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By - Jon Brown

Wireless Pole Attachments Best Practices Conference
January 31 - February 1, 2019 | Newport Beach, CA

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As technology advances and the demand for reliable, faster internet services increases, pole owners are faced with increasing pressure to allow wireless attachments on their poles. With the new FCC regulations, what can the electric utilities, carriers and government organizations except for the future of wireless pole attachments? Wading through the waters of joint use and pole attachment agreements can be difficult. Add increasing pressure from the FCC, strict timelines, and rental rates, both sides of the industry don’t always know what their best options are, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Not with the OTMR advancements.

This conference is intended to provide attendees from municipalities, electric utilities and wireless/telecom companies with the knowledge and experience to better understand new regulations, technology, and what to expect in the future. Through technical presentations, open discussion, panels, and case studies, the goal of this conference is to let utilities and wireless carries share and hear each other’s experiences. The demand for faster internet access will not decrease, therefore, it is vital for these industries to be prepared and ready to meet the demands of their customers.


Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss how industry trends such as fiber deployment and wireless attachments are impacting electric utilities
  • Formulate effective strategies for working with attachers and joint-users to correct past mistakes and issues
  • Discuss the advent of 5G technology and how it impacts pole attachments
  • Review past and current state and federal pole attachment regulations
  • Discuss pole attachment insurance and indemnification
  • Describe current trends in broadband deployment
  • Compare different states commission plans for pole attachments
  • Compare future outlooks of pole attachments from the perspectives of leaders in investor owned utilities, public utilities, cooperatives, and telecommunications



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, panel discussions and case studies will be used for this conference.


Thursday, January 31, 2019

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. :: Keynote Remarks

Larry Hanson, BDAC Board Member and Executive Director, Georgia Municipal Association

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. :: Reviewing FCC Regulations: Past, Present and Future

With the ever-changing legal landscape of pole attachments, it is easy to forget all the laws and regulations that structure the industry. This presentation will provide a history of pole attachment regulation at the federal and state levels, including a discussion of the applicability of the federal Pole Attachment Act, rights and obligations under the Act, and recent FCC actions including the Third Report Order and Order (OTMR) regime.

Chris Huther, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

2:15 – 2:45 p.m. :: Calculating Pole Loading: GO 95 and Third Party Pole Attachments

In this presentation, attendees will hear from Nelson Bingel, the Chairman of the NESC and Chairman of the ASC O5 Wood Pole Committee. Pole strength capacities will be explained along with the loading criteria of the NESC and GO 95. An overview along with hands-on examples of basic pole loading calculations will help with understanding the important aspects and variables that impact how a pole is loaded. Variations of the third-party attachment processes around the country will be briefly explained and followed with an emphasis on the importance of wire and equipment clearances and the make ready process. Managing wood pole data including strength and loading details will also be discussed.

Nelson Bingel, Chairman of NESC and Chairman of the ASC O5 Committee,
President,  Nelson Research

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:15  – 3:45 p.m. :: Inventorying Pole Attachments: Audit and Inspection Programs

Insurance and indemnification provisos are increasingly becoming subject to intense negotiations as new types of equipment and facilities are being attached to traditional poles and other structures.  Discussed are recent cases and regulatory issues designed to help practitioners understand and successfully negotiate these provisos. 

Sean Knowles, VP Business Development, McLean Engineering

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. :: Case Study:: Colocating: The Economic Benefits of Pole Attachments 

This session will provide an overview and specific examples, along with photos, of emerging colocation use case and challenges on utility pole and street furniture in the right of way. The speaker will provide an overview of current 4G LTE densification projects, grid modernization wireless at the pole top, and emerging 5G deployments. Throughout, the speaker will highlight challenges and opportunities in pole attachment economics, safety, grounding, make-ready management, operational management, and host community engagement.

Josh Broder, CEO, Tilson Technology Management

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. :: Networking Reception:: Presented by Black & Veatch

Friday, February 1, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30– 9:00 a.m. :: Facing the Future: The Next Steps for Broadband, 5G and Legacy Networks

This panel looks to define the best means of communication between government, carrier companies, and the utilities as more collaboration crosses the industry.


