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Master Monday | October 3, 2022

7:00am to 6:00pm

Registration Open

Paris Conference Center
8:30am to 9:00am
9:00am to 10:30am

Playing Offense and Defense: The $42.45 Billion Broadband Equity Access And Deployment (BEAD) Program

In May 2022, NTIA adopted its Notice of Funding Opportunity for the BEAD program. This panel will give a detailed explanation about the provisions in the BEAD NOFO that could impact your business. It will also explain how the FCC’s new Broadband Data Collection requirements interrelate with the BEAD program. Learn how you can apply for funding or prevent companies from using IIJA funding to unfairly compete with you.

Concorde C
  • BROADBAND BILLIONS
9:00am to 12:00pm

All Things MDU - From Sales to Service to Tech

MDU are great customers. With people moving to streaming only a WISP can compete by providing amazing speeds and customer service. Many large cable and phone providers are abandoning MDUs which leave an opportunity for WISPs. This session will cover how to best sell your services to the MDU. What do owners care about and need. It will also cover ways to make it easier to manage customer accounts and service calls. Finally it will cover the tech options to providing service. How can you use old wires, when should you rewire a property and who should pay for it.

Versailles 1: Moderator: Derek Underwood|Cambium Networks Panelists: Spencer Pous|SJP Network Solutions, Jim Staheli|Positron Access Solutions, Bryan Mauk|PCS for People
  • TECH/BIS
9:00am to 12:00pm

All Things Employee - Your Most Important Resource

COVID has made it challenging to find good workers. All of the government grants and telco buildouts are making it hard to find field techs. This session will help you navigate the full employee life cycle from finding good people to training them to keeping them and finally managing their departure. Little things along the way can make the process better for everyone. You do not have to solve the labor shortage you just have to deal with it better then the next company.

Versailles 4 - Moderator: Carrie Haas|Wisper Panelists: Abbi Hubler|Tekwav, John Bagalini|Triad Wireless, Ryan Grewell|Smartway Communications
  • HR
10:45am to 12:00pm

How the IIJA And Other Congressional Statutes Have Changed The Regulatory Landscape And Impacted Your Plans For Fiber And Wireless Deployments

Between 2020 and 2021, Congress enacted several federal funding programs for broadband deployment and adoption. Learn how these different programs could impact your strategies for taking advantage of government support streams or defending against overbuilding of your networks with these funds.

Concorde C
  • BROADBAND BILLIONS
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Master Monday Lunch

Paris Hotel
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Drafting Grant Proposals To Apply For These Federal Funds

Learn from a panel of grant writing experts what are the necessary elements for any applicant to draft a winning grant proposal to receive broadband deployment funding from these programs.

Concorde C
  • BROADBAND BILLIONS
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Fiber Deployment Options

GPON, XG-PON, NG-PON2, Active why should you choose one over the other. This session will cover the pros and cons of deploying the different types of FTTH.

Versailles 1 - Moderator: James Taylor|Bluebird Network Panelists: Frank DeJoy|Render Networks, Bruce Terry|King Communication Services, Mike Rowell|Hilliary Communications
  • FIBER
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Dealing With Interference

Interference is the single largest problem affecting the reliable delivery of broadband over wireless. This will be a discussion of ways to combat interference in wireless networks from RF design to technology that cancels the interference.

Versailles 4 - Moderator: Katie Heyl|Double Radius Panelists: Rami Cohen|Radwin, Vardin Amiri|Tarana Wireless, Cody Racette|Crown Castle
  • TECH
2:15pm to 3:45pm

Getting Your Finances Together

Learn from financial experts how to become an attractive partner to governments doling out funding. This panel will also cover how you can qualify for a Letter of Credit and why that it is necessary for you to apply for the NTIA Broadband Equity Access and Deployment funds.

Concorde C
  • BROADBAND BILLIONS
2:15pm to 3:45pm

Best Practices for Marketing

There is so much more competition in the ISP space that good marketing has become much more important. Marketing is part art and part science learn with this session some of the best practices to get the most out of your marketing dollar.

