2013 Annual Conference

Letter From The President

A special invitation from the NATOA President

View Invitation


Who Should Attend?

  • City and County Telecommunications Administrators
  • Elected and Appointed Officials
  • City and County Managers
  • City and County Attorneys
  • Planning and Public Works Directors
  • Budget and Finance Directors
  • Cable and Communications Industry Representatives
  • Government Programmers
  • Government CIOs and Web site Managers
  • IT & Network Managers

Did you miss the Annual Conference in Orlando this year? Now you can view recordings of select sessions from the conference. Streaming services provided by Wirestream Media


2013 Conference Presentations

Aesthetics of Public Safety Video Communications

Building a New Social Compact in an IP World
Jim Baller            

Community Networks and Public Safety Emergencies: Stories told and lessons learned
Rich Desimone      

Community Networks: Models and Strategies

Ed Reynolds Keynote Remarks 

FirstNet and Public Safety Wireless Broadband

Hosted Broadcast: What’s in That Cloud?

How IP Enables Local Government Services
Pete Meadows         

Implications of the IP Transition for Legal and Regulatory Policy

Innovative Use of Video

Keeping the Spotlight on Broadband Adoption: Which Programs Work and Why

Music Copyright Concerns for PEG Stations

PEG Center Momentum and Resources

PEG Operations and Collaboration: Regional Partnerships
Kathy Bisbee       

Primer on Broadband Basics
Larry Fausett 
Tom Robinson 

Primer on Cable Regulation in an Evolving IP World

Protecting Consumers in the IP World

Rights of Way Management: A discussion on best practices for infrastructure siting

Social Video: Free Love and Love for Sale

Unique Programming Ideas

Letter From The President

A special invitation from the NATOA President

View Invitation


Who Should Attend?

  • City and County Telecommunications Administrators
  • Elected and Appointed Officials
  • City and County Managers
  • City and County Attorneys
  • Planning and Public Works Directors
  • Budget and Finance Directors
  • Cable and Communications Industry Representatives
  • Government Programmers
  • Government CIOs and Web site Managers
  • IT & Network Managers

CONFERENCE ATTIRE 
Casual business attire is suggested for the conference sessions and the reception. 

HOTEL INFORMATION 
NATOA has reserved a block of rooms for conference attendees at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Orlando, FL at the special conference rate of $135 single/double per night plus tax. The hotel is an exquisite, five-star resort on the Universal Orlando property with water-taxi service through Universal’s lagoons to the two Universal parks (Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure) and to City Life (Universal’s restaurant, club, and music area). This special rate also includes complimentary high speed Internet in guestrooms. To reserve a room, call 866-360-7395. 

You must mention that you are with the NATOA Annual Conference to be assured of receiving NATOA’s discounted rate. To guarantee your reservations, please contact the Loews before Monday, August 12, 2013. We encourage you to make your room reservation ASAP to guarantee availability. NATOA cannot guarantee availability or rate once the block has sold out. Rack rates at the Loews for these dates range from $251-363 per night, so it is important to make your reservations early and take advantage of the discounted rate. The Loews Portofino Bay is located at Universal Orlando, 5601 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819, (888) 430-4999. 

TRANSPORTATION 
The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is located approximately 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport. Taxi service to the hotel from the airport is approximately $45 each way. An airport Shuttle Service through Destination MCO is also available for hotel guests with rates starting at $90 for a sedan seating four with luggage. You can make a reservation by calling 866-271-6176. 

Cancellation Policy 
Full registration fee minus a 25% service charge will be refunded if cancellation is received in writing at NATOA Headquarters no later than Friday, August 16, 2013. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after August 16, 2013. Substitutions are permitted and encouraged in lieu of cancellation. You may fax your cancellation or substitution request to (703) 997-7080. 

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES 
NATOA has numerous sponsorship opportunities available at this year’s Annual Conference. Whether you plan to unveil new products and services, network with established clients or contact new prospects, NATOA’s Annual Conference must be an essential part of your marketing plan. Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with the most influential and knowledgeable people working on broadband, communications and programming issues in local government. Visit the “Be a Sponsor” tab for more information and to sign-up today!


