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Chris Acker
Director, Building Technology Services Group
Forest City Residential Management, Inc.

Chris Acker is the Director of the Building Technology Services ("BTS") Group for Forest City Residential Management, Inc. ("FCRMI"), which is a Cleveland, Ohio, based Real Estate Company. The BTS group works closely with the Forest City Residential Development, Management and Marketing groups to implement resident communications and building infrastructure for new development projects. In addition to the communications infrastructure, the BTS group is involved with the research of solutions such as wireless access, building security, building access and control systems, and digital signage. The BTS group is also responsible for identifying ancillary service possibilities and negotiates all communication service provider agreements for Forest City’s residential portfolio.

Forest City Residential Management, Inc. owns and/or manages one hundred twenty-three (123) residential rental properties in eighteen (18) states and the District of Columbia, representing more than thirty-eight thousand (38,000) apartment units.

Matthew C. Ames
Telecommunications Law
Miller & Van Eaton

Matthew C. Ames is a partner with the law firm of Miller & Van Eaton. Mr. Ames specializes in telecommunications law, representing private property owners and local governments in regulatory matters, litigation, and contract negotiations involving access to rights-of-way and private buildings. Mr. Ames has represented a variety of public and private sector clients in FCC rulemakings. He represents a coalition of real estate trade associations in the FCC’s competitive networks docket and related proceedings dealing with access to private property by telecommunications providers. Mr. Ames also represented a national coalition of national educational groups in the rulemaking that led to the development of the universal service discount program for schools and libraries, or “e-rate,” and successfully defended the rules on appeal. He has also advised clients regarding the regulatory aspects of the deployment of intelligent transportation systems. Before joining the firm, Mr. Ames was Acting General Counsel of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He also has a broad background in corporate, commercial, and contract law, and has participated in the drafting and negotiation of cable television system purchase agreements, software licenses, television production contracts, and a wide variety of other transactions. He is admitted to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia. Before attending law school, Mr. Ames served in the United States Army. He received his law degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 1987, and his B.S. in 1980 from the College of William and Mary.

Douglas Atkinson
Director of ONT Product Management
Tellabs, Inc

As director of ONT product management at Tellabs, Doug Atkinson is responsible for the entire Tellabs Optical Network Terminal (ONT) product line. Atkinson came to Tellabs through its acquisition of Vinci Systems, a privately held ONT developer, in 2004 where he served as the vice president of business development and marketing. Prior to Vinci, Atkinson served as vice president of customer support for Advanced Switching Communications, a data multiplexing company. Atkinson has more than 20 years of telecommunications and management experience. He holds a Master of Arts in Telecommunications from George Washington University.

James Baller
Baller Herbst Law Group



Cheryl Barraco
Director, Strategic Business Services
Avalon Bay Communities

Cheryl joined AvalonBay Communities in 1997, bringing over fifteen years of sales and marketing management experience to the multifamily industry. As Director of Strategic Business Services for AvalonBay Communities, Cheryl is responsible for developing all of AvalonBay’s telecommunications strategies and managing the successful execution of these projects. This includes the identification, due diligence, contract negotiation and selection of broadband, video, and voice providers. She also leads and coordinates ancillary-related projects between third-party service providers, AvalonBay’s construction department and AvalonBay’s property management to ensure a positive customer service experience and seamless deployment of all broadband capabilities for residents.

She has a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri St. Louis, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Additionally, she holds a license for real estate in California. She resides in Lakeside, CA and is an avid horse enthusiast and the proud mother of a beautiful daughter, Kara.

Daren Benzi
VP Sales Development & Strategy,


Mark Bershenyi
Archstone Smith

Mark A. Bershenyi is the Director of Telecom Development and Ancillary Contracts for Archstone-Smith, a Denver based Real Estate Investment Trust. Since joining Arch-stone-Smith in 2005, Mr. Bershenyi has focused on developing partner relationships for all video, voice and data services used by the residents of Archstone-Smith communities, as well as the growth of ancillary income for the company. Prior to joining Archstone-Smith, Mr. Bershenyi spent over 20 years in telecommunications working in a variety of management roles encompassing both sales and operations. Mr. Bershenyi possesses a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado.

Mark Brock, RCDD, BSEE
Owner and President
Integrated Networking Technologies, LLC (Intec).

Mark Brock, RCDD, BSEE is owner and president of Integrated Networking Technologies, LLC (Intec), a Networking and Telecommunications Consulting Firm that specializes in design-build and service throughout the U.S. With over 25 years of experience he guides Intec in providing turn-key design, installation, and service for the full range of telecommunications needs of business, industry, and commercial customers including telephone systems, wired and wireless networking, structured cabling systems- inside and outside plant, CCTV, CATV - traditional & IP. Mark's experience with large projects comes from 16+ years with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) as well as 14 years in telecommunications services. He has managed the engineering, design and installation of multi-million dollar projects which included the replacement of all switching equipment, cable plant(s) and networking equipment (i.e. Sequoyah, Watts Bar and Browns Ferry nuclear power plants). He has managed many large medical facility installations including Baptist Hospital and the UT Medical Center; both in Knoxville, Tennessee. Other work includes local and state-wide contracts (i.e. structured cabling contract with the state of North Carolina) and other large, national contracts for on-going services Mark's leadership, management and demand for perfection has landed Intec with a reputation of "highest quality service obtainable anywhere". Nothing is left to chance - proper training, design, and planning provide for quality in each and every job.

Kent Brown
Dir., Access Technologies
AFL Telecommunications

Kent has over 17 years of experience in the fiber optic industry, including 11 years with AFL Telecommunications.  AFL is an industry leader in providing products, engineering expertise and integrated services to the telecommunications industry.  Kent leads AFL's Access Solutions business which is focused on helping residential builders and developers understand the business case for Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) and implement an end-to-end solution.

James Carbine
Carbine Development
Franklin, TN

James is a native of Florence Alabama and a graduate of Auburn University where he obtained a degree in business. James is also a Certified Public Accountant. James and his brother Denzel have been in Nashville, Tennessee, since 1985, where they have been en-gaged primarily in residential land development and construction and have been involved in the development of over 3,400 homes in various communities in middle Tennessee. James is a second generation builder and has been very active in the Home Builders As-sociation serving as President of the HBA of Middle Tennessee in 1999 and as President of the Home Builders Association of Tennessee in 2005. James has been happily married for twenty two years to his wife Dewanda and has two teenage daughters Elizabeth (18) and Kristen (17).