Chris Huther, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP


Tim Schneider, General Counsel, Tilson Technology Management

Walter West, COO, Electric Cities of Georgia

Jon Fitzhugh, CEO,  ConcealFab

9:00– 9:30 a.m. :: Federal Preemption of Municipal Authority Regarding Small Cell Siting

With the stroke of a pen, the FCC granted wireless providers direct access to municipal rights-of-way (ROW) and city-owned poles located therein for the installation of small cell equipment. The FCC imposed “shot clock” deadlines for reviewing small cell applications and below market-based rates for the use of local property. Cities may establish technical standards to protect (a) the reliability of municipal operational system; (b) the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic; (c) the safety of city employees and the public; and (d) the aesthetics of historic districts and architectural or design elements unique to the community; provided such protections are in writing, reasonable, and non-discriminatory. Many local governments and public power utilities were surprised by the scope of the FCC preemptive ruling, which imposes new obligations effective January 14, 2019. This session will address how cities and municipally owned utilities may establish pole attachment and design standards to protect local interests, while complying with the new federal requirements.

Gabriel Garcia, Director & Senior Counsel, Legal Services, CPS Energy

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: Case Study:: Collaborating on Small Cells: State & Federal Small Cell Legislation

This presentation will discuss collaboration with local government, flat rate billing structures, range of design options, third party program managers and demonstration sites.

Larry Hanson, BDAC Board Member and Executive Director, Georgia Municipal Association

10:00  – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break       

 10:15  – 10:45 a.m. :: Case Study:: Managing the Third Party: Joint Use Contracts and Management

The Joint Use team of Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Cooperative has designed and executed multiple joint use contracts in recent months. This presentation reviews best practices for third party pole attachment management.

Allison Ragsdale, Joint Use Designer, Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation

10:45– 11:15 a.m. :: Case Study :: Smart Cities

Across the globe, cities are increasingly looking towards technology to improve essential communications, efficiently deliver community services, reduce carbon footprint, and attract investment.  Smart City technology requires a collaborative effort from local jurisdictions, utility infrastructure owners, citizen and business groups.  Given the multitude of stakeholders involved, no single player can act alone.  This session attempts to explore the topic of smart city infrastructure, analyze case studies from cities throughout North America and abroad, identify partnership opportunities, address stakeholder concerns, anticipate future technology requirements, and establish best practices. 

Tim Asta, National Director, Strategic Siting, ExteNet Systems

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Carrier, Utility and Government Collaboration and Communication Partnerships


Tim Asta, National Director, Strategic Siting, ExteNet Systems


Jim Week, CEO, Michigan Municipal Electric Association

Matt Butler, West Territory Network Liaison – Community Outreach & Education, Verizon Wireless

Maureen Hopkins, Senior Counsel, Tilson Technology Management

12:00– 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: Talking Technology: Utilities and Carriers

The Distribution System is vastly becoming the hub of the grid as energy generation and management surges at the edge.  Utilities quick to view the grid holistically and dynamic, versus separate and reactionary will be faster to adapt to the coming distributed energy marketplace.  Approaching pole attachments unilaterally without considering the distribution assets role in the overall ecosystem will ultimately lead to missed opportunities.  This presentation talks about poles fundamental role in grid modernization, and shows how, with the right tools, your pole attachment program can be the starting point for whole-systems modernization and drive a unified asset performance management system centered on the capture, presentation, and access of quality data.

Edward A. Sutton III, P.E., Principal Consultant and Systems Solutions Architect, Black & Veatch

1:45 – 2:15 p.m. :: FCC Ruling: Fees and Rates

This presentation will provide a high-level overview regarding the FCC’s rate methodologies, analyze recent FCC decisions impacting the formulas, and discuss their effect on rate negotiations with entities that are, and are not, covered by the Federal Pole Attachment Act.

Claire Evans, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

2:15 – 2:45 p.m. :: Networking Break

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. Case Study :: Promoting Broadband

This speaker will discuss advocates’ increasing focus on pole attachment reform as a means to promote broadband deployment, in particular at the state and local level in jurisdictions that have opted to exercise their reverse preemption rights.  Specific areas of focus will include one touch make ready proposals and assertion of pole access rights by municipalities seeking to deploy broadband.  The speaker will describe recent efforts in Maine and other jurisdictions in which such reform efforts led to constructive collaboration between diverse stakeholders and concrete improvements in pole attachment practices.

