Annual Conference - 2019 Annual Conference - Program

February 18th - 20th, 2019

The Westin Tampa Waterside Hotel on Harbour Island
725 S Harbour Island Blvd
Tampa, FL 33602

All items subject to change


Pre-Conference (Monday 2/18/2019):

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM -> Pre-Conference Session: EBS 101

This session is an introduction to EBS for newcomers and other attendees interested in learning or reviewing more about the history, technology, regulation and educational use of Educational Broadband Service.  Given the changes that continue to evolve in technology, education and regulations this session has something of value for everyone interested in EBS.

Speakers: Evan Carb, Principal, Law Offices of Evan Carb; Todd Gray, Partner, Gray Miller Persh LLP; Patrick Gossman, Deputy CIO, Wayne State University

Moderator: Lynn Rejniak, Chair, NEBSA, President and CEO, The Source For Learning, Inc.


Conference (Monday 2/18/2019)

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM -> Welcome & Keynote:  Adopting Technologies to Create Lifelong Learners

The tools and resources our students have at their disposal have created a need for a new set of skills. In today’s society, it's imperative for students to become passionate lifelong learners who have the ability to problem solve and manage an unknown future. Take a journey with Travis Allen to see what it takes to be a lifelong learner, and how technology will continue to shape the future of education.

Keynote Speaker:  Travis Allen, CEO iSchool Initiative

Welcome /Moderator: Lee Solonche, Executive Director, NEBSA

Keynote Sponsored by:  Views On Learning, Inc.


3:00 PM - 3:30 PM –> Break

Join your colleagues for refreshments, networking and more.

This Break Sponsored by:  Innovative Education Technology Fund

3:45 PM - 5:45 PM -> Washington Update: EBS and FCC Rulemaking

Washington based experts representing EBS licensees will provide a thorough analysis of the NPRM and an update on other regulatory and legislative matters that impact EBS licensees.

Speakers:  Ed Lavergne, Principal, Fish, Richardson, P.C.; Todd Gray, Partner, Gray Miller Persh LLP, Stephanie Weiner, Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

Moderator: Todd Gray, NEBSA Counsel, Partner, Gray, Miller Persh LLP


6:00 PM - 7:00 PM -> Opening Reception

Welcome to Tampa! Join the wonderful and diverse members of NEBSA and enjoy a great opportunity to network as we welcome you with refreshments to the 2019 NEBSA Conference.


Conference (Tuesday 2/19/2019)

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM -> Breakfast   

Join us for breakfast, welcome the day, and chat with colleagues prior to the day’s sessions. 


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM -> Breakfast Session: Leveraging Technology Opportunities  

As technology constantly evolves, increase your knowledge on new patterns and services emerging around the 2.5 GHz spectrum, 5G and Spectrum Access Systems. 

Speakers:  Minchul Ho, VP of Sales, Baicells; Robert Finch, President-Select Spectrum

Moderator: Robert Finch, President-Select Spectrum

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM -> Washington Update - EBS and the Sprint Merger

The proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile is now pending before the FCC.  This session will introduce the merger partners and their plans, update attendees on the merger proposal and its status, and examine how the merger would affect EBS licensees who have excess capacity leases with Sprint that would be assigned to the “New T-Mobile,” including possible conditions on approval of the merger that might have far-ranging potential impact on EBS licensees.

Speakers:  Donna Balaguer, Principal, Fish, Richardson, P.C.; Jim Goldstein, Senior Counsel at Sprint, Chris Wieczorek, Senior Director, Spectrum Policy, T-Mobile USA, Inc. and John Schwartz, President of Voqal.

Moderator:  Todd Gray, NEBSA Counsel, Partner, Gray, Miller Persh LLP


10:30 AM - 11:00 AM –> Break

Join your colleagues for refreshments, networking and more.

This Break Sponsored by:  Select Spectrum


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - > Towers, Vertical Real Estate, and In-Building Antennas

Utilization of tower, rooftops, building risers and other real-estate assets may allow for revenue but also present issues on negotiating best ways to move forward.  Learn how universities, colleges and schools are dealing with these issues.

Speakers:  Michael J. Belski ,Executive Vice President of Leasing and Marketing, Vertical Bridge Holdings, LLC; Alan Tantillo, Vice President of New Technologies, Vertical Bridge; Ray Baum, UC Boulder

Moderator: Mitch Steidl, Managing Director, QHS LL

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM -> Annual Member Meeting and Luncheon

Join us for lunch and the annual NEBSA meeting discussing important issues, recognizing membership and organizational accomplishments.  

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM -> EBS Impact: Progress Made - Lessons Learned

Three exciting Stories of Impact (from the floor of the Grand Canyon, to mobile signal on buses) will be featured in this panel discussion.

Speakers:  Nicole Lloyd, Telecommunications Engineer Senior Analyst, Radio DAS Supervisor, University Central Florida; Mariel Triggs, Chief Operating Officer, Mural Net; Chuck Ferrin, Senior Network Engineer, University of Colorado Boulder.

Moderator:  Jim Odom, Manager, Educational Television and KKSM Radio Operations, Vice-President, Administrative Association, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA.


3:15 PM - 3:45 PM –> Break

Join your colleagues for refreshments, networking and more.

This Break Sponsored by: Gray Miller Persh LLP


3:45 PM - 4:45 PM -> Featured Conference Presentation: Sprint Corporation

Sprint as a major corporation has been in the news as EBS deals with evolving changes.  Learn more as Sprint discusses current and potential future operations.

Speaker: Patty Tikkala, Vice President, Spectrum Management, Sprint Corporation 

Moderator: To Be Announced


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM -> Ask the Legal Experts

This session is an opportunity to hear final remarks and review legal issues with our legal panel.

Speakers: Jonathan Allen, Attorney, Rini, O’Neil; Todd Gray, Gray Miller Persh LLP; Donna Balaguer, Principal, Fish and Richardson, P.C.

Moderator: Lee Solonche, NEBSA Executive Director

Session Sponsored By:  Fish and Richardson, P.C.


6:30 PM - 8:30 PM -> Final Event - Dinner

Location To Be Announced

Traditionally a very popular event, cocktails, dinner, and opportunities for networking await.


NEBSA Board of Directors Meeting (Wednesday 2/20/2019)

8:00 PM - 12:00 PM -> Board Meeting

The NEBSA Board of Directors Annual Meeting