Eric Cevis
Vice President
Verizon Enhanced Communities

Eric D. Cevis is currently vice president of Verizon Enhanced Communities, a position he has held since September 2005. In this role, Mr. Cevis is responsible for the delivery of bundled communications services (voice, data, video) to entire communities, including markets for multi-dwelling, multi-tenant, new-construction single family, student, military and affordable housing. Mr. Cevis manages all sales, marketing, customer service and network operations functions to these markets through the integration of multiple broadband delivery platforms – traditional CO- and premise-based DSL technologies, fiber optic-based FiOS services and fixed wireless.

Previously, from December 2003, Mr. Cevis was vice president, channel development, for the Verizon’s Retail Markets group. This assignment focused on establishing partnerships for the introduction of value-added services, such as gaming, movie and music, as well as creating alternative distribution channels for the company’s broadband product suite.

From October 2003, Mr. Cevis was vice president – business wholesale marketing for the Broadband Solutions Group within Retail Markets. In this capacity, Mr. Cevis was responsible for the DSL product line management for Verizon’s business and wholesale customers.

Mr. Cevis also held several positions with Verizon Enterprise Solutions Group, vice president of sales for the Internet service provider market and vice president of sales for emerging markets. Mr. Cevis began his career in 1986 as a staff supervisor for the government systems division of C&P Telephone Company.

Mr. Cevis has served as the national program chair of the National Eagle Leadership Institute and is a member of the National Association of Black Telecommunications Professionals.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Cevis received a B.S. in Marketing Management from George Mason University in 1986. He continued his educational pursuits at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania in 1996.

Mr. Cevis resides with his wife and three children, in Basking Ridge, NJ.

Steve Christensen
Broadweave Networks

Steve Christensen is the CEO and Chairman of Broadweave Networks (“Broadweave”). Mr. Christensen started Broadweave with an All-Star Founding Team from Bain Capital, AOL/Time Warner, Hewlett Packard, and Novell. Under Mr. Christensen's direction, Broadweave built the first primary-line VOIP network, the first primary-line network to support voice, video, data over IP, and the first completely standards-based FTTH net-work. Broadweave currently has 50,000 units and 5 million square feet of commercial space under contract. These properties are represented by agreements with three develop-ers, one of which is the Utah State Trust Lands Administration. Broadweave's expansion is currently underway to add another 500,000 units under contract and to expand its off-net VOIP services domestically. Mr. Christensen has been awarded the V/100 distinction as being among Utah’s top 100 business leaders and has also been named to Utah Busi-ness Magazine’s “40 under 40” list of top forty Utah business leaders under forty years old. Mr. Christensen graduated from Brigham Young University where he twice earned Academic All-Conference distinction and the Scholar Athlete Award.

Phillip Clark
President and Founder
Paxio Inc.

Mr. Clark founded PAXIO in 2003 and has successfully deployed the first gigabit to residential communities in California. PAXIO offers the most bandwidth available to residential consumers in the United States and the world. Mr. Clark's vision to delivery True Broadband to select communities has created a growing number of adamant supporters. To deliver this vision, Mr. Clark has brought key players together, such as the partnering of Corning Cable Systems and Pulte Homes to launch the Corning Connected Community program in the Northern California Market. This program helps developer gain additional value from the fiber networks they are deploying as well as delivers a set of standards homeowner can rely on.

In 2000, Mr. Clark co-founded FiberRide, Inc., which was one of the first companies to deliver fiber to the home to home developers. During his three year tenure as President, FiberRide successfully deployed fiber to the home networks with some of California's largest builders and developers, including Pulte Homes, Shea Homes, Pardee Homes, KBHome, Woodside Homes, and Richmond American Homes. Mr. Clark worked directly with key manufactures to customize products necessary to build these networks and deliver next generation services to homeowners.

In 1996, Mr. Clark co-founded and was President of Symbio Internet Services, which constructed and operated high-speed networks within large apartment communities. Under Mr. Clark, Symbio expanded to deploy systems in three states. During his tenure with Symbio, Mr. Clark created marketing and sales programs that generated take rates for data services over four times the national average. Mr. Clark holds a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy from University of California Los Angeles.

Gordon Cook
The Cook Report On IP


Patrick Cunningham
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
MDU Communications International, Inc.

Mr. Cunningham has over thirteen years of management experience focused on the telecommunications industry. As Vice President, U.S. Operations Mr. Cunningham is responsible for the growth and development of MDU Communications’ services within the U.S. with specific emphasis on sales and marketing. MDU Communications is a leading provider of Digital Satellite video and high-speed data services to the MDU marketplace.

Mr. Cunningham was formerly the Vice President of Distribution and Sales for SkyView World Media, LLC. At SkyView, he was responsible for the distribution, sales, marketing and technical service of the SkyView products. SkyView was one of the leading private providers of television services to the MDU and ethnic communities with over 100,000 subscribers nationwide. Prior to SkyView, and after some time as a maintenance manager with Schneider National, Inc., Mr. Cunningham was an Officer in the U.S. Army’s Third Infantry Division where he served as a Battalion Communications Officer and an M1A1 Tank Platoon Leader. Mr. Cunningham has a Bachelor of Science from Union College in Schenectady, NY where he majored in Industrial Economics.

David Daugherty
Korcett Holdings


Ian Davis
Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr

Ian Davis oversees the telecommunications practice group at Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. The telecom group represents dozens of residential and commercial owners and managers in communications and technology-related matters throughout the country, in-cluding agreements related to telephone, video, Internet, fiber access, rooftop antenna, and wireless services.

James Erickson
Board of Directors, FTTH Council,
Founder, Fiber First Minnesota


Stan Fendley
Director. Legislative and Regulatory Policy
Corning, Inc.

Stan Fendley serves as Director of Legislative and Regulatory Policy for Corning Incorporated. In that role, he develops Corning's public positions on matters of tax, telecommunications and environmental policy and represents the company before Congress and federal agencies.

Before joining Corning, Fendley worked on Capitol Hill as Counsel to two U.S. Senate Committees – the Senate Finance Committee, where he served under Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY), and the Senate Small Business Committee, where he served under Senator Dale Bumpers (D-AR).

From 1991-93, he was in private legal practice with the firm of Popham, Haik, Schnobrich & Kaufman in Washington, D.C. Previously he was a Business Planner with the New Mexico Technology Innovation Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he assisted scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs in developing business plans and obtaining start-up capital. From 1979-83, Fendley served as a Field Artillery and German Liaison Officer for the 3rd U.S. Infantry Division, for which he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

In 2002-03, Fendley served as point person for the FTTH industry's efforts to establish the viability of FTTH in the eyes of the Federal Communications Commission, which was crucial to positioning FTTH as a technology worthy of special treatment in federal regulation. As a result of that effort, the FCC agreed to lift the so-called "unbundling requirements" on incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) when those carriers deploy FTTH – a decision credited with allowing Verizon Communications to embark upon a "fiber to the premises" deployment expected to pass three million U.S. homes by the end of 2005. Fendley's most recent public policy effort came in the form of consumer tax credit for clean diesel vehicles included in the July 2005 energy bill.

