Schedule of Events

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Program approved for 9 BICSI CECs

Sunday, June 11

1:00 pm – 6:30 pm NG-PON2 Council Workshop: NG-PON2: The Solution to a Converging World

Monday, June 12

7:30 am – 8:00 am Newcomer's Orientation
8:00 am – 9:30 am MDU Panel: Opportunities and Solutions

Bringing fiber networks to multiple dwelling units (MDUs) would seemingly offer a strong business case based on the high concentration of potential subscribers in buildings. However, network operators initially focused on single-family, detached homes due to the high cost of deploying fiber in buildings and exclusive agreements with existing service providers.

Now, both of these barriers have been overcome. Network operators have the tools to succeed in deploying fiber all the way to the living unit in existing MDUs, and there is additional opportunity to provide fiber to every living unit in the hundreds of thousands of new MDU living units built each year. Join us for this panel to gain expert perspective on why and how fiber to the MDU is becoming the norm, rather than the exception, for our industry.


  • Jonathan Bullock, Vice President, Corporate Development and Government, Hotwire Communications
  • John George (moderator), Director, Solutions and Professional Services, OFS
  • Marc Hudson, Co-Founder and CEO, Rocket Fiber
  • Michael Slovin, Vice President, National Field Sales, XFINITY Communities
  • Barry Walton, Principal Advisor, FTTH Solutions Advisors 
9:45 am – 10:30 am

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

10:30 am – 10:45 am Networking and Refreshment Break
10:45 am – 11:45 am

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Women in Fiber Lunch

Join us for this exciting luncheon and panel presentation with women currently working in leadership roles in the telecommunications industry, and gain valuable insights into professional development and the opportunities for women to achieve their full potential in the field. Panelists include:
  • Heather Burnett Gold, President and CEO, Fiber Broadband Association (moderator)
  • Kim Hartwell, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Corning
  • Tara Mooar, Vice President, Global Engineering and System Performance, Verizon
  • Jerrilyn Wolf, Vice President, Local Planning and Capacity, CenturyLink

Birds of a Feather Lunch for Network Operators

Join this annual gathering of fiber broadband professionals and take advantage of dedicated time to network with your peers, share your experiences, and learn from the experiences of others. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lunch On Your Own

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Networking and Refreshment Break
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

3:30 pm - 6:45 pm Opening Reception and Expo Theater Presentations

Tuesday, June 13

8:00 am – 9:00 am Opening Remarks and Awards Presentation
9:00 am – 10:15 am Armchair Discussion with Fiber Newsmakers

In what has become an annual event at the Fiber Connect, join Tom Cohen, counsel for the Fiber Broadband Association, for a rapid fire Q&A discussion with individuals who are making news in the fiber industry.

Moderated by Tom Cohen, Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP

  • Nicholas Degani, Senior Counsel, Office of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
  • Edi Demaj, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Rocket Fiber
  • David Hoffer, Chief Operating Officer, MCTV Ohio
  • Evan Marwell, Founder and CEO, Education Superhighway
  • Mike Wolf, Director, Fiber and Access Planning, Cincinnati Bell
10:15 am – 10:30 am Networking and Refreshment Break
10:30 am – 11:15 am Keynote: Kyle Malady, Senior Vice President and Chief Network Officer, Verizon Wireline

Fiber is Sexy Again
Learn how an industry powerhouse like Verizon stays ahead of the ever-increasing demand for increased bandwidth – and how you can apply these lessons to your company. During this session, Kyle Malady will discuss Verizon’s plans for bringing extra capacity and new innovation to their networks and explore the challenges and opportunities they face in bringing together fiber solutions, smart cells, and 5G technology.

Presented by Kyle Malady, Senior Vice President and Chief Network Officer, Verizon Wireline

11:15 am – 12:00 pm Fiber Funding Panel LEARN MORE

Cities across North America are embracing the connected future, and more communities than ever want access to all-fiber networks. Before projects can start, you must answer that all-important question: How will you pay for fiber? Explore the different options available to make your deployments financially feasible in a variety of locations during this panel discussion with the following experts.

Moderated by Gary Bolton, Vice President, Global Marketing, ADTRAN, Inc.
Presented by 
  • Stephen Barraclough, Consultant, Dorman and Fawcett; and General Manager, Burlington Telecom
  • Brian Clark, Managing Partner, M/C Partners
  • Marcel Ham, Principal, IMG Rebel
  • Kevin Oliver, Vice President & Lead Relationship Manager, CoBank
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch in the Expo Hall
1:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

3:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Evening Reception and Expo Theater Presentations

Wednesday, June 14

8:00 am – 9:00 am Multi-Service Orchestration Panel

The use of service orchestration to build more open, programmable software is growing, allowing network operators to automate service delivery across multi-vendor physical and virtual domains.

Learn how multi-domain service orchestration can help you stay competitive by improving performance and scalability, enabling you to deliver differentiated service, and explore best practices for overcoming key challenges, including orchestrating services rapidly across multiple network domains and silos, such as last-mile access, packet aggregation, and core ISPs.


  • Scott Jackson (moderator), Business Development Manager, Smart City, Graybar
  • John McEntee, Senior Director, Service Provider Business Development and Alliances, Juniper Networks
  • Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, ADTRAN
  • Mitchell Simcoe, Consultant, Global Managed Service Provider Monetization, Ciena
9:00 am – 9:30 am Keynote: A Fireside Chat with Google Fiber's New CEO, Greg McCray
9:30 am – 9:45 am Networking and Refreshment Break
9:45 am – 11:45 am Fourth Annual Fiber Summits

*Note: Schedule is subject to change.