AGENDA *subject to change*

Time Name Description Track Location Name
7:00 AM - 5:30 PMRegistration Open   
8:00 AMBroadband Billions Bootcamp

Separate registration required.
 

Broadband Billions BootcampBallroom C
8:00 AM - 10:00 AMBBB: Playing Offense and Defense: The $65 Billion Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)

This panel will give a high-level explanation about the funding provisions in the IIJA that could impact your business. It will delve into details about the procedures for the $41.6 billion Broadband Equity Access and Deployment program. Learn how you can apply for funding or prevent companies from using IIJA funding to unfairly compete with you.

Broadband Billions BootcampBallroom C
10:30 AM - 11:30 AMBBB: How The FCC’s New National Broadband Map Could[LP1] Impact Your Strategy for Offensive and Defensive Strategies for the $41.6 Billion Broadband Equity Access and Deployment Program

The FCC unveiled its new National Broadband Map on November 18, 2022. The experts on this panel will walk you through the details of the new National Broadband Map and tell you how you can use the tools in the map to defend against overbuilding.

Broadband Billions BootcampBallroom C
11:30 AM - 12:45 PMBBB Lunch Panel

For Broadband Billions registrants.

Broadband Billions BootcampBallroom C
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMBBB: Drafting Grant Proposals to Apply for These Federal Funds

Learn from a panel of grant writing experts what are the necessary elements for any applicant to draft a winning grant proposal to receive broadband deployment funding from these programs.

Broadband Billions BootcampBallroom C
2:15 PM - 3:45 PMBBB: Getting Your Finances Together

Learn from financial experts how to become an attractive partner to governments doling out funding.

Broadband Billions BootcampBallroom C
4:00 PM - 5:30 PMBBB: Developing Partnerships with States and Local Governments

Many of these new federal funding laws require that commercial providers partner with states and local governments. Learn from experts how to develop partnerships and engage with state agencies that are implementing federal and state broadband deployment programs.

Broadband Billions BootcampBallroom C
Time Name Description Track Location Name
7:00 AM - 5:30 PMRegistration Open   
8:15 AM - 9:30 AMOpening Session and Breakfast Opening SessionBallroom C
9:30 AM - 9:45 AMIntermission   
9:45 AM - 10:30 AMIndustry Panel Opening SessionBallroom C
10:30 AM - 10:45 AMIntermission   
10:45 AM - 12:00 PMSpeed Dating Opening SessionBallroom C
12:00 PM - 2:15 PMExhibit Hall Open & Lunch (12:30 pm - 1:30 pm) Exhibit HallExhibit Hall B
2:15 PM - 3:15 PMGetting the Most Out of Your Sales TeamQuotas, incentives and bonus plans are all ways to motivate your sales staff they work but there is more to it than just that. What expectations are you setting for them? What tools are you giving them to succeed? These issues and more will be covered in this session.Mar/Sales 
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM-48v DC PowerThis session will cover various aspects of -48 DC power, including -48v vs 48v, proper grounding to reduce loses with lightining, what isolated ground means, what common devices can utilize -48v power, and more!Adv Tech 
2:15 PM - 3:15 PMBusiness Strategies with No Funding

What if you do not want government funding? What are some business strategies that will keep you in the game? How do you compete, where do you compete?

Bis 
2:15 PM - 3:15 PMState And Local Government Advocacy

While Federal issues are important to the future of the industry, State and Local issues affect the day to day business of broadband, such as implementing the $42 billion BEAD program. Come hear some of the top issues WISPA members are dealing with on the ground and best practices to begin to address them.

Reg 
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Animal Farm - Ethernity: Free Your Network from Vendor Lock-In with Seamless L1 Link Bonding Animal F 
2:15 PM - 4:45 PM0-300 Customers - How to Start a WISPABC - Just started your ISP? Learn how to grow it! This session includes best practices and areas (network, support, HR, legal, marketing, etc.) that require attention from the beginning to help you scale.DD-ABC 
2:15 PM - 4:45 PMYour First Fiber DeploymentWhat goes into your first fiber build? Where should you start, fiber design/engineering, contractor/in-house, arial/ground, what architecture is best. Lots of factors go into deciding how to get your first fiber project started.DD-ABC 
3:15 PM - 3:45 PMIntermission   
3:45 PM - 4:45 PMAnimal Farm - TBD Animal F 
3:45 PM - 4:45 PMWhat Makes You Different From Any Other ISP?

Most customers can get service from more than one ISP these days. It is not good enough the be the only provider in town anymore. How do you win the hearts of the customers and keep them when a competitor comes to town.

Bis 
3:45 PM - 4:45 PMThe New FCC Broadband Consumer Label Rules

Congress required the FCC to adopt broadband consumer labels in November. Learn details about the rules, their practical impacts on your business, and other requirements the FCC may impose in the future.

