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.
Conference Registration: $799 USD
Registration price increases $100 after August 20, 2018. Registration includes comprehensive conference materials, all sessions, power tables, and all food events.
For vendor registration options, please see the Vendor Displays tab.
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Optional Networking - Golf at UNM Champion Golf Course
Join us for an unforgettable experience golfing at the UNM Champion Golf Course, Albuquerque's #1 golf course. The Championship Course flashes a personality all its own with fairways that stretch out long and wide, bobbing up and down, both right and left. To make the most enjoyable experience we will start earlier in the day and end around 2:30 pm. Your registration will include greens fee, cart and range balls. The course offers a grill and beverage cart. You can contact the club to reserve rentals clubs at 505-277-4546. (you can make these 2 weeks out) Cancellation policy is 30 days out with no refunds after August 18th.
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Optional Networking - Brewery Tour
Join us for a cruise around the streets of ABQ making stops at local brew pubs. You will stop at three of Albuquerque's most popular breweries, where you will experience some real local flavor. Transportation will be provided from the hotel to downtown and back. You will be in a private van cruising the downtown area, sample beer at each local brewery, and includes food along the way. You will return to the hotel in time to freshen up for the evening reception. Cancellation policy is 30 days out with no refunds after August 18th.
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Sponsored by BHC Rhodes
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Registration + Breakfast
Sponsored by SPIDA Software
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM
Welcome and Introductions
Speaker(s): Chris Olson, Senior VP Utility Operations, PNM Resources Inc.
8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
Joint Use 101
Speaker(s): Jason Nemjo, Joint Use 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.
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Speaker(s): Karen Flewharty, Joint Use Manager, Oncor Electric Delivery
Electric utilities currently take an active role in the communities they serve, so it is in their best interest to partner with law enforcement efforts to improve community safety. This session will provide safety, operational and legal items for consideration regarding attachment of surveillance cameras and associated equipment to Electric Distribution poles.
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
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. This is your opportunity to see what is new and who you may want to visit extensively with during the display times at the conference.
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Break with Vendor Displays
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Joint Use on Street Light Poles
Moderator(s): Tim Gasser, Manager, Utility Relations, West Region, Crown Castle
Panelist(s): Patti Rafish, Joint Use / Joint Trench Coodinator, Data Analyst, NorthWestern Energy, Doug Haberman, Wireless Collocations Strategic Advisor, Seattle City Light, C. Keith Williams, Colocation Product Manager, Georgia Power Company
Collocation of wireless facilities has been proceeding for a while in some areas and becoming part of the Joint Use process. The advent of small cell technology is rapidly increasing this transition and expanding its application beyond the distribution pole. Street Light poles and distribution pole mounted street light arms have become an attractive location for Small Cell, Utility Automated Metering and Wi-Fi devices to reside. A panel of experienced utility professionals provide examples of how this change is progressing and impacts to their street light and joint use businesses.
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch with Vendor Displays
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Facilitator(s): Jeff Kent, Director, Distribution Support, PacifiCorp
Panelist(s): Tim Gasser, Manager, Utility Relations, West Region, Crown Castle, Gino Quartucci, Right of Way Agent ll, Cox Communications, Sonny Nunez, Manager - Utilities Relations, Crown Castle
The huge demand for ever increasing data are pushing wireless networks to their limits, which in turn has spawned the development and deployment of “small cells” to handle that demand. Small cells are designed to utilize existing structures in RoW, street lights, traffic signals and utility poles, yet often require replacement or significant modification to those structures. Enter a new means of deploying nodes – mounting on the fiber strand which provides the connectivity (backhaul). This session will provide examples and experiences of both network and pole owners from some of the early strand mount deployments and discuss the challenges faced by each.
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Break with Vendors
Sponsored by Davey Resource Group
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker(s): Joel Finnerty, Asset Manager, Public Service Electric and Gas, Brian Hairston, Infrastructure Access Specialist, Public Service Electric and Gas
This year's conference will feature power tables in four rooms. Find the topic that interests you most. The format is informal and some power tables topics will be repeated. At the end of the session, move on to the next topic of interest. Content may vary slightly depending on the those sitting around the table and the questions asked. Each session is 50 minutes facilitated table topics with 10 minutes in between.