Fendley holds a JD from Harvard Law School, an MBA from the University of New Mexico, and a Bachelors degree from Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Arkansas). He has been published numerous times on public policy matters, including application of the Commerce Clause of the U.S. constitution and a variety of federal taxation issues.

Eric Fichtner
Executive Vice President Connexion Technologies

Eric has worked at Connexion since March, 2005, managing service providers and broadband technology design. Before Connexion, Eric served as CEO and Founder of Noment Networks/Fusion Broadband. In four years Noment/Fusion grew to 55,000 subscribers. Noment received the national High Speed Internet Service Provider of the Year Award, and in 2003 Eric was named as one of the "Twenty-Five Most Influential People in Real Estate and Technology." Prior to Fusion, Eric was EVP and Founder at Suntech Systems. There he oversaw business development and communications and broadband technologies. Suntech grew 800 percent during Eric's tenure. Eric is a Phi Beta graduate of Davidson College, and conducted masters and doctorate studies at Northwestern University, where he received high honors. He holds a BICSI RCDD and a master electrician’s license.

Eric Frost
Center for Technology and Infrastructure
San Diego State University

Eric Frost is a structural geologist by formal training, teaching oil-and-gas exploration, remote sensing, and sensor networks at San Diego State University. By trying to link colleagues in areas such as Central Asia to SDSU, he became involved in fiber and telecommunications and has focused on the application of this infrastructure for both solving problems and improving business.

He directs the Homeland Security Master's Degree Program, is Co-Director of the SDSU Viz Center, Co-Director of the Center for Information Technology and Infrastructure (, Co-Director of the Center for Homeland Security, Director of the Center for Advanced Water Technologies, and also the Central Asia Research and Remediation Exchange. His focus is on fiber transport internationally, especially to China, Indonesia, Central Asia and Mexico.

With Bob Welty who is Co-Director for most of these efforts and John Graham, Chief Scientist of Viz Center, Frost has helped create a rapid prototyping environment to use fiber networks as a delivery device for humanitarian relief during disasters such as Banda Aceh and Katrina and to prepare for international involvement to assist with a global response to avian flu and terrorism. Much of this work is done in association with the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and business, governmental, and academic partners worldwide.

Michael L. Glaser
Michael L. Glaser heads the Telecommunications Department of Shughart Thomson & Kilroy, P.C., with offices in Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and Arizona. Mr. Glaser has more than 40 years� experience in the telecommunications industry, including service with the Federal Communications Commission. Mr. Glaser specializes in the practice of telecommunications law, representing persons and entities in the telecommunications industry on diverse matters and issues before the Federal Communications Commission, state public utility commissions, federal and state courts and arbitration and mediation panels. His practice includes representation of telecommunications carriers, both domestic and international, satellite transmission companies and users, wireless providers, private communications system providers and users, private property owners and real estate developers, with respect to the interpretation and application of federal and state telecommunications laws.

Mr. Glaser is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, the states of Maryland and Colorado, and the American and Federal Communications Bar Association. Mr. Glaser was organizer and served as the Chairman and Co-Chairman of the Communications Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association from 1991 � 2005, and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of that Section of the Bar Association. He is also admitted to practice before numerous federal district and circuit courts of appeal, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Glaser has authored and lectured in the Continuing Legal Education program in the State of Colorado, and before various organizations in the telecommunications industry.

Mr. Glaser was educated at George Washington University in Washington, DC, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1961. He graduated from the George Washington University School of Law in 1965, receiving a Juris Doctorate with honors. From 1965 � 1966, he served as law clerk to Associate Judge Frank H. Myers of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Mr. Glaser resides in Denver, Colorado, with his wife, the former Catherine Mary Connor. They are the parents of five children and they have three grandchildren.

Dan Glivar
Lawyer, Broadband Communications
Holland & Hart

Daniel J. Glivar has been practicing general corporate and transactional law with Holland & Hart LLP since 1992, during which time he has represented various business entities ranging from start-up companies to New York Stock Exchange companies.

Mr. Glivar's technology, licensing, intellectual property and broadband communications practice includes negotiating and drafting residential and commercial services agreements for video, digital phone, high-speed data (on-line) and dedicated access services. For more than a decade, Mr. Glivar also has represented cable, telephone and satellite companies in negotiating large hardware and software contracts to facilitate the development of their services delivery networks, including deals with companies such as Pioneer, Scientific-Atlanta, Motorola, Cisco, Siemens, Alcatel, Panasonic and Pace.

Tom Gruba
Senior Director of Marketing
MOTOwi4™ Portfolio
Networks and Enterprise Business Unit
Motorola, Inc

Tom Gruba is Senior Director of Motorola's MOTOwi4™ portfolio of wireless broadband solutions within the Networks and Enterprise business unit. He oversees branding, product marketing, segment marketing and marketing communications initiatives involving the MOTOwi4 portfolio and its wireless broadband access solutions, including: Fixed, WiMAX, Mesh and BPL (Broadband over Powerline).

Previously, Gruba was director of marketing for the Canopy Wireless Broadband Group and was with that group from its inception. He was an integral member of the team that launched the Canopy portfolio of products in June 2002.

He has been with Motorola for ten years and has served in various sales and marketing roles in both Motorola Networks and the Internet Content and Software Group. Prior to joining Motorola, Gruba held numerous management roles at Lucent Technologies.

Gruba earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Electronic Engineering Technologies from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.

Ghattas Hajjo
VP Sales & General Manager
MCW Solutions

Ghattas Hajjo is one of the founders of MCW Solutions, which provides builders and developers turnkey systems in support of Voice, Video, Data & Security. Mr. Hajjo has over sixteen years of technology-oriented experience. Currently, Mr. Hajjo serves as VP of Sales and General Manager for MCW, a Washington DC based service provider. Prior to that, Mr. Hajjo held executive business development and sales roles with Veritas Software, BMC Software, and several other Market leading IT firms.

MCW specializes in the design and integration of converged systems for the aforementioned applications. In the last 3 years MCW has become the market leader for vertical construction in the DC Metropolitan area. Customers include: JPI, Diamond Properties, Broadway, Lowes Enterprises, JBG, Abdo, Eastbanc and many others.

