By - Jon Brown

TelePOWER 2019: Utility, Government, Vendor and Carrier Partnership Summit
September 10-11, 2019 | Denver, CO

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Overview

 

TelePOWER 2019 is here to build a more connected future. This summit will seek to establish and enhance important business networks by convening ­a community of electric power utilities, carriers, manufacturers, and federal/local government agencies. Industry leaders and energy experts will guide attendees through best practices and trending topics such as:

  • cross-industry partnership development
  • emerging technology utilization
  • financing utility telecommunication projects
  • advancing both public and private communication network reliability
  • collecting and analyzing data, designing and implementing infrastructure and equipment
  • and applying regulations and legislation

Attendees will be able to follow industry-led discussions, attend hands-on workshops, participate in safety demonstrations and technology-driven experiences, speak one-on-one with an industry expert at brain dates, explore tradeshow exhibits, and enjoy business development receptions*. Participants will hear interactive sessions on major influencing agents in the telecommunications industry such as: public and private network solutions, next generation networks, economic development, spectrum usage, broadband and fiber deployment, wireless connections and joint use management, asset management, new technology applications, and business essentials for utility telecommunication endeavors. At TelePOWER 2019, attendees will cultivate advantageous connections, improve industry-wide communication and highlight best practices through open question and answer sessions, diverse panel discussions and detailed case studies.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define communication network types and what works for your organization
  • Determine service strategies and execute business model planning and project management for public and private networks
  • Cultivate solution-based vendor partnerships
  • Review joint use management and the importance of safe small cell application
  • Comply with regulatory agencies overseeing both regulate and deregulated telecom networks
  • Scale and optimize telecommunications networks for increase productivity and control
  • Implement utility telecom asset management processes
  • Secure cyber and physical access points for both public and private networks
  • Explain key economic influencers of utility telecommunications networks
  • Collect and automate key data points and their retrieval for network optimization and productivity
  • Explore the potential of new technological advancements that require reliable communication networks

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 1.2 CEUs for this event and 0.4 CEUs for each workshop.

 

Instructional Methods

This program will use PowerPoint presentations and panel discussions, as well as active participation.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day, be in attendance for the entirety of the course

Agenda

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: Keynote Remarks

Sharla Artz, Vice President, Government Affairs, Policy and Cybersecurity, Utility Telecommunications Council


9:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: Navigating Public vs. Private Network Solutions for Utilities Communication Strategies

Mobile communications and wireless networks are mission critical assets for utilities. Solutions for both public and private communication strategies vary based on how the organizations operate whether it be a renewable energy projects, distributed resources or demand management strategies. The public and private network solutions for utilities session will discuss decision drivers for network solutions such as deployment and operation costs, physical and cyber security, technology standards and regulations like IEEE 802.16s. It will also take an in-depth look at the increasingly rate based investments that utilities are making, like the implementation of cloud-based software solutions, smart metering infrastructure, and the deployment of private fiber.

Kathy Nelson, Business Development Manager, ONDAS

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

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:15 – 11:30 a.m. :: Cultivating Solution Based Partnerships   

How do electric utilities build and maintain vendor and supplier relationships that consistently drive business development goals? There are myriad of solutions for the successful implementation and operation public and private networks. Follow different utilities and their journey to success through innovative partnerings and solution-based project management.

Ray Coleman, Community Engagement, AT&T

Keith Williams, Telecommunications Manager, Southern Company

Emily Harriott, National Utility Project Coordinator, Crown Castle


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Applying Joint Use and its Management

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.

Sean Knowles, Mclean Engineering

Edward P. Bieging Jr, Consultant Facility Attachments, Xcel Energy

Claire Evans, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:30 – 2:45 p.m. :: Emerging Legislation and Regulatory Compliance

Regulatory agencies like the Federal Communications Council (FCC) and NERC influence communication infrastructure and serviced provisions to create standard practicing methods for implementing and operating both public and private telecommunications networks. With this session, gain a better understating of the FCC’s 499 requirements, NERC CIP version 5, the FCC’s third report and order, infrastructure and equipment regulations, the effects of net neutrality on utility communication networks and spectrum purchasing, use and management. Take this time to dive into how to work with our governing agencies to create a more secure and reliable future for utility operations.

Chris Huther, Partner, Wiley Rein, LLP

Matthew Butler, Manager – Real Estate & Regulatory, COMET & Small Cell Strategy, Verizon Wireless

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Break


3:00 – 4:00 p.m. :: Scaling Utility Telecom Networks’ Reliability and Responsiveness

In order to optimize and scale both public and private communication networks, organizations must find solutions to their business development goals such as network and area type, coverage requirements made by the local government, and any bandwidth limitations based on current infrastructure. How do we create more consistent, reliable and responsive networks within our current infrastructure? What does optimal latency mean for utility networks, and how do organizations maintain that standard level? In almost every case, several services must be used in parallel to achieve the overarching goal: faster, stronger internet connectivity. Moving into the future, services and equipment like millimeter waves utilizing the 6+ Ghz spectrum, small cells techniques, Massive MIMOs and Beamforming and IoT-a-a-s push next generation networks into our day to day lives to provide higher spectrum access, increased connection density, peak data rates, increased data traffic capabilities and lower latency for utility telecom networks.

