2008 Annual Convention
February 18-21, 2008
Fairmont Newport Beach Hotel
4500 MacArthur Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
"Focus on the Future!"
Was the theme for the NEBSA/NIA 2008 Annual Conference and
Meeting in February 2008, when NEBSA/NIA met in Newport
Beach, California to celebrate NIA's Thirtieth Anniversary and a
new identity for the Association that shows it is now working on
behalf of Educational Broadband Service (EBS) providers.
A lot has changed since 1978, and no where have the changes been
greater than in educational telecommunications.
So, from the time when attendees arrived in Newport Beach for the
Opening Reception On Monday, February 18th and until after the
Final Event on Wednesday evening, February 20th, they expected
that their time and money would be well spent and they were not
We stayed in the recently modernized Fairmont Newport
Beach Hotel with a $169 per night rate, single or double (S/D),
that was good from Saturday, February 16th through Friday,
February 22nd for those who wanted to add vacation time to
Most made their Hotel Reservations online, by clicking
As encouragement for prospective attendees to register right away,
we asked them to consider this
comment from a long time NIA Member who has been a regular
attendee at our Annual Meetings.....
"My attendance at last year's conference has paid for itself
several times over with the information I gleaned while we
pursue out lease. That to me is the ultimate benefit of
membership and attendance."
Once again the NEBSA/NIA Annual Convention covered the
waterfront of topics and issues that confront them as they seek to
preserve and obtain the maximum benefits from EBS spectrum.
They counted on expert advice on leasing, on what and when the
FCC is likely, or not likely, to do, and what their best moves
are on the white (unlicensed) space between them and other
And, they were asked to remember that the FCC still holds their licensee
responsible for assuring that their spectrum leases delivers
the required minimum educational service. At NEBSA/NIA
2008 they also heard from other licensees who are , or will be, dong
that and more.
And, there was more. Special tracks for educators & engineers.
2008 Annual Conference and Meeting
We were glad to see 187 attendees
in Newport Beach, CA!