David Hanchette
Vice President, Marketing

The Home Systems marketplace is an exciting place to be and Dave Hanchette has been a player in the sales and marketing arena of this business for over 15 years. Whether struc-tured wiring, multi-room audio, residential automation, lighting or any segment of Home Systems, Dave Hanchette has been a passionate proponent of growth for this market-place. He is an active member of the CEA Board of Industry Leaders, past board member of the CEA TechHome board and is a past president of the Home Automation & Net-working Association. He has served on the TechHome (HANA) board since 1997, sits on the Marketing Committee and is an active participant in the Mark of Excellence Awards program. He is a sitting board member of the Multi-Room Audio Video Council at CEA and represents On-Q Legrand on the Promotions committee. Over the past decade he has served on a number of industry groups including the CEMA IHS Division board, Inte-grated Home Systems Market Research committee, and the Consortium for Electronics Systems Technicians Training task force. As vice president, marketing for On-Q/Legrand he leads On-Q’s marketing team, is responsible for the On-Q brand, and manages the marcom, services, program and research activity. While directing the strategic marketing activities for On-Q he has been very active in driving the On-Q Builder and Dealer Pro-grams. Prior to joining On-Q Legrand, Mr. Hanchette was the vice president of sales and marketing for HAI, a leader in the residential systems business. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University and resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with his lovely wife and two children.

W. James Hettrick
Co-Founder, US-CCA,
Director Information Systems, Loma Linda, CA

W. James Hettrick is the visionary leader behind the award-winning
Loma Linda Connected Community Program (
At the City of Loma Linda, FTTX is required by law and is considered
'The Fifth Utility'. Mr. Hettrick, as Director of Information Systems at Loma Linda, guided the City through building code modifications by changing municipal codes and development agreements. The LLCCP created a “Design, Installation and Product Speci-fications” document for builders. LLCCP includes the design of self-healing metropoli-tan fiber rings with point-to-point Active Ethernet FTTX systems delivering100Mbps bi-directionally over a single fiber strand to the premises capable of serving state of the art Voice, Video, and Data. In March of 2006, Mr. Hettrick, on behalf of the LLCCP, was awarded the Networking Award for Innovation in Gigabit Applications at the Corpora-tion for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) Annual Conference in Oakland, CA. He is the recipient of the 2005 2nd Annual FTTXcellence Award, voted by his peers to recognize contributions to the deployment of optical access networks in North America and the Broadband Properties Annual Cornerstone Award for The Most Creative FTTH Deployment. In addition to serving the City of Loma Linda, Mr. Hettrick is the Chairman of the Board for the U.S. Connected Communities Association ( AND he finds time to run a successful consulting business ( Founded in 2005, the US-CCA helps communities understand and manage their communications future by providing a foundation for standards develop-ment, education awareness, non-partisan political advocacy, and systematic approaches to applying communications and broadband networking goals. The team at ISMS is focused on helping visionary business leaders successfully implement a Comprehensive Commu-nications Infrastructure to accomplish business goals effectively.

Richard Holtz

Richard Holtz is the CEO of InfiniSys, a multifamily technology consulting and Elec-tronic Architecture firm founded in 1989. He strongly advocates for the standards-based implementation of technologies that can be used by a broad range of consumers and up-graded for future services. Named one of the most influential people in real estate and technology, Richard frequently speaks at events centering on the business opportunities created by technology-based amenities. He has been instrumental in developing and im-plementing the concept of the NetworkedApartment™, the FTTA™ Fiber-to-the-Apartment system, and branded technology packages such as PostSmart™ (Post Proper-ties), and Roselink™ (Roseland Property Company). About InfiniSys, Inc.: InfiniSys, Inc. is a leading designer of innovative technology amenity systems for today’s finest apartments, condominiums, and mixed-use developments. InfiniSys has won numerous awards, including the 2004 CEA TechHome “Mark of Excellence” Award for the Multi-Unit System of the Year. The firm created the FTTA™ Fiber-to-the-Apartment system, the NetworkedApartment™, Wireless in the Unit, and the iPod® Apartment Home. In-finiSys offers a nationwide network of professional installers and integrators, and also offers service provider contract negotiation services. InfiniSys, Inc. is based in Daytona Beach, with offices in Woodland Hills and Princeton. For more information about Infini-Sys, visit

Art Hubacher
Costlow & Hubacher

Arthur S. Hubacher is a founding partner of Costlow & Hubacher, P.L.L.C., a Washing-ton, D.C. law firm established in 2001 to focus on telecommunications and technology issues for the real estate industry. Mr. Hubacher assists developers, owners and managers of commercial and residential multi-unit properties, REITs, condominium developers, single-family developers, and condominium and homeowners associations in a wide range of technology and telecommunications matters. On behalf of his clients, Mr. Hu-bacher has negotiated a significant number of local and national service contracts and marketing agreements with the nation's largest cable, telephone and Internet companies. He also assists clients in such areas as business planning and ancillary service strategy; dispute resolution pertaining to the termination and transition of video, Internet, and te-lephony services at commercial and residential properties; inside wiring disputes; ease-ment and license drafting and analysis, mandatory access disputes along with other "ac-cess to premises" issues; the impact of telecommunication industry trends, mergers and acquisitions on the real estate industry; and the effect of existing and proposed federal and state policies, laws and utility regulations on the multi housing industry. Mr. Hu-bacher also represents clients in litigation and regulatory matters in venues such as the Federal Communications Commission, state regulatory commissions, and the U.S. Copy-right Office. Mr. Hubacher is routinely involved in promoting the development of com-petition in the telecommunications industry and in helping his real estate clients benefit from such competition.

Mustafa Kaddoura
Executive Director, Fixed Networks
Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co., Dubai Internet City

Mustafa Kaddoura writes: "I have joined the Telecom industry as Network Engineer working for 4 years for one of the strongest Gulf State incumbents. I then moved to work for Dubai Internet City — the first Triple Play Operator in the region — as Telecom Consultant specializing in Metro Ethernet Technology and IP-based services. Just recently, du, the new integrated telecom state company, has acquired DIC’s Telecom business unit and moved to du. Currently I am the fixed network executive director at du. I have planned, developed and deployed very many advanced IP infrastructure and services, including managed IP-Telephony, High Definition IP-TV and managed VPNs — all using leading-edge technology".

Carl Kandutsch
Former FCC lawyer,
Contributing Editor, Broadband Properties

Dr. Kandutsch holds a B.A. degree from Johns Hopkins University, a Ph.D. from Yale University, and a J.D. from the University of Washington.

After seven years of private practice in Portland, Maine, Dr. Kandutsch spent several years as a Staff Attorney in the FCC’s Cable Bureau. While at the FCC, Dr. Kandutsch had a prominent role in drafting revisions to the FCC’s rules governing the disposition of cable inside wiring. He also took a lead role in analyzing the impact of the AT&T/MediaOne and AOL/Time Warner mergers on the markets for broadband services, and in the Commission’s cable modem proceeding.

Since leaving the FCC, Dr. Kandutsch has operated a private legal and consulting practice dealing with broadband issues generally, and the private cable industry particularly. He has extensive experience working closely with both property owners/managers and broadband providers in the multi-family dwelling (MDU) environment.