Versailles 4 - Moderator: Larissa Simone|Sonar Software Panelists: Ilissa Miller|iMiller Public Relations, Evan Galvin|Ping Marketing, Michael Kellim|Leverage Social
  • MARKETING/SALES
2:15pm to 3:45pm

The Benefits of pLTE+

Private LTE (pLTE) puts carrier-class communications technology into the hands of businesses, school districts and other players outside the telecom industry. Through pLTE, these organizations are able to deploy and operate a highly customized cellular network that better serves specialized needs such as distance learning, IoT enablement and secure communications. For all its benefits, however, pLTE can be a self-contained "walled garden" that limits flexibility and productivity. pLTE+ removes these limitations to give organizations the best of both worlds. By leveraging pLTE+, organizations can retain granular control of roaming and cybersecurity policies even as their users enjoy the freedom of off-network roaming on national carrier platforms. This opens up new opportunities for collaboration and remote work, enhances security and allows organizations of all sizes to tap into a wider ecosystem of devices.

Versailles 1 - Moderator: Mike Cook|WinComm Panelists: Alex Freylekhman|Telrad, Venkata Somi Alapati|Mavenir, Patrick Buthmann|Blinq Networks, Jesse Raasch|Baicells
  • TECH
4:00pm to 5:30pm

Developing Public Private Partnerships With State and Local Governments

Many of these new federal funding laws require that commercial providers partner with states and local governments. Learn from experts how to develop partnerships and engage with state agencies that are implementing federal and state broadband deployment programs. Hear case studies of successful WISP partnerships with states, counties, and other local governments.

Concorde C
  • BROADBAND BILLIONS
4:00pm to 5:30pm

Hybrid Wireless/Fiber to the Home

No fiber backhaul to a group of houses - no problem. No way to extend fiber into an area - no problem. This session will cover using the right tool for the right job. When and where does each teach work well and how to tie them together.

Versailles 4 - Moderator: Adair Winter|AW Broadband Panelists: Ryan Green|Kaniksu, Elijah Quinn-Ridgwell|SECOM, Mark Dallas|AW Broadband
  • TECH
4:00pm to 5:30pm

Getting the Most Out of Your Sales Team

Quotas, incentives and bonus plans are all ways to motivate your sales staff they work but there is more to it than just that. What expectations are you setting for them? What tools are you giving them to succeed? These issues and more will be covered in this session.

Versailles 1 - Moderator: Kelley Lace|Mediacom Communications Panelists: Michael Kellim|Leverage Social
  • MARKETING/SALES

Tuesday | October 4, 2022

7:00am to 5:30pm

Registration Open

Paris Registration Counters
7:45am to 9:15am

Breakfast/Opening Session/State of WISPA

Don't miss the kick-off to a great week at WISPAPALOOZA.

Grand Ballroom at Bally's
9:15am to 9:30am
9:30am to 10:45am

Speed Dating

Get to know some of your fellow WISPAPALOOZA attendees at this fun, interactive session.

Grand Ballroom at Bally's
10:45am to 11:00am

Intermission

Intermission

11:00am to 12:30pm

Awards Luncheon

Celebrate our 2022 WISPA Award winners and enjoy lunch.

Grand Ballroom at Bally's
12:30pm to 3:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open

Paris Ballroom
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Vendor Spotlight - Tarana

Vendor Spotlight - Tarana

Champagne 1
  • VENDOR
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Ransomware - Proofing Your ISP

Getting hit with ransomware is a game changer for your ISP, here are some practical steps to avoid it, what to do if you get hit, and how the insurance market looks at you when you do.

Versailles 1 - Moderator: John Brown|Cymru Panelists: Rex Lee|Cyber Talk TV, Tomas Kirnak|Unimus
  • TECH
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Starting A WISP - What You Should Know

New to the WISP industry or new to WISPA? This is where you need to start. Come and hear testimonials from other WISP owner/operators as they share things they wish they knew as they started. This is a round table discussion, no panel of lecturers- the true value of this session is in the shared ideas, questions, answers, and thought processes of both start-ups and established WISPs.

Versailles 4 - Moderator: Graham Castleton|Outpost Plus Panelists: Thomas Forte, Brandon Hardy|Colbalt Ridge
  • ABC
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Fiber Technologies - 10Gbps Design Overview

10Gps service - what does it take to provide these speeds? What design changes are needed? What options are out there? This session will cover these question and more.

Champagne 2 - Moderator: Brian Vargyas|Vargyas Consulting, LLC Panelists: Douglas Patterson|Crown Castle, Jeff Brown|Calix
  • FIBER
3:00pm to 4:00pm

GIS Mapping Isn't Just For Equipment Loading

GIS mapping can aide you with route analysis, penetration estimates, ROI projections, site locates. This session will discuss and show these and other benefits to having a accurate GIS database.

