2018 Educational Opportunities


2018 Round Table Discussion- Wednesday, April 4 at 1pm

Enabling Communities for the Fully Connected World

As EXPO members, we are truly the “nervous system” for our local communities; our networks transmit all types of information essential for our local economies, entertainment, and even our communities’ survival.  We likewise share common experiences and common challenges as we each plan for the future.  Today, our network evolution plans involve more than POTS, broadband access and video. We must examine how the “fully connected world” with LTE and the Internet of Things (IoT) will completely change the landscape for communications providers and the communities we serve.  We should examine new options for CAF/A-CAM, LTE expansions, multi-Gigabit access and transport, Cybersecurity, and even our emergency response capabilities.

Following a short presentation on this topic, our panelists will examine the ever changing outside plant architectures, including options for both wireline and wireless environment.

Speakers:    Tom Budah, 3M; Gil Rasco, BTEL; Mark Ogden, Adtran


 2018 Technical Seminar Sponsors

10AM Technical Seminars


CLASSROOM 1       Innovative Systems

Video, what does it mean today

Join video engineer and Innovative Systems VP Jerry Weber for a frank discussion on the direction of subscription video.  Jerry will discuss blending IPTV with HLS to deliver content to OTT devices like the Roku, tablets, and smartphones. You will also learn about bringing the multi-screen experience together under one management system with single vendor support, reducing staff overburden from multiple complex systems.


Speaker: Jerry Weber, Innovative Systems          



CLASSROOM 2       Adtran

Bringing the World Together

Amplyifying The Subscriber Experience to Support the Connected Home.


Speaker: Chad Cates, Adtran



CLASSROOM 3       EdgeTeam Technology

Endpoint Protection for Managed Services Providers

Security as a Service is an excellent opportunity for service providers to offer new revenue generating products while at the same time offering customers a better Internet experience, decreasing support calls and trouble tickets.


Speaker: Jason Stout


CLASSROOM 4       Lone Star 811

Locator Ticket Management for Facility Owners

LTM (Locator Ticket Management) is a user-friendly, internet-based tool that enables efficient processing of incoming locate tickets for Facility Owners, including telecommunications companies.   


Benefits of LTM include: Superior mapping per ticket that shows “Why did I get this ticket?”; 3 options for viewing: Call Center map, Google map and Satellite views; Auto-assignment of tickets by polygon or textual values; Electronic Positive Response; Customizable ‘Quick Buttons’ for comments frequently used on tickets; Ticket info is available, including photos and/or other attachments, for 6 years; Detailed reporting; Local administration.


Speaker: Brian Tooley, Lone Star 811



CLASSROOM 5       RepCom International

New Technology in Cable Locating

The new technology of three dimensional antennas giving the Technician the ability to locate target without being over target line.


Speaker: Dale Berryman, Vivax


CLASSROOM 6       Suttle

MDU Fiber Depolyment

Understanding the how and why of deploying fiber to the living unit.


Speaker: Greg Ash, Suttle



CLASSROOM 7       Western Data Systems



CLASSROOM 8       NexTech

Network Monitoring Best Practices

This session will leave you with a list of best practices in intelligent network monitoring, giving you the visibility and management tools to identify the early warning signs of network failures before they become service affecting. As broadband carrier networks evolve into an all IP network, the importance of intelligent network monitoring becomes more important than ever. Maintaining optimal performance is critical as applications like cellular backhaul, telemedicine and video require low latency and high availability.


Speaker: Doug Kuntz, NexTech
















































11AM Technical Seminars

CLASSROOM 1          Netsync Network Solutions

Driving Business to Communications Providers – A New Partnership Concept

Netsync Network Solutions is a leading Network Integrator within the State of Texas that is transforming the partner concept by bringing customers and solutions to the Texas based communications providers.  Attend this session to explore how your organization can leverage the 40+ Netsync Sales Experts throughout the State of Texas and surrounding states to drive new revenue streams to  your bottom line.


Speaker: Dave Irek, Netsync Network Solutions



CLASSROOM 2       Tejas Networks

Rural Optical Transport Network Modernization

Six new technologies are allowing rural transport networks to deliver increased broadband, Ethernet/IP and IoT services faster, and more cost effectively, than ever before. This presentation will discuss how these technologies can improve deployment of limited fiber solutions, 100G Packet and DWDM Networks and network scale circuit emulation to generate more revenue, ease operations bottlenecks and position your network for long term growth.


Speaker: Allan Phillips



CLASSROOM 3   Bonfire Engineering &

System Migrations - How to keep service continuity as networks move from legacy to next generation

As operators continue to transform their networks from legacy based technologies to next generation platforms, Bonfire will discuss some of the best practices and strategies in bringing networks forward to achieve ultimate goals and outcomes.  Bonfire has supported multiple network upgrades providing support in vendor evaluations, non-service disrupting integrations and capacity planning for the future.  Session will cover importance of project management efforts starting from conception to implementation and on-going management.


Speaker: Jeff Mulqueen, Bonfire Engineering & Consulting


CLASSROOM 4       Lone Star 811

811 and Underground Facility Damage Prevention

811 is the single, 3-digit, national Call Before You Dig number.  This session will focus on requirements of contractors, operators and all stakeholders when digging will take place in Texas.   Elements of Texas’ damage prevention law, Utilities Code Title 5, Chapter 251, as well as Texas Administrative Code Title 16, Part 1 Railroad Commission, Chapter 18, will be discussed along with the One Call process in Texas and other safe excavation best practices.


The target audience for this presentation includes Excavators, (both professional contractors as well as homeowners), Operators (owner / operator of underground facilities e.g. gas, electric, telecom, water, etc.), Municipal employees, Engineers, Locators and all stakeholders involved in excavation.


Speaker: Brian Toohley, Lone Star 811



Denial of Service Attacks and the ISP Network

Join us as we take a closer look into how Denial of
Service Attacks operate and how they negatively impact an ISP’s network performance. We will discuss mitigation strategies for stopping attacks before they impact ISP’s operation.


Speaker: Milan Todorovi, N-COM


CLASSROOM 6       Metaswitch

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Robocall Blocking But Were Afraid to Ask

The scourge of robocalls is the number one cause of
consumer complaints to the FTC and FCC.  Regulators are piling pressure on carriers to solve the problem and major carriers have formed a Strike Force to accelerate the evolution of technical solutions.  This presentation aims to answer the questions ‘What does this mean for me as a carrier?’ and ‘What can I do about it?’.  It will describe the various techniques available on the market today to fight against robocalls, how well they work, and summarize the currently favored STIR / SHAKEN
approach for detecting Caller ID spoofing.


Speaker: Frank Salm, Metaswitch


CLASSROOM 7       Tri-Global Technologies

What Lies Beneath? Tools to Support Facility
Mapping Operations.

Every day, underground utility mapping records are utilized by project planners, field engineers, construction crews, utility locate operations and many others; so what are the costs of inaccurate utility surveys? Accurate mapping records are invaluable! Faulty map datasets often lead to erroneous One Call ticket notifications, construction delays, and utility line strikes; all costing facility operators and their contractor’s valuable resources and often placing those working around dangerous assets at risk of personal injury or death.

Speaker: Dennis Heath, Tri-Global Technologies