Registration Pricing

Actual payment must be received by the date indicated in order to receive the registration rate. If your registration and payment are not received by the date indicated, the correct (higher) fee will be applied. A purchase order does not constitute payment.

                                                                                                                                                            

One or Two Day Registration
NATOA Member $275
NLC Primary Member/Elected Official $275
Government Non-Member/Non-Profit $375
Non-Member Private Sector $425

Until 6/03/2013
NATOA Member $575
NLC Primary Member/Elected Official $575
Government Non-Member/Non-Profit $845
Non-Member Private Sector $945

6/04/2013 - 7/15/2013
NATOA Member $650
NLC Primary Member/Elected Official $650
Government Non-Member/Non-Profit $945
Non-Member Private Sector $1,045

After 7/15/2013
NATOA Member $725
NLC Primary Member/Elected Official $725
Government Non-Member/Non-Profit $995
Non-Member Private Sector $1,095
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The Following Conference Program Details Are Subject To Change

09/16/2013 - Monday, September 16, 2013
9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Registration Open
9:00 am - 4:00 pm - Pre-Conference Seminar: Keeping the Public Sector in 21st Century Communications: Navigating the IP Transition
Pre-Conference Overview
Welcome to the 21st Century, a world in which old communications networks (cable and phone) are migrating to "Internet Protocol" or IP. This interactive seminar will explore the IP transition - from the perspectives of technology, regulation and policy, public interest obligations, and opportunities to protect the community and improve government services. In our new IP world, what are the issues for industry, regulators, and consumers? And how can public sector entities ensure that our communities benefit in this new environment?
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm - Pre-Conference Seminar: All-Day Storytelling Workshop
Storytelling Workshop
In this full day of training, you will learn how to present government programming in an innovative, compelling way. Get tips and tricks on story planning and development that will save time and increase quality. Learn how to use video to get people to listen, remember and take action, and to look at your programming with a fresh eye.