Concorde C - Moderator: Cody Racette|Crown Castle Panelists: Jeff Yee|Airwaive, Kristian Hoffmann|cal.net, Barak Harlan|CHR Solutions
  • BIS
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Universal Access Architecture With Adaptive Cloud Networking

Broadband access is an essential utility to connect with each other and the cloud, from the convenience of our homes. The ultimate goal is to build an agile and cost optimized network that can deliver a seamless broadband experience across this plethora of fixed wireline and wireless access technologies that may involve multiple systems and vendors. However, there are many challenges that CSPs must overcome if they are to fulfill these lofty aspirations. These include scaling a network that must deliver an increased volume of applications and tied to strict SLAs. We will explore how to make the network more consumable, making it easier and more efficient to access network data for visibility and control; more agile, to adapt to the constantly changing scale and performance requirements of the application layer; and more automated, by automating all phases of the network’s lifecycle.

Champagne 4 - Moderator: Dan Siemon|Preseem Panelists: Juan Rodriguez|Nokia, Marc Hemann|Cambium Networks
  • ADV TECH
3:00pm to 5:30pm

How To Fund And Build Your Fixed Wireless Network To Comply With Environmental, RF, and Other Infrastructure Siting Rules

This session will take a deep dive into action items that WISPs will be facing as they move to take advantage of funding from ARPA, NTIA and FCC RDOF. We will explore working through the ARPA, NTIA and RDOF process, engineering needed during the grant/bid application process, the acquisition of land needed for deployment, environmental and RF regulatory requirements, site planning and overall engineering needs, and equipment that may be used.

Champagne 3
  • REG
4:00pm to 4:30pm
4:30pm to 5:30pm

Achieving Network Autonomy

Do you have autonomy over your network? Do you know who controls the IP addresses your company’s network and services depend on? What happens to your network if you decide to switch providers or if your Internet Service Provider (ISP) asks you to return the IP addresses they assigned to you? Getting space directly from ARIN means that your organization directly holds the rights for IPv4 and IPv6 address blocks, which means that those addresses were provided to you directly by ARIN or its predecessors and can be considered portable. It is simple to request, and once you obtain IP addresses directly from ARIN (or through an approved transfer) you will have network autonomy and be able to set your own routing security policies. Hear from CCO John Sweeting of the American Registry for Internet Numbers as he takes you on a journey to understanding IP Address Autonomy and why it is so important.

Champagne 4 - Speaker: Jon Sweeting, CCO|ARIN
  • ABC
4:30pm to 5:30pm

Vendor Spotlight - Lightyear| Sourcing IP Transit, Backhaul, and Data Center Interconnect (DCI): Reducing Cost and Complexity through Automation

Sourcing connectivity can be a costly, time consuming, and tedious manual process that in many cases leads to error-prone installations with poor levels of support. In a world where profitability and IT cost reduction are core priorities for almost every business, networking teams should have access to carrier-agnostic, automated, and unbiased sourcing software that can effectively identify network options, ensure lowest cost, and automate all procurement workflows from configuration to implementation and beyond.

Champagne 1 - Speaker: Dennis Thankachan, CEO and Co-Founder
  • VENDOR
4:30pm to 5:30pm

Plug and Play Cookie Cutter Concepts Simplify FTTH Deployments

For WISPs that are new to deploying fiber, using plug and play cookie cutter concepts can greatly simplify the process of engineering and installing a FTTH network.

Versailles 1 - Moderator: Mike Rowell|Hilliary Communications Panelists: Juan Rodriguez|Nokia, Michael Kletchko|Adtran
  • FIBER
4:30pm to 5:30pm

Exit Strategies

WISP owners were motivated to enter the business, but what thought has been given to how they exit? How should WISPs plan for retirement, sale, or other go-forward plans?

Champagne 2 - Moderator: Gerrit Nagelhout|Aterlo Panelists: Corey Johnson|JBRI Holdings, Jonathan Black|CanWISP, Brian Vargyas, Vargyas Consulting LLC
  • BIS
4:30pm to 5:30pm

Next Generation Network Monitoring Beyond SNMP

Explore the next generation of network monitoring systems and approaches.

