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Loma Linda Workshop on FTTP Networks
April 6 - 7, 2006
Loma Linda, CA
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Loma Linda Workshop on
Fiber-To-The-Premises Networks
Living at the Speed of Light
A Towns & Technologies Event
April 6 - 7, 2006 - Loma Linda, CA
Civic Center
Loma Linda, CA
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Rebecca Eickley
Banc of America Securities LLC

Ms. Eickley joined the Banc of America Securities’ Southwest Public Finance Team in January 2004 and she heads the Team’s Phoenix Regional Office. Since that time, Ms. Eickley has served as Investment Banker on more than $3 billion in municipal debt offerings. She was the lead Investment Banker on the UTOPIA project, the largest fiber telecommunications municipal project built to date. Prior to joining BAS she served as the Finance & Energy Manager for the City of Scottsdale, Arizona for more than 11 years. In this capacity Ms. Eickley originated more than $1 billion of debt and provided financial analysis on multiple projects. On Ms. Eickley’s watch, Scottsdale achieved a triple A rating from all three rating agencies. Ms. Eickley has experience in corporate and municipal financing and in SEC reporting in diverse organizations including service and product sectors and public and municipal financing. Ms. Eickley holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Duquesne University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. She is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has resided in Arizona since 1990. Ms. Eickley holds the General Securities Representative (Series 7) and Uniform State Law (Series 63) NASD licenses.

Eric Frost
Co-Director For Information Technology & 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 (http://citi.sdsu.edu), 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.

Tom Henderson
Principal Researcher
ExtremeLabs, Inc.

As Managing Director of ExtremeLabs, Inc., Tom Henderson has been testing and evaluating wireless/WiFi infrastructure for years. Tom is also the Vice Chairman of the United States Connected Communities Association . ExtremeLabs performs systems analysis and performance testing in medium- to high-end networking and microprocessor-based systems platforms. Prior to ExtremeLabs, Tom was the senior vice president of Unitel, and its successor company, publicly traded Telecomm Industries Corporation (TCMM). TCMM was one of the largest interconnects in North America, and Tom's responsibilities were architectural/framework design, engineering overview and oversight, as well as serving as principal engineering liaison to business partners.

W. James Hettrick
Director of Information Systems
City of Loma Linda , CA

W. James Hettrick is the Director of Information Systems for the City of Loma Linda, California. He is the driving force behind the Loma Linda Connected Community Program (LLCCP). Mr. Hettrick has guided the City through the process of modifying the Building Code, utilizing municipal codes and development agreements. He collaborated on and created the LLCCP “Design, Installation and Product Specifications” document for builders. The LLCCP includes the design of self-healing metropolitan fiber rings, which allow the City to provide residents and local businesses with advanced data and telecommunication services. Mr. Hettrick is also the founder of Information Systems Management Solutions (www.is-ms.com), which focuses on leveraging the experience and technical achievements from Loma Linda for the benefit of other communities. 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 . He also received a Broadband Properties Annual Cornerstone Award in 2005 for “The Most Creative FTTH Deployment.”

Bill Moroney
President & CEO
United Telecom Council (UTC)
United Power Line Council (UPLC)

Bill Moroney is the President, Chief Executive Officer, and member of the Board of Directors of the United Telecom Council (UTC) and the United Power Line Council (UPLC). Bill also serves as the President, CEO and member of the Board of the United Power Line Council (UPLC), a new group recently created by UTC to drive the development of broadband over power line services. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Consumer Energy Council of America Research Foundation. Bill has spent that last 20 years as the leader of industry organizations driving technological change and convergence in networking and electronic commerce. Before joining UTC in 1998, Bill had served as the chief executive of the MultiMedia Telecommunications Association (MMTA), the Business Quality Messaging Forum (BQM Forum), the Electronic Messaging Association (EMA), the Electronic Funds Transfer Association (EFTA), and the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA).

Andrew J. Morris
Associate – Municipal Law Practice
Best Best & Krieger LLP

Andrew J. Morris is an Associate in the Municipal Law Practice Group of Best Best & Krieger LLP. He has significant experience with cable television and telecommunications issues, including the deployment of municipal fiber optic networks and the regulation of new communications technologies. Mr. Morris serves as the Assistant City Attorney for the Cities of Claremont and Corona , and as the Deputy City Attorney for the Cities of Aliso Viejo and Yorba Linda . He has a wide variety of experience, including drafting ordinances and resolutions, representing clients in negotiations with vendors and other private parties, drafting and amending contracts and agreements of all kinds, and advising city and district staff members. Mr. Morris also has extensive experience with planning and land use issues, solid waste franchises, and public contracting.

Gregory P. Powers
Best Best & Krieger LLP

Gregory P. Powers is an Associate in the Irvine office of Best Best & Krieger LLP, and is a member of the firm’s Municipal Law, Special Districts, and Eminent Domain Practice Groups. He is assisting several cities with the establishment and development of their fiber-optic networks, ensuring legal compliance with local, state and federal laws, including the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Mr. Powers’ transactional legal practice primarily focuses on energy law, public utilities, public contracting and construction, land use and planning, and telecommunications law. Mr. Powers is a member of the Energy Bar Association, the California Municipal Utilities Association, the American Public Power Association, the Southern California Public Power Authority, and the Energy Law and Governmental Law sections of the American Bar Association.