Tim Schneider, General Counsel and Principal Consultant, Tilson Technology Management

3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Case Study :: Communicating the Issues: Collaboration Leads to Success

This case study will review Verizon Wireless’ experiences working with utilities, with in jurisdictions, and how that communication leads to agreements.  The key is collaboration and seeing each other’s pain points are working to produce the least intrusive and most efficient arrangement for both parties.

Matt Butler, West Territory Network Liaison – Community Outreach & Education, Verizon Wireless

4:00– 4:30 p.m. :: Question & Answer Session


Utility Pole Attachments 101

Thursday, January 31, 2019


Throughout its first year under new Chairman Ajit Pai, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been working to encourage broadband deployment.  As part of that effort, the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) is providing recommendations to streamline the pole attachment process. Simultaneously, to support the upcoming deployment of 5G wireless networks, state legislatures across the country are considering legislation to pre-empt municipal control over small cell wireless attachments, with at least 8 states having passed new laws.  While these changes will impact pole-owners’ and attachers’ Joint-Use and Pole Attachment processes in ways large and small, some fundamental truths of the pole attachment process remain.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review common joint use contract provisions and their practical implications.
  • Demonstrate how to calculate the FCC Maximum Allowable Rate for pole attachments.
  • Explain the rights and obligations of utilities and joint-users/attachers on new and existing joint use poles.
  • Review NJUNS and the transfer process
  • Analyze effective strategies for working with attachers and joint-users to correct past mistakes and issues.


7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. :: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. :: Workshop Timing

Introduction and Pole Attachment Overview

Industry Trends

  • FCC/Regulatory Update
  • BDAC Recommendations
  • Small Cell Wireless Siting Legislation

Pole Attachment Agreements

  • Review of Common Contract Provisions and Fees
  • Administering Existing and “Predecessor” Agreements
  • Negotiating New Agreements
  • Wireless Contract Addenda to Comply with New Laws

New Joint Use – The Essentials to Ensure Proper Attachments

  • The Permit Process and Timeline “Shot-Clock”
  • Make-Ready

Existing Joint Use – Modifications and Transfers

  • Transfer Software Options, Tips and Tricks
  • Late transfers and Pole Ownership transfers
  • Modifying Existing Joint Use Poles

Correcting Past Issues

  • Pole Attachment Inventories
  • NESC Clearance Requirements, Violations and Remedies
  • Pole Ownership
  • Stranded Assets

Attachment Cost Calculations

  • FCC Maximum Allowable Rate Calculation Example
  • Alternative Methods and Sample Rates
  • Wireless Attachment Rates in Small Cell Legislation


Tim Asta, National Director, Strategic Siting, ExteNet Systems

Nelson Bingel, Chairman of NESC and Chairman of the ASC O5 Committee
President, Nelson Research

Josh Broder, CEO, Tilson Technology Management

Matt Butler, West Territory Network Liaison – Community Outreach & Education, Verizon Wireless

Claire Evans, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

Jon Fitzhugh CEO, ConcealFab

Gabriel Garcia, Director & Senior Counsel, Legal Services, CPS Energy

Larry Hanson, BDAC Board member and Executive Director, Georgia Municipal Association

Maureen Hopkins, Senior Counsel at Tilson

Chris Huther, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

Giuseppe Incitti, CEO, SiteTracker

Sean Knowles, VP Business Development, McLean Engineering

Allison Ragsdale, Joint Use Designer, Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation

Tim Schneider, General Counsel and Principal Consultant, Tilson Technology Management

Jim Week, CEO, Michigan Municipal Electric Association

Walter West, COO, Electric Cities of Georgia


Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel

4500 MacArthur Blvd

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Reserve your room:

please call (949) 476-2001

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Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of January 30 and 31, 2019

Room rate through EUCI:

$169 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to January 9, 2019.


Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

EventStandard RateAttendees
Wireless Pole Attachments Best Practices ConferenceUS $ 1395.00

This event has the following workshops:

Utility Pole Attachments 101US $ 595.00

*Please note: all attendees of the conference will receive a link to downlaod all presentations that are made available by the presenters. If you cannot attend the conference but would still like a copy of these materials, please consider purchasing the proceedings package listed below

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Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before December 28, 2018 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800


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