabbit Communications LLC Host https://www.linkedin.com/in/rabbitcomm/  Glen Scymanski Charles Industries West-Pacific…

Session – What Happened to the Telephone?

The journey from POTs to PANs, the evolution of the telecom network. Todd Way DFN CEO Moderator https://www.linkedin.com/in/todd-way-5289656/ Barry Walton Telecom Solution Architect at Corning Incorporated Panelist https://www.linkedin.com/in/barry-walton-8449665/ Camille Issa Vice President of Solution Architecture at Alianza Panelist https://www.linkedin.com/in/camilleissa/ Mark Ogden Regional Vice President of Service Provider Sales for Adtran Panelist https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-ogden-5003aa142/ Jessica Eply VP…

Keynote Presentation – Money Talks and Implementation Rocks!

Adam Geisler Former Division Chief Tribal Connectivity for the US Department of Commerce NTIA and currently President and COO of Tribal Ready, PBC. The $3 billion journey of NTIA's Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program: lessons learned and opportunities discovered. Presentation will be via Zoom. https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-geisler-b45941265/  

An Oregon Funding Opportunities Update

Nick Batz (Director, Oregon Broadband Office) Eric Forsch Broadband Program Specialist, OICG U.S. Department of Commerce, NTIA Speaker

General Session Panel #4 – Overbuilding or Futureproofing?

A lively discussion with industry experts on meeting current versus future needs and the need for competition. Joe Franell President of Blue Mountain Networks Moderator https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-franell-rural-connector/ Brad Nosler General Manager at HiLight Panelist https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradnosler/ David Lehman Program manager ConnectLA, State of Louisiana Panelist https://www.linkedin.com/in/dlehma1/ Forest James Chief Executive Officer - EnerTribe, Inc. Founder Earthprint Technologies…