Tenth Annual

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TFI Communications Technology Asset Valuation Conference

January 28-29, 2015

Pre-Conference: TFI Technology Forecasting for Valuation Seminar, January 27, 2015

Radisson Hotel, Downtown Austin, Texas

Overview Speakers Schedule Registration and Venue





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Conference Overview:

The communications industry continues to be buffeted by the winds of change in technology, markets and industry structure. This conference provides an up-to-date overview and current forecasts of these changes. The emphasis is on those changes that involve the major assets of the telephone, wireless, and cable television networks.

The conference is geared to tax, depreciation, and valuation professionals, but should be attended by anyone with a strong policy or business interest in future of the communications network. The program includes featured outside speakers specializing in technology areas, TFI speakers reviewing their latest forecasts, and people from the consulting, industry and appraisal community sharing their knowledge in presentations and on panels.

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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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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SCHEDULE - January 28-29, 2015

CONFERENCE DAY 1: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
8:30 am – Introductions & Welcome
8:40 am – TFI Research: News and Overview
      Lawrence Vanston, TFI
8:55 am – Keynote: The Internet of Things: Overview & Outlook
      Dub Dublin, IoT Pioneer, Serial CTO and Entrepreneur

9:45 am - Break

TRANSFORMING LEGACY NETWORKS

9:55 am – REITs and the Windstream Strategy: Implications for Network Evolution and Valuation

11:10 am – Break

11:20 am – Transforming the Local Exchange Network
      Lawrence Vanston, TFI

12:00 pm – Precision Agricultlure and Petroleum: Opportunities for Rural and Urban Communications Providers
     Sam Harlan, P.E., Vice President Engineering Consulting, CHR Solutions

12:35 am – Lunch (provided by TFI)

WIRELESS

1:25 pm – Keynote: Small Cells and Het-Nets, The Wave of the Future
      Iain Gillott, President and Founder, iGR

2:25 pm – TFI Wireless Forecast Update
      Ray Hodges, TFI

2:40 pm – Break

2:50 pm – Wireless Industry Panel
      Gary Wiggins, AT&T
      David Schneider, Sprint
      Stephen Yergeau, T-Mobile
      Michael Mupo, Verizon

3:35 pm – Wireless Performance Trends
      Ray Hodges, TFI and Lawrence Vanston, TFI

4:05 pm – Break

4:15 pm – Could Cell Towers Become a Relic of the Past?
      Charlie Burkhardt, CostQuest
      Ruben Miranda, Duff & Phelps

4:50 pm – Assessor Issues (Panel)

5:30 pm – Day Ends

6:00 pm – Lake View Reception (Onsite)



CONFERENCE DAY 2: Thursday, January 29, 2015
8:30 am – Keynote: Future of Television and Video
     August Grant, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of South Carolina; Co-Editor, Communications Technology Update and Fundamentals, now in its 14th Edition

9:20 am – Forecasts of Online Video and Gigabit Access
     Lawrence Vanston, TFI

9:45 am – Break

9:55 am – Impacts on Cable HFC Networks
     Robert Harris, TFI (Former VP, Network Planning and Architecture, Time Warner Cable)

10:30 am – Trending for Cable Television Assets- Panel
     Christian Altenburger, Comcast
     Carl Hoemke, CorrelationAdvisors
     Jim Stegeman, CostQuest Associates
     Jeff Binkley, Deloitte

11:10 am – Break

GENERAL

11:25 am – What's Around the Corner?
     Larry Vanston, TFI, and Others
     
12:25 pm – Closing Remarks

12:30 pmConference Ends

12:30 pmBox Lunch and Discussion (box lunches provided by TFI)

1:20 pmLunch Ends

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SPEAKERS

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Conference Director and TFI Speakers

Seminar Director Dr. Lawrence Vanston, President, TFI

Lawrence K. Vanston, Ph.D.
President
, Technology Futures, Inc.