More information on the all-day storytelling agenda will be available soon. Whether you're working as a team member or solo - you won't want to miss this opportunity to fine tune your storytelling skills and make your stories more memorable. Cost for this full-day of interactive sessions is $100 when you register for the full conference or $150 to attend this day only.
Moderators: Lisa Berglund |
Speakers: Lisa Berglund |
9:00 am - 9:30 am - Pre-Conference Seminar: IP Transition Welcome
9:30 am - 10:30 am - Navigating the IP Transition Pre-Con #1
Introduction to Internet Protocol (IP) Technology
In plain speak, our experts will describe how IP technology differs from older technologies and how IP represents a transition not only for voice and data services, but also for traditional cable and broadcast services. And we'll evaluate to what extent consumers are abandoning older networks for IP-based mobile broadband and multi-screen alternatives. As this transition accelerates, what will happen to the legacy networks such as phone and cable?
Moderators: Stanley Adams |
Speakers: Thomas Asp | Jeff Wilson |
10:45 am - 11:45 am - Navigating the IP Transition Pre-Con #2
Implications of the IP Transition for Legal and Regulatory Policy
In 2013, we are already in the midst of a transition from legacy platforms to IP-based services. What does this transition mean for regulation at the state, local, and federal levels? Is our current regulatory framework up to the job of regulating converged IP networks? Should the FCC oversee the IP transition and does it have the authority to do so? And what role will state and local authorities play in the emerging regulatory framework?
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Speakers: Tillman Lay | Gary Resnick, Esq. |
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm - Navigating the IP Transition Pre-Con #3
Working Lunch -- Building a New Social Compact in an IP World
In the pre-IP world, we all understood provider obligations to serve the public interest through PEG, I-Nets, fees, and other means. In the new IP world, how will the social compact change? What are the implications of the IP transition for local franchising, fees, universal service, consumer protection, and related areas?
Moderators: Joanne Hovis |
Speakers: James Baller | Amina Fazlullah | Nicholas Miller, Esq. |
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Navigating the IP Transition Pre-Con #4
Protecting Consumers in the IP World
Technological change does not change the need to serve the interests of consumers. Particularly, as state and federal consumer protection diminishes, localities are faced with issues like billing, network throttling, rates, and service interruptions. What is the role of local government for ensuring consumer protection in an all IP world?
Moderators: Mitsuko Herrera |
Speakers: Chris Baker | Harold Feld | Matthew Gerst |
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Navigating the IP Transition Pre-Con #5
How IP Enables Local Government Services
The IP revolution presents enormous opportunities for the delivery of innovative and effective local government services to residents. Mobile apps in particular are enabling new ways of communicating with and serving the community. Hear from some of the leading practitioners in this area and learn about exciting new mobile applications, their benefits, costs, and viability in your community.
Moderators: Jodie Miller |
Speakers: Pete Meadows | Tony Perez | Gail Roper |
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm - First-Time Attendees Meeting
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Off-Site Affinity Dinners
09/17/2013 - Tuesday, September 17, 2013
8:00 am - 4:30 pm - Registration Open
9:15 am - 10:30 am - Concurrent Sessions: Lights, Camera, Action!
LIGHTS! Broadband Basics
Kilobits; megabits; gigabits; terabits? Huh? What's with the bits? This session is for you if you need some light shone on broadband jargon and tech-speak. Come learn why there's a difference between these things and a difference between wireless, satellite, fiber, and cable - and how you can use that information in your community.
Moderators: Christina Jaramillo |
Speakers: Larry Fausett | Thomas Robinson |
CAMERA! Unique Programming Ideas
Reality TV is all the rage, but you have to produce content that highlights programs and services that make your community a better place to live, work, and raise a family. Join our discussion on innovative, interactive and scintillating programming ideas for government access.
Moderators: Michael Russo |
Speakers: Richard Assmus | Richard Brosnan | Louis Rocha |
ACTION! Primer on Cable Regulation in an Evolving IP World
State franchising and franchise renewals present issues and opportunities regarding franchise fees, PEG funding, PEG channel capacity and technology upgrades, customer service standards, and many other matters. This session will provide an update on challenges and progress being made in states that have passed state franchising legislation. You'll also hear about successes and latest hot issues in local franchising and franchise renewals.
Moderators: Gabriel Garcia |
Speakers: Frederick Ellrod III | Brian Grogan, Esq. | Joseph Van Eaton, Esq. |
11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Concurrent Sessions
