Conference in Detail
Thursday • July 10, 2003 (Day 1)

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8:30 Welcome Address Marilyn Praisner
Local and State Government Advisory Committee
Federal Communications Commission.
Introduction and Overview
Broadband as the essential tool for economic development, educational opportunity, global competitiveness and quality of life
Jim Baller, Esq.
Program Co-Chair
The Baller Herbst Law Group
Washington, DC

Nicholas P. Miller, Esq.
Program Co-Chair
Miller & Van Eaton PLLC
Washington, DC
8:45 The Business and Political Landscape
Why municipal broadband is so attractive today and what proponents and opponents are doing about it
Jim Baller, Esq.
Program Co-Chair
9:30 The Legal and Regulatory Landscape
Finding the right entity; the implications of various network options and available “business models” for local
Nicholas P. Miller, Esq.
Program Co-Chair
10:15 Break
10:30 The New Faces of Broadband
• Cable, DSL, and Fiber To The Home (FTTH)
James H. Salter, P.E.
Atlantic Engineering Group
Braselton, GA
• Wireless broadband
Jeffrey Blank
Supervisor of Networking
Allegany County Public Schools and AllCoNet
Cumberland, MD
• Power line
Allen P. Todd, P.E.
Director of Utilities
City of Manassas
Manassas, VA
12:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:15 Keynote Address: “What the Future Holds for Broadband Deployment and Competitive Telecommunications”
Scott C. Cleland
The Precursor Group
Washington, DC
1:45 Public Involvement Models
• As a user: The potential for budgetary savings through self provisioning of telecommunications services and eGovernment uses of Internet technologies
Alisoun K. Moore
Montgomery County
Rockville, MD
• Expanding the network to include surrounding government
Nancy Jesuale
Director of ComNet
City of Portland
Portland, OR
• As an aggregator: Government as the organizing piece that provides some services to the private sector and facilitates others
Douglas Power
Project Director
Chicago, IL
3:15 Break
3:30 Public Involvement Models (cont.)
• Building the information streets and roads: The municipal wholesaler
David J. Shaw, Esq.
General Counsel
Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency
Murray City, UT
• As a full service retailer
Jim Kelley
Vice President of Operations BVU/OptiNet
Bristol Virginia Utilities
Bristol, VA
• Public/Private Partnerships
Brenda A. Neidigh
Program Director of eCorridors
Virginia Technical Institute and State University
Blackburg, VA
5:00 Evaluating the Options
A moderated discussion of various planning scenarios with an emphasis on situations of particular interest to the audience
Jim Baller, Esq.
Program Co-Chair

Nicholas P. Miller, Esq
Program Co-Chair

Members of the Faculty
5:30 End of Day

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