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Turning Ideas Into Action

June 3-5, 2007

Newton Marriott ‚Äö?Ñ?¨ Newton, Massachusetts


SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2007
5:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 p.m.Welcoming Reception – Sponsored by Nortel
MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2007
7:00 a.m.Registration

Breakfast (served 7:00am – 8:00am)
8:00 a.m.MuniWireless 101 – sponsored by IBM
Helping municipalities, service providers and integrators get started on their public broadband initiatives.

  • The Initial Plan: High-level overview. How to gather information, prioritize goals and engage the right constituencies.
  • Technology Overview: WiFi, WiMAX, fiber, metro-area Ethernet and a whole lot more. What are your options and how do they fit together into a public broadband solution?
  • Applications: From basic Internet access to public safety and voice over wireless, how to identify applications that will provide the most immediate return on investment.
  • Business Models: Weighing your options, ranging from subscriber-based systems to public/private partnerships and ad-based services.
  • 10:00 a.m.Break – sponsored by Civitium
    10:30 a.m. Morning Workshops

    Public Safety and Video Surveillance

    (Sponsored by Motorola).

    Featuring Charles Hewitt, CIO, City of Providence, RI.
    Case Study
    Deployment Best Practices

    (Sponsored by VeriWave).

    What you need to know before deploying a muni-wireless network – performance testing predicts end-user experience.
    Wireless/Fiber Integration Strategies

    (Sponsored by Nortel).

    How to piece together wireless mesh, fiber, next-generation standards and your legacy IT infrastructure into a comprehensive, seamless network.
    Channel Partners
    VARs and Integrators Workshop

    (Sponsored by BelAir Networks)

    Limited seating.

    Learn More and Register Here.
    12:30 p.m.Lunch – Systems Integrator Panel Luncheon

    Power Lunch – Sponsored by Wavion, Inc.

    Topic: “Wireless Multi-Service Networks: Lessons learned from Allegany County, MD and Cambria County, PA”. Learn More.
    2:00 p.m. Afternoon Workshops

    Applications Driving Value For Citywide Wireless Networks
    (Sponsored by Tropos)

    Speakers include:

  • Chris Chettle, VP Marketing, Digital Payment Technologies Corp.
  • Rob Pilgrim, Director of Business Development, Tropos Networks
  • John Sasson, Director of Business Development, Accela Inc.
  • Infrastructure
    WiMAX Meets WiFi
    (Sponsored by Proxim)

    Featuring Anthony Rodrigues, CIO, City of Malden, Mass., one of the first municipalities with an integrated WiFi/WiMAX network.

    Case Study
    Free vs. Paid

    (Sponsored by Cisco Systems)

    Key considerations municipalities need to weigh as they explore multiple avenues for funding, operating and maintaining public broadband networks.

    4:00 p.m.Break, Exhibit Hall Open – sponsored by Civitium
    4:30 p.m.General Session

  • Welcome and Event Overview

    –Gary A. Bolles, Conference Producer; Co-founder and President, Microcast Communications

  • Afternoon Keynote

    –Esme Vos, Editor and Founder,

  • CIO Panel

    –Sharon Cates-Williams, CIO, Suffolk County (New York)

    –Sharon E. Gillett, Head of the Department of Telecommunications and Cable, State of Massachusetts

    –Richard Thompson, CIO, State of Maine

    –Tracy Williams, Former CIO, State of Rhode Island
  • 5:45 p.m.Opening Reception, Exhibit Hall Open
    7:30 p.m.Birds of a Feather Sessions
    TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2007
    7:00 a.m.
    8:00 a.m.
    Breakfast, Exhibit Hall Open – sponsored by BelAir Networks
    9:00 a.m. General Session

  • Daily Welcome

    –Joe Panettieri, Associate Conference Producer; VP/Editorial Content, Microcast Communications
  • Service Providers: Incumbents as Innovators? Speakers include:

    –Carl Nerup, AT&T

    –Cole Reinwand, EarthLink

    –Yorke Rhodes, Azulstar

  • Case Study: Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Not only is Cambridge the home to such leading universities as Harvard and MIT, but it is fast becoming a hotbed for municipal wireless activity. Starting with an ad hoc wireless network set up in several parts of the city, Cambridge now is about to embark upon a more ambitious program designed to drive economic development and digital inclusion. This case study will look at Cambridge’s goals and challenges, and will explore the community’s unique intersection of municipal government, private sector and universities.

    –Mary Hart, CIO, City of Cambridge

  • The View From Boston

    –Pam Reeve, CEO, OpenAirBoston

    –Bill Oates, CIO, City of Boston
  • 10:30 a.m. Break, Exhibit Hall Open – sponsored by BelAir Networks
    11:15 a.m. Morning Breakout Sessions

    Digital Education
    University campuses are natural starting points for open, collaborative broadband networks that drive research and economic development. In fact, many universities are now assisting municipalities with the public broadband strategies. Learn how these win-win relationships can benefit your own initiatives.
    Rural Deployments
    Big-city broadband initiatives grab the headlines. But public broadband also is catching on in remote areas that lack traditional Internet options. Here’s how smaller, rural municipalities can find the talent, partners and funding they need for public broadband.

    Real-world lessons from existing public broadband projects. What went right, what went wrong and practical guidance for success.

    Guest speaker: David Cohen, Mayor of Newton, Massachusetts
    Next-Generation Devices
    Hear about dual-mode phones and other new devices that support cellular, WiFi and video applications. Featuring experts from EarthLink, Nokia and Truphone.

    12:30 p.m.
    Power Lunch A “Top Ten Lessons Learned in Deploying Mesh Networks”. Hosted by Motorola.

    Power Lunch B “Deploying a Successful Wireless Network in Brookline, Mass.” Hosted by Strix Systems.
    2:00 p.m. Demo Salon
    You’ll hear about public safety, video surveillance and other public broadband applications. Now see them in action. Participate in these real-world, live demonstrations to help determine which applications may be right for your network.
    3:00 p.m. Break, Exhibit Hall Open – sponsored by BelAir Networks
    3:30 p.m.
    Afternoon Breakout Sessions

    Legal Issues
    How to understand, navigate and address legal issues every step of the way, from RFI to RPF, pilot, deployment and ongoing maintenance.
    Government Vision and Leadership
    Without strong leadership at the top by elected officials, public wireless projects won’t even get off the ground, let alone deliver their anticipated value. Hear three elected officials tell what they think, care and worry about in bringing municipal wireless to their communities. Speakers include:

  • Teresa Martin, Executive Director, Cape Cod Tech Council
  • Michael Merrill, Selectman, City of Brookline, Mass.
  • Ken Parker, Alderman, City of Newton, Mass.

  • 4:15 p.m. General Session

  • Closing Keynotes

    –Stefan Weitz, Director of Planning for MSN, Microsoft Corp.

    –Stephen Conley, CIO, Boston Red Sox

  • Call To Action

    –Gary A. Bolles, Conference Co-producer; Co-founder and President, Microcast Communications
  • 5:15 p.m.Closing Reception, Exhibit Hall Open

    For more information:
    Registration: Rhett Hall, (516) 640-5091 x225, rhett[[at]]
    Speaking/panel opportunities: Joe Panettieri, (516) 640-5091 x223, joe[[at]]
    Sponsorship opportunities: Amy Katz, (978) 468-0092, amy[[at]]

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