12th Annual

TFI Asset Valuation Conference Logo

TFI Communications Technology
& Asset Valuation Conference

January 26-27, 2017

Courtyard Marriott Downtown, Austin, Texas

Update: Thanks for a wonderful January 2016 conference! All 2016 Videos, Pictures, and Slides now posted!

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Conference Overview:

The communications industry continues to be buffeted by the winds of change in technology, markets and industry structure. The conference provides an up-to-date overview and current forecasts for Wireless, Broadband & Video, Internet of Things, Big Data & Information Technology, and related Valuation Issues. The emphasis is on those changes involving the major assets of the telephone, wireless, and cable television networks.
TFI forecasting experts review their latest forecasts. Communications technology consultants, industry, and appraisal leaders share their knowledge. Keynotes include Sujata Neidig, Americas Marketing Manager at NXP Semiconductors speaking on Big Picture Enablers Fueling the IoT Explosion; Dr. Robert Heath, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at The University of Texas, Austin, speaking on 5G, Millimeter Wave and automotive applications; and Sarah Lacy, award-winning technology journalist and popular author, speaking on media-related developments in Silicon Valley and their impacts on broadband/video/TV.
Although geared to tax, depreciation, and valuation professionals, there is something for everyone. There will also be many opportunities for networking.

Learning Objectives

  • Provide an up-to-date overview of the changes in technology, markets and industry structure that impact the communications industry, especially those change that involve the major assets of the telephone, wireless, and cable television networks.
  • Provide a summary and annual update of TFI's recent research and forecasts in key communication technologies.
  • Provide summaries and updates of other experts' research in the same areas
  • Provide independent expert knowledge on changing communication technologies
  • Present illuminating discussions of current and emerging issues facing the communications industry
  • Present helpful discussions on the impact of these changes on the depreciation and valuation of communication industry assets.

Who Should Attend:

Professionals and managers involved in:
  • Finance, Asset Valuation and Property Tax
  • Communications Policy
  • Strategic Forecasting
  • Market Strategy
  • Network Planning
  • Legal and Regulatory
  • Depreciation and Asset Lives
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SPEAKERS - January 2016 Conference - 2017 Speaker TBA

Conference Director

Seminar Director Dr. Lawrence Vanston, President, TFI

Lawrence K. Vanston, Ph.D.
Conference Director
President, Technology Futures, Inc.
"TFI Research: News and Overview"
"Big Fast Data, Cognitive Computing, the Colud, IoT, and Software Define Networks"
"Video and Broadband Forecasts in the Gigabit Era"
"Transforming the Local Exchange and HFC Networks"


Internet of Things Keynote:

Sujata NeidigSujata Neidig
Americas Marketing Manager, NXP Semiconductors (Freescale recently merged with NXP)
"Big Picture Enablers Fueling the IoT Explosion"





Wireless Keynote:

Robert Heath, Ph.D.,


Robert W. Heath, Jr., Ph.D. P.E.
IEEE Fellow and a Cullen Trust Endowed Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and member of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group.

The University of Texas at Austin
"Millimeter Wave for 5G Cellular: Finding a New Spectrum Mother Load"


Broadband & Video Keynote:

Sarah Lacy,

Sarah Lacy,
Founder,
Editor-in-Chief and CEO,
PandoMedia
"What's Down the Valley for Broadband and Video"

 



IoT Speakers

Stephen Elkins

Stephen Elkins
Chief Information Officer
Communications & Technology Management

City of Austin
IoT Panel: "Smart Cities and the IoT - Austin Looks Forward"


Sam Harlan, CHRSam Harlan, P.E.
Vice President Engineering Consulting
CHR Solutions
"Precision Agriculture and Petroleum: Opportunities for Rural and Urban Communications Providers"

 



Bert Haskell
Bert Haskell
Chief Techology Officer
Pecan Street, Inc.
IoT Panel: "Smart Cities and the IoT - Austin Looks Forward"




TFI Asset Valuation Conference Speaker: David Smith

David Smith
President
SocialCare
"The Communications/Data Transformation that will Change ALL of our Ideas about HealthCare"




 

Carrie Vanston photo Carrie Vanston
IoT Host
Vice President, Communications
Technology Futures, Inc.
Culture for Innovation
Corporate Cultures that Rock

 

 

Wireless Speakers

Robert Heath, Ph.D.,

Dr. Robert W. Heath
will also speak on

"Cars Communicating? Automotive Applications of 5G and Millimeter Wave"


 

 

Ray Hodges Ray Hodges,
Senior Consultant
Technology Futures, Inc.
TFI Wireless Forecast Update

