This past year further amplified the need for our industry to keep pushing forward to provide rural America with top-notch broadband. We have seen billions of dollars at both the state and federal level poured into connecting rural communities, but as we know, money alone won’t solve the problem. It became more important than ever for us to come together, even if it wasn’t feasible to meet in person, to discuss not only how to bring broadband to our customers, but to ensure that our companies are successful while doing it.
The theme of our 2021 Management Seminar was “Succeeding in a Broadband World.” Among the hot topics we discussed were:
- Post-RDOF auction market assessments and strategies as unproven competitors creep ever closer;
- Emerging broadband technologies including 5G, LEOS, and IP trunking and what your broadband network might look like in 2030;
- Prospects of future USF funding, particularly what we expect from the 2024 review and the odds of an A-CAM III;
- Profiling your customers for better marketing results;
- Mitigating cybersecurity risks and fighting back against robocallers;
- The future of access billing; and
- Why the time might be right to calculate the value of your company and its assets.
At the end of the seminar, you will be able to:
- Prepare for future competitive, technological and compliance developments
- Plan for the network of tomorrow
- Grow your revenue through new services and initiatives
- Set up your company for success in the next 5 to 10 years
- Meet requirements due to changes to federal telecom policies
- Anticipate other initiatives that might be heading your way
Even though our Management Seminar venue was different in 2021, our goal remained the same – to showcase the financial, management, regulatory, and technical information you’ll need to remain successful in our evolving industry. Our seminar as always was led by some of the industry’s most respected experts, including JSI President Steve Meltzer; Vice Presidents John Kuykendall, Dave Lewis, Jamie Miller, Bhavini Sokhey, and Valerie Wimer; Director of Economics & Policy Douglas Meredith; Director of Network Engineering Milan Todoroviu0107; and Director of Engineering Operations Aaron Stroman, P.E.