The Kentucky Telecom Association and the Tennessee Telecommunications Association will partner for the 24th KTA-TTA Fall Conference and Supplier Showcase in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The Oct. 16-18 event is at the Holiday Inn University Plaza and the adjoining Sloan Convention Center.
The conference agenda is designed for managers, supervisors and other company employees involved in plant and equipment operations, field and network operations, customer service, marketing, and regulatory. However, all company personnel can obtain important information by attending.
The Supplier Showcase is always a highlight, with more than 90 exhibit booths expected to display the latest in communications products and services.
The Kentucky Tennessee Engineering Association will host its annual meeting Oct. 18-19, so its members can also benefit from the Supplier Showcase.
Registration packets are available online at KTA or TTA. The agenda is available below.
2018 KTA-TTA Fall Conference Agenda
Tuesday, October 16
11 a.m. – Golf Luncheon at Crosswinds Golf Club
Noon – Golf Tournament
4 p.m. – KTA-TTA Registration – Plaza Deck 2 — Hotel
6-7:30 p.m. – KTA-TTA Opening Reception – Salon B — Hotel
10-11 p.m. – KTA-TTA Hospitality Suite – Suite 219
Wednesday, October 17
8 a.m. – Registration Opens/Cont. Breakfast – Sloan Convention Center Foyer
General Session, Ballroom A — Sloan Convention Center
8:30 a.m. – Welcome, Opening Remarks and Announcements – Tyler Campbell — KTA
8:30-9:20 a.m. – The Future of Broadband Services & Competition – Larry Thompson — CEO, Vantage Point Solutions
9:20-10:10 a.m. – Building a Culture of Cybersecurity – Scott Kaylor — Team Lead, NISC
10:10-10:20 a.m. – Break/Announcements
10:20-11a.m. – Future of Video Service – Scott Meyer — Director of Marketing, Innovative Systems
11-11:50 a.m. – Making Broadband-Only Work for You-Demystifying CBOL Offerings – Daryn Parker — Senior Financial Consultant, TCA
11:50 a.m.-Noon – Showcase Announcements – John Dorris — KGP and Craig Moore — ElectriCom
Closing Remarks/Door Prize Drawings – Levoy Knowles
Noon-1:15 p.m. – Business Luncheon
1:30-2:30 p.m. – Breakout Sessions
Breakout 1: Is it Possible for Solar to be Twice as Reliable as the Utility Grid for Remote Cabinets?- Chris Wacker — ESPi – Salon A — Hotel
Breakout 2: Now that NG-PON2 is deployed, what’s next? – Teresa McGaughey — Calix- Salon B — Hotel
Breakout 3: Building Customer Loyalty Through Powerful Moments – Andy Johns, WordSouth; Carrie Huckeby, Windy Hill — Salon C — Hotel
2:30-2:45 p.m. – Break
2:45-3:45 p.m. – Breakout Sessions (Continued)
Breakout 4: The Power of Voice: How to transform your TV user experience with Android TV – Don Paige — Amino Communications – Salon A — Hotel
Breakout 5: – Building a Successful Managed WiFi Program – Chris Beatson — NeoNova – Salon B — Hotel
Breakout 6: – What’s on Your Network? What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You – Matt Patus — Matrix Integration – Salon C — Hotel
4:30-11 p.m. – Booth Setup – Ballrooms A-D, Sloan Convention Center
8:30-10 p.m. – Vendor Dessert Party Reception – Salon B — Hotel
10 p.m.-Midnight – KTA-TTA Hospitality Suite – Suite 219 — Hotel (Open After Vendor Party)
Thursday, October 18
7-8:30 a.m. – Booth Setup – Ballrooms A-D, Sloan Convention Center
8 a.m. – Registration Desk Open – Sloan Convention Center Foyer
8:30-Noon – Supplier Showcase and Continental Breakfast – Ballrooms A-D, Sloan Convention Center
This year’s KTA-TTA Fall Conference will be Oct. 16-18 at the Holiday Inn University Plaza and Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green. Watch the next issue of this newsletter for more information.
Details about applying for new broadband grants and insight into the U.S Department of Agriculture’s efforts to support the telecommunications industry were among the highlights of the annual Tennessee Telecommunications Association annual conference.
“Our members were presented with information on several topics important to our industry,” says Levoy Knowles, executive director of the association. “I appreciate the participation of our guest speakers, our members’ attendance and the support of our sponsors. This was one of our best annual meetings to date.”
Almost 200 people representing the telecommunications industry attended the event, which was held in Franklin.
About 45 vendors also provided members with information about the latest technology and equipment for delivering telecom services to homes and businesses.
During the opening session, Jim Tracy shared about his agency’s work toward “Narrowing the Digital Divide.” A former Tennessee state senator, Tracy was appointed last fall as state director of the USDA Rural Development office. He told conference attendees several grants are available through the USDA that, along with support from the state legislature, are helping deliver broadband to Tennessee’s rural residents.
From the state level, attendees heard reports from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Commissioner Bob Rolfe, along with Assistant Commissioner, Rural Development Amy New, reported on efforts such as the state’s Broadband Ready Communities program, as well as support for site development, asset-based planning and downtown development and revitalization.
One of the more popular sessions discussed the timeline and application process for round two of Tennessee’s Broadband Accessibility Grant. Broadband Grant and Program Manager Crystal Ivey, along with Special Projects Director Amanda Martin, discussed how to apply, the key dates in this year’s program and changes in the application process since the first round.
While conference sessions included information about broad trends, they also focused on best practices for day-to-day tasks and challenges in the industry, including losing an employee, sexual harassment in the workplace and the impact of social media in customer service and marketing.
Photos from the conference can be seen in the gallery below.
Four industry professionals representing telcos from across have been named the 2018 Tennessee Telecommunications Association officers.
“TTA members are working to make high-speed broadband and fiber available to every part of the state,” TTA Executive Director Levoy Knowles said. “This group of officers, led by Mark Patterson, will provide great leadership as they and their fellow TTA members continue to make progress in getting rural Tennessee connected.”
Patterson is president/CEO of Highland Telephone Cooperative and Highland Communications, and will serve as TTA’s board president.
He is joined by Lisa Cope, vice president and CEO of Ben Lomand Connect and Ben Lomand Communications, who will serve as vice president of the board.
CEO of Bledsoe Telephone Cooperative Charlie Boring will be the board’s secretary.
DTC Communications CEO Chris Townson will serve as board treasurer.
The board officers were elected in June at the association’s annual meeting, held in Franklin.
The board members will provide leadership for TTA, which represents 21 companies and cooperatives that provide broadband service to rural areas across the state. Collectively, they provide gig-speed fiber internet to more than 136,000 customers in rural Tennessee communities.