Versailles 4 - Moderator: Todd Webb|Komodo Systems Panelists: Ajith Pasqual|Paraqum, Spencer Pous|SJP Networks
  • ADV TECH
4:30pm to 5:30pm

Practical Capacity and Distance for Licensed Backhaul

This session will cover the capacity capability and practical distances of licensed backhaul solutions. Factors influencing capacity and distance will be explained in detail.

Concorde C - Moderator: Michael Jamgochian|Nokia Panelists: Ken Ruppel|Aviat Networks, Sunil Naik|Cable Aml Inc., Alex Doorduyn|Siklu
  • TECH
5:30pm to 7:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open

Exhibit Hall Open

Paris Ballroom

Wednesday | October 5, 2022

7:00am to 8:00am

Women of WISPA Breakfast

Women of WISPA (WoW) is open to all members of WISPA who seek the advancement of women in the telecommunications industry. Our shared goal is to network, engage, and mentor female members and entrepreneurs in our field. Special thanks to the sponsors of the Women of WISPA breakfast – Calix, Preseem, and Sonar Software.

Bronze Room - Bally's
7:30am to 5:30pm

Registration Open

Paris Conference Center
7:30am to mid-morning

Morning Coffee

Complimentary coffee available outside of the Paris meeting rooms. Breakfast on your own - options available at WISPA Concessions located near the coffee stations.

Paris Conference Center
7:30am to 5:00pm

WISPA Concessions Open

Tickets located on the back of your conference badge, good for a snack or beverage.

Paris Conference Center
8:00am to 9:00am

Vendor Spotlight - Aviat Networks

Case Study: Backhaul Monitoring, featuring Dwayne Zimmerman of Crowsnest Broadband

Champagne 1
  • VENDOR
8:00am to 9:00am

Rules That All WISPs Should Know

This panel will cover important FCC rules and other legal issues that WISPs should know before starting their business such as annual FCC filings, usage agreements, privacy and cybersecurity rules, and voice services you need to provide in order to protect your service territories from government overbuilding.

Champagne 4
  • REG
8:00am to 9:00am

Fiber Do's and Don'ts

Learn from other's mistakes/ best practices about installing fiber

Champagne 2 - Moderator: Doug Payauys|Adtran, Garth Nicholas|New Wave Net Corp, Mark Ackaway|Myakka Technologies
  • FIBER
8:00am to 9:00am

Great Troubleshooting Methods

Troubleshooting is part art part science. How do you train someone to trouble shoot? How do you hire people that are good at it? Learn some tips and secrets to helping people better trouble shoot.

Versailles 4 - Moderator: Jeremy Austin|Preseem Panelists: Kevin Sullivan|Alyrica Networks, Timothy M.|Siklu, Mark Perea|RemoteWinBox
  • TECH
8:00am to 9:00am

WISP Financing

Financing options - leasing/bank/SBA loans/credit lines/Venture Capital Lenders and Equity Investors. So many options, but which is the right for you? This session will cover the differences of each to give you a better idea of what might work for you.

Versailles 1 - Speaker: John Scrivner|Live Oak Bank
  • FIN
8:00am to 9:00am

WISP Management Systems

The many different tools and resources used to manage the different facets of a WISP. Some you need when you start, some you can grow into needing. Learn what is out there and how it can help you maintain control of your company.

Champagne 3 - Moderator: Jonathan Black|CANWisp Panelists: Georgette Lopez-Aguado|Sonar Software, Mike Starrett|Wisper, Dennis Burgess|Link Technologies
  • ABC
8:00am to 9:00am

Amazing Customer Service - It's All in the Little Things

WISPs usually have good customer service so let's talk about how it can be amazing. What are the little things that keep a customer for life? Every interaction with a customer is an opportunity to keep or lose them. What does everyone in your company need to know when supporting the customer?

Concorde C - Moderator: Kendra Pignotti|DE-CIX Panelists: Bentley Claudon|Paymentus, Francis Vega|Meerkat CX, Ryan Green|Kaniksu
  • BIS
9:00am to 9:15am
9:15am to 10:15am

Vendor Spotlight - Mavenir

Vendor Spotlight - Mavenir

Champagne 1
  • VENDOR
9:15am to 10:15am

Financial Accounting for WISPs

Best practices - accounting methods, income tax elections, software, outsourcing and cash flow. Cash is king and you never seem to have enough of it. These best practices will help you to better manage your cash and understand your financial reports.

