The focus on broadband couldn’t be greater. Elected officials, policy makers, and consumers all recognize how critical access to broadband has become. States have established broadband offices and grant programs to improve access, and the federal government has dedicated $42.5 Billion for the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program on top of other successful initiatives.

As we approach this historic opportunity to improve broadband access and adoption, join us in St. Louis for the IBTA 117th Annual Convention to learn from industry experts how you can navigate opportunities and challenges to best position your company as a “Gateway to Broadband.”

Event Dates:
Sunday, June 5th - Tuesday, June 7th

Event Location:
Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis
999 N 2nd St
St Louis, MO 63102

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Welcome Reception - $500 (4)
Flamingo Bowl - $1,000 (2)
Member Breakfast (Monday) - $1,000
Member Luncheon - $1,000
Continental Breakfast (Tuesday) - $500
Golf Beverage Cart Sponsor - $1,500
Golf Lunch Sponsor - $750
Golf Hole Sponsor - $150
Golf Prize Sponsor - $200 (3)
Hall of Fame Sponsor - $1,000 (2)
Hall of Fame Dinner Sponsor - $1,500 (2)
Hall of Fame Transportation Sponsor- $1,500 
We Care Sponsor - $250

Hotel Reservations:
Book your room at the special negotiated rate of $225/night plus applicable fees.
To reserve your room today, click on the hotel link here.

Registration & Vendor Fees: 
Telco Employee - $225
IBTA Vendor Member  - $225
Non-IBTA Vendor Member - $350
Vendor Not Exhibiting - $375
Megabit and Gigabit Annual Partners - First Attendee - $0  Additional Attendee - $225 

Vendor Booth Fees:
Vendor Member Booth (includes 6 foot draped table and two chairs) - $350
IBTA Non-Member Booth (includes 6 foot draped table and two chairs) - $400
Gigabit and Megabit Annual Partner - $0 - for electricity $50

Golf: $150 per person

Agenda: (Full PDF Agenda Here)

Sunday

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Welcome Reception and Registration on the Rooftop

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Flamingo Bowl (Includes bowling, shoes, food and beverages)
                          1117 Washington Ave. St Louis, MO 63101
                          $100 adult - $50 youth 12 and under

Monday

6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Registration

8:00 a.m. Welcome - Ann Dickerson, Acting Chairman, IBTA Board of Directors
                Presentation of Awards, Illinois Legislative & Regulatory Update - Randy Nehrt, IBTA President

8:30 a.m. Making the Most of This Broadband Moment - Shirley Bloomfield, CEO, NTCA

9:15 a.m. Connecting the Heartland - Angie Cooper, Chief Program Officer, Heartland Forward
                 Hear from Angie Cooper, Chief Program Officer at Heartland Forward, on how they are
                 working to ensure that American families in the heartland have the high-speed, affordable
                 internet service necessary for full participation in life in the digital age.
Heartland Forward is a
                 "think and do" tank with the mission to help change the narrative about the middle of the country
                 and kick-start economic growth.


9:45 a.m. Break

10:00 a.m. Collaboration and Alignment in the Age of Ubiquity - Matt Schmit, Director, Illinois Office of
                  Broadband

10:45 a.m. AT&T ESINet - State of Illinois Deployment - Troy Mullis, AT&T
                  Brief update on AT&T state ESINet deployment - Overview regarding OSP tasks

11:15 a.m. All Hands on Deck: Workforce in the New Normal - Julie Darrington, VP of Consulting,
                  Vantage Point
                  Retirements are looming; new applicants are slowing; and existing staff are already
                  stretched thin, or 
may not be prepared to step up. These details may vary but the
                  challenge is universal: What is your 
company going to do about the workforce? Vantage
                  Point VP of Consulting, Julie Darrington, digs into this 
question with fresh perspectives
                  and practical tools to address compensation, recruitment and retention, 
succession
                  planning, and more. This is one session you can't afford to miss.

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:15 p.m. The Importance of Staying Sharp - Douglas Meredith, Director of Economics and Policy, JSI
                Things seem rosy for rural broadband providers. Broadband funding programs are beyond plentiful.
                Consumer appreciation and demand for broadband service has never been higher. What a great
                business to be in! But practicing good business fundamentals is still key to future 
success.
                This session 
will take a sober look at the most important issues facing broadband providers and
                talk about the challenges of 
managing businesses as the good times roll.

2:00 p.m. Internet Exchanges in the Midwest: Can I Take Advantage - Michael Morey, President and
                CEO, Bluebird Network
                An overview of benefits gained from joining an internet exchange. Improved network
                latency and jitter, increased redundancy and a reduction in costs are all possible via
                local peering fabrics like Internet Exchanges. What are the requirements to join?
                Is your business big enough?

2:45 p.m. Handling Cyberattacks: How the Best Defense is a Good Offense - Barlow Keener, Sr. Division
                Counsel, Womble Bond Dickinson
                Telecom and broadband providers deliver the very Internet which has dramatically changed the
                way we live and work. Unfortunately, well-funded, determined criminals and nation-states from
                around the globe are using a multitude of methods like email phishing and ransomware
                to bring down U.S. businesses, colleges and universities, hospitals, and municipalities. As critical
                infrastructure providers to these entities, ISPS are vulnerable to these bad-actors. Preparation and
                ongoing monitoring are the keys to surviving a cyber-attack. Implementing a Zero-Trust Network
                approach as well as having the right cybersecurity experts and tools on-hand is critical to the end
                result. By having a strong offense in the form of a documented and well-practiced Cybersecurity 
                Incident Response Plan and implementing company policies that protect customer privacy, which
                are also necessary to comply with various federal and state privacy and cybersecurity laws. ISPs
                can offensively prepare for the inevitable cyber threats and attacks.

3:30 p.m. IBTA Board of Directors Meeting 

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. IBTA Vendor Exhibition and Reception

Tuesday

6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast 

7:30 a.m. - Golf Registration
                  Gateway National Golf Links
                  $150 and lunch is provided 

8:00 a.m. SHARP Golf Shot Gun Start
                Gateway National Golf Links

5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. - IBTA Reception and Dinner 
                               Cardinals Nation Hall of Fame Museum and Hall of Fame Club
                               $125 adult - $75 youth 12 and under (Includes, transportation to and from the
                               Four Seasons, reception, dinner, dessert, cocktails and other beverages)

To REGISTER for the IBTA 117th Annual Convention CLICK HERE.