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Reception with Vendor Displays
Sponsored by SSP-Wind Lake
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Agreement Issues Panel
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Small Cell Deployment
Moderator(s): Eric O'Brien, Manager, Utilities Relations, Crown Castle
Speaker(s): Tormod Larsen, Nichole Bates, Sr. Joint Use Field Operations, Tampa Electric Company, Valerie Murray, Program Administrator, Kansas City Power & Light Co.
A utility discusses challenges to getting small cell networks deployed. From gaining acceptance within the company to determining fair rates. Adjusting standards to accommodate attachment locations on the pole (Pole Top, Supply, Comm). Getting power to the sites and the question of metered verse unmetered. Having to match up with existing utility workloads and construction resources. Identifying utility timelines (application review, engineering, construction scheduling) and those for jurisdictional permitting timelines. Make Ready work and lessons learned when installing the small cell equipment on the poles from a construction aspect.
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Break with Vendor Displays
10:15 AM - 11:05 AM
Speaker(s): Dan Aragon, Land Management Services, PNM, Ryan Jagels, Jason Nemjo, Joint Use Specialist, Clark Public Utilities, Gino Quartucci, Right of Way Agent ll, Cox Communications, Patti Rafish, Joint Use / Joint Trench Coodinator, Data Analyst, NorthWestern Energy, Isaac Tucker, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Katapult Engineering, Chris Huther, Partner, Wiley Rein, LLP, Kurt Schnubel, Director - Business Development, Osmose Utilities Services, Inc., Rafael Nunez, Manager - Utilities Relations, Crown Castle, Eric Langley, Partner, Langley & Bromberg LLC, Matthew Tuchman, Utility Relations Manager, Government Relations, Mobilitie, Steve Schulte, Joint Use Administrator, Avista Utilities, Nichole Bates, Sr. Joint Use Field Operations, Tampa Electric Company, Timothy Gasser, Manager, Utility Relations, West Region, Crown Castle, Mike McGill, SVP, Utilities & Communications, ikeGPS, Thomas Magee, Partner, Keller & Heckman LLP, Mark Miller, Principal Engineer, EDM International, Jason Blackford, Electrical Engineer, EDM International, Les Rainey, Manager of Construction & Maintenance, Arizona Public Service Company, Tim Webers, Executive Director, NJUNS, Inc., Les Rainey, Tim Gasser, Manager, Utility Relations, West Region, Crown Castle, David Mohammed, General Manager, Osmose Utilities Services, Inc., Douglas Patterson, Regional Director of Implementation - Fiber Small Cell Fiber Networks – West Region, Crown Castle
Find the topic that interests you most. The format is informal and some power tables topics will be repeated. At the end of the session, move on to the next topic of interest. Content may vary slightly depending on the those sitting around the table and the questions asked. Each session is 50 minutes facilitated table topics with 10 minutes in between.
11:15 AM - 12:05 PM
12:05 PM - 1:10 PM
Lunch with Vendor Displays
1:10 PM - 2:00 PM
2:10 PM - 3:00 PM
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Break with Vendor Displays
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Moderator(s): Mikal Altomare, Corporate Counsel, PNM
Panelist(s): Thomas Magee, Partner, Keller & Heckman LLP, Christopher Huther, Partner, Wiley Rein, LLP, Eric Langley, Partner, Langley & Bromberg LLC, James Tomlinson, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Our most anticipated and popular session year after year. This distinguished multi-industry panel of attorneys will provide you with the opportunity to openly participate in a stimulating conversation on our industry. Find out from varying perspectives what you need to know about current and impending regulations, recent court rulings and what you must have on your radar.
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Offsite Reception at Seasons 52
Sponsored by Varasset/NJUNS/Osmose Located at 6600 Menaul Blvd, NE, just a short walk from the hotel.