Reg 
3:45 PM - 4:45 PMIntegrating a Network You Just BoughtSo you bought a network and now it needs to be integrated into your network. How long should this take? What are the first steps to make? How do you do it without affecting the customers?Adv Tech 
3:45 PM - 4:45 PMMaximizing Your ARPUEarning more per each customer is a great way to add revenue to your bottom line. It is much easier to sell an existing customer then a new customer. What products could you be adding to add ARPU? How do you convince people to pay more for your service?Mar/Sales 
4:45 PM - 6:15 PMExhibit Hall Reception Exhibit HallExhibit Hall B
Time Name Description Track Location Name
7:30 AM - 5:00 PMRegistration Open   
8:00 AM - 9:00 AMRules to Know as an ISPThis panel will cover important FCC rules and other legal issues that WISPs should know before starting their business such as annual FCC filings and compliance, Terms of Use agreements, and privacy policies.Reg 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AMCambium Networks Animal Farm – ONE Network for WISPs Animal F 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AMNetwork TopologiesThis session will discuss different networking methodologies and what they mean for your routing, including bridging, static routing, dynamic routing, MPLS, VPLS, and more!Tech 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AMAll Things Private Equity

What role(s) do Private Equity firms play in exit strategies, business combinations/consolidations, and providing growth capital (including providing support for Letters of Credit)?

Fin 
8:00 AM - 9:00 AMMarketing Against Your Competition - Both Big and SmallUnderstanding how to market against all of your competition. (How to understand and pivot your marketing to take advantage of your competition's weaknesses.)Mar/Sales 
8:00 AM - 10:30 AMHow to Find Good People - Sourcing to Onboarding to Training

Deep dive on finding good staff for your business. Where do you look for them? How do you attract them? and how do you keep them?

DD-HR 
8:00 AM - 10:30 AMFiber Outside PlantBreaking down how to build fiber from engineering, permitting, right of way access, pole attachments, and choosing the right hardware manufacturer for your materials.DD-Fiber 
9:00 AM - 9:30 AMIntermission   
9:30 AM - 10:30 AMGrowing to 10,000 CustomersThis panel will discuss challenges faced when growing to 10,000. What should you look out for, what should you plan for?Bis 
9:30 AM - 10:30 AMPreparing to Take Government Money from the Financial SideAudited financials? Should you do a review first? Chart of accounts? There are a lot of things you should be doing before you take on government money. This session will cover the things you need to do to be ready.Fin 
9:30 AM - 10:30 AMNew Rules And Opportunities In Multi-Tenant Environments

In 2022, the FCC adopted new rules to promote tenant choice and competition in the provision of communications services to the benefit of those who live and work in MTEs. Also, the NTIA’s BEAD program would allow funding to support deployment of Wi-Fi infrastructure in multi-dwelling units. Learn about these developments and this market might be a growth opportunity for your company.

Reg 
9:30 AM - 10:30 AMAnimal Farm - Aviat Animal F 
9:30 AM - 10:30 AMHow to Improve Management of Site Rollout

What are the tools and process available to manage site roll outs? Field management, BoM asset tracking, permitting control, remote video inspection, etc.

Tech 
10:30 AM - 10:45 AMIntermission   
10:45 AM - 12:00 PMKeynote KeynoteBallroom C
12:00 PM - 2:15 PMExhibit Hall Open & Lunch (12:30 pm - 1:30 pm) Exhibit Hall 
2:15 PM - 3:15 PMFinancial Planning - It's More Than Just Budgeting

How much are you going to do in sales next month, quarter or year? What percent of your revenue is your tower rent or bandwidth costs. If you got your install expenses by 20% does that really move the needle in savings? These are questions you should know about your business. Adopting financial planning as a tool you reference regularly will get you the answers you need to make better decisions.

Fin 
2:15 PM - 3:15 PMAnimal Farm - Tarana Wireless Animal F 
2:15 PM - 3:15 PMM&A - How to Buy Your Neighbor

So your neighboring WISP is ready to retire, but how do you buy them? What is a fair price? What should be the process to bring on the customers and employees? This session will help you answer those questions and many more.

Bis 
2:15 PM - 3:15 PMGreat Troubleshooting MethodsTroubleshooting is part art part science. How do you train someone to troubleshoot? How do you hire people that are good at it? Learn some tips and secrets to helping people better troubleshoot.Tech 
2:15 PM - 3:15 PMDesign Tools for Fiber

Ready to begin deploying your fiber network? Wondering how to handle your inventory? Need to create a Bill of Materials for a project? This session will review best practices and some useful tools to design your fiber project.

Fiber 
2:15 PM - 4:45 PMImpact Of FCC's New National Broadband Map On Broadband Funding

Missed Broadband Billions Bootcamp on Monday? This session will squeeze a lot of that all day session down to 2.5 hours of the most important info.

DD-Reg 
2:15 PM - 4:45 PMGrounding - Stop Losing Equipment

Everything you should be doing to protect yourself from lightning in a world where replacement equipment is impossible to get.