Greg Whelan, Senior Consultant, Greywale


4:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Securing Communication Networks: Security and Privacy Concerns for Electric Utility Telecom Networks

With increased risk for critical data-leaks, hacktivists penetration and substation breaches, public and private networks require both physical and cyber security. NERC CIP version 5 tells us the protocols for a breach, but who in your organization monitors the security footage and data, and where is such information stored? How do utilities secure both physical and cyber access points? Major components like SCADA and equipment security and sensitive customer data are at the age of requiring an “always on” cloud-based service security solutions, such as threat mapping and cyber and physical risk systems.

Caroline England, Optimum Networking

Sharla Artz, Vice President, Government Affairs, Policy and Cybersecurity, Utility Telecommunications Council

Nadya Bartol, CISSP, CGEIT, Associate Director, Cybersecurity Practice Leader, BCG PLATINION


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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


8:30 – 9:30 a.m. :: Designing, Engineering, Constructing Utility Telecom Infrastructure

How do you prepare utility’s existing infrastructure to scale for future upgrades and communication network add-ons? How do certain organizations start from scratch? Join us to discuss solution drivers such as network types, equipment costs, infrastructure regulations from planning all the way to implementation. Understand new developments like distributed antenna systems indoor, enterprise small cells and wide IP deployment.

Sean Knowles, VP Business Development, Mclean Engineering

Joshua Broder, President, Tilson Tech


9:30 – 10:30 a.m. :: Managing and Maintaining Utility Telecom Assets

As a major cost component, physical and cyber assets must be maintained and managed in order to optimize network capacity and reliability. This session will take a deep dive into managing mission critical infrastructure, enterprise architecture field networking and smart grids. Macro and micro site application and maintenance topics will be discussed like joint use management of small cell and utility poles, feeder-based assets management (AMI collectors, DA locations, DER), and existing utility infrastructure.

Brett Chester, Vice President, SiteTracker

Joshua Broder, President, Tilson Tech

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. :: Networking Break


11:00 – 12:00 p.m. :: Influencing Economic Development

Utility communication advancements can improve economic development of rural communities, both publicly and investor owned. This session will review case studies regarding the implementation of telemedicine, smart agriculture, remote learning as well as the process of bringing fiber to the home by cooperatives and municipals throughout the rural U.S. to bridge the digital divide. It will also review business and resident retention for IOUs building and maintaining metropolitan area networks or large area networks. How are smart cities that work from utility telecom networks driving community development? What are major site selection drivers and attractions for businesses into your community such as political, regulatory, financial?

Andrea Oaks-Jaramillo, Marketing Director, San Luis Valley Cooperative

Carrie Kelly, Project Manager, Southern Company

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:00 – 2:00 p.m. :: Collecting and Automating Data Analytics

With a worldwide transition to cloud-based solutions, information sharing is now faster and easier than ever. From migrating SCADA, to traffic management, AMI refreshes, IP network syncs and distribution automation, utility communication networks’ data collection, automation and analytics are at the core of utility operation success. This panel will review data and cloud computing, network path creation, and access solutions.

Nadya Bartol, CISSP, CGEIT, Associate Director, Cybersecurity Practice Leader, BCG PLATINION


2:00 – 3:00 p.m. :: Emerging Technology Applications

In order to implement new technologies to utility telecom networks, IOUs and publicly owned utilities must identify partnership opportunities, address stakeholder concerns, anticipate future technology requirements, and establish best practices. This session analyzes applications like smart cities, smart poles and smart meters and substations and the use of AR, VR, AI for training and maintenance purposes.

Tim Schneider, General Counsel, Tilson Tech

Keith Williams, Telecommunications Manager, Southern Company

3:00 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshop 1

Pre-Conference Workshop 2


Wireless Site Acquisition

Monday, September 9, 2019

The purpose of this workshop is to provide a comprehensive review of the project management and real estate processes utilized in the wireless industry to develop facilities that enable commercial mobile carriers to expand the coverage and capacity of their systems. Newcomers to the wireless space will immediately gain invaluable perspective regarding networks deployment projects. Since this is an entry level course, a prior background in telecommunications systems engineering, project management, or real estate development is not required. This seminar is comprehensive orientation to the vital site acquisition and permitting role in the wireless industry.