Mary Kane
Senior Counsel


Josh Katz
Vice President
Roseland Property Management

Josh Katz has spent the last five years developing and implementing Roseland Property Company's technology strategy for apartment, condominium and town home communities. Prior to working at Roseland, Josh owned a boutique concierge service and worked in the field of entertainment and corporate security in Los Angeles, CA. Josh is a graduate of Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ and he lives in New York City with his wife Jill, daughter Alexa, and Maggie the dog.

Kevin Kirkland
Vice President, Sales

Mr. Kirkland has over 13 years experience in the telecommunications industry. He is a 1992 graduate of Elon College, where he earned a BS degree in Communications. He worked for the commercial long distance provider, Cable & Wireless, Inc., and held a wide variety of sales-related positions, including Manager, Corporate Sales Training, re-sponsible for managing the domestic and international sales training program for CWI and its subsidiaries in North America and the West Indies. As a result of the Telecommu-nications Act of 1996, he transitioned into the CLEC business with Metropolitan Fiber Systems, later known as UUNet & WorldCom. Mr. Kirkland was hired as one of the original 26 employees at OnePoint Communications in 1997 and worked in Senior Sales Management. Verizon Communications purchased OnePoint Communications in January 2001. Mr. Kirkland held several positions with Verizon Avenue, including Director, Business Development; Regional Director and Vice President, MDU Sales. Mr. Kirkland joined Foxcom in November 2005 as Vice President, Sales. He is responsible for world-wide sales for both of Foxcom’s fiber optic product lines and manages Sales Directors located in North America, United Kingdom, and Israel. Mr. Kirkland is located in Evanston IL, a suburb of Chicago. He is married and has a 17-month-old-daughter, Katie Leigh Kirkland.

George Kiser
Managing Partner
Kellswater, Bridge Community

George Kiser is Managing Partner of Kellswater Bridge Development, LLC, developers of Kellswater Bridge, a 360 acre TND community with 900 homes, town center and larger commercial, retail and office park in Kannapolis, NC.

George received a B.S. Degree in Applied Mathematics from North Carolina State University and returned to his hometown of Kannapolis to work as a computer programmer and systems engineer for Cannon Mills, Inc. His career path from that point has given him extensive training and experience in several fields which have all come together to contribute to the development of Kellswater Bridge. Always keeping his home in Kannapolis, he spent four years as a systems engineer and marketing representative for the IBM Corporation; twenty-five years in real estate brokerage and residential development and construction, most of that time as President of his own company; three years as an independent agent selling products and services throughout the southeast for a company which developed and distributed enhanced telephony services and products; and five years as President and CEO of a technology marketing company. He has received numerous accolades and achievement awards in each profession.

He has been very involved, both as a participant and leader, in dozens of church, civic and service oriented organizations over the years, including serving as President of the Kannapolis Chamber of Commerce, the Kannapolis Rotary Club and the Concord-Kannapolis Board of Realtors. Among the many recognitions he has received are the Paul Harris Fellowship Award and the Chamber of Commerce "Business of the Year" award.

George married his high-school sweetheart, Jane and they celebrated their 45th anniversary in August. They are the parents of three children and have 7 grandchildren.

Tibor F. T. van Melsem Kocsis
Commercial Director

Tibor F. T. van Melsem Kocsis is Global Commercial Director for Emtelle, including responsibility for Product Management, Marketing, Sales Support & Customer Service, and Project Management.

Until 2004, he worked for Emtelle Europe responsible for Marketing and for Sales in Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

Prior to joining Emtelle in 2001, Tibor van Melsem Kocsis worked with MCI WorldCom as senior manager strategy and planning EMEA and with Vodafone Netherlands as business development and strategy manager. In this role he dealt with a variety of issues, including: innovation, new product development and partnerships.

Tibor van Melsem Kocsis holds a degree in Economics from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, a post graduate Business-Strategy and a degree from IMD in Lausanne.

Since April 2006 he has been a board member of the European FTTH Council.

Lars Krumme
EVP, Sales Marketing, Co-Founder

Diane Kruse
Chair, Board of Directors, FTTH Council,
CEO, Founder, ZoomyCo

Diane Kruse is the founder and CEO of Zoomy Communications, a leader in the Fiber-to-the-Home industry. She has 20 years of telecommunications industry experience, the last 11 as an entrepreneur starting and managing successful telecommunication companies. Ms. Kruse has provided management consulting and negotiation consulting services for AT&T Broadband, Media One, Qwest, 360 Networks, and Level 3 Communications, and held numerous sales management positions with Sprint Communications. She developed Business and Financial Plans for several municipalities that are deploying community broadband services and FTTH networks, and wrote the Statewide Telecommunications and Broadband Services Plan for the State of Colorado. Ms. Kruse currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Fiber-to-the-Home Council, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, educate and accelerate Fiber-to-the-Home deployments.

Glen Lang
CEO & Founder
Connexion Technologies

Glen Lang is the founder and CEO of Connexion Technologies, and the primary individual responsible for the unique business strategy of Connexion, a wholly owned subsidiary of Capitol Broadband. Glen has been in the technology marketing business for 25 years including contributing roles with Sun Microsystems, Control Data Corporation, and Intergraph. In 1991 Glen and his business partners founded Accura Innovative Services with Glen as acting CEO. Accura Software Development Company specialized in client server computing. It grew to $10M dollars in sales in an 18 month period and was subsequently sold to a public company. In the 1990's Glen did mergers and acquisitions consulting for Fortune 500 companies and participated as a founder in two communication company startups which were venture capital funded, one of which went public.

In November of 1997, Glen was elected to the Cary Town Council on a balanced growth platform. He was elected Mayor of Cary, NC in 1999 with his term expiring in 2003. Cary is a town of 100,000 people adjacent to Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. While serving as Mayor, Glen became involved in the assessment of advanced communications to serve the town of Cary. While serving as mayor, the Council commissioned a survey of the viability of fiber-to-the-home technology. The demand for services demonstrated by this study led to the development of Capitol Broadband and the subsequent development of Connexion Technologies.

The Hon. Hilda Legg
Broadband Advocate
Vice Chair, Broadband Properties
Former National Administrator, USDA Rural Utilities Service

Hilda Legg is one of the country's most prominent and visible broadband advocates and champions. Her powerful message about how broadband is a key to economic development and improved quality of life is having an impact on policy makers, corporations, and educators across America. Ms. Legg served as the 15th Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), where she put her convictions into action by enabling a wide range infrastructure improvements. Ms. Legg recently assumed the post of Vice Chair of Broadband Properties Magazine.

Appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by a unanimous vote of the U.S. Senate on September 27, 2001, Ms. Legg administered a $6 billion loan and grant program for the infrastructure needs of rural America through Water and Environmental, Telecommunications and Rural Electrification Programs. RUS is part of USDA's Rural Development mission area, which also includes agencies that serve rural housing, rural business, and community facility needs. As a result of her experience, Ms. Legg has a unique overview of the needs of rural America as it evolves into a diverse economy. In both public and private life, she has been committed to encouraging economic growth while helping improve the quality of life in all of rural America.

A long-time advocate of holistic approaches to economic development in rural America, Ms. Legg entered public service in Washington, D.C. from The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky, where she served seven years as Executive Director and CEO. She was responsible for the overall management of the state-of-the-art facility as well as program development and outreach. The Center, whose concept is based on a holistic approach, is considered a national model for economic development.

In 1990, Ms. Legg was appointed by President George Bush as Alternate Federal Co-Chairman for the Appalachian Regional Commission in Washington, D.C. Her primary responsibilities were to represent and promote the economic policies for the region's 21 million people, and to assist in the management of a $190 million budget aimed at job creation, building infrastructure, education and workforce training and numerous research programs relative to rural economic development.

Other career highlights include: During the late 1980's, Ms. Legg was Director of Admissions and a faculty member at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky. From 1985 to 1987, she was the Field Representative in the Bowling Green office of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell. Ms. Legg served in the Reagan Administration at the U.S. Department of Education. She started her professional career as a teacher in the Adair County Schools and is certified both as an administrator and counselor. She remains active in education issues by serving as Vice Chair, Alice Lloyd College Board of Trustees, and on Campbellsville University's Advisory Board.

She is a graduate of Campbellsville University and received her master's degree at Western Kentucky University. She finished the Senior Executive Program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Laurance Lewis
Finance Advisor & Strategic Consultant
Aggregate Networks

Mr. Lewis applied his past 15 years of Law, Telecommunications, Corporate Real Estate, Entrepreneurial deal structuring and negotiating experience to co-conceive Aggregate Networks. Mr. Lewis is principally responsible for Legal Counsel, Planning & Implementation, Business Development, and Strategic Alliances. Laurance's background in real estate, finance & telecommunications law has led to a vital role in the process of shepherding municipal & corporate clients through the tenuous and complicated process of contract negotiations throughout project development for infrastructure.

Previously, Mr. Lewis was in private law practice in Chicago, IL and represented commercial and residential real estate investors and developers. Laurance then formed a real estate brokerage, investment and development company and specialized in representing primarily telecommunications and high-tech companies on a national and international basis, including AT&T Wireless, Honeywell, Inc., NationsBank, Intermec, Switch & Data Facilities Co., and other clients of his firm. Mr. Lewis was also the primary point of contact for a strategic alliance with McLeodUSA, one of the largest competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) in America.

Mr. Lewis received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Minnesota, is an active member of the American and Chicago Bar Association, and has been a featured seminar speaker for the Real Property Section of the Chicago Bar Association. He has also presented at numerous conferences, including the FTTH Council Conference, Intelligent Cities and the APPA Community Broadband Committee.

Aggregate Networks current and past clients include RKI, International, Ltd., Optical Entertainment Networks, Endavo Media & Communications, FTTH Communications, Inc., Truckee Donner Public Utility District, and Eagle Broadband.

James MacNaughton
Telecommunications Specialist
Law Office of W.J. MacNaughton

W. James MacNaughton is an AV rated attorney with twenty-five years experience in all aspects of the delivery of telecommunications and video services to PUD’s and MDU’s. His clients include major real estate developers, private cable operators and homeowner’s associations throughout the U.S.

Stephen Mayo
President & Owner

Stephen Mayo is a leading technology consultant focusing on "last mile" strategies for campus environments — including commercial, retail, mixed-use, and master-planned communities. He has implemented and managed large-scale networks for companies, institutions, and communities and has provided consulting and design services for the State of Michigan's proposed statewide broadband network . . . In 1984, Steve joined the University of Michigan to build the largest, single-site telecommunications systems in the country which included rewiring over 300 buildings, and installing 13 telephone central offices and remote switching centers. Steve also spent two years as the Associate Vice President of Telecommunications at Purdue University; he was responsible for the integration of the telephone, data, and video networks and shaped the staff into a converged network team. Steve's role included reaching out to the State of Indiana and it's communities to assist in the planning and deployment of broadband networks. Successes included the award of $10 million to construct a statewide fiber backbone interconnecting the major urban areas across the state (ILight2).

In 1998 Steve created Inteleconnect, Inc. to focus on next-generation technology solutions for residential communities, businesses, and commercial. Steve is currently deploying fiber to the home within several projects (2,000 homes) in the Orlando area. Other projects include: St. Joe Valley Metronet — a municipal fiber network across St. Joseph County, Indiana. . . . Playa Vista, Los Angeles, one of largest master-planned communities in the country . . . The Naval Training Center, San Diego — 209 new single-family and 138 multi-family homes, 495,000 sf. of educational space, 380,000 sf. of new office/R&D facilities, two hotel sites with 1,000 rooms, and a mixed use precinct . . . Canyon Hills, Lake Elsinore, Calif. — perhaps the most exemplary of all of Pardee Home's master-planned communities. Steve was awarded "connected community of the year" for California in 2003 by CENIC for the Canyon Hills project.

Gregory McDonald
Director of Telecommunications
Camden Property Trust

Greg presently is the Director of Telecommunications for Camden Property Trust. He has worked for Camden for the past ten years. Initially, he was hired as Camden’s Technical Operations Manager for CamTel (Camden’s former telephone company). He supports new development and existing portfolio telecommunications needs for the company. In addition, Greg is responsible for the utility management programs which are being devel-oped. Prior to working for Camden, Greg worked for fifteen years in the cable television and telephone industries. To help support the MDU industry, Greg has spoken at numer-ous trade and technology conferences. Greg has lobbied at State and Federal levels, through multiple trade organizations to support the interests of the MDU industry and Camden. Greg received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Texas A&M University in 1985. He also served in the United States Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve for ten years. He is the father of three children and resides with his family in Katy, Texas.

Charles Noel, Jr.
Dir. of Broadband Services
Fairfield Residential


Jorge Ortiz
Chief Executive Officer


Henry Williams Pye
Assistant Vice President of Resident Services and Technology
JPI Partners, LLC

Henry Pye is the Chairman of the 2006 Broadband Properties Summit Multifamily Pro-gram. Henry currently serves as the Assistant Vice President of Resident Services and Technology for JPI Partners, LLC. He is responsible for coordinating the financial, legal, technical, and operating aspects of voice, video, and data services, unit and building ac-cess control, lifestyle and comfort technologies, and other low voltage amenities and systems for JPI�s developments, acquisitions, and third party communities. He also man-ages JPI�s efforts with regard to sustainable and high-efficiency design, LEED certifica-tion, California Title 24 compliance, and energy management. Since 2000, Henry has co-ordinated the Resident Services and Technology for over 100 communities in 29 States, Ontario, and the District of Columbia. In 2002 and 2006, Broadband Properties Magazine included Henry in its quadrennial listing of the Most Influential People in Real Estate & Technology.