Concorde C - Moderator: Mark Albertyn|Wisper Panelist: Marty Fredericks|Forvis
  • FIN
9:15am to 10:15am

Technical Considerations in Multi Access Networks

Many WISPs are looking to Fiber Optic Access technologies to provide a broader array of services and open new markets. Supporting these different technologies means different protocols, more bandwidth capacity, different DHCP strategies and so on. In this session, we will look at some of those challenges and some best practices on how to deal with them.

Versailles 1 - Moderator: Dave That Panelists: Tom Mitchell|Net Elastic, Ivan Bykov|Ribbon Communications, Mark Radabaugh|Amplex
  • ADV TECH
9:15am to 10:15am

Fiber for the Longhaul

Fiber isn't just for fronthaul and backhaul it can be a major plus for expanded service and long term expansion. Learn how these factors can be used for your growth.

Versailles 4 - Moderator: Rob Adams|Siaemic Panelists: Isaac Kim|Ciena, Jay Anderson|Fiberlight
  • FIBER
9:15am to 10:15am

MDU/MTU Cost Analysis - To Rewire or To NOT Rewire

This session will evaluate the cost of rewiring older buildings versus utilization of existing wireline facilities.

Champagne 4 - Moderator:Daran Hermans|Cambium Networks Panelists: Jim Staheli|Positron Access, James Breedon|Arenal Group
  • BIS
9:15am to 10:15am

The Importance of State Advocacy In BEAD Funding Decisions

In November 2021, Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). That Act directed the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to implement the $42.45 billion Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) program. It requires NTIA to provide BEAD funding to state governments that, in turn, can provide broadband deployment grants to subgrantees such as commercial broadband service companies.

Champagne 2
  • REG
9:15am to 11:30am

Resiliency and Reliability in WISP Networks

Is bringing Telco reliability of five 9s and network resiliency of sub millisecond/second switching a must have? Explore ways to achieve this across the many facets of your network from servers to the last mile there are many points of failure. Where should you start and what needs to be done in each area.

Champagne 3
  • TECH
10:15am to 10:30am
10:30am to 11:30am

Vendor Spotlight - Millennium

Vendor Spotlight - Millennium

Champagne 1
  • VENDOR
10:30am to 11:30am

Preparing for a Financial Statement Audit

Many companies have not had a financial statement audit before and do not know what it entails. This session will cover what an audit entails and help you prepare your company's finances for one. This has become more important as most government money requires you to have an audit done.

Champagne 4
  • FIN
10:30am to 11:30am

WiFi 6e for Fixed Wireless Access Deep Dive

WiFi 6e is being touted as an enabler for Gigabit fixed wireless. However, there are many considerations that must be accounted for when planning for the deployment of WiFi 6e equipment, including: channel availability due to incumbents, automated frequency coordination, and power limitations. This session will take a detailed look at the opportunities and issues related to deploying WiFi 6e equipment for broadband fixed wireless access.

Champagne 2
  • ADV TECH
10:30am to 11:30am

Legal Requirements of Installing Fiber

What is minimum required to get started, what is different about fiber than wireless? What else do I need to plan for as I grow my fiber foot print? All of these questions will be answered in this informative session.

Versailles 1
  • FIBER
10:30am to 11:30am

Opportunities in the MTE-MDU Market

The FCC’s February 2022 decision created more opportunity for competition in Multi-Tenant Environments (apartments and condominiums). In May 2022, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) adopted a Notice of Funding Opportunity to implement the $42.45 billion Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD). That NOFO would allow BEAD funding for deployment of Wi-Fi in multiple family dwellings. Learn more about how you can take advantage of these opportunities.

Versailles 4
  • REG
10:30am to 11:30am

What Does it Take to Be a WISP Owner?

Owning a company is hard. Technology, workforce, government and other challenges face us every day. In this session you will hear from some veteran WISP owners on lessons learned and opportunities gained.

Concorde C
  • BIS
11:30am to 11:45am
11:45am to 12:30pm

Keynote Session

Grand Ballroom at Bally's
12:30pm to 3:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open

Lunch for all attendees in the exhibit hall from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm.

Paris Ballroom
3:00pm to 4:00pm
  • VENDOR
3:00pm to 4:00pm

What Does it Mean to be a Manager?

