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July 24, 2019


Don't Miss These Informative Presentations at the Newly Expanded

ITA Vendor Showcase in East Peoria Sept. 4-6!

Register Today!

The newly expanded ITA Vendor Showcase has more information and presentations from industry leaders on issues critical to your company's future than ever before! With an extra half-day of presentations on Friday morning and additional opportunities to network with colleagues throughout the industry, this year's expanded format will provide the information your company needs to succeed! 

More Presentations on Critical Issues from Industry Leaders

You won't want to miss the following lineup of speakers and presentations:

The Evolution of the Smart Home: Three Steps into the Journey - Greg Bauldaff, Calix

To compete effectively, increase revenue from broadband, and expand the footprint in the home. It all stars with Managed Wi-Fi, then progresses to Whole Home Wi-Fi, culminating in the Smart Home.

Finding the Funding: Loan & Grant Best Practices- Kristy Szabo, Vantage Point Solutions

More and more broadband funding programs are popping up across the country. These grants and loans specific for broadband deployments can drastically reduce build-out expenses, making previously affordable broadband build-outs feasible; but securing these funds isn't easy as filling out an applications then watching the money appear. Application requirements often require months of preparation, with robust reporting requirements during and after the build. So what are the opportunities, what stings come attached, and what's a company to do? Kristy Szabo, Director of Consulting, answers these questions and more, walking step-by-step through grant and loan programs and application best practices. How do you define a budget? why engage a Professional Engineer? is Strategic Planning really important? How complicated can timelines really be? Join Kristy as she answers these questions and more with insights build on experience.

Enabling the IoT: a WLAN Security Wake-Up Call- Andrew Walding, CellStream, Inc. 

In this presentation, Andy will be providing a demonstration of the WLAN/ WI-Fi security issues most people overlook or have never heard of. This active demonstration will change the way telecom professionals use Wi-Fi.

The Fixed Wireless Access Sooth- Warren Vande Stadt, Vantage Point Solutions

With the advent of 5G, fantastic things are being promoted for Fixed Wireless Access. Gigabit Speeds! 100-kilometer range! $100 per subscriber! As good as Fiber! Indeed, exciting developments are emerging, but no one solution fits all applications or meets all of these claims. Board Members and Decision Makers will want to attend "The Fixed Wireless Access Sooth" for a realistic, non-engineering "demystifying" of the guiding characteristics of this technology that are emerging with 5G those that must be evaluated to determine weather or not Fixed Wireless Access will be a viable solution for your network and business. 

       STIR/SHAKEN- Stacy Graham, Inteliquent & Alec Fenichel, TransNexus

Robocalls, scams and fraudulent calling have undermined consumer trust in the telephone network.  In this session Stacy Graham (Inteliquent) and Alec Fenichel (TransNexus) will address the current industry hot topic of STIR/SHAKEN as well as a general overview of understanding the risk of fraud to you and your network, and what you can do to help protect yourself.  Join us for this session to learn about:  A brief history of Robocalls, regulatory initiatives, SHAKEN Trust Anchor, Digitally signed Identity Tokens, Calling Party trust levels, how SHAKEN makes call trace back quick and easy, and Deployment timelines – when will SHAKEN be here; Understand the risk of fraud to your company and network, potential cost impact, the types and methods of fraud to lookout for, guidance on educating your consumers and some best practices to protect you, your network, and your customers.

Exploring the Role of the ICC Regarding Cybersecurity Risk for Critical Infrastructure- Dominic Seabeler, Illinois Commerce Commission

 As cyber threats to U.S. critical infrastructure (CI) evolve and intensify public utility commissions across the country are researching, assessing and engaging with service providers that are considered part of CI both large and small.  Though providers differ state to state, the treat is present and growing at every level.  In Illinois, the ICC through its Office of Cybersecurity and Risk Management is actively engaged with companies providing key services such as electric, gas, water, network and communication(s).  Co-dependencies and reliance exist across these sub categories especially during threat and crisis situations.  This discussion will focus on what the ICC and other Commissions are doing to ensure the most secure environment possible, promoting collaboration and increased security postures and why this is effort and participation is important to the ITA as well as other service providers.  Topics will include joint exercises for practicing responses, threat intelligence sharing, approaches to increased security, information and system protection standards, resources for securing OT/IT as well as other opportunities for increased learning, response vigilance and threat awareness.   

Safety Training: Awareness of Potential Risks & Dangers of Clandestine Meth Laboratories, Master Sergeant Luke Satterlee, Illinois State Police

There are many on-the-job hazards associated with roles filled by employees in the field of Telecommunications.  This block of training was designed to heighten awareness of potential risks and dangers commonly seen in clandestine methamphetamine laboratory environments, as well as, providing attendees with information on current clandestine drug laboratory trends.  This training should enhance safety and awareness, enabling employees to make informed, safe decisions in accordance with their company’s policies / procedures and the law. 

 Back by Popular Demand: Open Forum Session

How better to wrap-up an afternoon of great presentations on Thursday, than discussing key issues with your colleagues over a beer or glass of wine. All attendees should take advantage of the Open Forum Session that provides a free-flowing discussion the following topics and more:

  • Content Delivering Networks and Peering exchanges
  • OTT Video Options
  • 5G
  • Managed WiFi, WiFi extenders and Managed Homes
  • Opportunities to Grow your ARPU 

Vendors' Exhibition

The Vendors' Exhibition is your chance to meet with more than 40 leading companies in the telecom and broadband industry. It's a great opportunity to stop by all the booths and discuss current issues with consultants and suppliers throughout our industry. Don't be late for this event Thursday, Sept. 5 from 9:00 - 11:30 am! Click here for more information for the Vendor Exhibition 

Registration Information

Visit our website to see the presentation summaries and bios of the speakers. All registrations can be done online.

Reserve your room at the Embassy Suites & Conference Center online or by calling (309) 694-0200 (ask for the ITA Group Rate) before the block room deadline on August 20, 2019.

Thank You to Our 2019 Showcase Sponsors!

Gigabit Partner:

Mid-State Consultants, Inc.

Vermeer Midwest


Megabit Partners:


Vantage Point Solutions

ComEd Energy Efficiency Program


Gold Sponsors:

Calix, Inc.

Communications Data Group



ZYXEL Communications


Silver Sponsors:

ElectriCom, Inc. 


Power & Tel

CORE Telecom Systems, Inc. 


Sponsorship Opportunities are still available! To become a Vendor Showcase Sponsor Click here

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