Sep

13-16

Joint Use (Sep 13-16)

As new technology, new regulations and aging infrastructure continue to change the landscape of joint use, it becomes increasingly important for key stakeholders to foster open dialogue and collaborate to solve shared problems, focus on safety goals, and ensure the equitably of poles and other utility assets. Considered the premier joint use conference, content is designed for representatives from utility, telecomm, wireless and broadband companies; as well as consultants and service companies who deal with joint use, pole ownership and attachments. The conference format provides a unique mix of presentations, dynamic power table topics, vendor displays and networking opportunities to exchange information and best practices.

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General Details

Program Chair
Tim Gasser, Puget Sound Energy

Program Location
Seattle Marriott Bellevue
200 110th Avenue NE
Bellevue, Washington 98004

Who Should Attend
• Joint use administrators
• Right of way managers
• Asset managers
• Standards engineers
• Operations managers
• Contract administrators
• Real estate analysts
• Construction planners
• GIS services
• Wireless managers

For more information contact Christopher Lee, Senior Program Manager at 971.255.4967.

Registration Options
Conference Registration: $749
Vendor Display Only: $599
Conference Registration + Vendor Display: $1098 ($250 savings)
+ Vendor Assistant: $299
+ Guest Pass: $150

Conference registration and Vendor Display Only prices increase $100 after August 16. Conference registration includes all conference materials, sessions, power tables and food events. Vendor Display Only registration includes a skirted table in the display area, and food functions associated with display schedule. Vendors that wish to attend presentations and power tables should select the Conference Registration + Vendor Display option. Conference Registration + Vendor Display price increases $200 after August 16. This registration includes full conference access and includes you as the main Vendor Display Representative with one skirted table in the Display area.

A Vendor Assistant registration is added to a vendor display registration and includes all food functions with vendors. A Guest Pass added to a conference registration allows a delegate to bring a guest to the welcome reception and two receptions with vendor displays. Other food events are excluded from this pass.

Agenda

Tuesday, September 13

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Optional Networking
Chihuly + Space Needle Tour.

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Welcome Reception
Sponsored by:
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Wednesday, September 14

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast
Sponsored by:
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8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Joint Use 101 (optional)
Speaker: Jason Nemjo, Joint Utilities Specialist, Clark Public Utilities
Back by popular demand! Joint Use 101 will break down the basic physical materials involved in Joint Use. A must for those who are new to the Joint Use industry and those who are not frequently working in the field and want a refresher.

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Welcome and Introduction
Speaker:  Wayne Gould, Director, Contracts and Supply Chain, Puget Sound Energy

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
Small Cell Technology and Deployment Strategy
Facilitators: Sonny Nunez, Manager – Utilities Relations, Crown Castle
Tim Gasser, Project Manager, Wireless Collocation, Puget Sound Energy
Speakers: Peter Mauro, West Territory DAS & Small Cell Planning, Verizon Wireless
Kirk Wampler, Vice President Network Real Estate, Crown Castle
This session will examine the recent progress of small cell deployment and some of the approaches being applied. It will also identify some of the unique features of small cell technology which create a new learning curve for processing of small cell applications, both jurisdictional and joint use attachment.

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM
Break with Vendor Displays

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
NESC Code Updates and Safety Training
Facilitator: Patti Rafish, Joint Use Coordinator, Northwestern Energy
Speakers: Mark Miller, Principal Engineer, EDM International
Jason Blackford, Engineer, EDM International
As of August 1st the 2017 NESC revisions have been published by IEEE. In this session EDM International will discuss changes made between the 2012 NESC and 2017 NESC that pertain specifically to Joint Use. This presentation will put an emphasis on communication crews that work on Joint Use Poles.

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Vendor Showcase
Each vendor will get 2-3 minutes on the main stage to give an introduction to their company and a quick overview of their product/service. If time permits they are allowed to introduce their sales team at the conference. 

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch with Vendor Displays

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Wireless on Distribution
Facilitator: Tim Gasser, Project Manager, Wireless Collocation, Puget Sound Energy
Speakers: Mark Dayton, Senior Project Manager, Joint Use and Shared Assets, BC Hydro
BC Hydro, an early adopter of collocating wireless facilities on their transmission system, was faced with the task of suddenly having to open up its entire distribution system to the local incumbent wireless provider.  Mark Dayton, who oversaw this effort, will discuss the many challenges his group faced and provide an update on how the process is going.

