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Rural Broadband Summit

September 6, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - September 7, 2017 @ 12:00 pm



Wednesday, Sept. 6

1:30 PM                 Tennessee legal issues (Retail vs. infrastructure provider, area coverage, subsidiary requirement, footprint restriction and M&A exception)

  • Mike Knotts – TECA
  • Erica Vick – Bass, Berry, and Sims

2:00 PM                 State of Tennessee broadband office and grant program

  • Amanda Martin and Crystal Ivey, Department of Economic and Community Development

2:30 PM                 Regulatory guidance on business structures, contracts, and financing structures

  • Jennifer Brogdon, Director of Regulatory Assurance, TVA

3:15 PM                 SmartGrid and low latency communications, what it means to the electric system

  • David Wade, Electric Power Board of Chattanooga

4:00 PM                 Contracts – What to know about fiber leasing arrangements and partnership agreements

  • Terry Metz/Tim Adkins, iRis Networks

4:30 PM                 Tennessee Telecommunications Association experience

  • Jonathan West, Twin Lakes Telephone Cooperative

5:00 PM                 Open discussion facilitated by CoBank

5:30 PM                 Introduction of Guests and Reception

Thursday, Sept. 7

7:45 AM                 Breakfast

8:30 AM                 PANEL: Cooperative experiences with business models

  • Providing Retail Services – Ken Johnson, Co-Mo Electric Cooperative
  • Partnerships – Randy Klindt, Conexon

9:45 AM                 Break

10:00 AM              Turnkey outsourcing

  • Alina Pilkington and Chris Martin, NRTC

10:30 AM              PANEL:  Funding your project

  • RUS – Carl Wilson, GFR Electric Program; Terry Kokinda, GFR Telecom Program
  • CoBank – John Donner

11:00 AM              Open discussion facilitated by CoBank

12:00 PM              Conclusion



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760 Old Hickory Blvd., Brentwood, TN 37027
(866) 716-8133

Group Code: TECA
Rate: $112.00/night



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September 6, 2017 @ 1:30 pm
September 7, 2017 @ 12:00 pm


Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association


TECA Conference Center
2964 Sidco Drive
Nashville, TN 37204 United States
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