 

 

 

Valuation Issues Speakers

Ruben MirandaRuben Miranda,
Director
Duff & Phelps
"Measuring OTT Operating Cost Savings"
and Internet of Things Panel:
Smart Cities and the IoT -- Austin Looks Forward

 


Mike Mupo, Michael Mupo, JD, CPA, CMI,
Retired Director
Verizon
"Impacts of IoT, Big Data, Cloud Computing, 5G, SDN
on DataCenters and Communications Networks"

and Wireless Industry Panel

 

 

Broadband & Video Speakers

August (Augie) Grant, Ph.D.
Broadband & Video Host
Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications,
University of South Carolina;
Co-Editor, Communications Technology Update and Fundementals,
now in its 14th Edition
"Communications Technology Update 2016"



Dub Dublin.jpgDub Dublin
Dublinvention
"The Broadband Desktop circa 2018: The Big Screen Comes Back"




Expert Industry Panelists

Christian Altenburger, Christian Altenburger
Manager, Property Tax
Comcast
Broadband & Video Panel: Impacts of Video & Broadband Developments on Landline Networks

 


 

Jeff Binkley Jeff Binkley
Advisory Director, Transactions and Business Analytics
Deloitte
Broadband & Video Panel: Impacts of Video & Broadband Developments on Landline Networks


 

 

Charles Burkhardt, Charles Burkhardt
Senior Consultant
CostQuest Associates
Valuation Issues Panel:
Cruisin' for Confusion: Reproduction vs. Replacement Cost

 


Jim Dombrowski, Jim Dombrowski
Manager Property Tax
Verizon
Broadband & Video Panel: Impacts of Video & Broadband Developments on Landline Networks

 




Carl Hoemke, Carl Hoemke
Managing Director
CorrelationAdvisors
Valuation Issues Panel:
Cruisin' for Confusion: Reproduction vs. Replacement Cost

 

 



Steven Ingram, Steven Ingram
Property Manager
CenturyLink
Broadband & Video Panel: Impacts of Video & Broadband Developments on Landline Network

 

 

David SchniederDavid Schneider
Manager Property Tax
Sprint
Wireless Industry Panel

 

 

 


James StegemanJames Stegeman
President
CostQuest Associates
Valuation Issues Panel:
Cruisin' for Confusion: Reproduction vs. Replacement Cost

 

 

 

Robert Strong 

Robert Strong
Tax Director
AT&T
Broadband & Video Panel: Impacts of Video &
Broadband Developments on Landline Networks

 


Jerome Weinert
Jerry Weinert,
Principal Director,
AUS Consultants
Valuation Issues Panel:
Cruisin' for Confusion: Reproduction vs. Replacement Cost


 


Gary Wiggins Gary Wiggins
Executive Director - Property Tax
AT&T
Wireless Industry Panel

 

 


 

Steve YergeauSteve Yergeau
Director, Property Taxes

T-Mobile
Wireless Industry Panel

 

 

 

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Some of Our Previous Attendees:

3M Advantax American Appraisal AT&T
AT&T Mobility AUS Consultants Arizona Attorney General Office Baker Donelson
Bexar Appraisal BCRI Blankenship Resources Capitol Appraisal Group
CenturyLink CHR Solutions Clearwire Collin County Appraisal
Comcast Cricket Communications CostQuest Associates Dallas Central Appraisal
Deloitte Duff & Phelps Embarq Ernst & Young
FTTH FMV Opinions Grant Thornton GVTC Communications
Hiscock & Barclay, LLP Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley LLP Hill Ward Henderson Law Firm KPMG
Law Offices of Peter Michaels Level 3 Communications Millinium Marketing Qwest
Revenue Wisconsin Satai Network SC&H Group, LLC Sprint/Nextel
State of California Board of Equalization Tarrant County Appraisal Tax Compliance Inc. Thompson Reuters
Time Warner Cable T-Mobile TRCI Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
UHY Advisors Verizon
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What Attendees Say:

"Thank you for putting on your seminars and conference. Although I have used various TFI tables over the years and read several of your publications, there is an additional and unique learning experience to be had via the lectures and interaction with the audience and TFI. Through the questions, comments, and answers one hears the issue presented from a variety of perspectives and has the opportunity to put in one's own words their own comments and questions to see if they understand it or not, etc. One-on-one with the authors, the experts, a wonderful educational opportunity."