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Break with Vendor Displays
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3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Power Tables
50 minute facilitated table topic sessions with 10 minutes in between.

Session 1 3:00 PM – 3:50 PM
• Joint Use 201
• NESC Code Updates and Safety Training – Continued
• Four Steps to Successful Small Cell Installations
• MRE Scope Standardization

Session 2 4:00 PM – 4:50 PM
• Storage and Management of Pole Attachment Information in GIS
• Westar’s Fiber and Pole Top Design/Build Project Recap
• Establish Accurate, Measurable Pole Records for Integration with Pole Loading and GIS
• Developing Small Cell Rings

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Reception with Vendor Display
Sponsored by:
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7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Reception at Tavern Hall
505 Bellevue Square, 3rd Floor
Bellevue, WA
Join us in lifting a pint and enjoying the iconic design of Tavern Hall!
Sponsored by:
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Thursday, September 15

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Using GIS to Facilitate Collaboration
Facilitator: Dave Chaney, Managing Partner, Varasset
Speakers: Jeff Kent, Director, Distribution Support, PacifiCorp
The Oregon Joint Use Association, in collaboration with its members and with support of the Oregon PUC has established a web-enabled map to facilitate collaborative pole inspections between pole owners and attachers. The map provides a simple, graphical user interface for sharing service territories and planned inspection areas.  This session will demonstrate the OJUA map, and discuss other technologies for joint scheduling and work collaboration.

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Developing Pole Top and Wireless Rates for FCC States
Facilitator: Tim Gasser, PSE
Speakers: Eric Langley, Co-Founder, Langley & Bromberg LLC
Natasha Ernst, VP, Senior Assistant General Counsel, Lightower Fiber Networks
While the FCC and some states have declared wireless facilities collocated on utility poles are subject to the pole attachment rate formula, these facilities are fundamentally different from the presumed standard wireline attachment the rate formula was created for. This session will cover these differences and how they might be utilized in determining an annual attachment rate.

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Break with Vendor Display

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Power Tables
50 minute facilitated table topic sessions with 10 minutes in between.

Session 3 10:15 AM – 11:05 AM
• Significant Pole Attachment Developments
• Streamlining High-volume Permit Process Requests
• Hot Button Topics in Pole License Agreement Negotiations
• Jurisdictions

Session 4 11:15 AM – 12:05 PM
• Significant Pole Attachment Developments
• FCC Environmental and Historic Preservation Rules
• Hot Button Topics in Pole License Agreement Negotiations
• Jurisdictions

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch with Vendor Displays

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Power Tables
50 minute facilitated table topic sessions with 10 minutes in between.

Session 5 1:10 PM – 2:00 PM
• Litigation Update and Emerging Issues
• FCC Environmental and Historic Preservation Rules
• Google One-Touch and Wireless Rates from a Cable Perspective

Session 6 2:10 PM – 3:00 PM
• Litigation Update and Emerging Issues
• Developments in the Western States
• GIS for Wireless Collocation

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Break with Vendor Display

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Legal Forum
Moderator: Rich Busch, Wireless Counsel, Busch Law Firm LLC
Speakers: Christopher Huther, Partner, Wiley Rein, LLP
Eric Langley, Co-founder, Langley & Bromberg LLC
Thomas Magee, Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP
James Tomlinson, Counsel, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Reception with Vendor Display

Friday, September 16

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Pole Loading and Pole Remediation – Lessons from Year 1
Facilitator: Peter Griffen, Director Business Development, Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.
Speakers: Mel Stark, Principal Manager, Southern California Edison
A report from Southern California Edison on the progress made in the first year of a comprehensive pole assessment and remediation program. This presentation will give an overview of the program and highlight the challenges the team has overcome in order to adapt to new pole loading rules and regulations.

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Google One Touch – Climb Once Make Ready
Facilitator: George Cox, Supervisor Construction Services, Tampa Electric Company
Speaker: Scott Friedman, Business Development, Google
OTMR or “Climb Once” policies are an effective way to reduce the disruption, inconvenience and delay that come from work by multiple pole construction crews. They allow any new provider attaching to a pole to perform all make-ready work, as long as it uses engineering designs and contractors approved by the pole owner.