Rights of Way Management: Best practices for infrastructure siting
How do you protect your community's ROW as industry need for access grows, sometimes dramatically? Many communities are revising processes and ordinances to simplify and standardize permitting and management and thus enable both protection of public property and facilitation of broadband deployment. This panel will consider strategies that address competing uses and technology pressures, intergovernmental and interagency cooperation, and collaboration between public and private interests.
Moderators: Jennifer Li |
Speakers: Rae Bailey | Kenneth Fellman, Esq. | Mary LaFave | Milo Mecham |
Music Copyright Concerns for PEG Stations
Long gone are the days of avoiding liability by simply paying the piper - these days we must insulate ourselves from Chilling Effects. The wild sound at a community event can freeze your YouTube channel. Pre-show music will silence the Mayor's livestream just minutes before her annual address... and automatically opt you into Google Ads as an encore! In this session we'll look at the problems, the dispute procedures, and we'll sample free music sources from the Creative Commons.
Moderators: Richard Bartlebaugh |
Speakers: Michael Donaldson | Scott Goldberg | James Hetz | Chris Zabriskie |
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm - General Session/Keynote Luncheon
The Role of Technology in the US Economy
The importance of technology and the Internet to the US economy seems to grow daily – not only in their direct economic impacts but also in the indirect economic activity they enable. This session will explore the importance of communications technology for the future of the US economy from the perspective of some of the tech world's giants and key innovators.
Moderators: Joanne Hovis |
Speakers: Sharon Gillett | Angie Kronenberg | Derek Slater |
Keynote by Ed Reynolds, FirstNet Board Member
Join us for an informative keynote by FirstNet Board Member Ed Reynolds, a pioneer in the wireless telecommunications industry. This keynote will be followed by a panel presentation.
Moderators: Joanne Hovis |
Speakers: Ed Reynolds |
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm - Concurrent Sessions
Community Networks: Models and Strategies
We want cheaper, faster and better broadband, but what role should our communities take to get it? Negotiate with your cable operator? Build your own? Make a private provider an offer they can't refuse? This is the session for you if you're balancing risks and rewards and want to understand what your community can bring to the table and which emerging public private partnerships might best suit your locality?
Moderators: Mike Reardon |
Speakers: Marc Hoit | Tim Scott | Mike Smeltzer | Robert Wack |
PEG Operations and Collaboration: Regional Partnerships
Partnerships help us leverage resources and achieve results. From sharing specialized equipment, a graphic designer, translation services, or collaborating by using joint staffing, to considering shared master control functions -- when you partner there are endless possibilities! Learn about partnerships that are working to increase program offerings.
Moderators: David Frye |
Speakers: Kathy Bisbee | Thomas Hanson | Merlyn Reineke | Bill Suchy |
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm - Concurrent Sessions
Community Networks and Public Safety Emergencies: Stories told and lessons learned
How do community communications networks come into play during a crisis? Our fiber, wireless, and institutional networks increasingly carry crucial public services and public safety data. At times like Hurricane Sandy or the Boston Marathon bombing, these are the moments when our local public safety and communications networks, and plans, are tested. Hear from those who have lived the stories and learned the lessons first hand.
Moderators: Deborah Guthrie |
Speakers: Richard Desimone | Mike Lynch | Tom Nagel |
Hosted Broadcast: What's in that Cloud?
Get educated on how to maximize the use of today's cloud technology to deliver your video content. Learn how use of the cloud not only increases your delivery methods to customers but also provides measurable details on what viewers' interests are so that you can maximize your production time and effort.
Moderators: Jeffrey Lueders |
Speakers: Daniell Krawczyk | David Owusu | Denise Rolfe |
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Welcome Reception
09/18/2013 - Wednesday, September 18, 2013
8:00 am - 4:30 pm - Registration Open
8:00 am - 8:45 am - Board/Chapter President Breakfast
9:00 am - 10:15 am - Concurrent Sessions
The View from the Hill and the States
Local governments must pay attention to a variety of legislative and regulatory actions at both the federal and state levels. Issues such as the IP transition, public safety communications, rights of way management, taxing authority, franchise fees, and PEG funding are on the front burner in Washington, DC and in state capitals across the nation. Hear from the experts advocating the local government positions on these issues and become better equipped to address them in your jurisdiction.
Moderators: Steve Traylor |
Speakers: Carolyn Coleman | Yejin Jang | Marcia Rubensohn |
Social Video: Free Love and Love For Sale
