2021 NYSTA/TANE Issues Forum (Virtual)
    March 1-4, 2021

Monday, March 1, 2021

3:00-4:00 - Washington Update - Come hear Mike Romano give an update on all things Washington!  From the New Administration in the White House and its policies to how that will impact the FCC and ultimately rural carriers.   

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

3:00-4:30 – CARES ACT - Not unlike the Schools & Libraries Program and The FCC TeleHealth Program, more & more Grants for Telecommunications and Broadband are being given to Organizations to spur broadband Build-Outs.  How can your company position itself to be the "Go To" Company when these organizations are looking for providers?  Join Moderator, Mike Reed in looking at this Issue.

Panelists:   Patrick J. Coughlin, Chief Development Officer Firstlight Fiber

                 Jeffrey Nevins,  Director – External Relations & Community Broadband - Consolidated Communications

 Jim Becker, President Middleburgh Tel., Newport Tel. & INOC

 Kurt Gruendling – Vice President of Marketing and Business Development - Waitsfield Champlain Tel.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

3:00-4:30 – Regulatory Roundtable - Join Bob Puckett and his panel for an informative discussion covering topics such as RDOF, Net Neutrality, Broadband Expansion

Panelists: Mike Romano, Sr. Vice President of Industry Affairs and Business Development NTCA

Roger Nishi,  Vice President of Industry Relations -Waitsfield Champlain Telephone Co.

Ben Sanborn, Executive Director, Telecommunications Association of Maine

Geoff Feiss , General Manager of the Montana Telecommunications Association and USAC Board Member 

Thursday, March 4, 2021


Supply Chain Challenges and Opportunities:

The pandemic’s effect on the supply chain, coupled with a number of federal and state broadband funding programs, will have a lasting effect through 2021. Materials like fiber optic cable, access electronics, and field equipment are in strong demand. When coupled with a shortage of contract labor which will get tighter in 2021, challenges abound. Attend this session and learn from your peers about the challenges they have faced and the opportunities to overcome and succeed.

Moderator: Kevin Kloehn, Vantage Point Solutions

Panelists:   Larry Combs, Northland Communications / Oneida County Rural

                 Jim Maruniak, GTel

                       Lee Cheney, Waitsfield & Champlain 

4:00-4:30  Reception 

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