Joint Use – Virtual (Sep 15-16)

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 Location
  • Virtual Event
  • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided to the attendee 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
  • Conference Registration: $199 USD

    Registration price increases $100 after August 25, 2021. Registration includes virtual access to all agenda items and digital program materials through the conference app.

    Joint Use 101 will be offered as a complimentary webinar on September 13, 2021. Click here to register now.

  • 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 virtual program. Registrants can receive a full refund should they need to cancel their registration up to the day before the program begins.
  • 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.


Joint Use 101 will be offered as a complimentary webinar on September 13, 2021. Click here to register now.

All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Virtual Help Desk + Technology Check

The room will open early with optional time for participants to get familiar with the virtual platform, test their audio and webcam, or ask questions about the agenda before we begin.

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

FCC Update

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Vendor Share

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Won’t You Be My Neighbor. The Impact of Broadband Funding on the Utility
Moderator(s): Ron Bilodeau, Senior Solutions Consultant, Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.

Billions of dollars of federal State and local funding and private investment in broadband are being poured out to bring broadband to the areas of the country that need it most. Much of the funding has been awarded through the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF). The money is being used to deploy fixed wireless, fiber to the home, 5G and hybrid strategies. The deployments will take place over a short period of time and will impact electric and telco pole owners, existing licensees and the service, equipment and cable segments of the utility industry. This panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities of this next telecommunication construction boom from a vendor, pole owner and licensee perspective.

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM


12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Everything You Wanted to Know About Utility Make Ready but Were Afraid to Ask
Speaker(s): Jason Nemjo, Joint Utilities Specialist, Clark Public Utilities, Steve Schulte, Joint Use Administrator, Avista Utilities

With ever increasing activity to further expand the reach of broadband communications it is highly likely that those projects will include replacing, installing or rearranging existing vertical utility assets and infrastructure. Commonly referred to as ‘make ready’, this process can seem a daunting, time consuming and expensive task. Please join our panel of industry experts as they discuss this often-challenging aspect of the joint use process. Topics will include cost, scope, permitting, special conditions, challenges and time for panel questions and answers.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Delivering New Service to Small Wireless Facilities

As deployment of Small Wire Facilities (SWF’s) ramp up, one of the toughest hurdles to overcome is proving to be power delivery. The reasons are diverse, from building in dense urban areas where utility infrastructure requires (costly) upgrading to utility reluctance for changing practices designed for customers outside of the RoW. This session will discuss the issues and canvas the audience for potential solutions and ideas on how to arrive at smooth, timely and if possible, cost effective practices for delivering service in the RoW.

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM


10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Coordination Process for Emergency or Planned Maintenance

Customer satisfaction is dependent on reliable, resilient networks. Competition in the marketplace, broadband funding and 5G deployments all cause increased pole and conduit congestion. More companies, more and different types of equipment require processes and procedures in place to notify and plan for emergency and planned maintenance. This session will walk through policies, processes and procedures to facilitate timely and accurate notifications, rapid response times and efficient restoration of electric systems and telecommunications networks.

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM


12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Legal Panel Discussion
Moderator(s): Shannon Heim, Director Regulatory Corporate Counsel, NorthWestern Energy
Speaker(s): Tom Magee, Partner, Keller & Heckman LLP, Eric Langley, Partner, Langley & Bromberg LLC, Chris Huther, Partner, Wiley Rein, LLP, Scott Thompson, Partner, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Gerris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.

This distinguished multi-industry panel of attorneys will provide you with the opportunity to send questions in advance and 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.

Meet The Speakers

Ron Bilodeau

Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.

Senior Solutions Consultant

Jason Nemjo

Clark Public Utilities

Joint Utilities Specialist

Steve Schulte

Avista Utilities

Joint Use Administrator

Chris Huther

Wiley Rein, LLP


Eric Langley

Langley & Bromberg LLC


Tom Magee

Keller & Heckman LLP


Shannon Heim

NorthWestern Energy

Director Regulatory Corporate Counsel

Scott Thompson

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Gerris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.