Will you get 11 million views if you "Auto-Tune The Mayor"? Probably not... unless you've set up the tools to make it possible. We'll look at how much free love you can expect from your Facebook friends, and when it's the right time to pony up $20 for a Facebook Ad. Our experienced panelists will teach you how to pick epic content, frame the pitch, distribute with Outbrain, and feel the McLovin.
Moderators: Michael Smith |
Speakers: Richard Bartlebaugh | Deborah Guthrie | James Williams |
10:45 am - 12:00 pm - Concurrent Sessions
Customer Service Today and Tomorrow
In a triple/quadruple play, bundled services, IP-transitioning networks world, customers are increasingly being served by a single provider, yet their customer service rights remain dependent on the definition of whether they have a cable, broadband, wireline telephone, or wireless telephone issue. This panel will discuss consumer rights issues and explore how today's core customer service and public interest obligations associated with traditional services can be met in an IP world.
Moderators: Mitsuko Herrera |
Speakers: Ronald Brise | Irene Leech | Ken McEldowney | Coralie Wilson |
PEG Center Momentum and Resources
Budgets are decreasing but the expectations from elected officials and clients continue to increase. Learn about production elements that can help all PEG centers - from one-man bands to larger stations.
Moderators: Jeffrey Lueders |
Speakers: Bob Thomas | Dwight Williams |
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm - Keynote and Awards Luncheon
Keynote and General Session
Join us for a keynote by Milo Medin, Google's Vice President of Access Services. We'll follow that with an insightful discussion on Local Government's Role in Promoting Broadband.
Panel Description: Local governments have been at the forefront of broadband innovation for 15 years and that pace seems to be increasing. Both publicly owned broadband network and public-private partnerships are under consideration in communities across the country. This session will explore some of the ways in which localities can themselves build broadband networks or partner with a private sector to do so.
Moderators: Joanne Hovis |
Speakers: Rondella Hawkins | Milo Medin | Christopher Mitchell |
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm - Concurrent Sessions
Keeping the Spotlight on Broadband Adoption: Which Programs Work and Why
With broadband, it's not enough to build it -- we need them to come! Many Americans don't adopt broadband because they don't see its value or because they don't know how to use computers or the Internet. Localities (and community media centers) have long worked to expand broadband use to the poor, seniors, and others who have not benefited from digital opportunity. In this session, learn from a panel of digital visionaries what you can do to enhance internet knowledge and use.
Moderators: Angie Bailey |
Speakers: George Clarke | Thomas Kamber, Ph.D. | Angela Simpson |
Aesthetics of Public Safety Video Communications
With a wide range of styles of Public Safety programming on our PEG channels, a common challenge programmers face is producing an attention-grabbing piece that will keep viewers watching, while trying to relay a message about Public Safety. Hear creative approaches and learn how to overcome challenges in a session packed with video examples. Add to your toolbox of creative approaches to shooting, editing, or producing Public Safety programming for various media.
Moderators: Dennis Rafftery |
Speakers: Lety Bazurto-Mathews | John Giamberso | Jonathan Uhl | Chris Vogt |
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm - Concurrent Sessions
FirstNet and Public Safety Wireless Broadband
The FirstNet planning process is underway and the challenges are evident -- but so are the opportunities for localities to use their expertise and infrastructure to make sure FirstNet serves their communities. We'll examine challenges and opportunities the new network poses - and provide guidance for you to promote local interests, protect local assets, and advocate for your community in this complex process.
Moderators: Gerard Lavery Lederer |
Speakers: Andrew Afflerbach, Ph.D. | Sean Stokes, Esq. |
Innovative Use of Video
The role of the video production department has extended beyond the Government Access channel and Council meetings. In this session we will explore the innovative and creative uses of video as a relationship building, presentation, grant application, and interactive communications tool.
Moderators: Michael Liberman |
Speakers: Dominic Fulgoni | Mark Kaufmann | Donna Keating |
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Chapter Meetings
09/19/2013 - Thursday, September 19, 2013
8:30 am - 12:30 pm - Registration Open
9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Roundtables
9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Behind the Scenes Tour of Universal Studios Florida
Optional Tour
Join NATOA for a special Behind the Scenes Tour of Universal Studios Florida! This exciting and informational tour has been specially designed for NATOA attendees and will provide a great educational opportunity to learn from the one of the nation's premier production and special effects studios. It is an up close and interactive chance - limited to 40 attendees - so register early to reserve your spot.