10:00 AM
Conference Adjourns

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM
Wrap up and Future Planning for the 2017 Joint Use Conference

Hotel + Travel

Seattle Marriott Bellevue
200 110th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Phone: 425.214.7600
Toll free: 800.329.0364

Book your group rate for WEI Joint Use Conference online or contact the hotel directly at 425.214.7600. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $229.00 single/double plus state and local taxes. This rate is guaranteed to August 23, 2016 or until the WEI room block is full.

Hotels Nearby

Sheraton Bellevue Hotel
100 112th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA, 98004
Hotel Reservations: 866.716.8134
6 minute walk. Limited number of King Rooms available.

Red Lion Hotel Bellevue
11211 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98004
Phone: 425.455.5240
9 minute walk. Standard King rooms available.

Vendor Displays

Vendor Display Schedule

Wednesday, September 14
7:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Set-up
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM: Break with Vendor Display
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM: Vendor Showcase
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch with Vendor Display
5:00 pm – 6:30 PM: Reception with Vendor Display

Thursday, September 15
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Break with Vendor Display
12:05 PM – 1:10 PM: Lunch with Vendor Display
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Break with Vendor Display
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM:Reception with Vendor Display
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM: Tear Down

For more information contact Kevin Sullivan at 971.255.4973.

Registration Options
Vendor Display Only: $599
Conference Registration + Vendor Display: $1098 ($250 savings)
+ Vendor Assistant: $299
+ Guest Pass: $150

Vendor Display Only prices increase $100 after August 16 and includes a skirted table in the display area, and food functions associated with display schedule. Vendors that wish to attend presentations and power tables should select the Conference Registration + Vendor Display option. Conference Registration + Vendor Display price increases $200 after August 16. This registration includes full conference access and includes you as the main Vendor Display Representative with one skirted table in the Display area. Arrangements for power, audio visual equipment, or other supplies may be made by calling the hotel directly.

A Vendor Assistant registration is added to a vendor display registration and includes all food functions with vendors. A Guest Pass added to a conference registration allows a delegate to bring a guest to the welcome reception and two receptions with vendor displays. Other food events are excluded from this pass.

Networking

Chihuly + Space Needle Tour
Cost: $79.00 per person USD
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Includes: transportation, professional guide, and combination tickets.

Seattle is a cultural mecca where technology, nature & the arts intersect to produce a rich tapestry of experiences. We’ve curated the quintessential Seattle experience into a 3 hour intimate tour that’ll explore the many forces that have shaped the city from past to present. Your friendly guide will keep you entertained and informed with stories, facts, favorite places and so much more. Take advantage of this opportunity to visit the famous Space Needle and Chihuly Gardens as you network with other energy professionals.

Meet The Speakers

Kevin Cookler

Lerman Senter PLLC

Of Counsel
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Kevin M. Cookler is Of Counsel at Lerman Senter. He focuses his practice on telecommunications law and regulation, including licensing, compliance and policy matters. His experience includes work for commercial and private wireless licensees, electric utilities and emerging technology companies. He has counseled clients in proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission, state public utility commissions and other federal and state agencies on issues such as spectrum policy and acquisition, corporate transactions, pole attachments and Joint Use, tower siting and environmental and historic preservation compliance.

Kevin served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable James F. Merow of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Jason Nemjo

Clark Public Utilities

Joint Utilities Specialist
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Jason has worked for Clark Public Utilities for 16 years. He started with the Utility in 1999 in the Field Service Dept. reading electric and water meters. After three and a half years in Field Service Jason was awarded the position as a Joint Utilities Coordinator to rebuild the department that had been dormant for several years. Four years later he was promoted to Joint Utilities Specialist and allowed to utilize students and existing staff to grow the department even further.

Today Jason’s responsibilities within the Joint Use department primarily focus on resolving the many Joint Use related issues that otherwise do not fit in the day to day routine of the department, a.k.a. putting out fires.

Jason prides himself on providing outstanding customer service and aims to exceed the customers expectations.

Wayne Gould

Puget Sound Energy

Director, Contractor Management

Sonny Nunez

Crown Castle

Manager - Utilities Relations

Tim Gasser

Puget Sound Energy

Sr. Project Manager

Peter Mauro

Verizon Wireless

Real Estate Specialist

Patti Rafish

NorthWestern Energy

Joint Use Coordinator
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Patti Rafish is the Joint Use and Joint Trench Coordinator for Northwestern Energy Montana/ South Dakota and is based in Butte, Montana. She is responsible for coordinating all Joint Use contracts, applications, engineering, make ready work required and NESC compliance.

