Schedule of Events

*Note: Schedule is preliminary, and is subject to change.


Monday, June 13

7:30 am – 8:00 am Newcomers Orientation
8:00 am – 9:30 am MDU Panel Click here to learn more

Kick off the 2016 FTTH Connect with an in-depth discussion during our multiple dwelling units (MDU) panel! Superior high speed internet access is one of the amenities most valued by MDU residents. Fiber to each living unit can enable gigabit speeds today and upgrades to 10-gigabit-connectivity in the future, making this the preferred approach to serve residents that are hungry for a higher bandwidth.

Google and Hotwire Communications are both currently deploying fiber to MDUs. Join us as representatives from both companies share their perspectives on how to effectively market, sell, and deploy fiber to MDUs.

This session will also feature a special conclusion from Michael Render, President, RVA, LLC., who will present the results of his recently-completed MDU study.

Moderated by John George, Director, Solutions and Professional Services, OFS

  • Max Kipfer, Executive Vice President, Hotwire Communications, LLC
  • Chris Smith, Sr. Program Manager, Strategic Partnerships, Google
9:45 am – 10:30 am Breakout Sessions Series 1 Click here to learn more
10:30 am – 10:45 am Networking and Refreshment Break
10:45 am – 11:45 am Breakout Sessions Series 2 Click here to learn more
11:45 am – 12:45 pm Lunch On Your Own Click here for Opryland Dining Information
11:45 am – 12:45 pm Birds of a Feather Lunch for Network Operators
12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Breakout Sessions Series 3 Click here to learn more
1:30 pm – 1:45 pm Networking and Refreshment Break
1:45 pm – 3:00 pm Breakout Sessions Series 4 Click here to learn more
3:00 pm – 6:30 pm Opening Reception and Expo Theater Presentations Click here to learn more
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Welcome to Nashville Event with Google Fiber Click here to learn more

Join Google Fiber for a fun, festive hangout at FUSE Sports Bar, featuring Nashville musician Clare Dunn! Clare has opened for some of country music's biggest stars, including Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Colt Ford, Hank Jr., Jamey Johnson and others, including American Rock icon Bob Seger. She has also played at a variety of major fairs and festivals across the country.

NOTE: Wristbands and conference badges will be required for entry to this private event. Please visit Google Fiber at Booth 1006 in the Expo Hall to claim your wristband. Act quickly, as wristbands are only available on a first-come, first-served basis!

Tuesday, June 14

8:30 am – 8:45 am Opening Remarks
8:45 am – 9:00 am Welcome Address with Ted Townsend, Chief of Staff, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
9:00 am – 10:00 am Armchair Discussion with FTTH Newsmakers Click here to learn more

In what has become an annual event at the FTTH Council’s Conference, Tom Cohen, the Council's counsel, leads a rapid fire Q&A discussion with individuals who are making news in the FTTH industry. This year’s session will focus on such issues as the demand from communities and consumers for ultra high bandwidth services and the applications that are creating that demand.

Moderated by Tom Cohen, Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
  • Rob Katz, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Wave Broadband
  • Jeff Nordhaus, Executive Vice President, Innovation and Broadband, Empire State Development
  • Graham Richard, CEO, Advanced Energy Economy; and Former Mayor, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Karen Rohrkemper, Senior Director, Network Planning, Engineering and Construction, Cincinnati Bell
10:00 am – 10:15 am Networking and Refreshment Break
10:15 am – 10:45 am Keynote Presentation: A Conversation with Google
Presented by Chris Levendos, Head of Network Deployment and Operations, Google Fiber
10:45 am – 11:30 am Keynote Presentation: Competing in the Innovation Economy Learn more
Presented by Andy Berke, Mayor, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga is home to the fastest, cheapest, most pervasive Internet in the world. As Mayor of Gig City, Andy Berke will discuss the advantages of having a Fiber to the Home municipal broadband network going to every home and business in a 600 square mile service area. Mayor Berke will also provide examples of how that gigabit infrastructure has spurred development, created jobs, and helped to launch Chattanooga's Innovation District – the first Innovation District in a mid-sized city.
11:30 pm – 12:00 pm FTTH Council Americas Awards Presentation Click here to learn more
  • FTTH Council Americas Awards: Announcing the recipients of the Chairman's Award, Star Award, and Photon Award
  • Gimme Fiber Day Award: The company or community chosen to host the third annual Gimme Fiber Day event will be announced.
  • FTTxcellence Award: Corning and Lightwave will honor an individual for leadership in the deployment of optical access networks in North America with the 12th Annual FTTxcellence Award
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch and Expo Theater Presentations Click here to learn more
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Women in Fiber Luncheon Click here to learn more

Be part of this exciting event, featuring women who are currently working in the telecommunications industry discussing their insights into professional development and the opportunities for women to achieve their full potential in the field.

Moderated by Heather B. Gold, President and CEO, FTTH Council Americas
  • Kim Hartwell, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Corning
  • Tara Mooar, Vice President, Global Engineering and Systems Performance, Verizon
  • Karen Rohrkemper, Senior Director, Network Planning, Engineering, and Construction, CBT
  • Shazia Zeb Sobani, Director, Project Management Office, Broadband Implementation, TELUS Communications
1:45 pm – 3:00 pm Breakout Sessions Series 5 Click here to learn more
3:00 pm – 6:30 pm Evening Reception and Expo Theater Presentations Click here to learn more

Wednesday, June 15

8:00 am – 9:00 am Genius Bar Panel Click here to learn more

Experienced network operators share the most pressing issues they are working on today – and then offer you the chance to engage in the dialogue. Share your suggested solutions and apply the lessons you've learned throughout the conference to real-life scenarios.


  • Dave Brodin, Chief Operating Officer, Smithville Fiber
  • Marc Hudson, Co-Founder and CEO, Rocket Fiber
  • Lori McDaniel, Chief Marketing Officer, Dalton Utilities
9:00 am – 9:30 am Keynote Presentation with Guy McCormick, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Cox Communications
9:30 am – 9:45 am Networking and Refreshment Break
9:45 am – 11:00 am Third Annual FTTH Summits Part 1 Click here to learn more
11:00 am – 11:15 am Networking and Refreshment Break
11:15 am – 1:00 pm Third Annual FTTH Summits Part 2 Click here to learn more