November 6, 2019 1:00 pm | November 8, 2019 12:00 pm | Hilton Franklin Cool Springs - 601 Corporate Centre Drive, Franklin, TN 37067
As bandwidth demand for wireless and wireline communications increases, so do the demands and implications on utilities, both in terms of increased broadband capacity and infrastructure access. It means deployment of fiber for retail and wholesale communications, including broadband for rural unserved areas. It means the potential for new funding opportunities, including the Federal Communications Commission’s newest $20.4 billion in grants under the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to promote broadband deployment in unserved and underserved areas next year. It means upgrading wireline and wireless networks to improve utility communications, including grid modernization and the industrial Internet of Things (IoT). Finally, it means more small wireless antennas attached to utility infrastructure, along with more regulations for faster deployment of the antennas and related equipment. While U.S. policies on pole attachments and spectrum have long favored the telecommunications industry, are there ways for all impacted parties—and most importantly consumers—to benefit?
This 1.5-day workshop will provide insights into the demands being placed on electric utilities from 5G, broadband and small cells, as well as what this will mean in terms of securing and maintaining the infrastructure needed to safely and securely deliver electricity. It will also feature key policymakers discussing new and exciting funding opportunities for broadband that utilities can access to help offset the high cost of deploying broadband into rural and other unserved areas. In this conference, speakers and panelists will discuss various models of win-win scenarios that balance the needs of the utilities, communities and wireless providers.
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