Robert G. Strong, Tax Director
AT&T

"Based on TFI's knowledge, skills and experience, I strongly recommend their annual Technology Futures Asset Valuation Conference to anyone who is involved in assessing telecommunications equipment or anyone involved with telecommunications in some form or another."

Raul Reyes, Business Personal Property Supervisor
Dallas Central Appraisal District

"Great program...information is timely and program ties together well. Good for attendees with various background and interests. I highly recommend."

Jeffery S. Binkley, Senior Director
Thomson Reuters

"I found the insights on technology changes in-process and planned and their current and expected impact on replacement of assets most useful. Proper valuation must take into account technological externalities that will diminish the value of the existing assets. The technological innovations are having a such an impact that keeping up is essential. This conference keeps me up to date."

Roger Grabowski, Managing Director
Duff & Phelps

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
January 20-22, 2016 - January 26-27, 2017 -Schedule TBA

PRE-CONFERENCE Reception
Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 6:15 pm

6:15-7:15 pm  Pre-Conference Reception Roof Top (Onsite)
Hosted by CostQuest – ALL Attendees Invited

CONFERENCE DAY 1
Thursday, January 21, 2016, 8:30 am-5:30 pm
+ Reception

8:30 am     Introductions and Welcome

8:40 am     TFI Research: News and Overview
                  – Lawrence Vanston
, President, TFI

INTERNET OF THINGS AND BIG DATA
                  Host: Carrie Vanston, VP, Communications, Technology Futures, Inc.

9:00 am     The Communications/Data Transformation that will Change ALL
                  Our Ideas about HealthCare

                  
 – David Smith, President, SocialCare

9:40 am       Break

9:50 am      KEYNOTE: "Big Picture Enablers Fueling the IoT Explosion"
                    Sujata Neidig, Americas Marketing Manager,
                       NXP Semiconductors (Freescale recently merged with NXP)


10:30 am    Smart Cities and the IoT -- Austin Looks Forward
                   – Stephen Elkins
, CIO, City of Austin
                   –
Bert Haskell, CTO, Pecan Street, Inc.
                   Ruben Miranda, Director, Duff & Phelps (Moderator)

11:20 am     Break

11:30 am    Precision Agriculture and Petroleum: Opportunities for Rural and
                   Urban Communications Providers
                  
 – Sam Harlan,
P.E., VP Engineering Consulting, CHR Solutions

12:05 pm    Big Fast Data, Cognitive Computing, the Cloud, IoT, and Software
                   Defined Networks
                   Lawrence Vanston
, President, TFI

12:40 pm    Lunch Break
    
WIRELESS
    
1:30 pm      KEYNOTE: Millimeter Wave for 5G Cellular: Finding a New
                   Spectrum Mother Load
                   Robert Heath
, Professor of Electrical and Computer
                      Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

2:30 pm       Break

2:40 pm       Cars Communicating? Automotive Applications of 5G and          
                    Millimeter Wave
                    – Robert Heath
, Professor of Electrical and Computer
                    Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

    
3:10 pm       Wireless Industry Panel
                    – Gary Wiggins
, Executive Director - Property Tax, AT&T
                    – Stephen Yergeau
, Director, Property Taxes, T-Mobile
                    – Mike Mupo
, Retired Director, Verizon
                    – David Schneider -
Manager Property Tax, Sprint

3:55 pm       TFI Wireless Forecast Update
                  
 – Ray Hodges
, Senior Consultant, TFI
    
4:05 pm       Break
    
VALUATION ISSUES

4:15 pm      Technology-Driven Valuation Issues for Data Centers and
                   Communications Networks
                  
 Mike Mupo,
Retired Director, Verizon
    
4:40 pm      Measuring OTT Operations
                  
 
Ruben Miranda,
Director, Duff & Phelps
    
5:00 pm       Cruisin' for Confusion: Reproduction vs. Replacement Cost
                  
 Charles Burkhart
, Senior Consultant, CostQuest (Moderator)
                   – Carl Hoemke, Managing Director
, Correlation Advisors or
                   – Jim Stegeman, President, CostQuest
                   –
Jerome Weinert
, Principal & Director, AUS Consultants

    
5:45 pm       Day Ends

5:45-7:15 pm  Reception – Roof Top (Onsite)

CONFERENCE DAY 2
Friday, January 22, 2016, 8:30 am-12:30 pm + Box Lunch

BROADBAND & VIDEO
                   – Host: August Grant, Professor, School of Journalism and
                    Mass Communications, University of South Carolina

8:30 am       Communications Technology Update 2016
                    – August Grant
, Professor, School of Journalism and
                    Mass Communications, University of South Carolina