Patti has 15 years of Utility experience that includes Energy Conservation, Market Research and Joint Use and Joint Trench. Patti also had 3 years in the communications industry as the Product Manager for Frame Relay and ATM. Patti attended the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology.

Mark Miller

EDM International

Principal Engineer
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Mr. Miller is a professional engineer with EDM International, Inc., a multi-disciplinary engineering firm located in Ft. Collins, CO.

Mr. Miller’s work at EDM incorporates 36 years of electric and communication utility experience to assist clients in managing their assets; he assists companies with:

• Professional Engineering expertise in distribution line design,
• Professional Engineering expertise and analysis for joint-use pole attachments for both distribution and transmission facilities,
• Developing inspection and analysis programs to identify NESC code violations pertaining to joint use facilities and
• Providing pole attachment audit assistance to pole owners and 3rd party attachés.

He has developed and taught safety seminars and NESC seminars to communication companies and given technical presentations at numerous utility and joint use meetings and conferences.

Jason Blackford

EDM International

Electrical Engineer

Mark Dayton

BC Hydro

Senior Project Manager, Joint Use and Shared Assets

Dave Chaney

Varasset

Senior Partner

Jeff Kent

PacifiCorp

Director, Distribution Support
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Jeff has over 30 years combined experience in the Telecommunications and Electric Utility industry. Jeff is currently Director of Distribution Support for PacifiCorp, responsible for Joint Administration for Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power in six states.

Prior to his December 2008 arrival at PacifiCorp, Jeff worked for Qwest and its predecessors for 30 years holding numerous positions in the Construction & Engineering Department. The last five years at Qwest Jeff served as single point of contact for the Oregon Public Utilities Commission Safety Staff and Oregon pole occupants on all issues related to the Joint Use of Poles.

Jeff’s been a member of the Oregon Joint Use Association’s Board of Directors since 2004, was President in 2007, and currently chairs the association’s Dispute Resolution Committee.

Jeff attended the University of Oregon and Portland State University and has a B.S. in General Studies Science.

Eric Langley

Balch & Bingham, LLP

Partner
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ERIC is a Partner in the firm, a member of the firm’s Litigation Section, and the leader of the firm’s Joint Use and Energy Litigation Practice Group. Though his background is general business litigation, more than two-thirds of Eric’s practice is devoted to representing electric utilities in pole attachment and joint use matters. This practice area spans multiple disciplines, ranging from day-to-day consultation with clients as a joint use team member, to major matter representation in contract negotiations, state and federal rulemaking proceedings, and litigated disputes in state court, federal court, state utility commissions, and the Federal Communications Commission. Eric is a frequent speaker at joint use conferences and trade meetings across the country. His core litigation practice focuses on joint use, energy and commercial litigation, but he also has tried casualty, intellectual property, consumer credit and zoning cases.

Eric is married and has three children. He enjoys running, college football and the beach.

Natasha Ernst

Fibertech Networks, Inc.

VP, Senior Assistant General Counsel

Christopher Huther

Wiley Rein, LLP

Partner
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Mr. Huther is an experienced litigator, appearing regularly before federal and state trial and appellate courts, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and other federal and state regulatory agencies. Mr. Huther also appears on behalf of clients in a variety of alternative dispute resolution settings, including arbitrations and mediations. Mr. Huther specializes in, and regularly represents domestic and international telecommunications companies and equipment manufacturers in, proceedings before federal and state regulatory agencies on a broad range of issues including local telephone competition and policy. Mr. Huther counsels clients on compliance with state and federal regulations, the development of regulatory strategies, the negotiation and drafting of interconnection, joint use, and service agreements, and has substantial experience in the development, defense and critique of telecommunications cost models and methodologies. In addition, Mr. Huther has a great deal of experience advancing his clients’ interests on Capitol Hill and before federal agencies, including the FCC, Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Department of Commerce, State Department, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Mr. Huther serves on the Board of Directors of the International Telecommunications Society.

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1992
B.S., Radford University, 1988, cum laude

Thomas Magee

Keller & Heckman LLP

Partner
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Thomas Magee joined Keller and Heckman in 2000. Mr. Magee provides regulatory, transactional and litigation counsel to investor-owned electric utilities, electric cooperatives and municipalities regarding pole attachments and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licensing of private wireless telecommunications services.

