Broadband Breakfast on July 10, 2024 - New Developments in Open Access Networks

Open access networks are gaining greater traction nationwide.

Broadband Breakfast on July 10, 2024 - New Developments in Open Access Networks

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Open access networks are gaining greater traction nationwide. In additional to major players like AT&T (including its Gigapower joint venture with BlackRock) and T-Mobile, UTOPIA Fiber and other such networks are continuing to grow. More cities and regions are committing to open access. Under this model, multiple service providers share the same infrastructure managed by a separate network operator. The promise is a cost-effective way to promote competition and spur innovation, also reducing capital costs for some entrants. But complexities are real and obstacles exist. What new developments and insights are impacting open access networks? 

Panelists

  • Jeff Bankston, Vice President of Business Development, Underline
  • Isak Finer, Chief Revenue Officer, COS Systems
  • Brian Hollister, CEO and Co-founder, Bonfire Infrastructure Group
  • Angie Kronenberg, President, INCOMPAS
  • Drew Clark (moderator), Editor and Publisher, Broadband Breakfast

Jeff Bankston leads Business Development for Underline Infrastructure. Jeff has 25 years of in-depth experience across a variety of telecommunications technologies, such as FTTH, Optical Transport, Routing, LTE/5G, and Cloud.  Jeff started his career at Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia in roles from software development to sales leadership, with accomplishments such as the deployment of the world’s first 5G Standalone Core on public cloud with DISH Wireless.  Prior to joining Underline, Jeff led the Private Wireless business segment at Amazon Web Services, driving sales, business development and partnerships, culminating in the launch of new products such as AWS Private 5G.

Isak Finer is the CRO at COS Systems, the company behind the BSS/OSS platform COS Business Engine automating operations of fiber networks. Isak is regularly speaking on Demand Aggregation, Open Access Networks and automation of network operations. He has previously worked with business development, sales analysis and sales management at a number of global companies. He holds an MSc degree in Industrial Engineering and Management at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and has further academic experience within economics and entrepreneurship from Uppsala University, and US universities Stanford and Berkeley. 

Brian Hollister is on a mission to eradicate digital inequity through top-tier broadband solutions. As the visionary leader of Bonfire Infrastructure Group, he champions superior broadband planning, engineering, construction, and fiber operations to connect more communities faster and better so they can truly embrace the broadband life. With over 20 years of experience at industry giants like AT&T, Level 3, MCI, and Calix, Brian brings unparalleled expertise in telecommunications and technology. He’s passionate about empowering the broadband industry's current and future leaders to drive impactful change, generate profits, and create a brighter future for the next generation.

Angie Kronenberg is President of INCOMPAS, the internet and competitive networks association. She is responsible for managing the INCOMPAS policy team and its work before federal, state, and local governments, and she leads the association’s efforts on membership and business development. Angie has successfully influenced and shaped some of the most complex, high-profile matters in the communications industry, and she is an expert on technology and telecommunications policy, including broadband deployment, access, and availability, universal service, net neutrality, merger reviews, competition policy, and administrative law. She also has been integral to the association’s modernization and growth.

Breakfast Media LLC CEO Drew Clark has led the Broadband Breakfast community since 2008. An early proponent of better broadband, better lives, he initially founded the Broadband Census crowdsourcing tool to collect and verify broadband data left unpublished by the Federal Communications Commission. As Editor and Publisher, Clark presides over the leading media community advocating for higher-capacity internet everywhere through topical, timely and intelligent coverage. Clark also served as head of the Partnership for a Connected Illinois, a state broadband initiative.

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