So you are a manager now? What does that mean and how can you become a great manager? The title alone does not make you a manager, what you do does. Learn what makes someone a successful manager.

Versailles 1
  • HR
3:00pm to 4:00pm

All Things Private Equity

What role(s) do Private Equity firms play in exist strategies, business combinations/consolidations, and providing growth capital (including providing support for Letters of Credit?)

Versailles 4
  • FIN
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Issues in Selling and Buying a WISP

This panel will cover the business considerations and legal issues that are relevant to your decisions to sell your WISP or acquire another one from the regulatory side. Buying a WISP that won CAF or RDOF there are new processes you have to follow. Selling to a big ISP, what are they going to require you do in terms of regulatory side.

Champagne 4
  • REG
3:00pm to 4:00pm

WISP Marketing/PR

What is the difference between Marketing and Public Relations? Why would you use one, or the other, or both when promoting a company and its products and solutions? In this session, industry PR expert combines with an industry Marketing expert to openly discuss the advantages and opportunities each practice offers companies. Attendees will learn what basic PR and marketing initiatives they can easily integrate, and how to focus resources (people and investment) in the right activities for the results you're looking for.

Concorde C
  • MARKETING/SALES
3:00pm to 4:00pm

RF Design and Planning

RF planning is still a thing and very important to the deployment of your network. This session will cover antenna options from horns to omnis and everything in-between. You'll learn the best way to deploy macro sites and small cells to maximize your use of spectrum.

Champagne 2
  • TECH
3:00pm to 5:30pm

Competition - Fiber, Satellite, Cable, DSL, 5G

There are so many competitors in our space now. From huge companies to start-ups, terrestrial to space everyone is trying to add customers. This deep dive session will cover how to set yourself apart from the pack, keep up with other service offerings so you can add customers and keep the ones you have.

Champagne 3
  • BIS
4:00pm to 4:30pm
4:30pm to 5:30pm

Vendor Spotlight - Winncom Technologies

Winncom Technologies will be joined by manufacturer partner Nokia to discuss current challenges when building complex networks to bring broadband connectivity to underserved communities. What to look for, how to design and manage the project, and how to determine which products are the most beneficial for your build out. Open Broadband will contribute to this discussion and offer a customer testimonial on a recent project working in cooperation with Winncom and Nokia.

Champagne 1
  • VENDOR
4:30pm to 5:30pm

The Importance Of Grassroots Advocacy To Growing Your Business

This panel will present a broad overview of how advocacy before your State executive and legislative branches can impact your broadband service.

Concorde C
  • REG
4:30pm to 5:30pm

Culture vs. Company Values - What Do I Need?

While often confused as being the same thing, your company's culture and core values are two different aspects. In this session we will review the differences between the two, discuss how to identify your core values, and lead you on the path of creating a culture.

Versailles 4
  • HR
4:30pm to 5:30pm

From Lead to Installed: The Customer Journey

Lead generation, the sales pipeline, and customer retention are topics of concern for the longevity of your business. In this session, we will review methods for lead generation, how to establish a sales pipeline, and how to keep your customers coming back for more.

Champagne 2
  • MARKETING/SALES
4:30pm to 5:30pm

Which Way to Build - Up or Down?

How should I build, Aerial or Underground? Learn some of the pluses and minuses for each type and which may be best for you.

Versailles 1
  • FIBER
4:30pm to 5:30pm

Grounding: Stop Losing Equipment

Everything you should be doing to protect yourself from lightning in world where replacement equipment is impossible to get.

Champagne 4
  • TECH
5:30pm to 7:00pm

Exhibit Hall Reception

Visit the vendors on our exhibit hall floor and enjoy light appetizers and drinks.

Paris Ballroom
7:30pm to 10:30pm

WISPA PAC Dinner

By invitation only

Thursday | October 6, 2022

7:30am to 2:30pm

Registration Open

Paris Conference Center
7:30am to mid-morning

Morning Coffee

Complimentary coffee located outside of the meeting rooms in Paris Conference Center.

Paris Breakout Room Lobby
7:30am to 4:00pm

WISPA Concessions

Tickets for complimentary snack and drink items located on the back of your conference badge.

Paris Breakout Room Lobby
8:00am to 9:00am
  • VENDOR
8:00am to 8:30am

IP Conservation - Lightning Session

Strategies around IP Conservation & Scalability through strategic subnetting and CGNAT methods.