Mr. Magee has helped to resolve dozens of pole attachment disputes affecting make-ready costs, safety violations, unauthorized attachments, annual rental rates and other terms and conditions of access. He negotiates, arbitrates/mediates and (when necessary) litigates these disputes before federal and state courts, the FCC, and state public service commissions.

Mr. Magee has negotiated and drafted numerous joint use and pole attachment agreements, and he co-drafted the Sample Pole Attachment Agreement used by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s members nationwide. He advocates vigorously for electric utility pole owners in contract negotiations, dispute resolutions, and federal and state rule-making and legislative proceedings.

Mr. Magee is a frequent speaker on pole attachment and joint use issues at utility conferences nationwide, including those sponsored by the Edison Electric Institute, Florida Utilities Coordinating Committee, Heartland Joint Use Group, International Conference on Overhead Lines, International Right of Way Association, Midwest Energy Association, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, North Central Electric Association, RMEL (Rocky Mountain Electric League), Rural Electric Management Development Council, Southeastern Electric Exchange, Utilities Telecom Council, Western Energy Institute, and Wisconsin Joint Use Association.

Mr. Magee also counsels utilities and other critical infrastructure companies on a variety of FCC radio-frequency matters, including spectrum acquisition, smart grid issues, 800 MHz and 2.1 GHz frequency rebanding, radio-frequency interference, Broadband over Power Line, FCC equipment authorizations, and FCC Enforcement Bureau proceedings.

Mr. Magee has negotiated transmission tower leases and local tower siting disputes, and represents municipally-owned cable systems on FCC regulatory matters. He has litigated eligible telecommunications carrier proceedings and counseled schools and libraries on Universal Service E-Rate funding.

Mr. Magee provides pro bono legal assistance to AARP’s Legal Counsel for the Elderly program.

Mr. Magee was an editor of the University of Colorado Law Review and advised a member of Congress on Ways and Means Committee issues.

Peter Griffen

Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.

Director Business Development

Mel Stark

Southern California Edison

Prinicpal Manager

George Cox

Tampa Electric Company

Supervisor Construction Services

Scott Friedman

Google Fiber

Business Development

Gino Quartucci

Cox Communications

Right of Way Agent ll

Kenton Graber

Wind Lake Solutions, Inc.

VP - Customer Solutions

Gary Miller

Wind Lake Solutions, Inc.

Vice President - Solutions Development

Missy Behymer

Westar Energy, Inc.

Joint Use Coordinator

Rick Beck

Black & McDonald

Engineering Services Manager

David Boring

Varasset

Account Manager

Mike McGill

ikeGPS

Director, Sales & Business Development

Robin Bromberg

Balch & Bingham, LLP

Attorney

Aaron George

Sheppard Mullin

Associate

Mike Spickelmier

BHC Rhodes

Engineer

Ken Lyons

Busch Law Firm PLLC

Jurisdictional Relations Director, PNW

Louis Levy

Md7

Vice President of Business Development

James Tomlinson

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Counsel

Mark Krammerer

Puget Sound Energy

Business Development Manager

Kirk Wampler

Crown Castle

Vice President Network Real Estate

Jason Nemjo

Clark Public Utilities

Joint Utilities Specialist

Wayne Gould

Puget Sound Energy

Director, Contracts and Supply Chain

Peter Mauro

Verizon Wireless

West Territory DAS & Small Cell Planning

Kirk Wampler

Crown Castle

Vice President Network Real Estate

Mark Miller

EDM International

Principal Engineer

Jason Blackford

EDM International

Engineer

Mark Dayton

BC Hydro

Senior Project Manager, Joint Use and Shared Assets

Jeff Kent

PacifiCorp

Director, Distribution Support

Eric Langley

Langley & Bromberg LLC

Co-Founder

Natasha Ernst

Lightower Fiber Networks

VP, Senior Assistant General Counsel

Christopher Huther

Wiley Rein, LLP

Partner

Thomas Magee

Keller and Heckman LLP

Partner

James Tomlinson

Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP

Counsel

Mel Stark

Southern California Edison

Principal Manager

Scott Friedman

Google

Business Development

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Cameron Owens

MD7, LLC

Project Controls Specialist

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