Universal Behind the Scenes Tour Schedule:
9:00am - Meet at NATOA Registration Desk
10:00 am - 11:30 am Production Studios and Facilities Tour
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Behind the Horror Tour and Discussion
2:15pm - Return to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

The cost for the tour is $100 per person and includes lunch.
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12:30 pm - 1:45 pm - General Session/Keynote Luncheon
Local Responsibility for Public Assets and the Public Interest
NATOA has long believed that public interests at the local level are best safeguarded at the same level—locally. The traditional role of localities in protecting public property and promoting community interests has come under attack in recent years in a range of venues. In this session, we will hear from two leading NATOA thinkers about the legal and other principles that underlie local authority over public rights of way, and about how those principles can be affirmed as technology changes. Then, NATOA's representatives to a range of FCC committees will talk about their work to protect and promote those principles at the Commission.
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Speakers: Kenneth Fellman, Esq. | Nicholas Miller, Esq. | Tony Perez | Gary Resnick, Esq. |
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm - Annual Business Meeting Voting Credentials Issued
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm - Annual Business Meeting
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm - GPA Ticket Table Open
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Annual GPA Gala

Who Should Attend?

  • City and County Telecommunications Administrators
  • Elected and Appointed Officials
  • City and County Managers
  • City and County Attorneys
  • Planning and Public Works Directors
  • Budget and Finance Directors
  • Cable and Communications Industry Representatives
  • Government Programmers
  • Government CIOs and Web site Managers
  • IT & Network Managers

Adams, Stanley
    Program Director, Statewide Broadband Initiative - Kansas State Department of Commerce
Afflerbach, Ph.D., Andrew
    CEO/Director of Engineering - CTC Technology & Energy
Asp, Thomas
    Principal Analyst/Engineer - CTC Technology & Energy
Assmus, Richard
    TV Service Administrator - City of Arvada
Bailey, Angie
    Director, NC Broadband - NC Department of Commerce
Bailey, Rae
    PW Division Manager-Street Operations - City of Tacoma
Baker, Chris
    Senior Strategic Policy Advisor - AARP Public Policy Institute
Baller, James
    Senior Principal - The Baller Herbst Law Group, P.C.
Bartlebaugh, Richard
    Producer - City and County of San Francisco
Bazurto-Mathews, Lety
    Writer, Producer, Photographer, Editor - Channel 12
Berglund, Lisa
     - Gold Dog Media, Inc.
Bisbee, Kathy
    Executive Director - CMAP TV
Brise, Ronald
    Chairman - Florida Public Service Commission
Brosnan, Richard
    Executive Producer - Fairfax County, VA
Clarke, George
    New Mexico Broadband Coordinator - New Mexico
Coleman, Carolyn
    Director of Federal Relations - National League of Cities (NLC)
Desimone, Richard
    Board Member - Jersey Access Group (JAG)
Donaldson, Michael
    Owner - 8DSync / Q-Burns Abstract Message
Ellrod III, Frederick
    Director - Fairfax County
Fausett, Larry
    Vice President - Finley Engineering
Fazlullah, Amina
    Policy Counsel - Benton Foundation
Feld, Harold
    Legal Director - Public Knowledge
Fellman, Esq., Kenneth
    Vice President - Kissinger & Fellman, P.C.
Frye, David
    Sr. Public Relations Speicialist - Palm Beach County
Fulgoni, Dominic
    Producer | Multimedia Designer - County of San Diego
Garcia, Gabriel
    Assistant City Attorney - City of San Antonio
Gerst, Matthew
    Director of State Regulatory and External Affairs - CTIA
Giamberso, John
    General Manager - City of Seattle
Gillett, Sharon
    Principal Strategist, Technology Policy - Microsoft
Goldberg, Scott
    Attoerny - Hetz, Jones & Goldberg, LLC
Grogan, Esq., Brian
    Shareholder - Moss & Barnett, PA