Champagne 4
  • TECH
8:00am to 8:30am

Basics About Filing Form 477 And The New Broadband Data Collection Submission - Lightning Session

As a result of the Digital Opportunity Data Collection proceeding, in 2020 and 2021, the FCC adopted new rules governing Form 477 and the new Broadband Data Collection. These filings were due on September 1. Learn about the difficulties to making these filings and the lessons learned. Also learn how these filing requirements, and the challenge process at the FCC, could impact your and your competitors’ abilities to use the upcoming NTIA Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) program funds.

Versailles 1
  • REG
8:00am to 8:30am

Coaching Your Teams - Getting Back to the Facts! - Lightning Session

Avoiding workplace drama by coaching teams through good thought processes: 1) What is happening? What are the facts of the situation? 2) What got us to this point? 3) How can I help this situation? Modeling behavior to encourage self-reflection, a helpful spirit, and making decisions based on facts in any situation.

Concorde C
  • HR
8:00am to 8:30am

ABCs of Fiber Deployment - Lightning Session

There is a new alphabet to learn when deploying fiber. In this 30 min session you will learn what some of the keys to understanding fiber from GPON to spilter, boring machine to trencher and what are the things that go into deploying fiber.

Versailles 4
  • FIBER
8:00am to 8:30am

Marketing to the Government - Lightning Session

With all of the government money going to the states, counties and municipalities it is important to market your company to them. This is different marketing than to gain customers, it is marketing your brand. This session will cover some good and not so good ways of marketing your brand to the government.

Champagne 3
  • MARKETING/SALES
8:00am to 8:30am

Entrepreneurial Operating System for WISPs - Lightning Session

Using EOS, many small businesses have been able to manage their businesses effectively and drive growth. Here is how it can be applied to your WISP.

Champagne 2
  • BIS
8:30am to 9:00am

New Developments In Privacy And Cybersecurity For ISPs as Critical Infrastructure Entities - Lightning Session

The FCC, White House, U.S. Department of Justice and other agencies have issued advisories over the past year given the increasing risk of foreign state intrusions. Privacy is one of the fastest growing areas of consumer concern and therefore, increasing concern of state legislators. Learn more about the details of these cybersecurity and privacy laws and regulations and how you can protect your company’s bottom line. This panel will also inform you about the privacy and cybersecurity obligations if you want to apply for the NTIA BEAD program deployment funding.

Versailles 1
  • REG
8:30am to 9:00am

Connecting With Employees - Lightning Session

This session will discuss strategies for keeping employees connected when they are out in the field or working from home.

Concorde C
  • HR
8:30am to 9:00am

Lorawan - Lightning Session

The numbers on the technology of building this new network so we can identify if it is a good diversification opportunity for your company.

Champagne 4
  • TECH
8:30am to 9:00am

Fiber to Fiber: Connecting FTTH Islands - Lightning Session

To build fiber to the home, you need to extend fiber to the town or community first. Potential network partners may surprise you. A look at fiber networks by traditional operators, but also electric companies, states and municipalities.

Versailles 4
  • FIBER
8:30am to 9:00am

How to Reduce Your Universal Service Fee Payments for Your VoIP Voice Services - Lightning Session

With most government funding requiring you to provide Voice services this session will help you save some money on the fees you will pay.

Champagne 2
  • BIS
8:30am to 9:00am

Gigabit Marketing - Lightning Session

How to market to a mmWave hub home neighborhood effectively.

Champagne 3
  • MARKETING/SALES
9:00am to 9:15am
9:15am to 10:15am
  • VENDOR
9:15am to 10:15am

Building Customer Confidence to Switch to FWA

What have you found to be an effective way to instill confidence in making the switch from a long-standing cable/telco connection to a relatively new fixed-wireless provider. What do you need to do to get people to choose a new ISP?

Concorde C
  • MARKETING/SALES
9:15am to 10:15am

Troubleshooting Fiber

What tools are out there to help trouble shooting fiber? What are the most common issues with fiber? We'll discuss these topics and more.

Versailles 1
  • FIBER
9:15am to 10:15am

Spectrum Update

Access to spectrum is vital to our industry’s growth. There are several proceedings at the FCC that will determine what spectrum you will be able to use in the near future. This panel will give you important updates about those spectrum proceedings.