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Panelist(s): Adam Copeland, Deputy Div. Chief, Competition Policy Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, Corrine Davis, Joint Use Contract Administrator, PNM Resources Inc., Norine Luker, National Director, Utilities, Crown Castle
In April, 2017, the FCC released a document with the purpose of “Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment.” A complimentary document was published in November of 2017. This panel will discuss key topics in those documents. It will include an FCC representative, along with various industry representatives. Discussion topics will include:
• Pole attachment process reforms
• Enforcement issues and pole access
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
IEEE Industry Connections - Joint Use Forum
Speaker(s): Ernesto Vega Janica, Sr. Manager, Opportunities Development, ATG Consulting Inc.
Starting an Alliance to Give Voice to all the Players involved in the Joint Use of Electric T&D Facilities
The IEEE group that is being established will be a venue to address the growing issues associated with joint facilities utilization. The joint-use of facilities has been managed thus far in an isolated and inconsistent manner with different utilities, regions, and communication companies. The deployment of 5G, IoT and autonomous vehicles will create a dramatic increase in joint-use requirements that current systems are not setup to handle.
This group will provide a forum for the power and communications industries (as well as regulators) to come together and determine cost effective and efficient strategies for dealing with Joint-Use. These include, but are not limited to:
• Equitable Use – access issues as communications players increase
• Consistent contracts/agreements – increased efficiency through consistent agreements/terminology
• Worker training, certification, safety – management of contractors who might be working on facilities
• Inspections and maintenance – sharing of inspection requirements to reduce costs
• Loading issues – Managing the effect of loading as joint-use become ubiquitous
10:00 AM - 10:00 AM
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Wrap-up and Future Planning for the 2019 Joint Use Conference
All are welcome and Program Development Team is encouraged to participate.
Please contact the hotel directly at (505) 881-0000 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute and use the discount code ‘Joint Use’ to receive a special rate of $139 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until August 20, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.
All networking events are scheduled for Tuesday, September 18, 2018.
Optional Networking – Golf at UNM Champion Golf Course
9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Registration fee: $85
Cancellation policy: No refunds after August 18, 2018
Join us for an unforgettable experience golfing at the UNM Champion Golf Course, Albuquerque’s #1 golf course. The Championship Course flashes a personality all its own with fairways that stretch out long and wide, bobbing up and down, both right and left.
To make the most enjoyable experience we will start earlier in the day and end around 2:30 pm. Your registration will include greens fee, cart and range balls. The course offers a grill and beverage cart.
You can contact the club to reserve rentals clubs at 505-277-4546. (You can make these 2 weeks out.)
Optional Networking – Brewery Tour
1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Registration fee: $75
Cancellation policy: No refunds after August 18, 2018
Join us for a cruise around the streets of ABQ making stops at local brew pubs. You will stop at three of Albuquerque’s most popular breweries, where you will experience some real local flavor. Transportation will be provided from the hotel to downtown and back. You will be in a private van cruising the downtown area, sample beer at each local brewery, and includes food along the way. You will return to the hotel in time to freshen up for the evening reception.
Conference Registration + Vendor Display: $1,149 USD
Vendor Display Table Only: $599 USD
Vendor Display Assistant: $299 USD
Vendor Display Only prices increase $100 after August 20, 2018 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 20, 2018. 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 welcome reception and two receptions with vendor displays. Other food events are excluded from this pass.
Arrangements for power, audio visual equipment, or other supplies may be made by calling the hotel directly. You can also use the hotel supplied credit card authorization form and exhibitor order form to make your arrangements.
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel
Joint Use Conference/(Exhibitor/Company Name)
Attn: Lauren Kruse
2600 Louisiana Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Vendor Display Schedule
Wednesday, September 19
7:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Set-up
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM: Vendor Showcase
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Break with Vendor Display
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch with Vendor Display
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Reception with Vendor Display
Thursday, September 20
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
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Tear Down
For more information contact Diana Zoren at 971.255.4965.
Vendor Display Map
Jason Nemjo has worked at Clark Public Utilities since 1999 starting out as a Meter Reader in the Field Service Department and transitioned into the Joint Use Department in 2002.