Henry was a Management Trainee at JPI from 1998 to 2001. As a management trainee, Henry worked in JPI�s Market Research, Student Living, Luxury Multifamily, Project Finance, and Information Services departments.

Henry received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Duke University in 1992. He entered the Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration program at Vanderbilt University that same year. For family reasons, Henry transferred to Southern Methodist University in 1994. In 1997, Henry received his Master of Business Admini-stration degree from the Cox School of Business and his Juris Doctor degree from the Dedman School of Law. Henry passed the Texas Bar in 1997, but decided not to prac-tice. Henry is also a BICSI Registered Residential Installer.

Henry serves on the National Committee for the Campaign for SMU and is a mentor and associate board member for the Cox School of Business. He is also a member of the Dur-ham Academy Alumni Council. Finally, he serves as co-chairperson of the Catholic Community of St. Thomas More Information Technology Committee.
Henry telecommutes from Durham, North Carolina where he lives with his wife, Sybil, sons, A. Kenneth and Jack Ross, and dog, Memphis.

Bryan Rader
CEO & Founder

Bryan J. Rader has been actively involved in the cable TV industry for many years, with his primary focus on improving cable services and creating special features for real estate owners.

In early 1996, he formed MediaWorks with several private investors from the real estate industry. His unique perspective of cable TV comes from the "customer's viewpoint" and has given MediaWorks an edge in creating specialized products, and bundling important services to satisfy apartment residents, all while considering the needs of the building owner.

In a short period of time, MediaWorks has become a leader known for its marketing and customer service skills, serving over 40,000 units and 23,000 subscribers and 6,000 broadband customers. MediaWorks was recently honored with the Cornerstone Award for "Cable Company of the Year" for 2002 and 2003. Mr. Rader was also listed as one of the "25 Most Influential People in Real Estate and Technology" in 2002, and as one of the 2006 "Fiber Champions for the Multi Family Market".

MediaWorks offers analog cable, digital tiers and high-speed Internet and has partnered with VONAGE® to provide MediaWorks' broadband customers with VOIP digital voice solution.
Mr. Rader is a frequent speaker to various real estate organizations, including the National Apartment Association (NAA), National Multi-Housing Council Technology Forum, Satellite Broadcasters and Communication Association (SBCA), SkyForum, and The Carmel Group. He also authored several articles on "technology’s impact on the real estate market."

He serves as Chairman of the Independent Multi-Family Communications Council (IMCC), the industry's trade association based in Washington, D.C. He also is a Board Director for CoaxMedia, an Atlanta; Georgia based high-speed Internet Technology Company, and writes a monthly column called "Provider Perspective" for Broadband Properties magazine.

In addition, Mr. Rader serves on the Board of Advisors for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Rehabilitation Centers. He also founded the "Little One Walk/Fun" which supports Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and the Autism Research Institute.

Mr. Rader was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He completed his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Marketing at the University of Missouri and his post-graduate at St. Louis University.

Thomas Reiman
Founder & President
The Broadband Group

Thomas A. Reiman, founder and President of The Broadband Group (TBG), has been active in the field of telecommunications and land development since 1979. Through his combination of land entitlement, development, and telecom expertise, Tom has led The Broadband Group to represent many of America's largest Master Planned Communities. TBG's influence and planning expertise has also been instrumental in the creation of high-fiber broadband connected communities throughout the nation. Through these engagements, The Broadband Group has earned the respect and cooperation of Regional Bell Operating Companies, Cable TV Multiple System Operators, Internet Service Providers, and other network partners.

In addition to telecommunications consulting services, the firm has represented the nation"s largest shareholder owned utility, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). Mr. Reiman directed the Wellington, New Zealand "Telecity" project, led an Electronic Commerce Consortium for the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC) in Austin, Texas, and recently created and directs the industry leading RBOC Fiber-to-the-Home Community in Brambleton, VA. Mr. Reiman’s experience includes ownership of a Cable Television Multiple Systems Operator, consultancies to multiple regional Bell Operating Companies, and advisory roles to national Competitive Local Exchange Carriers.

Michael Render

Michael Render is president of Render, Vanderslice & Associates, the premier U.S. market research firm in the area of fiber-to-the-home and fiber-to-the-premise. Render Vanderslice & Associates has a 30-year history of diverse market research service.
Render has overseen a census of North American FTTH deployments for each of the last three years and has been quoted in national publications such as Business Week and The Wall Street Journal. Render is a frequent speaker at conferences dealing with FTTH/FTTP, and has been invited to update officials at the Federal Communications Commission and other federal agencies regarding the progress of the technology.
Render has several articles published on issues related to innovation in the practice of both consumer and business-to-business oriented market research. In addition to his work in broadband, Render has consulted with a wide range of firms ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to promising start-ups. He has served on the board of directors of both non-profit organizations and high technology corporations.

Mayor Graham Richard
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Wired and Inspired to Compete in the Flat World

Wired and inspired. That�s the mantra of Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard. Wired, because Fort Wayne is becoming one of the most technologically connected cities in America. Inspired, because Richard is on a mission to turn city government into a lean, results-producing, customer-focused driver of an economically thriving city.

In his second term as mayor of Indiana�s second-largest city, Richard has helped taxpayers save more than $10 million through improvements and efficiencies in city government services. He�s helped leverage more than $200 million in investments to revitalize the urban core, including a Regional Public Safety Academy that already is attracting national attention.

A former Indiana state senator, business owner and strategic advisor, Richard brought that expertise to city government in 2000 when he began his first term as mayor. He�s also brought high performance to city government using Lean Six Sigma. The business practice, made popular by GE and other high-powered companies, is one of the business tools Richard has used to build a better city to gain and retain jobs.

Technology is at the core of Fort Wayne�s transformation. Thanks to over a $90 million investment from Verizon, more than 110,000 Fort Wayne residents and businesses are connected to high speed fiber optics. All Fort Wayne public schools are connected with fiber, the first city in Indiana to be fully wired.

The city�s iTeams are charged with finding ways to use technology to improve citizens� lives. iTeams are launching new programs that are helping bridge the digital divide, making virtual medicine a reality and bringing new technologies to help serve citizens better and faster.

Mayor Richard has written several articles on Fort Wayne�s initiatives and recently completed his first book, �Performance is the Best Politics,� which features the story of Fort Wayne�s transformation to a high performance government.