Guthrie, Deborah
    Communications Director - Charter Township of Meridian
Hanson, Thomas
    Video Production Coordinator - City of Palm Coast
Hawkins, Rondella
    Director - City of Austin
Herrera, Mitsuko
    Planning, Policy and Special Projects Manager - Montgomery County
Hetz, James
    Attorney - Hetz, Jones & Goldberg, LLC
Hoit, Marc
    Vice Chancellor for IT & CIO, NCSU - North Carolina Next Generation Networks (NCNGN)
Hovis, Joanne
    President - CTC Technology & Energy
Jang, Yejin
    Associate Legislative Director - National Association of Counties (NACo)
Jaramillo, Christina
    Cable Compliance Officer - King County
Kamber, Ph.D., Thomas
    Executive Director - Older Adults Technology Services (OATS)
Kaufmann, Mark
    Executive Producer - City of Allen
Keating, Donna
    Media Services Manager - Montgomery County
Krawczyk, Daniell
    PEG Sales Manager - LiveU, Inc.
Kronenberg, Angie
    Chief Advocate and General Counsel - COMPTEL
LaFave, Mary
    Director, Public Policy - Centurylink
Lay, Tillman
    Partner - Spiegel & McDiarmid, LLP
Lederer, Gerard Lavery
    Of Counsel - Best Best & Krieger, LLP
Leech, Irene
    Vice President - Consumer Federation of America
Liberman, Michael
    Director - Fairfax County Virginia
Li, Jennifer
    Utility Program Manager - City of Portland
Lueders, Jeffrey
    Cable Communications and Franchise Services Manager - City of Tacoma
Lynch, Mike
    Director, Web, Cable & Video Services - City of Boston, Mass.
McEldowney, Ken
    Executive Director - Consumer Action
Meadows, Pete
    Director - External Affairs - AT&T
Mecham, Milo
    Program Manager - Lane Council of Governments
Medin, Milo
    Vice President, Access Services - Google Inc.
Miller, Esq., Nicholas
    Partner - Best Best & Krieger LLP
Miller, Jodie
    Executive Director - Northern Dakota County Cable Communications Commission (NDC4)
Mitchell, Christopher
    Director - Institute for Local Self Reliance
Nagel, Tom
    Sr. Vice President, Business Development - Comcast
Owusu, David
    Director of Streaming Media - Swagit Productions, LLC
Perez, Tony
    Director, Office of Cable Communications - City of Seattle
Rafftery, Dennis
    Government Coordinator - Northern Dakota County Cable Communications Commission (NDC4)
Reardon, Mike
    Cable Communications Officer - City of St. Paul
Reineke, Merlyn
    Executive Director - Montgomery Community Media
Resnick, Esq., Gary
    Shareholder - GrayRobinson, PA
Reynolds, Ed
    Board Member - FirstNet
Robinson, Thomas
    President - CBG Communications, Inc.
Rocha, Louis
    Video Production Coordinator - Public Cable Television Authority
Rolfe, Denise
    Director, Community Broadcasting Sales - TelVue Corporation
Roper, Gail
    Chief Information Officer - City of Raleigh
Rubensohn, Marcia
    Deputy Director Governmental Relations - Georgia Municipal Association
Russo, Michael
    Multimedia Manager - County of San Diego
Scott, Tim
    Vice President - Axia NGNetworks USA
Simpson, Angela
    Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief of Staff - NTIA
Slater, Derek
    Policy Manager - Google
Smeltzer, Mike
    Director - Campus Info Tech & Educational Services (CITES) - University of Illinois - Champaign - Urbana
Smith, Michael
    Cable and Community Relations Manager - City of Torrance
Stokes, Esq., Sean
    Principal - The Baller Herbst Law Group, P.C.
Suchy, Bill
    General Manager - Orange TV
Thomas, Bob
    Vice President of Operations - DCTV
Traylor, Steve
    Executive Director - NATOA
Uhl, Jonathan
    Senior Videographer/Producer - City of Austin
Van Eaton, Esq., Joseph
    Partner - Best Best & Krieger LLP
Vogt, Chris
    Production Manager - Lake Minnetonka Com. Com.
Wack, Robert
    Vice Chair - Carroll Cable Regulatory Commission
Williams, Dwight
    Station Manager - City of Houston
Williams, James
    Video Production Specialist - City of Austin
Wilson, Coralie
    Executive Director - North Suburban Communications Commission
Wilson, Jeff
    IT Director - Town of Holly Springs
Zabriskie, Chris
    Composer & Musician -

