Broadband Conference 2016
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When: Thursday, February 18, 2016
7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: 317 on Rice Park
317 Washington Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota  55102
United States

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Broadband Conference 2016

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Minnesota’s Broadband Networks – Backbone of the 21st Century!

Presented by:

Minnesota Telecom Alliance
Minnesota Cable Communications Association
Minnesota Cellular Providers – AT&T/Verizon

To register as an attendee OR as a sponsor, click "Register."

Who: Industry stakeholders, elected officials and policy experts
What: Public Broadband Conference
Why:  Educational event for Minnesota broadband stakeholders/leaders
Reg. Fee: $35
  • MCCA
  • MTA
  • Comcast
  • Century Link
  • Verizon
  • AT&T
  • Others pending


7:30   Gather/Networking

8:00   Welcome: Mike Martin, Executive Director, MN Cable Communications Assoc.

8:05   Speaker Intro: Jeff Fryer, Regional Vice President, Comcast

8:10   Speaker:  Tina Smith, Lt. Governor, State of Minnesota

8:25   Panel:  Broadband Coverage, Government Investments and Regulations

  • Eric Swanson, Attorney, Winthrop & Weinstein (moderator)
  • Danna MacKenzie, Executive Director, MN Office of Broadband Development
  • Shannon Heim, Attorney, Dykema - Connect America Funds
  • Representative Tim Sanders

9:10   Speaker Intro: Tyler Middleton, Vice President Operations MN, Century Link

9:15   Speaker: The case for regulatory reform

  • Dusty Johnson, Vantage Point Solutions

9:35   Networking Break

9:50   Speaker Intro: Bill Jensen, Regional Vice President, Mediacom

9:55   Speaker: Amy Klobuchar, Senator, U.S. Senator, Minnesota

10:10 Panel: The Government’s Role in Broadband – MN Legislative Perspectives

  • Tom Hauser, Chief Political Reporter & “At Issue” host, KSTP TV (Moderator)
  • Representative Paul Thissen, Democratic Leader
  • Senator Matt Schmit
  • Senator Carrie Ruud
  • Representative Ron Kresha

11:00 Panel: Public/Private Partnerships, Keys to success

  • Brad Finstad, Executive Director, Center for Rural Policy and Development (Moderator)
  • Dan Nelson, Director of Government Affairs, Midcontinent Communications
  • Kelly Hinnenkamp, City Administrator, City of Annandale
  • Kevin Beyer, General Manager, ACIRA
  • Brent Olson, Commissioner, Big Stone County

11:40 Speaker Intro: Steve Katka, CEO/General Manager, Albany Mutual Telephone Association

11:45 Speaker: Tom Emmer, Representative, U.S. House of Representatives, Minnesota

12:00 Lunch

12:25 Speaker Intro: Paul Weirtz, State President, AT&T Minnesota; Member Governor Dayton’s Broadband Taskforce

12:30 Lunch Speaker: What’s New, What’s Now

  • Jim Kohlenberger, Mobile Future

1:15   Panel: Broadband’s Impact on Public Safety

  • Bill Jensen, Regional Vice President, Mediacom (Moderator)
  • Jackie Mines, Director ECN - FirstNet
  • Dana Wahlberg, MN Department of Public Safety – Nex Gen E911
  • Rich Stanek, Sheriff, Hennepin County

2:00   Panel: Broadband – Connections that Drive Commerce

  • Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President and CEO, MHTA; Chair, Gov. Dayton’s Broadband Taskforce (Moderator)
  • Wade Beavers, CEO, DoApp
  • John Stanoch, Interim CEO, Science Museum of MN

2:50   Closing: Brent Christensen, President/CEO, MN Telecom Alliance

Pre-Conference Reception

February 17, 2016 | 6-7:30pm
Kellogg I, St. Paul Intercontinental, 11 Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul

Media and General Contact:
Mike Erlandson, Aurora Strategic Advisors

Sponsorship Opportunities

Presenting Sponsors: $5,000

  • Signage on site with company logo and table top signage
  • Signage at reception
  • Table for materials or presentation
  • Copy of registration list
  • Name in the program
  • 10 tickets

Gold Sponsors: $2,500

  • Table top signage with logo
  • Table for materials or presentation
  • Copy of registration list
  • Name in the program
  • 8 tickets

Silver Sponsors: $1,000

  • Table top signage
  • Ability to leave materials on registration table
  • Name in the program
  • 6 tickets

Contact: Mike Erlandson, Aurora Strategic Advisors,  612-865-0050

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