Steve Coran, Telecom Attorney
Cashing In on the Connect America Fund (CAF)
The FCC has more than $2 billion in support available to WISPs and others that meet eligibility, financial and other requirements for unserved areas. Those that are best prepared will best positioned to bid confidently and intelligently when the FCC begins the reverse auction process sometime later this year or next year. This session will cover the auction framework and provide potential bidders with the starter kit they need to consider before deciding whether or not to bid.
The Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) – The WISP Opportunity
Last year, the FCC authorized 100 megahertz of spectrum for shared use that has already sparked substantial investment in LTE and innovation in spectrum management. As early as this year, commercial users may be authorized to use the band. This session will explain the rules and the opportunities, and forecast the road to come.
About Steve Coran:
Mr. Coran’s practice focuses on the representation of fixed wireless broadband providers, equipment and technology companies, educators and wireless companies by serving their policy, transactional and licensing needs. He actively represents a trade association before the FCC, Congress and other federal agencies in matters involving spectrum policy, Internet regulation, the Universal Service Fund and other proceedings affecting wireless broadband service providers and other wireless technology interests. Mr. Coran has extensive experience in negotiating complex, multi-party transactions for the purchase, sale and financing of established and start-up communications businesses, and also drafts and negotiates interconnection, spectrum lease, tower lease, dark fiber and other agreements. He has also represented financial institutions in connection with public and private investments. Mr. Coran also advises on regulatory compliance and FCC enforcement matters.
Nathan Stooke, CEO
Taking Your Business to the Next Level of Success
Growing pains are a sign of success but can wear on you. Learning ways to anticipate growing pains and expanding your thinking to become proactive rather than reactive to the challenges your business faces is key to success. This keynote will help you identify and deal with those challenges further adding to the success of your business.
Stop Spinning Your Wheels and Gain Traction in Your Business
Do you feel overwhelmed in your business or that you keep dealing with the same issues over and over? This session will cover ways that you can solve your recurring issues consistently and maximize your time so that you can concentrate on growth and the things you want to do.
About Nathan Stooke:
In the last thirteen years, Nathan Stooke has gone from programming PCs to building Wisper ISP into a successful multi-million dollar company in the Southern Illinois and St. Louis Metro East area. In the last year, Wisper expanded to Southern Missouri, Eastern Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. As CEO of Wisper ISP, Nathan has provided high speed Internet service to thousands of happy customers, many of them in rural areas where previous service had been spotty or nonexistent. Mr. Stooke is a well-respected businessman in the St. Louis area, having been selected as a “Top 30 Under 30” by the St. Louis Business Journal and named on the list of the “Top 100 St. Louisans to Know” by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly.
Alex Phillips, President and Owner
WISPA and High Speed Link
WISP Industry Update
Alex will present an update on various legislative and FCC related topics, illustrate the value of WISPA membership and stress the need for greater involvement in the WISP industry.
Behind the Scenes – Fighting for Small Business & Public Interest
Alex will be joined by Director of Operations for WISPA, Trina Coffey, for this presentation that will focus on the mechanics of WISPA: membership, advocacy and the operational sides of our organization.
“All About That Base” – Representing the WISP Industry in D.C.
Alex Phillips will be joined by former WISPA Presidents Chuck Hogg and Elizabeth Bowles for this session. Alex and Chuck will focus on WISPA’s legislative efforts in Washington, D.C. How the Hill affects FCC regulations and other laws that affect your business. They will also discuss our efforts to consolidate support on Capitol Hill and help make laws more favorable to WISPs so we don’t have to fight unfair regulations on the FCC side. Elizabeth Bowles will talk about the WISP PAC and how that enables WISPA to be a more effective player on the Hill.
About Alex Phillips:
Alex is the founder and owner of High Speed Link, LLC, which has specialized in connecting rural communities to the Internet in the state of Virginia since 2002. High Speed Link offers the highest quality internet and phone service designed for today’s business needs and support, including: Carrier-grade fixed wireless, Metro Ethernet, T-1, T3, and DSL, providing dedicated bandwidth for any business from 1 Mb – 1 Gigabit.
Alex has been a long-time advocate of the WISP industry, staying active in the community and volunteering for WISPA in various positions, leading to his current role as President.
Joel Brick, Owner
Lessons Learned in Building a Successful WISP Business
Join Joel as he discusses his wireless network system construction, and his sometimes unconventional methods of configuring equipment utilizing what’s available in his environment. Joel will also explain how he leverages customer usage patterns to achieve quality of service for his residential and business customers.
About Joel Brick:
Joel Brick is the owner of Interlakes Wireless LLC, which provides internet service to 600 extremely happy subscribers in the greater Madison area of South Dakota. Joel’s background includes decades of working in the Power Utility Telecommunications sector and serving as Utilities Telecommunications Council (“UTC”) Region 5 Chair. He also served as Chair of the Wireless Communications International Operators Group, and has been involved in numerous FCC activities, rule changes, meeting several FCC Chairs along the way.
Joel has worked in various aspects of wireless, providing microwave television and both licensed and license-free wireless internet. Now, after over 35 years of working for someone else, Joel owns and operates his own wireless internet company that serves the internet needs of rural residential and business customers. His wireless business has grown significantly since beginning service three years ago.
Dustin Jurman, Founder and CEO
IPv6 for the Service Provider
This session will feature a fresh view of IPv6 for the Service Provider, presented from a business perspective without the emotional separation of IPV4.
About Dustin Jurman:
Dustin Jurman founded Rapid Systems in 1996 with the goal of delivering first class solutions world wide without compromise. Over the last 20 years, Dustin and his team have built Rapid Systems into a full service Internet and Information Technology company providing fixed Wireless, Fiber, Outsourced IT Services, Managed Infrastructure Services, and much more.
Dustin has consulted with various other Enterprise, Public Safety, Service Providers, Mining and Utilities. His expertise in broadband, high speed backhaul, microwave transmission, free space optics, complex IP networking, marketing, and leadership establishes him as a visionary in the Broadband Industry.