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2017 NYSTA -TANE Issues Forum

  • 01 Feb 2017
  • 8:30 AM
  • 02 Feb 2017
  • 12:00 PM
  • Embassy Suites, Saratoga Springs, NY


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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

7:00 am      Breakfast

7:00 am      Registration – Hallway

8:30 am      Morning Session – Larry Combs, Chair- NYSTA BANC, Oneida County Rural Tel. Presiding

8:40 am –   Washington Update - Mike Romano, Senior Vice President of Policy, NTCA

9:30 am – Broadband Implementation Panel

Moderator: Larry Combs, Oneida County Rural Tel. Co.

Panelists:   Andrew Wolinski - Concord Communications 

                 Wally Short – FTTX

                 Jim Maruniak, Germantown Tel.

10:30 am  Break

10:45 am   Bufferbloat – Phil Hippensteel, Consultant

This presentation will focus on a hidden problem in the Internet being tagged bufferbloat. The network world refers to this as the Internet’s black holes.   It’s hard to see, difficult to understand but easy to mitigate.  It can cause latency for your customers’ connections to double, triple or increase tenfold.  Revealed around 2010, the Internet community is trying to get service providers and equipment manufacturers to deal with it before customers start to scream.

12:00         Lunch

1:00 pm     Afternoon Session –Larry Combs, Oneida County Rural Tel. Co. Presiding

1:00 pm  Causalities of CyberWarfare. What you don't know can and WILL hurt you. Jon Brown, Vantage Point Solutions

Everything we do relies on computers or electronics of some sort. All of our sensitive personal data is out there for the taking. You are doing what you are told, Windows updates, Anti-Virus updates, security awareness training, complex passwords... but is that enough? Are there ways to completely walk through these security measures? One word... Yes...

Don't miss your chance to learn about all the shocking and unbelievable ways hackers are obtaining your info. This session focuses on the most unique of attack tools and how everyday trust of our consumer electronics and technology can be extremely dangerous to our personal security.

1:45 pm The Migration to Next Generation PON , Jerome Day, Engineer, Calix

This session will cover how consumer bandwidth demand is doubling every two years and how the service provider must now plan for their network migration beyond today’s technologies.

2:30 pm      Break

2:45 pm       Tomorrow’s Video – Why is Video Important to my Customers! Jerry Weber, VP, Voice & Video Products

Getting to know your customers and their demands is just as important as how many service providers look at video as an offering. There are so many hurdles, challenges, and changes, along with the ever rising cost to provide video as a product line. This discussion will review current trends, what your customers think about video and broadband based on a study of the rural market, and how to drive down operating costs to provide video. Your customer wants the easy button for their video solution with so many different offerings in the market place and they are asking you to provide it.

3:30 pm      Annual Regulatory Roundtable

Moderator: Robert Puckett, President, NYSTA

Panelists: Mike Romano, Senior Vice President of Policy,  NTCA

              Robert DeBroux, Director of Regulatory Affairs, TDS

              Roger Nishi, Vice President of Industry Relations, Waitsfield & Champlain Tel. Co.

5:00 pm      Adjourn        

5:30-7:00 pm Manager's Reception - Embassy Suites Lounge

Thursday, February 2, 2017

7:00 am      Breakfast - Embassy Suites Restaurant

8:00 am     Morning SessionClark Kidder, Chair, TANE RSAT Presiding

8:00 am       Taking the Mystery out of Internet Service Multi-Media Virtual Circuit Channels, Glenn Embley, NECA

This presentation provides a better understanding of DSL Multi Media Virtual Circuit Channel (MM‐VCCs) applications which allow your ISP’s Internet services to be more competitive.  ETS MM-VCC tariff pricing options are important as New York and other states request specific pricing and speeds to customers for Internet services.

8:45 am   Electronic Communications Privacy Act, Chris Meyer Whiteman Osterman & Hannah

9:30 am Break

9:45 am    Ted Talks

                  Clark Kidder, Consultant – Disaster that Almost  Happened

                  Bob Butler – Union River Telephone

                  Jim Maruniak – Germantown Telephone

10:30 am Annual Technical Roundtable

Moderator: Clark Kidder, Consultant

Panelists:   Larry Combs, Oneida County Rural Tel. Co.

                 Dave Niles, Hancock Telephone

                 Bob Butler, Union River Telephone

                 Jon Brown, Vantage Point Solutions

12:00        Adjourn

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