Jim Baller
The Baller Herbst Law Group
Marty Stern
Partner, K&L Gates

Building on last year's successful program on Broadband, Economic Development, and Job Creation, Broadband Communities is presenting a more extensive multi-disciplinary program this year. BroadbandUS.TV will video webcast the entire day-and-a half event live, including several special interviews and videos of other key events at the Broadband Summit. Jim Baller will participate in most of the program, which he organized, and Marty Stern will emcee the webcast.


Tuesday, April 24
8:00 am - 10:10 am
Getting Advanced Broadband Systems Built
Opening Remarks/Moderator:
Jim Baller - President, Baller Herbst Law Group, PC

Special Interview:
Dallas Tonsager - Under Secretary Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, with Broadband US TV co-hosts Jim Baller and Marty Stern

Scot Rourke - OneCommunity
Lev Gonick - CIO, Case Western Reserve
Jim Kohlenberger - Executive Director, Jobs for America Coalition
Katie Espeseth - Vice President, EPB Fiber Optics

10:20 am - 11:20 am
Government Incentives and Support
Joanne Hovis - President, NATOA; President, Columbia Telecommunications Corp.
Jane Smith Patterson - President, The View Forward - Go Forward
Pat Miner - Mayor Pro Tem, Plano City Council, Place 1
Josh Gottheimer - Sr. Counselor to Chairman Genachowski; Director, Public-Private Initiatives, FCC

11:30 am - Noon
BBUSTV Special Interviews

12:50 pm - 1:40 pm

Innovative Financing Methods
Mark Ansboury - President, Gigabit Squared
Graham Richard - CEO, Advanced Energy Economy
Joe Starks - ECC, Acxess Ontario
Tad Deriso - President/CEO, Mid-Atlantic Broadband Coalition

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Working with Economic Development Agencies
Lori Sherwood - Program Director, Maryland Inter-County Broadband Network
Pedro Garza - Regional Director, EDA, Southwestern Region
Jessica Zufolo - Deputy Administrator, RUS
Angela Simpson - Chief of Staff, NTIA
Greg Kindle - President, Wyandotte Economic Development Council - Kansas City

3:50 pm - 4:00 pm
BBUSTV Special Interviews

4:10 pm - 5:00 pm

Winning Strategies for the Emerging Knowledge Economy
Moderator/General Overview:
Michael Curri - President, SNGroup
Bruce Abraham - President & CEO, North Georgia Network
Donny Smith - CEO, Jaguar Communications
Kyle Hollifield - Bristol Virginia Utilities
Betty Zeman - Marketing Manager, Cedar Falls Utilities (CFU)

Wednesday, April 25
8:00 am - 8:50 am
Broadband and Healthy, Livable, Vibrant Communities
Nicol Turner-Lee, Ph.D. - President & CEO, National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC)
Chris Mitchell - Director, Telecommunications as Commons Initiative, Institute for Local Self Reliance
John Horrigan - Vice President, Policy Research, TechNet
Don Means - Founder and Principal, Digital Village Associates

9:00 am - 9:50 am
Regional Approaches
Bob Jennings - Executive Vice President at Gigabit Squared, LLC
Joe Freddoso - President & CEO, MCNC
Dan Gallagher - CEO, OpenCape Corporation
Monica Webb - Executive Committee Chair - WiredWest
Allen Lambright - Area Director, USDA, Rural Development

9:50 a.m.
BBUSTV Special Interviews

10:00 am - 10:40 am [Video From Day One]
Welcome Address and Newest FTTH Deployment Statistics
Kyle Hollifield - Chair Elect, FTTH Council
Michael Render - President, RVA, LLC

12:30 pm - 1:50 pm [Delayed Video From Day Two]
Keynote Address: Winning with Rural Broadband
Introduced by:
Andrew Cohill -
President and CEO, Design Nine
James Salter -

2:10 pm - 3:10 pm
Town Meeting on Broadband and Job Creation
Jim Baller - President, The Baller Herbst Law Group, PC
David Isenberg - Founder, Freedom to Connect, isen.com
Kevin Krufky - VP Public Affairs, Americas Region, Alcatel-Lucent
L.J. "Joey" Durel, Jr. - President, Lafayette City-Parish

[Available in Archive Only]
Keynote Awards Luncheon Sponsored by Verizon Enhanced Communities
Larry Strickling - Assistant Secretary for Communications & Information,
US Dept. of Commerce; Administrator, NTIA 

Gigabit Communities - Testing Grounds for New Applications
Sue Spradley, Executive Director of US Ignite