There Is Something for Everyone to Learn

Whether you were looking for new strategies to build your customer base, tools to make deployment more affordable, or the opportunity to learn from industry leaders as they explore the future of fiber—the 2020 Fiber Connect will present a comprehensive lineup of education led by the industry’s best. 


2019 Schedule-at-a-Glance

Explore the 2019 schedule to see what you can expect in 2020! Plus, bookmark this page and check back soon for more information. 


BusinessBusiness EngineeringEngineering OperationsOperations

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Attendee Check-in
  Fiber Broadband Starter Kit Workshop
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Marketing and Promoting Fiber in your Community
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch & Learn with the Fiber Broadband Association Board of Directors
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. FTTH Basics and Network Design
  Managing a Legacy Fiber Network
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Refreshment Break & Nuts and Bolts Demonstrations
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. The How and Why Video Matters to Your Customers and Fiber Optic Infrastructure
  Fiber Partnerships and Funding in Rural America
3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Refreshment Break & Nuts and Bolts Demonstrations
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Fiber and Broadband A Winning Combination A Growing Electric Municipality
  Managing Your Fiber Broadband Installation by Managing Your Sub-Contractors and Your Test Data
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Refreshment Break & Nuts and Bolts Demonstrations

7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration Open
7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. Networking Breakfast
7:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Fiber Broadband Case Studies for Multifamily Properties
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Conversation with Service Providers
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Flipping the Switch (p)ON: Operators’ view of converting from DSL to PON architecture Engineering
How to Build Up an ISP from ScratchOperations
Is Your Brand Working Hard Enough? How to Define and Deploy Your Brand for Maximum Impact Business
Making Sense of an FTTX Business Plan Business
Overview of Fiber Around The GlobeBusiness
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Networking and Refreshment Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Salisbury, North Carolina: Developing a sustainable path forward for P3 fiber deployments from past mistakesBusiness
Extending Fiber Networks with Unlicensed mmWaveEngineering
Love Your Team, Love Your ClientsOperations
Innovative Ways to Leverage Your Fiber AssetBusiness
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Network Operators Networking Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Fiber Internet: A Real Value Add!Business
To Gigabit and Beyond: Building 10G Networks for Today and TomorrowEngineering
Efficient Fiber Construction Practices: Follow-the-Power Approach for Electric Utilities Deploying FTTxOperations
Leveraging High-Density Fiber Management Solutions to Help Transform Central Office and Data Center ArchitecturesEngineering
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Networking and Refreshment Break
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Opening Address: Fiber: We are the Difference

Kevin Morgan, Chairman of the Board, Fiber Broadband Association
Lisa R. Youngers, President & CEO, Fiber Broadband Association
Michael Hess, Smart City Project Director, City of Orlando

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Industry Recognition and Awards
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Keynote: Powering Esports

Matthew Gunnin, CEO & Founder, Esports One

3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Expo Hall Welcome Reception and Expo Theater Presentations
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Meet the Expert: Mike Render, RVA LLC
  The FCC's $20 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund: What to Expect
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Meet the Expert: Christina Fair, Rocket Fiber LLC
4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Putting the Power of Cloud & Analytics Behind your Business
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Solving the Access Network Transformation Enigma

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Keynote: IoT + Innovation: Experiences, Customers and Beyond

Memo Doring, Senior Technical Evangelist, Amazon Web Services

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome & Network Operator Spotlight
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Armchair Discussion with Fiber Newsmakers
10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Keynote: Fiber Funding

Chad Rupe, Acting Administrator for Rural Utilities Service, USDA Rural Development

10:20 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Fiber Funding Panel
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Keynote: The Future Is Now: Broadband as a foundation for advances in technology, society, and beyond

Adam Zuckerman, Emerging Technology and Future of Work Strategist

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Expo Hall Open and Expo Theater Presentations
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Women in Fiber Lunch: In IT to Win IT – Achieving Success Your Way

Janet Schijns, CEO of JS Group 

12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. LATAM: Fast-Growing Market, Great Opportunity. Get Involved!  
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Network Analytics/Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence: Analysis and How to Improve Service Delivery
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
  Regulatory PanelBusiness
  NoaNet's Inter-Governmental Model for Rural Broadband Expansion in Washington StateBusiness
  Accelerating Small Cell Densification Using Next-Gen PON Cost and Scale AdvantagesEngineering
  FTTH Deployment Strategies for Minimizing Operational Expenses Operations
  Leveraging Cord-Cutting to Amplify Fiber AdoptionEngineering
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
  Dispelling Myths About Launching and Marketing FiberBusiness
  The Rock and Your FTTx Installation and Maintenance Program Will RollOperations
  Super-PON: Simplify Access InfrastructureEngineering
  Connecting Communities: Smart CitiesBusiness
2:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Expo Hall Evening Reception and Expo Theater Presentations
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Meet the Expert: Peter Murray, Dense Networks
  Discover EXFO's New Fiber Testing Solution
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Meet the Expert: Terry Metze, IRIS Networks
4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. How to Deploy Your Network 50% Faster with Digital Network Construction
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Fiber Broadband Association Technology Committee Insights on Next-Gen PON Optimal Installation and Fast Troubleshooting

7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Registration Open
7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Keynote: Leading the Way in 5G

Glenn Wellbrock, Director of Optical Transport Network Architecture, Verizon

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Networking and Refreshment Break
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. The Technology and Components of 5G
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Networking and Refreshment Break
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Deployment of 5G
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Closing


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The 2019 Fiber Connect program was approved for 10 BICSI Continuing Education Credits! 

If you attended all sessions and would like to claim BICSI credits, please email and provide your BICSI membership number to receive a certificate validating your attendance.