Michael Render
Render, Vanderslice & Associates

Michael Render is president of Render, Vanderslice & Associates, the premier U.S. market research firm for fiber-to-the-home and fiber-to-the-premises.  RVA has a 30-year history of diverse market research service and oversees the leading census of North America FTTH deployments. His research has been used to update officials at the FCC and other federal agencies on the progress of the technology. He received a Broadband Properties 2005 Cornerstone award for Public Policy.

Julie M. Van Fleet
Vice President of Government Affairs

Julie Van Fleet is vice president of government affairs for FirstMile.US. She brings a wealth of experience in advocating for academic, high technology and international research organizations. Over the last 10 years, her primary emphasis has been on gleaning political support for advanced network technologies and applications. Her bi-partisan political style and grass-roots approach to growing support are integral to the success of the FirstMile.US campaign to assure that every member of the American public has access to big broadband and will benefit from it.

Prior to joining the FirstMile.US team, Julie led the Communications and Outreach Task Force of the One Gigabit or Bust™ Initiative, a California centric effort to develop an action plan to bring one gigabit broadband to every home, school and business by 2010. During her discussions with national thought-leaders in information technology, the One Gigabit or Bust™ Initiative was lauded by many as a worthy goal for the entire nation, thus seeding the FirstMile.US goal of building demand for big broadband throughout the U.S.

Julie began her public relations career as a staff member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. After five years on Capitol Hill, she joined the staff of the President's National Commission on Space. Next, Julie was responsible for public and government relations at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), and the California Research and Education Federation Network (CERFnet). She was then responsible for external relations for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project, an unprecedented scientific joint venture among the Japanese, the European Union, the Russian Federation , and the U.S.

Julie remains the president of Van Fleet & Associates, a public and government relations management consulting firm, launched in 1996. Van Fleet & Associates provides clients with effective communications and outreach strategies that achieve results via education outreach, advocacy, public policy, collateral materials, and media communications. For more information about Van Fleet & Associates, see www.vanfleet.us

Clients have included Aldea Communications, CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California), CommerceNet, Eastlund Scientific Enterprises Corporation, General Atomics, ITER, National LambdaRail, Public Interest Registry, SDSC, the UCSD Center for Energy Research, and the DOE Virtual Laboratory for Technology.

Julie has served on a range of community organizations, including the George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers (GGGAFC) Board of Directors, the USO Board of Directors, and is past president of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Board of Directors, San Diego Chapter.

Bob Whitman
Global Broadband Manager
Corning, Inc.

Bob Whitman is responsible for Corning Optical Fiber promotion, end-user customer support and business development for broadband throughout the various regions. Active for years in the promotion and education of fiber to the home (FTTH) including many national and international initiatives, he has significant knowledge of the myths and mis-conceptions that surround FTTH. He has also established strong working relationships with vendors of all types in the highly complex FTTH value chain.

Steven S. Ross 
Broadband Properties Magazine  

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.bbpmag.com) is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for ultra-connected and fiber-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 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 planning boards and environmental commissions. 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 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.

The Hon. Hilda Gay Legg
Former National Administrator
USDA Rural Utilities Service

A prominent broadband advocate and champion, Hilda Gay Legg served as the 15th Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service (RUS). 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 Endeavors: 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.

Ash Padwal
Allied Telesis Capital Corp.,

Ash Padwal is President of Allied Telesis Capital Corp., the technology-financing arm of Allied Telesis Holdings K.K. of Tokyo, Japan.  Founded in 1987, Allied Telesis Holdings K.K. is a diversified technology products and services conglomerate with operations in over 25 countries around the world.  Ash’s educational background includes multiple degrees in Engineering and Law, and he has over twenty years of experience working in the fields of business finance, law and regulatory affairs.

Rick Kitson
Public Communications Manager
City of Cupertino, CA

Rick Kitson is the Public Communication Manager for the city of Cupertino and oversees city telecom agreements including MetroFi and Comcast. He also manages city e-Services, government channel, webcasts, as well as the city’s Technology, Information and Communication Commission. Prior to that, he worked as Public Information Officer for the Santa Clara County Departments of Correction and Probation. He is past president of the California Association of Public Information Officials and currently sits on the Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Project Steering Committee. He has been with the city of Cupertino since 2001 and has been instrumental in the city’s media-integrated and award-winning Community Hall.

Eugene M. Eng
Director – Government and External Affairs

As Director – Government and External Affairs, Gene has responsibility for managing Verizon’s external affairs activities in California related to the construction of the Company’s state of the art fiber to the premises (FTTP) network and obtaining the associated video franchises with municipalities throughout the State.
Gene began his telecommunications career with the former GTE Hawaiian Telephone Company in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1983 and has held a variety of management positions in the operating regions and at the headquarters of the former GTE Telephone Operations group in Irving, Texas. Gene returned to Thousand Oaks, California in June 2002.
Gene has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Dallas and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Washington.

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