He has delivered keynote presentations and speeches to many audiences, including �How to Use Lean Six Sigma to Produce a High Performance Government� at Lean Six Sigma Summits in Miami, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. In December 2005, the Brookings Institution hosted Mayor Richard for a presentation on �Fort Wayne: Wired and Inspired to Compete in the Flat World.� Mayor Richard also addressed the Winter 2006 U.S. Conference of Mayors on the same subject.

Mayor Richard has received national awards for his technology leadership, including the Fiber-to-the-Home Council�s 2005 Star Award for being a leader in broadband technology. Mayor was recognized as one of the top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers by �Government Technology� magazine for his significant contributions to the digital government movement. In addition, the Public Technology Institute awarded Mayor Richard with the 2006 Tech Leader Award.

He developed the Fort Wayne Enterprise Center, Indiana�s first industrial incubator in the state�s first Urban Enterprise Zone. He founded the Northeast Indiana Business Assistance Corporation, sponsored the Small Business Development Center, and was a founder of the Northeast Indiana TQM Network. Mayor Richard was also a partner in the firm of Ruffolo Richard LLC, which provided advisory services to business owners in management-led buyouts, capital sourcing and corporate turnarounds. He helped breathe new life into companies through new management, better financing and local leadership.

Mayor Richard is an energized leader, whose passion for public service began at a young age while he was growing up in Fort Wayne. A graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, Mayor Richard is a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities and the Democratic Leadership Council.

Steven S. Ross
Broadband Properties

Steven S. Ross is a long-time technology writer and former Columbia University professor and is also the Editor-in-Chief of Broadband Properties Magazine. The national publication (www. is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for ultra-connected communities.

Ross is a highly respected journalist and an expert on broadband technologies. He also has domestic and international expertise in architecture, land-use planning, business, and education.

Since the dawn of the commercial World Wide Web in 1993, Ross has been conducting annual surveys on media and cyberspace, with special emphasis on how emerging technologies shape Internet use. He has consulted on these issues for the Pulitzer Prize board at Columbia and for some of the world’s largest media companies and foundations.

Ross is well known in journalism circles for his CD-ROM-based instructional software and for his expertise in distance learning and computer-assisted reporting, also known as “analytic journalism.”

Ross holds a BS in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MS in Journalism from Columbia. He has authored or edited 19 books, including a massive, continually updated encyclopedia of computer technology and major reference books on land-use planning, product safety, and environmental issues. He has edited magazines and newsletters for McGraw-Hill, MBA Communications, Boardroom Publishing and others. He’s won numerous technical, professional and journalistic awards.

He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists and has taught statistics in academic and industrial settings.

His community government experience includes more than a decade on the planning board and environmental commission of Leonia, New Jersey, and two stints as President of New Jersey Environmental Lobby. He helped establish the New Jersey Environmental Education Fund in 1983. He has lectured and consulted in 84 countries.

Ross taught for 19 years at Columbia University. He was on the full-time faculty of the Graduate School of Journalism, which he helped computerize in the 1980s and where he established the world’s first courses in analytic journalism. He had been an adjunct there as early as 1973, when he taught the world’s first courses in environmental reporting. He was teaching online database access as early as 1979 at Columbia, in a pioneering national reporting course.

David Schwehm
Director, National Sales
Time Warner Cable


Mark Scifres


Tim Scott
VP Marketing

Tim has over 10 years experience in the IP networking industry beginning his career in England working in the Systems Integration channels. Tim later moved to Cisco Systems, starting in the Netherlands before taking on a Sales management role based in Dubai in the Middle East.

Tim is a seven-year veteran of Cisco Systems and the recipient of many awards and accolades for his recent work in the Middle East markets. Tim has a solid understanding of the network requirements needed to deploy IP services such as IP voice having successfully led at the time, the largest IP Telephony deployment in Cisco’s history.

Within Cisco, Tim held various Sales management and Business Development roles with a primary emphasis on customer adoption of New Technologies. Tim has been deeply involved in Government technology initiatives as well as large Enterprise and Carrier markets.

Tim leads the Sales and Marketing activities at PacketFront Inc. as well as the North American Carrier strategy.

Tim resides in Massachusetts but hails from Ireland where he graduated from the University of Ulster with an Honors degree in Business Studies.

John Stadter


Richard Tatem
Director of MDU Product Development

Richard Tatem is the Director of MDU Product Development for DIRECTV. Richard is a registered Project Management Professional (PMP), with over 10 years of Product Development experience. Prior to joining DIRECTV in April 2005, he was responsible for managing the Consumer Division Set Top development group for Hughes Network Systems, where he oversaw all aspects of consumer set top products and related R&D activities.

He holds a BS.EE from Virginia Tech, MS EE from Georgia Tech, and a Post Masters Electrical Engineering Advanced Certification from Johns Hopkins.

Linda Trickey
Senior Legal Counsel
Cox Communications

Linda Trickey is Senior Counsel for Cox Communications. In that capacity, she provides legal support for MDU operations and commercial building access nationwide. In addition, Linda provides legal support for all aspects of Cox's residential high speed Internet service.

Matt Wenger
Area Director, The Americas

Matt's primary passion and area of expertise is the economics, policy and implementation of open access networks. Over the years he has received a number of recognitions for his work in North American community networking, open-access economics and policy, and ICT-based community development.

Prior to joining PacketFront in North America, Matt served as Vice-President of the Pacific Community Networks Association, as the founding Director of Information Technology for the Columbia Basin Trust (a large not-for-profit economic development organization) and as founder and Chairman of the BC Community Communications Cooperative.

Matt also founded and served as President of the Columbia Mountain Open Network, a community networking initiative spanning 137 rural communities over 90,000 sq kms in western Canada.

With PacketFront, Matt serves as the Area Director for the company's operations in North and South America. In this role Matt has had the pleasure of working with telecommunications initiatives around the globe examining the economics and impacts of networks in a wide variety of environments and helping their champions capitalize on best practices.

In addition to his role with PacketFront, Matt serves as an advisor to corporate boards and governments on telecommunications management, economics and policy, recently serving as an advisor to the Federal Government of Canada's Telecom Policy Review.

Marco Westenberg
Manager, Business Development
Volker Wessels Telecom


Masha Zager
Editor, Killer App &,
Telecommunications editor, Broadband Properties Magazine

Masha Zager is the editor of Broadband Properties' new applications section, Killer App, and its online version, In addition, she is a contributing editor to Broadband Properties Magazine, where she has responsibility for the Independent Telco section and writes for the magazine's News & Views section. She has contributed to many other technology and telecommunications publications, including NewsFactor Network, Rural Telecommunications, and Call Center Magazine. She is the former editor of Customer Service Newsletter and is the author or co-author of four books, most recently Absolute Sudoku.