Versailles 4
  • REG
9:15am to 10:15am

Transport to Peering: An Efficient Way to Improve Network Performance

As network solutions become more complicated, buying Transit simply doesn't cut it anymore. Network performance, including reduced latency and improved interconnection, can no longer rely on simple best effort Transit solutions. Peering offers operators a way to take control of their network, reduce costs while improving performance. This session will highlight the benefits of peering, how transport to peering provides equal access to operators, and provide an additional layer of security.

Champagne 2
  • TECH
9:15am to 10:15am

CBRS and Other Private Network Strategies

This session would discuss how CBRS and other licensed spectrum bands generate an opportunity for traditional operators to help build out non-competing enterprise users seeking wireless networks to support respective applications.

Champagne 4
  • BIS
9:15am to 11:30am

Mixing -48v, 48v, 24, In One System and How to Ground it All

Not all equipment need the same power, but how to you mix it? This session will help you understand how mixing positively grounded and negatively grounded equipment can be done and how to ground it all properly.

Champagne 3
  • ADV TECH
10:15am to 10:30am
10:30am to 11:30am
  • VENDOR
10:30am to 11:30am

Understanding the Subsidy Landscape: How the Government is Affecting Your Business

This panel will discuss how broadband subsidy programs can influence your strategic decisions about how and where to deploy broadband services.

Champagne 4
  • REG
10:30am to 11:30am

Updated Training for Customer Service Representatives

How can we make sure the people taking the calls to take care of our customers always have the right information when policies and procedures change in a company.

Concorde C
  • HR
10:30am to 11:30am

Selling to Businesses

There is a huge difference when selling to business when compared to selling to residential customers. This session will discuss those differences and how you can do both.

Versailles 4
  • MARKETING/SALES
10:30am to 11:30am

The Path to Gigabit - At Scale!

Planning and preparing for the future of ngFWA capabilities. Better internet speeds for your entire customer base.

Versailles 1
  • TECH
10:30am to 11:30am

How Important Are PALs to My CBRS Deployment?

GAA spectrum is free (less the SAS fees) but how critical is it for my organization to obtain PAL spectrum in the licensed tier? What may the future of CBRS and GAA look like with increased utilization in the CBRS band?

Champagne 2
  • TECH
11:30am to 11:45am
11:45am to 12:30pm

Keynote Session

Grand Ballroom at Bally's
12:30pm to 3:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open

Lunch in Exhibit Hall for attendees from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Paris Ballroom
3:00pm to 4:00pm
  • VENDOR
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Broad Policy Changes, Their Effects On Your Business, And Practical Strategies To Reduce Or Eliminate Their Debilitating Effectsers

Attendees will hear how the “perfect storm” of the changed Administration, plus passage of ARPA and IIJA, among other policies, have led to shortages and/or cost-hikes in key components of broadband deployment – such as timely access to glass and conduit; labor; equipment; towers/steel; access to lending dollars; transportation costs. Panelists will describe their related challenges and reveal winning tactics that are helping them adapt to/accord with the practical aspects of acquiring such components.

Versailles 4
  • REG
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Earning Additional Revenue From Customers

Managed routers, parental controls software, anitivirus, VOIP all can bring in more revenue to your company. Learn some opportunities you might be missing.

Concorde C
  • MARKETING/SALES
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Helium, and Other Ways to Monetize Your Existing Broadcast Sites

Web 3.0, crypto models, decentralized infrastructure is gaining traction in the USA through companies like Helium and Pollen Mobile. Learn how you can monetize your existing network even further.

Champagne 4
  • BIS
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Revenue Now, Fiber Later

Deploy high capacity, reliable internet service now to gain revenue and fund your fiber build when ready to trench.

Versailles 1
  • FIBER
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Service Installs - Let's Make Them More Efficient

We all have our own method of installing Internet service at a customer's location. Let's talk about the top practices we have used to cut down on installation time, increase customer satisfaction, and make our installs more efficient.

Champagne 2
  • HR
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Network/Traffic Engineering

What does the industry have to say about managing congestion, especially from an oversubscription perspective? How ca=n WISPs apply traffic engineering concepts and metrics to remain competitive?

Champagne 3
  • TECH
4:00pm to 4:15pm
4:15pm to 5:15pm

Annual Member Meeting

Grand Ballroom at Bally's
5:15pm to 6:00pm

Closing Session & 50/50

Don't miss our closing session and 50/50 drawing.

Grand Ballroom at Bally's
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