The workshop presents the fundamentals of the importance of real estate development in the growth of the wireless ecosystem, the typical criteria for how site search, due diligence, and site selection is conducted, and the interrelationships that exist to prepare real estate entitlements for a location to be ready for construction. The attendee will learn how site acquisition and permitting consultants work with technical disciplines, including lawyers, system engineers, civil engineers, surveyors, title companies, environmental consultants, construction managers, operations personnel, local planning and building departments, and property owners to produce the end-product.

Reference materials are provided with the course to assist the attendee after the seminar to conduct independent study, confirm governmental rules and regulations, and contact companies that develop, own, and manage communications facilities.

The seminar is presented in a professional manner without stress. No one will be put on the spot, however interactive discussion between the attendees and the instructor will be encouraged to give depth to the discussion of project team roles, the matter of due diligence, and a mindset that works best from one stage of the project to another. The material, like the job, is diverse in nature lending itself toward multiple approaches to learning. Many of the lessons may be of benefit in other walks of life. None of the content is highly technical.

 

Agenda

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

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Workshop Timing


Introduction


Past, Present, & Future of the Wireless Communications

  • Frequency spectrum and federal regulation
  • How the cellular industry was initiated
  • The role of site acquisition and permitting
  • Project management
  • Wireless site owners and managers
  • Current market conditions
  • Future trends

Wireless System Engineering

  • Coverage and capacity sites
  • Macro and micro cell sites
  • DAS and small cells
  • Backhaul and fronthaul
  • Permanent and temporary facilities
  • Facility components
  • Search area design

Site Search Due Diligence

  • Evaluation of the search area assignment
  • RF suitability, zone-ability, constructability, and lease-ability
  • Comparison of alternative candidate feasibility analytics
  • Search area reports and site candidate Information packages
  • The project team
  • Site selection

Site Development

  • Project Preparation
  • Site visit by project team
  • Title insurance
  • Site design
  • Collocations

Space Rights Agreements

  • Initial space rights
  • Leasing concepts
  • Collocation agreements
  • Lease provisions
  • Purchase contracts
  • Miscellaneous agreements
  • Space rights documentation

Local Permit Rights

  • Permit applications
  • Planning staff
  • Community due diligence
  • Local governing bodies

 

Instructor

John M. Rowe, President, Communications Real Estate, Inc. and Owner, Telecom Birddogs, LLC

Mr. Rowe has over forty years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He is currently the owner of Telecom Birddogs, LLC, located in Centennial, CO, which specializes in the training and development of site acquisition and permitting consultants to the telecommunications industry. He is also the President of Communications Real Estate, Inc., a consultancy that has provided site acquisition and permitting services in the telecommunications industry since 1993. Prior to 1993 was President of Telecommunications Development Corp., worked as a freelancer, and got his start in antenna site infrastructure in 1980 working for MCI Telecommunications, and then Hughes Communications Satellite Services, Inc., and Teleport Denver. After graduating from Iowa State University in 1974 John was sales representative for the Electronic Division of Belden Cable in NYC, Northern New Jersey, and Upstate NY.

In 1983, Mr. Rowe received his M.S. in Telecommunications from Colorado University. His Thesis Project was assembled from notes used to train agents at MCI to acquire space rights and local permit rights for MCI’s nationwide microwave network.


Telecommunications 101

Monday, September 9, 2019

The Telecommunications 101 workshop for non-engineering professionals will provide an overview of the history of the telecommunications industry and the application of that industry to utility communication networks. Attendees will discuss the new technologies, regulatory impacts, and market trends regarding utility telecommunication technologies. We will define industry buzz words and acronyms, explore case studies about public and private networks for utilities communication and the emergence of new technologies like the application of 5G network equipment to existing utility infrastructure.

What are utility options for both wholesale and retail communication services? Consumers and employees are demanding new and faster ways of communicating. The focus on application integration for communication technology and the impact of the “cloud” is changing the way electric utilities do business and the technology required to support it.  Who’s responsible for what?  Why and how is “real-time communications” different from data communications?  Join us to gain clarity on today’s confusing landscape and prepare to set your sights on the Next Generation Technologies. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Define the basic elements of telecommunications and their impact on today’s communication trends
  • Build utility business case for implementing new technologies and collaboration processes to improve both internal and external utility communications networks
  • Apply knowledge of infrastructure fundamentals to support advanced technologies such as Fiber to the Premise (FTTP), Wave-Division Multiplexing, and the latest in wireless technologies such as 5G and future next generation networks and small cell applications
  • Define and differentiate between network types like LANs, MANs, and WANs and the role in connecting users and services
  • Explore the current technology options such as the application of EVs, IoT, AR, VR and SaaS solutions for data management, cyber security and operational functions
  • Identify the FCC actions and other local and state regulatory impacts on utility telecommunication networks

 