While running the Joint Use Department, primarily of one with one intern Jason has fostered six interns over the years successfully placing three of them in full time positions at Clark Public Utilities, one of them in the Joint Use Department making it a Department of two with one intern.
Over the years Jason has overseen numerous contract negotiations, developed pole attachment construction standards, conducted a complete system pole audit and created several day-to-day operation processes as personnel, technology and the industry has changed.
Jason has been attending the Western Energy Institute Annual Joint Use Conference consecutively since 2003, participating on the PDT to some degree since 2005, Vice Chairing in 2009 and Chairing in 2010.
Jason loves the challenge of coordinating multiple utility industries to utilize limited access to provide the vital services that society has become to depend on every day that the general public has no idea even exists. He has a passion to educate those new to the industry with the idea that they should not have to reinvent the wheel and could perhaps contribute with new ideas of their own to help advice the industry of Joint Use to the next level.
Jim Tomlinson draws on 30 years of experience in the communications industry and 20 years of experience as a communications lawyer to help clients with a wide range of telecommunications and cable issues, including federal, state, and local regulatory matters, programming network issues, and contract negotiation and enforcement. Jim’s clients include wireless carriers, VoIP providers, competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs), and cable and broadband providers. As a former senior in-house counsel for an international telecommunications provider, Jim has extensive practical experience with commercial and regulatory legal issues for telecommunications clients. Prior to practicing law, Jim was a systems engineer, corporate account manager and network planner with a large telecommunications company, giving him an in-depth understanding of broadband networks and business issues facing communications companies.
Jim is a core member of DWT’s Lifeline program team, which advises eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) on a wide variety of the arcane legal and business operational issues involving the federal Lifeline program. Jim regularly assists top-10 ETCs and smaller carriers obtain state and federal ETC designations; respond to regulatory inquiries, maintain regulatory compliance and advocate their positions with key Lifeline decision-makers at the FCC. In addition, Jim is a “go to” lawyer for helping clients respond to Lifeline audits conducted by USAC and other regulatory bodies.
Jim is an active member of the firm’s E-Rate Program team. He counsels school districts and E-Rate service providers—both cable operators and telecom providers—about E-Rate compliance, contract/competitive bidding disputes, appeals, waivers, and audits.
Jim advises cable television, telecommunications, and wireless providers on outside plant deployment issues. Jim regularly performs complex pole attachment rate calculations and analysis. Jim has negotiated numerous pole attachment and conduit agreements and represents communications companies before the FCC and state regulatory agencies in regulatory litigation and rulemakings involving pole attachments.
Jim also counsels competitive telecommunications, VoIP and broadband service providers on a wide range of telecommunications competition and broadband policy matters, including market entry, licensing and tariff obligations, commercial disputes, and subscriber privacy issues under federal and state communications law. His work in this area involves drafting subscriber agreements, privacy policies, acceptable use policies, and other related documents for communications entities.
Jim posts frequent updates on DWT’s communications law blogs, including Broadband Deployment Law Advisor, Open Internet Law Advisor, Lifeline Law Advisor, and E-Rate Law Advisor.
Karen graduated from Texas Tech University in 1998 with a bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering. She has worked in the Oncor distribution business for 20 years and as Oncor’s Joint Use Manager for the last 14 years. Before managing Oncor’s Joint Use group, she worked in the distribution operations dispatch center, then distribution engineering design and next, managed distribution feeder maintenance, as well as other special projects. As the Joint Use Manager, Karen is responsible for joint use customer relations, regulatory and legal matters, pole attachment policies and procedures and management of Oncor’s permitting contractor.
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.
Adam Copeland is a Deputy Division Chief in the Competition Policy Division of the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau where he primarily focuses on issues relating to broadband deployment policy. Adam joined the FCC in 2012 as an attorney advisor in the Media Bureau. Prior to joining the FCC, Adam was in private practice representing cable and broadcast clients in front of the FCC and U.S. Copyright Office on a wide range of regulatory matters. He also previously served as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School. Adam received his JD from GW Law where he graduated with High Honors and Order of the Coif, and his BA summa cum laude from The George Washington University.