2016 Conference Agenda


Our agenda in 2016 included some eye-opening sessions on fiber optics, bandwidth needs, wireless technologies, cyber security, as well as trends, new products and the future of technology in serving the MDU market. See below for our impressive array of informative panelists on topics that impact your business today and in the future.*


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Noon - 1:00 PM             Registration Opens


1:00 - 1:15 PM              Welcome - MBC State of the Union


1:15 - 2:15 PM              Technology: Considerations for Today and the Future

We will take a look at the current technology landscape and the evolving nature of various Broadband options, such as: DOCSIS, the various FTTH technologies, advancements in Copper with VDSL2, and G.FAST.  This is all driven by the growth in consumption by your customers. We will discuss how to best plan for that growth. We will possibly review some underlying IP / MPLS topics, and the evolving nature of WiFi trends.  It’s a lot to cover in an hour, but we will give it a college try!

Moderator: David Coffey, Sales Manager: Private Cable Networks Data Solutions, Advanced Media Technologies

Panelist: Jay Fausch, Director - North America Cable MSO Sales, Nokia

Panelist: Jim Clark, Senior Systems Engineer, Harmonic, Inc.

Panelist: Eric Albert, Systems Engineer, Ruckus Wireless


2:15 - 3:15 PM               Innovations Inside the LAN

This panel will discuss the rapidly evolving innovations inside a multifamily housing local area network.  We will discuss the latest innovations in optics, wireless, cable modems, sensor networks, and other technologies that reinforce a private network owner and operator’s value proposition to a community owner and their residents. 

Moderator: Robert Grosz, Chief Revenue Officer, Elauwit

Panelist: Allen Wang, Principal Solutions Architect - Broadband Access, Huawei  

Panelist: Sce Pike, CEO, IOTAS 

Panelist: Amir Ansari, CTO and Co-Founder, Prodea

Panelist: Chris Amilcare, Director of Sales Engineering - East Region, D-Link Systems


3:15 - 3:30 PM               Break - Resource Room


3:30 - 4:30 PM               Wireless WAN & Technologies Affecting Bandwidth Delivery

The goal of this session is to capture trends in centralized networking, wide area wireless and custom metro Wifi networks, all impacting the micro ISP.  Local metro networks today are geared for quick setup, install and poised to capture more market share than traditional networks, very much like how cable video markets operate today.  Learning defensive tactics against large operator metros’ goals now becomes critical for any operator survival, as this session weaves through the maze of options and triggers collaboration and exchange of micro ideas.

Moderator: Sebastian Pereira, Owner, Broadband Enterprise

Panelist: Stuart Broome, Fastback Networks

Panelist: Brian Daniels, Director of Product Management, Zayo

Panelist: Anna Klosterman, Vice President - Sales, Sandvine


4:30 – 5:30 PM              Keynote Session - Special Guest: Dr. Stan Stahl

                                          Citadel Information Group

                                          TOPIC: Cyber Security

Dr. Stahl is a pioneer in the field of information security, having entered the field in 1980. Earlier in his career he secured teleconferencing at the White House, databases inside Cheyenne Mountain and the communications network controlling our nuclear weapons arsenal.
Dr. Stahl excels at helping his clients develop and implement information security management strategies consistent with their unique information security responsibilities, their business realities and their cultural circumstances. He has that rare gift of being able to describe the complexities of information security in a way that makes sense to real-world non-technical business professionals.


5:30 – 7:30 PM             Networking Reception - Resource Room


Thursday, November 17, 2016

7:00 - 8:30 AM              Breakfast and Networking - Resource Room


8:30 - 9:30 AM              Opening Keynote Discussion: Google Fiber and Expanding Residents' Broadband Choices

Google Fiber is joining us for our morning Keynote to discuss their vision. Despite Google’s size, we share the same big competitors and some of the same challenges, such as inside wiring issues and owners in need of education. Join us to hear Google’s take on expanding residents' choice in broadband providers, and discuss how we might work together to achieve best practices.


9:30 - 10:30 AM            Is It Time for Fiber in the MDU World?

This panel will present the most current equipment and techniques for utilizing fiber in backbones and to the unit, in the delivery of Internet and TV services in MDUs.  We will discuss the pros and cons of fiber, where the best applications are found, and the direction the product is moving. If you’ve been wondering what the realities of fiber use in the MDUs are, then this session will answer your questions.

Moderator: Eric Welles, VP of Business Development, GigaMonster

Panelist: Jennifer Bailie, Director of Sales - The Americas, Foxcom

Panelist: Bill Dodd, Chairman, DIRECPATH

Panelist: Derek Borden, Director of Technical Services for Emerging Markets, Perfect-10


10:30 - 10:45 AM          Coffee Break - Resource Room


10:45 AM - 11:45 AM     The FCC and You – Government Impacts to Your Business

This session will provide a thumbnail sketch of recent policy developments and pending issues at the Federal Communications Commission insofar as those issues that may affect the operations of member companies, including but not limited to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on set-top box regulations, recent mergers and acquisitions, and the ever changing landscape of broadband from a regulatory viewpoint. Discover the impact of the increasing availability of a la carte programming via online platforms on traditional cable TV. Questions will be taken and addressed from a legal perspective.

Moderator: Carl Kandutsch


11:45 AM - 12:00 PM     Takeaways and MBC Plans for the Future


12:00 PM                      End of Event



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