Keynote Speakers:

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Dub Dublin, IoT Pioneer, Serial CTO and Entrepreneur







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Iain Gillott
President and Founder, iGR (iGillottResearch, Inc.)





August Grant, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of South Carolina; Co-Editor, Communications Technology Update and Fundementals, now in its 14th Edition


Speakers & Panelists:

Christian Altenburger, Manager, Property Tax, Comcast

Jeff Binkley, Director, Deloitte

Charles Burkhardt, Senior Consultant, CostQuest

Bob Harris, Senior Consultant, Technology Futures, Inc.

Ray L. Hodges, Senior Consultant, Technology Futures, Inc.

Carl Hoemke, Managing Director, CorrelationAdvisors

Ruben Miranda, Director, Duff & Phelps

Michael Mupo, Director, Verizon

David Schneider, Manager Property Tax, Sprint

James Stegeman, President, CostQuest Associates

Larry Vanston, President, Technology Futures, Inc.

Gary Wiggins, Executive Director - Property Tax, AT&T

Steve Yergeau, Director, Property Taxes, T-Mobile

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REGISTRATION: For TFI Communications Technology Asset Valuation Conference and Pre-Conference Seminar

Registration for TFI Communications Technology Asset Valuation Conference: January 28-29, 2015

Earn up to 12 Texas CE credits and/or up tp to 13 National Registry of CPE Sponsors credits.*

We recommend that attendees to "TFI Communications Technology Asset Valuation Conference" also attend "TFI Technology Forecasting for Valuation Seminar."
Wednesday, January 28, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and
Thursday, January 29, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Registration: Early Bird $895 (After Dec. 28 $995)
Assessor/Academic/Gov. Registration: Early Bird $265 (After Dec. 28 $295)
Registration for Pre-Conference Seminar: TFI Technology Forecasting for Valuation: January 29, 2015

Earn up to 3.25 Texas CPE credits and/or up to 4 National Registry of CPE Sponsors credits.*

Tuesday, January 27, 1:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. followed by reception
Standard Rate: $250
Assessor/Government/Academic Rate: $150

[Substitution/Cancellation/Refunds/Inclement Weather Policy]

Earn Continued Professional Education Credits: Technology Forecasting Workshop (Jan 27) and TFI Communications Technology Asset Valuation Conference (Jan 28-29).

TFI is a licensed Continuing Education provider with NASBA (Natl). Sponsor ID: 112763. We are also licensed for two TDLR (TX) categories: Property Tax Professionals (PTP) and Property Tax Consultants (PTC). Provider ID: 1851. We are waiting to hear on approval and number of credits for the 2015 Seminar and Conference (watch site for updates). For more information see: http://www.tfi.com/sems/TFI-Technology-Forecasting-Seminar.html#tuition

Earn Continued Professional Education Credits: Technology Forecasting Workshop (Jan 27) and TFI Communications Technology Asset Valuation Conference (Jan 28-29). TFI is registered with TDLR and NASBA through 2014 and is waiting to hear on approval and number of credits for the 2015 Seminar and Conference (watch site for updates).

*Technology Futures, Inc. is registered with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) as a Continuing Education Provider. The CE categories are Property Tax Professionals - Appraisal Standards and Methodology and Property Tax Consultants. It's 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.

*Technology Futures, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (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. National Registry of CPE Sponsor ID Number: 112763.


VENUE:

Downtown Austin PhotoLOCATION/ACCOMMODATIONS: Radisson Hotel & Suites Downtown, 111 E. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78701, (512) 478-9611, The hotel is on Lady Bird Lake, in walking distance to Austin's famous 6th Street, and near the Texas State Capitol, the University of Texas, and other popular Austin sites.

A limited block of rooms has been extended under "Technology Futures" until January 6, 2015 at $169 plus tax for a regular room.* To book a regular room, call (800) 395-7046 or reserve online. *Please call for the limited number of suites available for $209 plus tax.
Austin's Downtown 6th Street 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.

To receive updated seminar details, dates, and registration information for future sessions, please click here.

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.

 

 


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