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SD Public Utilities Commission WIRELESS Conference
Spearfish Holiday Inn & Convention Center
Spearfish, South Dakota

Sunday, September 26
4:00p-6:00p                 Registration
6:00p-7:00p                 Reception (Sponsored by Holiday Inn)

Monday, September 27
7:30a-Noon                 Registration
8:30a-9:00a                  Kick-Off
  • Chairman Sahr
  • FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein
9:00a-10:30a                Spectrum
(Moderator SD PUC Vice Chairman Gary Hanson)
  • Spectrum 101 (Basics/Fundamentals)
    • Dale Hatfield
  • FCC Future of Spectrum
    • David Furth
    • Barry Ohlson

10:45a-11:15a              Comparison of Wireless Technology
(Introduction by SD PUC Commissioner Jim Burg)

  • NTIA- Meredith Attwell
11:15a-11:45a              Beyond the City…Wireless in Rural America
(Introduction by SD PUC Vice Chairman Gary Hanson)
  • CTIA- Ron Barnes
11:45a-1:00p               Lunch (Sponsored by Motorola)
  • Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin- Sturgis Rally Stories
11:00p-2:00p                 FCC Primer
(Moderator SD PUC Commissioner Jim Burg)
  • Licensing/Spectrum Auctions/Service Obligations/Issues affecting Rural America
    • Sue McNeil
    • David Furth
2:15p-4:30p                 Technology Past, Present and Future
(Moderator SD PUC Executive Director Pam Bonrud)
  • Verizon Wireless- Brian Mecum
  • Cell One- Mark Schultz
  • Monet - Rich Abild
  • WiMax- Stagg Newman
  • Mesh- Keith Kemmerline with Motorola
  • Black Hills FiberCom – Randy Foudray
  • Sioux Valley Energy – Joel Brick  
  • Prairie Wave Communications – Bill Heaston and Jerry Andersen  

 5:00p                           Vehicles depart for Historic Deadwood in the Black Hills

Tuesday, September 28
8:30a-10:00a                Consumer Issues
(Moderator SD PUC Executive Director Pam Bonrud)
  • 2004 Wireless Survey- Steve Wegman (PUC staff)
  • Complaints- Jim Mehlhaff (PUC) and Delane Smith (AG)   
  • Rosebud Sioux Tribal rep. Tony Rogers
  • FCC- Dane Snowden
  • Verizon Wireless- David Armey
  • Cell One- RaeAnn Kelsch
  • Swiftel- Mark Thompson
10:15a-11:30a              Why Wireless is So Important.
(Moderator SD PUC Vice Chairman Gary Hanson)
  • Public Safety
  • Major James Carpenter
    • Otto Doll with BIT on Interoperability
  • Economic Development
    • Mark Kasten- Parker Development Corp.
  • Motorola's Perspective on Wireless
    • Keith Kemmerline

11:30a-1:00p               Lunch

1:00p-2:30p                 Funding Sources
(Moderator SD PUC Chairman Bob Sahr)      
  • RUS Direct Broadband Program- Kim Jacobs
  • RDA Broadband Loan Program- Lynn Jensen
  • Universal Service Program- Sue McNeil

SPONSORSMotorola and Microsoft