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Baltimore: OSP Expo – The Broadband Development Marketplace™

OSP Expo is The Broadband Development Marketplace.  The show was designed to deliver solutions, products, and technologies for today’s rapid wireless and wireline network evolution. Who came?  Well, OSP professionals from ILECs, CLECs and IOCs (no, you didn’t stray accidentally into an episode of Doctor Who), all coming together to learn, network and purchase products that could solve their network challenges.  The Expo claims to be the most influential infrastructure trade show for two reasons: OSP is not only about technology and how-to network solutions, but is also “the human network”, and teamwork. No other gathering, we were told, melds those two core values.  It explains why providers from 40 countries and 70 companies attended.  More than 200 telecom vendors and distributors showcased their new products, methods and best practices. The exhibit floor also boasted a large OSP TV studio, live splicing demonstrations, and a happy hour. Cocktails, it seems, are good for boosting “the human network”…  #OSPExpo

Indianapolis: Wirenet

Wirenet is the acronym for the WAI Operations Summit and Wire Expo, and WAI stands for the Wire Association International Inc.  The program was designed for operations personnel, and featured a plant operations focus presented through a diverse selection of case studies, conference sessions and production solutions surrounding an “operational excellence” theme.  The event incorporated technical paper presentations, a comprehensive exhibit and  on-floor production solutions demonstrations.  Wire Expo originated in Boston in 1990.  The WAI itself was originally founded in 1930, and is a worldwide technical forum for wire and cable industry professionals. Based in Guilford, Connecticut, USA, WAI promotes, collects, and disseminates technical, manufacturing, and general business information to the ferrous, nonferrous, electrical, fiber optic, and fastener segments of the wire and cable industry.  Okay, that’s all for now, as we’re getting down to the wire…

Dallas: AUG Converge – International Avaya Users Group

The communications technology landscape is changing daily, we heard, and IAUG CONVERGE was there to provide the maps and tools that today’s communication professionals need to navigate it all.  According to IAUG (it stands for International Avaya Users Group), no other event provides a more comprehensive program dealing with integration, managed services, cost management, BYOD, cloud, and related topics.  The  voyage around Avaya technology was billed as “a journey to the next chapter of communications”.  Special keynoter sessions addressed Amplifying Customer Value through Business Relevance, The Art of Simplicity (yes, seriously, though we didn’t think it sounded all that simple), and Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith talking “Game On!”  …Wait a minute here, what are you people telling me?  That all this is just a GAME to you…?  #CONVERGE2014

San Antonio: National Telecommunications Cooperative Assn – NCTA Expo

NCTA Expo is there to service members of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, and NTCA bills itself as “the voice of rural telecommunications”, aka the Rural Broadband Association. NTCA represents around 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America.  In an era of exploding technology, deregulation and marketplace competition, (we heard), NTCA’s members are leading the IP evolution for rural consumers, delivering technologies “that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. Because of their efforts, rural America is fertile ground for innovation in economic development and commerce, education, health care, government services, security and smart energy use”.  Aside from mounting shows, NTCA fields advocate services on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and provides training and development and an array of employee benefit programs.  You wanna call WHERE?  Never heard of it.  Hey, there’s such a thing as TOO rural… #RTime2014

San Diego: NTCA

Feb. 14-15, 2012. NTCA is the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, and Broadband was the word on everyone’s lips at this show.  Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield offered perspectives on NTCA’s recent advances, touching on telcos’ opportunities to impact their communities and the economy. With the presidential election later this year, Bloomfield talked about NTCA’s swing-state strategy, and encouraged members to be engaged, to advocate and to recommit to the Save Rural Broadband campaign. She highlighted progress toward finding a solution for call completion, and she announced a rural smart community initiative that is to kick off in the spring, with a summit to further explore future opportunities for rural telcos.  So how broad is YOUR band?