9:00 am       Video and Broadband Forecasts in the Gigabit Era
                    – Lawrence Vanston
, President, TFI

9:25 am       The Broadband Desktop circa 2018: The Big Screen Comes Back
                    – Dub Dublin
, Dublinvention
    
9:50 am       Break

10:00 am     Keynote: What's Down the Valley for Broadband and Video
                    – Sarah Lacy
, Founder, Editor-in-Chief and CEO, PandoMedia

10:50 am     Transforming the Local Exchange and HFC Networks
                    – Lawrence Vanston
, President, TFI
   
11:15 am     Break
   
11:25 am     Impacts of Video and Broadband Developments on Landline
                  
  Networks -- Panel
                    – Jeff Binkley
, Director, Deloitte (Moderator)
                    – Christian Altenburger
, Manager, Property Tax, Comcast
                    – James Dombrowski,
Manager - Property Taxes, Verizon
                    – Steven Ingram, Property Manager, CenturyLink
                    Robert Strong, Tax Director, AT&T

12:25 pm     Closing Remarks

12:30 pm      Conference Ends
   
12:30 pm      Box Lunch and Discussion

1:20 pm        Lunch Ends
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REGISTRATION INFORMATION: January 26-27, 2017 -Registration TBA

TFI Communications Technology Asset Valuation Conference: January 21-22, 2016*


Thursday, January 21, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and
Friday, January 22, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Regular Rate: $995
Assessor/Academic/Gov. Rate: $295

[Substitution/Cancellation/Refunds/Inclement Weather Policy]

*Earn Continued Professional Education Credits: TFI Communications Technology Asset Valuation Conference (Jan 21-22). TFI is registered with TDLR (Texas) and NASBA (Natl.). Watch site for updates.

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR): Technology Futures, Inc. is registered with TDLR as a Continuing Education Provider. The CE categories are Property Tax Professionals (PTP) and Property Tax Consultants (PTC). It is the attendee's responsibility to determine whether the credits meet their CE requirements and to provide TFI with their license number. TDLR Provider Number: 1851. We have to apply for course approval annually and are waiting for final approval for the 2016 Conference. Attendees can earn up to 11 CEs for the Conference.

National Association of StateNASBA logo Boards of Accountancy (NASBA): Technology Futures, Inc. is registered with NASBA as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.

CPE: In accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, CPE credits will be granted based on a 50-minute hour. Fields of Study: Special Knowledge & Applications and Taxes. Instructional Delivery Method: Group-Live. Program Level: Basic-Advanced. No Prerequisites required. No Advanced preparation required. Attendees can earn up to 13 CPEs for the Conference. National Registry of CPE Sponsor ID Number: 112763.

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VENUE:

Downtown Austin PhotoLOCATION/ACCOMMODATIONS: Courtyard Marriott Downtown, 300 E. 4th Street., Austin, TX, 512-236-8008512-236-8008 or 800-321-2211800-321-2211. The hotel is in walking distance to Austin's famous 6th Street and is near the Texas State Capitol, the University of Texas, and other popular Austin sites. Our block of rooms has expired. Please contact the hotel for availability and room prices.

This is a non-smoking facility with complimentary high-speed Internet and wireless access throughout the hotel.

For more information about Austin, please visit Austin 360 or Austin Chamber of Commerce.

(photo source: Marriott)

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Please contact Helen Mary Marek at info@tfi.com or call us at (800) 835-3887 or (512) 258-8898 with any questions regarding the conference.

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SPONSORS

TFI Asset Valuation Conference Sponsor, AUS Consultants Depreciation & Valuation Practice

TFI Asset Valuation Conference Sponsor, CostQuest Associates


TFI Asset Valuation Conference Sponsor, Deloitte

What Attendees Say

“... a unique learning experience to be had via the lectures and interaction with the audience and TFI."

Robert G. Strong,
Tax Director, AT&T


"Based on TFI's knowledge, skills and experience, I strongly recommend their annual Technology Futures Asset Valuation Conference to anyone who is involved in assessing telecommunications equipment or anyone involved with telecommunications in some form or another."

Raul Reyes, Business Personal Property Supervisor
Dallas Central Appraisal District

"Great program ... information is timely and program ties together well. Good for attendees with various background and interests. I highly recommend it."<

Jeffery S. Binkley,
Director, Deloitte

"… Proper valuation must take into account technological externalities that will diminish the value of the existing assets. The technological innovations are having a such an impact that keeping up is essential. This conference keeps me up to date."

Roger Grabowski,
Managing Director

Duff & Phelps