Date & Time
July 17, 2023, 1:00 PM - July 18, 2023 - 7:00 PM
Monday Schedule 7/17/2023
12:30 Registration Opens
1:00 PM -1:50 PM
Carrier Hotel/IX Sales Training
Track: Sales

Tips and tricks for selling middle-mile transport to transit providers and IXes in Carrier Hotels.

Target Audience: Fiber Transport Sales and Sales Engineering

Speaker: Jay Hanke
Company: South Front Networks/MICE/QCIX
LinkedIn Substack
2:00 PM -2:50 PM
Mapping Risk

Track: Network Development

Speaker: Ben Edmond
Company: Connectbase

3:00 PM -3:50 PM
Pluggable Optics Roadmap
Track: Technical

Speaker: Ralph Huff
Company: Padtec

4:00 PM -4:50 PM
Network as a Service, why should you consider?
Track: Sales

Speaker: Vincent Celindro
Company: Juniper Networks

5:00 PM -7:00 PM
Monday Social
Monday Social sponsored by Bluebird Networks

Tuesday Schedule 7/18/2023
10:00 AM- 10:50 AM   
Planning Your IPv6 Network
Track: Technical

Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is the latest IP revision, developed as a successor to IPv4. IPv6 provides a much larger address pool so that many more devices can be connected to the Internet. It also improves addressing and routing of network traffic.

Because the free pool of IPv4 addresses has been depleted, customers will want to request Ipv6 address space for new networks, and eventually transition their networks from Ipv4 to IPv6.

Are you ready to deploy IPv6, but you’re not sure where to begin? Whether you are an end user or an Internet Service Provider (ISP), ARIN can help you determine how much IPv6 address space is appropriate for your organization and tell you how to request space. You’ll also learn the basics of IPv6 and options for supporting IPv4 in your network.

Speaker: John Sweeting, ARIN
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Exhibitor Setup
11:00 AM- 11:50 AM
Peering Automation

Track: Technical

Speaker: Chris Grundemann , FullCtl

12:00 PM- 12:50 PM
Tuesday Lunch
Sponsored by Arvig

1:00 PM - 7:00 PM Exhibits Open
1:00 PM- 1:40 PM
NTIA Middle Mile
Track: Network Development

Speaker: Sarah Bleau
Company: US Department of Commerce, NTIA

1:50 PM- 2:30 PM

Collaboration over Competition: Building a Network Interconnection Ecosystem
Track: Network Development

We will explore how data centers & carrier hotels can work with their competitors to create an interconnection ecosystem that benefits everyone involved, including customers. We will also discuss the challenges of building and maintaining such ecosystems and offer practical advice on how to overcome them.
Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the benefits of collaboration over competition in the data center industry and how it can lead to better services for customers. They will also learn about the importance of interconnection and the role they play in the digital economy.

Speaker: Rafael Possamai, Data Center Manager
Company: Bluebird Network

2:30 PM- 2:50 PM

Tuesday Break
Sponsored by Juniper Networks

3:00 PM- 3:50 PM

Middle Mile Model for Rural America
Track: Government

Traditionally large companies have built middle mile networks by laying limited fiber across thousands of miles and opening it for access at a premium price. This model has worked well in the past when broadband infrastructure was centralized mostly across urban areas. With the availability of billions of dollars of federal and state funds (RDOF, ARPA, CPF, BEAD etc.), last mile rural infrastructure is coming up at speed without the availability of sufficient middle mile infrastructure to keep up with it. This is evidenced by the fact that on the budget of $1B of Middle Mile funds available under NTIA, over $5B of applications were received with an average of 40% match.
I will discuss the new model that rural operators can now use leveraging their existing last mile network and their relationships with other rural operators to set up regional, state and national middle mile networks at a fraction of the cost of the traditional model. In this new model, the focus is shifted from building single ownership middle mile networks to a coalition owned network that can not only serve and bring down the cost of the coalition but also provide services to outsider much more efficiently. Leveraging existing assets of the members of the coalition allows to drastically cut down on the cost of building, deploying and operating the middle mile network.

Speaker: Sachin Gupta, Director of Government Business & Economic Development
Company: Centranet

3:00 PM- 3:50 PM

Major Market Roundtable
Track: Network Development

Moderator: Greg Elliot, 1623 Farnam
Panelist: Brad Campbell, Netrality
Panelist: xxx, Unite Private Networks
Panelist: TBD

4:00 PM- 5:00 PM

IX/Carrier Hotel Operator Reverse Q&A/Roundtable
Reverse Q&A format where Moderator makes an assertion and participants "pick a line and defend it".

Moderator: Marty Hannigan

5:00 PM- 7:00 PM

Tuesday Social
Sponsored by Netrality Data Centers and Unite Private Networks

Internet Exchanges

Idaho Internet Exchange
Tucson Internet Exchange


Bluebird Networks
Google Fiber
GPN-Great Plains Network
Hurricane Electric
Iowa State University
Key Cooperative
Liberty Communications
Long Lines Broadband
MTC Communications
Paul Bunyan Communications
Panora Fiber
Premier Communications
SDN Communications
South Front Networks
South Slope Communications
Unite Private Networks
US Internet
WIN Technology

1623 Farnam
616 Des Moines
Bluebird Networks-BBQC
SDN Communications
South Front Networks

Arclight Solutions
Choice IT Global
Grain Management
SmartSource Consulting
 Join us on July 17-18, 2023
We look forward to hosting you!

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