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Joint Use Series: Integrating 5G into Existing Infrastructure (Sep 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. 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 series of virtual sessions will focus on related topics that are critical to share prior to the next Joint Use Conference.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Steve Schulte, Avista Utilities

    • Program Location
    • Virtual Event
    • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided before the program.
    • 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
  • Registration Options
  • This webinar is brought to you at no charge due to gracious sponsorship by:

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • To best serve WEI members and program participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, WEI will be waiving its standard cancellation policy for this program and all virtual programs through July 2020. Registrants can now receive a full refund should they need to cancel their registration up to the day before the program begins. This applies to both new and existing registrations for virtual programs.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.
  • For more information contact Diana Zoren, Director of Strategic Initiatives at (971) 255-4965.

Agenda

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Integrating 5G into Existing Infrastructure

The year 2020 will undoubtedly go down in the history books as being very interesting and known for many things; a global pandemic, social political unrest, murder hornets, remote work & school, and maybe a few more before it’s all over.
However, for those of us whose gaze remained fixed on the utility world, it may also be the year that the term 5g became eponymous with a wide variety of much heralded new technologies. And, after years of planning, those technologies are now being realized on shared utility infrastructure likely in a neighborhood near you. This rollout though comes packed with many questions and concerns for everyone with a stake in the game.
With that in mind, and from the comfort of wherever your current office resides, the Western Energy Institute cordially invites you to join Tim Gasser (Crown Castle), Jason Verduzco (Verizon), and Steve Schulte (Avista Utilities) for the first in a series of web-based offerings in lieu of their annual in-person joint use event.

Topics for this session will cover a variety of information such as;
• 5g equipment configurations-current and future
• Utility standards and legal agreement considerations
• Examples of recent installations
• Lessons learned during construction
• Planning for electric service
• Best practices for construction and ongoing maintenance
• Moderated question and answer session

Please register early as space is limited and we look forward to having you with us for this exciting and engaging event.

Program Information

This webinar is brought to you at no charge due to gracious sponsorship by:

Integrating 5G into Existing Infrastructure
The year 2020 will undoubtedly go down in the history books as being very interesting and known for many things: a global pandemic, social-political unrest, murder hornets, remote work and school, and maybe a few more before it’s all over.

However, for those of us whose gaze remained fixed on the utility world, it may also be the year that the term “5G” became eponymous with a wide variety of much-heralded new technologies. And, after years of planning, those technologies are now being realized on shared utility infrastructure likely in a neighborhood near you. This rollout though comes packed with many questions and concerns for everyone with a stake in the game.

With that in mind, and from the comfort of wherever your current office resides, the Western Energy Institute cordially invites you to join Steve Schulte, Jason Verduzco, and Tim Gasser for the first in a series of web-based offerings in lieu of their annual in-person joint use event.

Topics for this session will cover a variety of information such as:

• 5G equipment configurations-current and future
• Utility standards and legal agreement considerations
• Examples of recent installations
• Lessons learned during construction
• Planning for electric service
• Best practices for construction and ongoing maintenance

This webinar will include a moderated question and answer session.

To register for this webinar, click on the “Register Now” button and you will be directed to WEI’s GoToWebinar website. After registering for this event, you will receive details on how to log in to the webinar (or dial in for audio-only participation).

Please register early as space is limited and we look forward to having you with us for this exciting and engaging event.

Meet The Speakers

Stephen Schulte

Avista Utilities

Joint Use Administrator
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Steve Schulte started his career in the utility industry at Cox Cable (Spokane, WA) in 1994 where he fulfilled many roles through several changes in ownership, up to the current owner (Comcast). He then joined the Joint Use team at Avista Utilities (also based in Spokane) in 2012 as an auditor/inspector, then moving to project coordinator and now in his current role as the Joint Use Administrator. He is also a founding member and President of the Inland Empire Joint Use Association, a volunteer nonprofit dedicated to safety and industry partnership. When not working or volunteering, Steve enjoys spending time with his family and enjoying the great outdoors of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Jason Verduzco

Verizon Wireless

Permitting Manager
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Jason Verduzco is the Verizon Public Policy and Community Affairs Director for Eastern Washington and Idaho. He started his career with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and later moved to Spokane where he accepted a position with Bonneville Power Administration, Department of Energy. Four years ago Verduzco moved into the wireless industry to work with Local and State Agencies to develop small cell processes, codes, and partnership agreements to help cities and communities access and develop technology.

Timothy Gasser

Self Employed

Consultant
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Mr Gasser was recently Manager of Utility Relations , West Region for Crown Castle. He has 20+ years of experience in wireless and joint use, working on both the utility and the wireless sides of the business. Prior to joining Crown castle, Mr Gasser spent 16+ years with Puget Sound Energy, where he managed all aspects of wireless infrastructure on PSE poles and property, overseeing some 400 wireless facilities.

Prior to working on wireless and utility joint use issues, Mr Gasser spent 10+ years in the nuclear industry, eventually coming to the Pacific North West as the Component Reliability Engineer for Portland General Electric’s Trojan Nuclear Plant.

Mr Gasser graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in History (BA) and subsequently earned graduate degrees in Environmental Science & Engineering (MS) and Management of Science & Technology (MS) from Oregon Graduate Institute / Oregon Health Sciences University. He is active in volunteer education, serving as a classroom instructor with Junior Achievement and as an outdoor science mentor with the science education non-profit organization Wolftree.

Jason Nemjo

Clark Public Utilities

Joint Utilities Specialist