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Fiber Optics for Electric Utilities Conference
Developing, Designing, and Managing Networks
March 20-21, 2019 | Newport Beach, CA

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Overview

The Developing, Designing and Managing a Fiber Optic Network for Electric Utilities Conference is constructed to showcase the best practices for cultivating successful Fiber Optics networks – no matter the location. Allowing ease of access to information is an essential aspect to the development of growing and thriving communities. Attendees will gain valuable knowledge of business strategy development, financing, designing and maintenance to build your area into a top fiber network. This conference will also provide in-depth case studies from IOU’s, cooperatives and municipalities, overviewing their processes of deploying fiber to their customers. Experts will be facilitating discussions around how to bring reliable information access to as many people as possible.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Strategize how fiber deployment can benefit municipalities, cooperatives and investor owned utilities and their surrounding communities
  • Learn to adapt to a changing regulatory environment in order to seize future opportunities
  • Design financing strategies to drive successful implementation for electric utility fiber optics networks
  • Analyze key trends in the U.S. Telecom market
  • Engage and enhance partnerships among government entities, electric utilities and vendors
  • Design business plans to accelerate deployment of electric utility fiber optics networks
  • Discuss best practices for maintaining and managing a reliable fiber network
  • Review best practices for marketing fiber optics networks and leasing dark fiber

Credits

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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, be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit. 

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, classroom discussion, case studies, group exercises, and a mock hearing exercise will be used in the program. 

Agenda

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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


8:30  – 9:00 a.m. :: Panel Discussion:: Building on the Basics: Future of Fiber Networks

This panel discussion will bring together speakers to present different perspectives on a high level overview behind utility fiber communications. Subject matter experts will be discussing common acronyms and misnomers in the fiber deployment field, as well as where new regulations are taking this sector of the telecom industry.

Moderator:

John Honker, Magellan Advisors

Panelists:

Jeffery Sheldon, Partner, Levine, Blaszak, Block & Boothby, LLP

Maria Daniella Cruz, Senior Integrity Engineer, Duke Energy

Bruce Patterson, Technology Director, City of Ammon

Elin Katz, Customer Counsel, Connecticut State Government


9:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: Exploring the Regulatory Landscape

Regulatory landscapes are changing in the wake of net neutrality. Federal, state and local organizations are evolving with the need for faster access to information. This presentation will review major public policy issues effecting Fiber Optic deployment.

Jeffery Sheldon, Partner, Levine, Blaszak, Block & Boothby, LLP

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Making the Fiber Business Case

When making a business case for the implementation of Fiber Optics to your area, you must conduct both feasibility and viability of FFTH project studies of your area. Those tests and analyses include:

  • Bandwidth analysis
  • Field review
  • Competitive analysis
  • Financial models

John Honker, President and CEO, Magellan Advisors

12:00  – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:00  – 2:00 p.m. :: Economic Development of Rural Communities

This presentation will review case studies regarding the implementation of telemedicine, smart agriculture, remote learning as well as the process of bringing fiber to the home throughout the U.S.

Jay Fletcher, Rural Development Officer, USDA Rural Development


2:00 – 3:00 p.m. :: Financing and Funding Fiber

Electric utilities constructing a fiber network will likely have different financing options than are typically available when constructing electric plant.  From increased scrutiny of the business plan to loan structures, utilities should be prepared and anticipate the requirements necessary for fiber loans.  In this session, you will learn what banks require to provide financing for these projects and gain a better understanding of the typical loan structures that banks will offer.

Doran Dennis, Regional Vice President – Electric Distribution, CoBank

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. :: Networking Break


3:30 – 4:30 p.m. :: Case Study:: Opening Up Options: How Self-Financing Municipal Fiber Works

The City of Ammon is known for self-funding their fiber optics deployment project, but that was no easy feat. This presentation will review how to go about:

  • Securing funding for municipal or cooperative areas
  • Cost recovery
  • Pricing
  • Municipal FTTP

Bruce Patterson, Technology Director, City of Ammon


Thursday, March 21, 2019

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


8:30 – 9:30 a.m. :: Designing and Constructing Fiber Optics Projects

Fiber project planning best practices from start to finish. This presentation will showcase how to utilize the following to put your deployment project up and running as soon as possible:

  • GIS mapping
  • Design
  • Construction management

Donny Simmons, Director of Business, ALPHA Technologies


9:30 – 10:15 a.m. :: Collaborating with Outside Organizations

Building partnerships with vendors, government entities and electric utilities is imperative to a seamless network. This presentation will take a deep dive into the necessary communication and logistics of building lasting relationships through fiber optic deployment.

Elin Katz, Customer Counsel, Connecticut State Government

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:30 – 11:30 a.m. :: Marketing Fiber Services

Fiber in rural America is not a fringe benefit, but a necessity for economic development. Connectivity that rivals that of urban areas is crucial in fortifying and sustaining our rural communities. Andrea will be presenting on engaging with local policymakers, product positioning, leasing dark fiber and unique marketing opportunities through sponsorships and community engagements. 

Andrea Oaks-Jaramillo, Marketing & Economic Development Coordinator, San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Managing and Maintaining a Fiber Network

This presentation will review best practices for managing, testing and maintaining a successful and reliable fiber optics network.

Maria Daniella Cruz, Senior Integrity Engineer, Duke Energy

Speakers

Maria Daniella Cruz, Senior Integrity Engineer, Duke Energy

Doran Dennis, Regional Vice President – Electric Distribution, CoBank

Jay Fletcher, Rural Development Officer, USDA Rural Development

John Honker, President and CEO, Magellan Advisors

Elin Katz, Customer Counsel, Connecticut State Government

Bruce Patterson, Technology Director, City of Ammon

Jeffery Sheldon, Partner, Levine, Blaszak, Block & Boothby, LLP

Donny Simmons, Director of Business, ALPHA Technologies

Location

Renaissance Newport Beach

4500 MacArthur Blvd

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Reserve your room:

please call 1-949-476-2001

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of March 19 – 20, 2019

Room rate through EUCI:

$189.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to February 26, 2019.

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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

EventEarly Bird Before
Friday, March 01, 2019
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Fiber Optics for Electric Utilities ConferenceUS $ 1195.00US $ 1395.00

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Cancellation Policy

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 February 15, 2019 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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