Conferences - 2022 Annual Conference Agenda

NEBSA 2022 – NEBSA Virtual Conference Agenda

Revised: 02/14/2022

"A New Day for 2.5 GHz"
February 28 - March 1, 2022


Please Note:

NEBSA Annual Member Meeting Scheduled Prior to Conference - 2/22/2022 at 1PM (ET)
Annual Meeting and Updates for NEBSA Membership

- All Agenda Items are Subject to Change
- All Times Noted are Eastern







DAY 1: MONDAY - 2/28/22

(All Times Noted are Eastern)


11:00 – 12:30 – Welcome and Keynote Presentation - The Next Trillion Dollar Platform - Robert Tercek

The NEBSA 2022 Conference is proud to welcome internationally recognized keynote speaker, Robert Tercek, author of Vaporized.

During his extensive career, Mr. Tercek has worked as a leader inside established media giants that were facing disruption and also as a co-founder of several disruptive startup ventures. He has served in senior executive leadership at MTV, Sony Pictures Entertainment and at The Oprah Winfrey Network, as President of Digital Media.

Mr. Tercek has provided business strategy and strategic insight to organizations including: Microsoft, Google, IBM, Docker, AT&T, Huawei, HPE, TimeWarner, NBC, PBS, InterPublic Group, Kohl’s, Aetna, and Ford Motor Company.

Mr. Tercek will be discussing the rapid emergence of new technologies and capabilities that have the potential to replace the current Internet paradigm.  What comes next will be decentralized, distributed, democratized and dematerialized. But that’s not all. The next computing platform will also digitize the entire planet, including cities, transportation, money and transactions, and the $40 trillion global supply chain.  Join us to learn more about the race to build The Next Trillion Dollar Platform.


Moderator – Lee Solonche, Executive Director, NEBSA

Keynote Speaker – Robert Tercek


1:00 – 2:30 - A New Day for 2.5 GHz - EBS Overview and Update

The past two years have seen unprecedented changes in EBS licensing and regulations.  There are now three distinct types of EBS licenses with different coverage, channelization, overlay status and performance requirements.  New license renewal requirements reflect heightened regulatory scrutiny, while changes in eligibility may result in seismic shifts in EBS license ownership.  Learn what you need to know now to understand the new EBS landscape and protect your interests.


Moderator/Presenter - Todd Gray, Partner, Gray, Miller, Persh, LLP

Presenters - Ed Lavergne, Principal, Fish & Richardson, P.C.

Jim Goldstein, Director Technology and Engineering Policy, T-Mobile


3:00 – 4:00 - A New Day for 2.5 GHz - EBS License Auction     

The FCC will soon be conducting Auction 108 to award over 8,000 new county-based EBS licenses on a competitive basis for all existing EBS “white space” in the country.    Learn about auction process and how to participate, as well as the effect of the auction on existing EBS license holders.


​Moderator - Andreas Bitzarakis, Academia Spectrum

Presenters - Mary O’Connor, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer

Steve Coran, Member, Lerman Senter


4:30 – 5:30 - A New Day for 2.5 GHz - Rural Tribal Licenses     

The FCC received over 400 EBS applications in the Rural Tribal Priority Filing Window in 2020, and hundreds of new licenses have been issued.   Learn about the regulatory requirements for these licenses, service area boundary and frequency overlap issues, and possible collaborations and partnerships to enhance Tribal deployments.


Moderator /Presenter – Mariel Triggs, CEO, Mural Net

Presenters – Dr. Michael Oltrogge, President, Nebraska Indian Community College

Justin Kocian, Chief Information Officer, Nebraska Indian Community College

Jon Cerny, Superintendent, Bancroft-Rosalie School District

George Tyler, Director of Spectrum Development, T-Mobile


Day One Concludes




DAY 2: TUESDAY - 3/1/22

(All Times Noted are Eastern)


11:00 – 12:00 - New 2.5 GHz Applications and Innovations

2.5 GHz continues to generate news with new business models, new roles, growing commercial interests, the expansion of Tribal licensees, 5G, and increased technological expectations. How are organizations innovating along with modifying operations and programming?


Moderator/Presenter – Brenda Watt, NEBSA Administrator

Steve Rovarino, Senior Business Development Management Director, Kajeet

Dr. Keisha King, Sr. National Education Administrator, T-Mobile

Dr. Jeff Carlson, K-12 Education Advisor, T-Mobile


12:30 – 1:30 – EBS and Broadband Funding Opportunities  

Hundreds of new EBS licenses have been or will be issued by the FCC, and the need for new broadband service grows exponentially, particularly in smaller markets and rural areas.  Come explore new or expanded funding opportunities that may be available.  Will your organization be prepared?


​Moderator - Katherine Messier, Founder and Executive Director, Mobile Beacon

Presenters- Sean Conway, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer

Mark Colwell, Director, Telecommunications Strategy, Voqal  


2:00– 3:00 - Navigating Leasing and Sales

Changes in FCC eligibility rules for EBS and increasing demand for mid-band spectrum for 5G deployment have led to increase interest in leasing and purchasing EBS licenses.  Learn about the current transactional environment for EBS.


Moderator – Eric Smith, Vice Chair, NEBSA

Presenters – Andreas Bitzarakis, Academia Spectrum

Ed Lavergne, Principal, Fish & Richardson, P.C.

John Mansell, President, John Mansell Associates Inc.


3:30 – 4:30 – T-Mobile Today and Tomorrow

T-Mobile has finalized the acquisition of Sprint and has generated a great deal of news incorporating EBS with a massive 5G rollout.  Learn more as we discuss current and potential future operations.


Moderator – Eric Smith, Vice Chair, NEBSA

Presenters – Paul McCarthy, Spectrum Development, T-Mobile

Brandon Bullis – Director, Spectrum Management, T-Mobile


4:30 – EBS Trivia (Powered by Kahoot!)

Why not end the NEBSA 2022 Conference with a little fun? You might even win a prize!

Join us for this quick round of trivia designed to test your EBS knowledge and end the day on a light fun note. Hope to see you there!!

Moderator:  Harmona Epps, Grants Compliance Administrator, Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council



WEDNESDAY - 3/15/22


1:00 - 4:00 - Board of Directors Meeting

Annual meeting of NEBSA Board of Directors


NEBSA recognizes and appreciates the generous support
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