August 11, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. CT
Registration is $50 for members and $75 for non-members. Registration discounts are available when registering groups and for the entire annual series.
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Preventing Damage to Utilities: Data-Informed Strategies for Working with Excavators and Locators to Protect Utility Integrity
Speaker: Khrysanne Kerr
Preventing costly and inconvenient damages to buried utilities is a challenge for public works operators, especially because it requires coordination between a variety of third parties including excavators and utility line locators. Focus groups with excavators and locators have revealed a variety of tactics that facility owners can employ to partner more deeply and realistically with these groups who are so critical to maintaining the integrity of buried utilities. Common Ground Alliance, the national non-profit leader for utility damage prevention, will share the data from recent quantitative and qualitative research with these two stakeholder groups, as well as public works-specific data trends from its most recent national Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report, to provide actionable strategies that public works operators can employ to achieve better outcomes when digging activity occurs on or around their facilities.
Proficiency Level: Introductory
1. Identify specific strategies for working with excavators and utility line locators to prevent excavation-related damage to public works facilities
2. Discern the various available damage prevention outreach and education tactics available and act with confidence when deciding on how and when to implement them
3. Administer a utility damage prevention program that is data-driven, stakeholder-informed and measurable
Surfing the 5G/Small Cell Tsunami: Managing the Millions of New Cell Towers and MAKING MILLIONS from Them!
Speakers: Dave Zelenok, George Wentz
Over the next 7 years, the telecommunications companies will be needing nearly 1 Million cell towers to meet the 5G demand. In addition to new small cell towers, they will need fiber optic and antenna upgrades on all of the 320,000 existing ones. To put that number in perspective, a typical city will soon have nearly TWICE the number of cell towers as they have streetlights–more than one tower per city block. Worse yet, each new tower will require at least 2 street cuts, causing an unprecedented impact of millions of street cuts, and associated traffic congestion, potholes, and massive disruption to our national infrastructure. The news isn’t all bad though. In response, many cities are adopting innovative strategies to not only manage this “tsunami”, but actually partnering with the telecommunications companies, municipalizing, and re-purposing their street lights, and charging as much as $3,000 for each of the hundreds of new towers, creating millions in new sources of revenue. Other cities have been even more visionary. They are “flipping” their annual streetlight systems from “must pays” (liabilities) to “cash cows”, or revenue streams. Learn how your public works agency can manage the oncoming tsunami of 5G/Small Cell deployments in your community and negotiate win-win outcomes that benefit carriers while addressing key community concerns, such as aesthetics and public safety.
1. Examine case studies from communities like theirs and what they have done to combat the wave of millions of small cell towers, street cuts, radio frequency (RF) radiation problems, increased load for permits, plan reviews, street cuts, and inspections
2. Explore what they can do to get ahead of the Small Cell wave by collaborating with telecommunication providers while revising your permitting programs and practices
3. Transform and “gigafy” your city, creating ultra-fast municipal broadband networks by re-purposing traffic signals and street lighting during the massively disruptive small cell installations
Jam Session: 5G/Small Cell
Speakers: Padriac Corcoran, John Cooper, Ken Demlow, Sean Garcia, Alicia Turner, Monty Zimmerman
The demand for faster and more reliable communications is essential for rural and urban communities worldwide. But are you keeping up with the latest federal guidelines, legislation at all levels of government (including funding), and technological innovations driving this industry? How is this affecting your ability to manage the rights-of-way? Join this session for an update on the current issues related to 5G, small cell and broadband expansion and to ask questions of some experts in this field. This session is sponsored by the Utilities and Public Rights-of-Way (UPROW) Committee.
Proficiency Level: Applied
1. Identify opportunities to advocate for maintaining municipalities’ ability to manage the rights-of-way effectively and understand existing and pending legislation related to 5G/small cell/broadband technology
2. Expand knowledge of 5G/small cell/broadband technology and installation requirements, including knowing legal rights and available resources for dealing with community deployment of 5G/small cell/broadband
3. Create a plan for managing the deployment of 5G/small cell/broadband technology using information from post-deployment communities