RTG’s Wireless Workshop at OPASTCO’s Summer Convention (Minneapolis)

Sunday, July 15th from 12-5PM

Join RTG, The Rural Wireless Advocate, on July 15, 2012 at the OPASTCO Summer Convention and Tradeshow in Minneapolis, MN for an afternoon of presentations on the most important issues facing the independent wireless industry. RTG’s sessions will cover various regulatory, technical, financial, marketing, and business topics of interest to the rural independent wireless provider. This meeting will educate attendees on a multitude of opportunities and challenges in the wireless industry. With dramatic changes to the Universal Service Fund, an alleged impending spectrum crisis, growing data demands, cut-throat competition for 4G customers, and a vast universe of new wireless technologies for every imaginable use hitting the market; RTG’s Wireless Update at the OPASTCO Summer Convention and Tradeshow will make sure that your company is prepared for the next frontiers in the dynamic wireless industry. Attendees will receive a $200 discount on thier OPASTCO Summer Convention registration fee (the registration fee for the RTG meeting is $400 for RTG and/or OPASTCO members and $650 for non-members). RTG Meeting attendees will be able to attend the OPASTCO Convention Welcome Reception.

For more information contact Tanya Sullivan at tanya.sullivan@ruraltelecomgroup.org or 703-772-2235.


Click here for copies of the presentations and speaker bios (you will be re-directed to another page on our website with links to the presentations and biographies).

12:00 – 12:15 PM Opening Remarks by Taqua / Lunch (sponsored by Ericsson)
12:15 – 1:00 PM Marketing Panel – Panelists will discuss how to effectively market 4G services so that it irresistible for consumers. Panelists will discuss other hot topics in wireless marketing. Speakers Include: 

  • Curtis Knobloch, CEO, Telipsire
  • Lori Vergin, President, MPower Consulting
  • Cami Zimmer, Director, Sales/Marketing, NewCore Wireless
1:00 – 1:45 PM Regulatory Update & Public Safety 

Speakers Include:

  • Carri Bennet, RTG’s General Counsel
  • Tony Veach, RTG’s Regulatory Counsel
  • Alan Tilles, Chairman, Telecommunications Department, Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A.
1:45 – 3:00 PM 4G and Alternative Wireless Strategies for Rural Consumers – Hear from carriers and vendors on alternative strategies for service delivery in the fragmenting wireless space. Speakers Include: 

  • Larry Thompson, CEO, Vantage Point Solutions (Moderator)
  • Chris Whiteley, VP of Business Development, xG Technology
  • Keenan Hamm, VP, Sales, Lemko
  • Ron Strecker, CEO, Panhandle Telephone Coop. & Panhandle Telecommunications Systems
  • Griff Griffin, Technical Operations Manager, West Central Wireless
3:00 – 3:10 PM Coffee Break
3:10 – 3:30 PM Roaming and GSM Standards – Randy Peterson of Union Telephone and the North America BARG Chair, will present on roaming and GSM issues for carriers transitioning to 4G.
3:30 – 4:15 PM Finance – Financial experts will weigh in on issues including 4G investment and profitability, valuation and challenges/opportunities for capital. Speakers Include: 

  • Scott Soden, Managing Partner, Alpina Capital
  • Kevin Oliver, VP & Senior Relationship Manager, CoBank
  • Bill King, President and Managing Principal, JSI Capital Advisors
4:15 – 5:00 PM Technology – The panel will explore some of the most cutting-edge, real-world technical solutions for rural wireless carriers looking to get a head-start on M2M, small cells and other innovative technologies. 

Speakers Include:

  • Ron Strecker, CEO, Panhandle Telephone Coop. & Panhandle Telecommunications Systems (Moderator)
  • Dean Fresonke, Director & Co-Founder, ClearSky
  • Scott Donlea, EVP & COO, NetAmerica
  • Brett Calder, Director, Sales, Globecomm
5:00 PM Closing remarks, adjourn to OPASTCO reception


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