Tracks That Get Down to Business

IP Vision sessions are designed to take an in-depth look at strategies for all areas—including management, technical and marketing—needed to challenge the competition. With three concurrent tracks that explore the areas of voice/video/data, IT, and wireless. You'll be sure to find the right session to meet the rapidly-changing demands of consumers today and tomorrow.

Leveraging the Network
Stay current with hot topics on the voice/video/data transmitting across your network and hear business strategies for introducing new products and services to take advantage of your fiber network.
  Exploring the Tech
Dive deep into the hardware and software advances shaping network functionality and security in the near term.
  Working with Wireless
Consider the broad impact of wireless technologies on your network from managed wi-fi to fixed wireless to backhaul for 5G deployment.


NTCA certificate course codes: T101, T106 and B110.
Attending this conference earns you three credits toward your NTCA certificate. 
Learn more about NTCA certificate programs.




Monday, April 23

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


9:00 a.m. – Noon

Preconference Workshop: NeoNova

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Preconference Workshop: Cisco

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.



Tuesday, April 24

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Opening General Session

Keynote: From Digital to Datafication


Shawn DuBravac, President, Astra Insights
After decades of digital transformation, we are now undergoing the datafication of our businesses, organizations, and lives. We have long been surrounded by information, but technology now allows us to transform data into new forms of value. Hear about how current technological shifts enable customized and personalized services and spark new business models and new revenue streams.

9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

At the Intersection of Business and Technology


Kurt Gruendling, VP of Marketing and Business Development, Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom
Timothy E. Owens, President, Cronin
This detailed look into market research, business opportunities and the resources necessary to make it all happen will inspire your team to find collaborative strategies for maximizing new revenue streams.

10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

The Formula for Your Success = Technology + Market Savvy + Customer Focus

markhamRon Markham, Executive and Organizational Success Coach, Corporate Training & Development LLC
Rural broadband providers sell themselves short when marketing a wide menu of products or services. Learn how solutions-focused marketing coupled with a total sales culture can equal a plan for continued success through challenging and rapidly changing times.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions A

2:20 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions B

3:40 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions C

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.



Wednesday, April 25

7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.


7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.

Sponsor Presentation

8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions D

9:10 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions E

10:20 a.m. - Noon

Closing General Session

Blockchain Basics
Distributed ledger technologies have received a lot of press surrounding cryptocurrency, but what does the future hold for blockchain applications in telecom and other industries? Learn about the basics of this technology and a forward-looking presentation of how it might integrate into next-gen networks.

Our Telecom Future
Take a look ahead 10 years into the technologies and business practices that could drive how rural telcos get business done in the future. Shape the vision for your company with a futurist outlook on the industry of tomorrow.

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Cyber Wise Management Training Workshop
Join us for a free half-day workshop focused on what every rural telco should know about cyber risk assessment and mitigation, as well as strategies for threat response and recovery. Gain a deeper understanding of how to utilize the sector-specific guidance in the NTCA Cybersecurity Bundle to improve cybersecurity readiness at your company.

This workshop is free, but requires advance registration. For conference attendees, please add the workshop to your registration. For workshop-only attendees, please contact us to register.