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Letter From The President

A special invitation from the NATOA President

View Invitation


Who Should Attend?

  • City and County Telecommunications Administrators
  • Elected and Appointed Officials
  • City and County Managers
  • City and County Attorneys
  • Planning and Public Works Directors
  • Budget and Finance Directors
  • Cable and Communications Industry Representatives
  • Government Programmers
  • Government CIOs and Web site Managers
  • IT & Network Managers


NATOA 33rd Annual Conference 
Universal Communications – Lights, Camera, Action! 
 The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Orlando, FL 
September 16 – 19, 2013 

Thank you to our 2013 Conference Sponsors!

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Sponsorship Opportunities 

Take advantage of a vast array of high-visibility sponsorship opportunities at NATOA’s 33rd Annual Conference. Interact with the most influential and knowledgeable people working on broadband, communications and programming issues in local government. For each listed opportunity, you will be given exclusivity at the selected event. 

Establish brand recognition! Enhance your corporate image! Increase Sales… and your bottom line 

All Sponsorships include the following benefits: 
  • Recognition as a conference sponsor on special signage throughout the conference
  • Recognition at General Sessions
  • Sponsor ribbons for badges for all registered staff from sponsoring company
  • Recognition in the onsite program and on the NATOA website
  • Opportunity to provide marketing materials at conference registration
Sponsorship Profiles: 

Government Programming Awards Dinner & Gala – $20,000 
The NATOA Government Programming Awards (GPAs) recognize excellence in programming developed by municipal agencies. This event is the culmination of the conference and is attended by both registrants and award finalists. Includes five (5) full conference registrations, premium booth space in the exhibit area with two (2) exhibit only passes, a full page ad in the onsite program, VIP table at the Gala and opportunity to make remarks during event. 

Welcome Reception – $15,000 
This premier event welcomes all attendees to the conference. It is also your opportunity to make a first impression with the conference attendees. Includes four (4) full conference registrations, premium booth space in the exhibit area with two (2) exhibit only passes, a full page ad in the onsite program and recognition during the reception. 

Keynote Luncheon – $10,000 
A terrific opportunity for your company to gain exposure at the Annual Conference. Luncheons are included with the full conference package guaranteeing participants will be at this event. Includes three (3) full conference registrations, premium booth space in the exhibit area with two (2) exhibit only passes, a half page ad in the onsite program and recognition during the luncheon. 

WiFi Hotspot – $7,500
As the sole WiFi Hotspot sponsor, you will be providing complimentary wireless internet access for meeting attendees in all meeting rooms throughout the conference. Includes three (3) full conference registrations, premium booth space in the exhibit area with two (2) exhibit only passes, a half page ad in the onsite program and recognition in all meeting rooms throughout the conference. 

Continental Breakfast – $6,000
Continental Breakfasts provide a great opportunity for companies to gain exposure among attendees. These sponsorships go quickly, so don’t delay in taking advantage of this opportunity before they are gone! Includes two (2) full conference registrations and a quarter page ad in the onsite program. 

First Time Attendee Orientation – $5,000 
Early in the conference program, first time attendees and NATOA leadership gather for a conference orientation. Capture the attention of our new attendees, new members and leadership from across the country. Includes one (1) full conference registration and literature distribution at orientation. 

Refreshment Break – $3,500
There are a limited number of Breaks available, so don’t delay in taking advantage of this opportunity before they are gone! Includes one (1) full conference registration. 

Tote Bags – $4,000 
This is a great opportunity to give conference attendees something they will continue to use long after the meeting. Each registered attendee will receive a tote bag with your company name and logo. 

Lanyards – $3,000
Your company name on the official NATOA conference badge lanyard! This sponsorship provides high visibility as attendees must wear a badge to enter all conference functions. 

Hotel Key Card Sleeve – $3,000
Target registered attendees at the Loews Portofino Bay and put your company name/logo in each attendee’s hand by sponsoring hotel key card sleeve (distributed to attendees staying at the Loews upon check-in). 

Exhibit Space
Members: Before June 14 $1,500/After June 14 $2,500 
Non-Members: Before June 14 $2,500/After June 14 $3,500 

Exhibitors receive excellent ROI when they attend our conference. Breakfasts and refreshment breaks are held exclusively in the exhibit area, bringing the decision-makers to you. Booth reservations must be received by June 14, 2013 in order to receive the Earlybird Exhibit rates. All reservations must be submitted by July 31, 2013. Payment is due at the time of purchase. Booths will be assigned by NATOA on a first-come, first-served basis. All booth personnel must be registered and wear name tags throughout the conference. Includes One (1) full conference registration with meals Two (2) exhibit-only passes with meals, and booth with identification sign. Recognition on the NATOA website and in the onsite program. 

On-Site Program Advertising 
Complete your marketing campaign with a tangible presence at a minimal cost. Distributed to every attendee, the program contains the official schedule of the educational program, special event details, as well as exhibit hall information. See Sponsor Contract for size and rate information. 

Sponsorship by Design 
Other opportunities are available! NATOA will work with you to find the right fit for your message and your budget. Call NATOA Headquarters at (703) 519-8035 to discuss ways we can assist you in creating an integrated marketing effort to help your company achieve its sales objectives.

Click here for the 2013 Sponsor Contract.