DD-Tech 
3:15 PM - 3:45 PMIntermission   
3:45 PM - 4:45 PMRaising Your Prices Without Losing Your CustomersYour costs are going up. The customers are demanding more bandwidth and using more. How do you raise your prices while still keeping the customers you have? What is the messaging you need to send out to your customers. What strategies do you need to follow? Does everyone get an increase, the same increase?Mar/Sales 
3:45 PM - 4:45 PMTBD Animal F 
3:45 PM - 4:45 PMInventory Asset Tracking from Vehicles to CEP

Our networks are getting larger and our assets are going up in value. How do you track where everything is? What should you be tracking - and not tracking? What systems out there help with the tracking?

Bis 
3:45 PM - 4:45 PMHome WiFI - It Is Not Your Problem. But It Is.

It does not matter how good your service is to the home if the inside wireless is bad, the customer will say your internet is bad. So if you have to take responsibility for it. how do you make money while doing it? How do you manage in-home Wi-Fi without losing your mind?

Tech 
3:45 PM - 4:45 PMLegal Requirements of Installing FiberWhat is minimum required to get started, what is different about fiber than wireless? What else do I need to plan for as I grow my fiber footprint? All of these questions will be answered in this informative session.Fiber 
4:45 PM - 6:15 PMExhibit Hall Open Exhibit HallExhibit Hall B
6:30 PM - 8:00 PMReception - The Sports and Social Club    
Time Name Description Track Location Name
7:00 AM - 8:30 AMWomen of WISPA Speed Dating Breakfast

Sponsored by Sonar, Preseem & Calix

All are invited to join us!

  
7:45 AM - 1:30 PMRegistration Open   
8:30 AM - 9:30 AMKeynote KeynoteBallroom C
9:30 AM - 9:45 AMIntermission   
9:45 AM - 10:30 AMSpeed Dating & Closing Session Closing SessionBallroom C
10:30 AM - 10:45 AMIntermission   
10:45 AM - 12:30 PMExhibit Hall Open & Lunch (11:15 AM - 12:15 PM) Exhibit HallExhibit Hall B
12:30 PM - 1:30 PMLeadership + Management = Accountability

Accountability is a buzz word right now, but what does it really mean to hold someone accountable? Figure this out and things will become much simpler for you.This session will cover what it takes to be a good leader and a good manager and what the difference is and when you should use each.

HR 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PMAnimal Farm - TBD Animal F 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PMWhy You Should Care About Cyber Security

It is not if you get hacked, but when you will get hacked. Your ISP network might be fine, but what about your office network, servers, and employee computers? This session will cover some of the simple ways hackers get into your company and what you should be doing about it.

Bis 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PMTips and Tricks of the Fiber Trade

From where to get that one part you need to how to get through a permitting problem. Our panelists have seen it all and will share some of the things they have learned over the years.

Fiber 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PMRF Design, Monitoring and Optimization

Wireless is 50% knowledge and 50% magic. This season will help you gain the knowledge you need to get the most out of your RF. It will answer some key questions like: How to do a cost effective drive test? What tools are available to collect and process RF KPIs? How to monitor and optimize the coverage to maximize the usefulness of the spectrum you are using? It will also share some tips and tricks on scaling your RF network.

Tech 
12:30 PM - 3:00 PMSpectrum Update: 4.9 GHz, 5.9 GHz, 6 GHz, CBRS, 10 GHz and moreAccess to spectrum is vital to our industry’s growth. There are a number of rulemaking proceedings at the FCC that will determine what spectrum you will be able to use in the future. This panel will give you important updates about those spectrum proceedings.DD-Reg 
12:30 PM - 3:00 PMOversubscription and Capacity PlanningCustomers think WISPs sell bandwidth, but what WISPs really sell is airtime. This session will take you through RF and capacity planning as well as how to optimize your oversubscription ratios.DD-Tech 
1:30 PM - 2:00 PMIntermission   
2:00 PM - 3:00 PMWriting a Grant for FiberWith all of the federal and state money coming out grant writing has become important. What are the dos and don'ts for writing a fiber grant?Fiber 
2:00 PM - 3:00 PMAnimal Farm - TBD Animal F 
2:00 PM - 3:00 PMEmployee Engagement - Myth Or Real?It seems all companies are short-handed and can not find the type of employees they need. What if all of your employees where engaged in their role? What if they were working in a role they loved and could not stop thinking about how to do it better? What does engagement look like and how to you get your employees excited about their work?HR 
2:00 PM - 3:00 PMHow Can GIS Help You Grow Your BusinessGIS mapping can aid you with route analysis, penetration estimates, ROI projections, site locates. This session will discuss and show these and other benefits to having an accurate GIS database.Bis 
2:00 PM - 3:00 PMOpen Source vs. Closed SystemsEver feel locked into a vendor? More and more companies are going open source, both vendors that offer open source products and companies that run open source systems. This session will cover what to look for in open source systems and how they may or may not be the right choice for you.Tech