Agenda

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. :: Workshop Registration

12:30 – 4:00 p.m. :: Workshop Timing


Introductions, Course Plan, and Expectations

  • Telephony Fundamentals
  • Historical viewpoint
  • Public Switched Telephone Network
  • Basic Telephony – Analog
  • Digital Telecommunications
  • Voice over IP (VoIP)

Physical Networking

  • LAN Cables and Categories
  • Fiber Optics
  • Wave-Division Multiplexing: CWDM and DWDM
  • Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs)
  • Fiber to the Premise (FTTP)
  • FTTN & Broadband Coax to the Premise
  • Cable Modem Termination System
  • DSL Access Multiplexer
  • Wireless

Unified Communications

  • The Fuzzy Definitions
  • System Architecture and Convergence
  • UC beyond IP Telephony
  • Enhanced Systems
  • Analytics and Reporting
  • Speech Analytics
  • Leading UC Manufacturers
  • Leading Network Services Providers/ Carriers
  • Leading UCaaS Providers

Latest Generation Technologies and Developments

  • Marketplace Trends
  • SD-WAN
  • The Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G Wireless
  • Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS)
  • Virtual Realty Impacts and Applications
  • Intelligent Low-Voltage Lighting
  • Expansion of the Internet Cloud
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Security Challenges and Tools
  • FCC Actions and Pending Issues
  • Next Generation E911 Systems
  • The Future of Telecom

 

Instructor  

J.R. Simmons/ Principal Consultant/ COMgroup, Inc.

J.R. Simmons has over 40 years of experience in the telecommunications systems industry, including over 30 years as a consultant providing strategic planning, design, analysis, and implementation management skills.  He is considered a thought leader in unified communications and collaboration technologies. J.R. is the owner and Principal Consultant of COMgroup, Inc., which is located in Kirkland Washington.  COMgroup is one of the most widely respected independent telecommunications consulting firms in the nation and a recognized leader for telecommunication systems design and communications infrastructure consulting projects.  

As an industry expert J.R. has provided expert testimony in several legal cases.  He contributes to two of the most respected industry web sites (No Jitter and BC Strategies) and frequently gives speeches on a wide variety of telecommunications management and technology subjects.  He taught advanced telecommunications courses for a Community College Certificate program and continues to teach via independent seminars, and educational programs such as this one offered by EUCI.

J.R.’s experience includes work on complex telephone systems and call centers, cabling infrastructure and layer one electronics, and both local and wide area networks.  His current projects tend to focus on strategic planning and business process analysis, but also include data networking design, systems analysis, unified communications, and contact centers. 

COMgroup works with organizations of all sizes with increasingly complex technical environments. As a teacher at heart, J.R. has a passion of sharing his knowledge of trends and emerging technology in an effort to educate others and assist his customers in making the best decisions.  J.R.’s team are experts in all facets of voice and data communications; they provide professional services that incorporate multiple technology disciplines including:

  • Strategic planning
  • Functional and technical requirements definition
  • System design
  • Infrastructure communication design and cabling coordination
  • Contact Center design and operational improvements
  • Carrier services including Telecom Expense Management
  • Telecom facility/utility audit
  • Project management services

Speakers

Sharla Artz, Vice President, Government Affairs, Policy and Cybersecurity, Utility Telecommunications Council

Nadya Bartol, CISSP, CGEIT, Associate Director, Cybersecurity Practice Leader, BCG PLATINION

Edward P. Bieging Jr, Consultant Facility Attachments, Xcel Energy

Joshua Broder, President, Tilson Tech

Matthew Butler, Manager – Real Estate & Regulatory, COMET & Small Cell Strategy, Verizon Wireless

Brett Chester, Vice President, SiteTracker

Ray Coleman, Community Engagement, AT&T West

Caroline England, Account Manager, Optimum Networking

Claire Evans, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

Emily Harriott, National Utility Project Coordinator, Crown Castle

Chris Huther, Partner, Wiley Rein, LLP

Carrie Kelly, Project Manager, Southern Company

Sean Knowles, VP Business Development, Mclean Engineering

Kathy Nelson, Business Development, ONDAS

Andrea Oaks-Jaramillo, Marketing Director, San Luis Valley Cooperative

Tim Schneider, General Counsel, Tilson Tech

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

Greg Whelan, Senior Consultant, Greywale

Keith Williams, Telecommunications Manager, Southern Company

Location

Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows

10345 Park Meadows Dr

Littleton, CO 80124

Reserve your room:

please call 1-303-925-0004

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of September 10 – 12, 2019

Room rate through EUCI:

$184.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to August 18, 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, August 23, 2019
Standard RateAttendees
TelePOWER 2019: Utility, Government, Vendor and Carrier Partnership SummitUS $ 1195.00 US $ 1395.00

This event has the following workshops:

Wireless Site AcquisitionUS $ 495.00
US $ 595.00
Telecommunications 101US $ 495.00
US $ 595.00

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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 August 09, 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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