VOL. 14, NO. 7
February 12, 2018

October 29-31
ARIA Resort & Casino
Las Vegas


February 16

February 21

February 22

The INCOMPAS Show Moves
to Las Vegas, October 29-31

INCOMPAS announced last week that The 2018 INCOMPAS Show  will move to Las Vegas. The annual event will take place at the ARIA Resort & Casino from Monday, October 29 through Wednesday, October 31.

"We are excited to return to Las Vegas and bring The INCOMPAS Show back to the ARIA Resort," said INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering. "Las Vegas has historically been one of our best performing destinations, and with recent upgrades to both its convention space and guest rooms, the ARIA is an ideal destination for The 2018 INCOMPAS Show. We look forward to bringing together our cutting-edge network, service and content providers with prospective business partners and vendors as we meet in Las Vegas this October."

The 2018 INCOMPAS Show is being relocated from its previously scheduled venue in San Francisco because of renovations that will impact public areas of that facility. In Las Vegas, The INCOMPAS Show will continue to deliver the same valuable benefits to members, exhibitors, sponsors and attendees alike.

With its streamlined format, dynamic exhibit hall and a central gathering place, The INCOMPAS Show is optimized to make the most of your valuable time, facilitating meaningful exchanges that lead to business deals and pipeline building. Attendees will have access to multiple networking opportunities in both formal and social settings, industry-relevant educational sessions and the popular INCOMPAS Show Buyers Forum, which offers a targeted opportunity for buyers and sellers to connect. 

For more information, visit The 2018 INCOMPAS Show website. If you have questions about exhibiting, sponsoring or securing meeting space, email Samantha Edidin. or call 312-673-5685.

INCOMPAS Policy Summit Brings Together Government, Industry to Examine Critical Policy Issues
At The 2018 INCOMPAS Policy Summit last week in Washington, D.C., government officials and business leaders convened at the Newseum to speak about the top issues impacting the industry. 

Rep. Mike Coffman
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) spoke about the need for  Congress to act to enshrine net neutrality protections into law, stating "[t]he internet is too important to leave to unelected bureaucrats. Frequent regulatory fluctuations are not good for Internet providers nor for those who rely on it for business or personal use. It is time for Congress to act." Rep. Coffman, who is expected to introduce legislation in the House later this month that enshrines the 2015 open internet protections into law, added that "the internet should be a place where all can participate - free from unnecessary barriers. In fact, the founding principle of the internet holds that those who provide the on-ramps to the internet, should not control what happens on the internet. The network should be open so that we are not picking winners and losers. I believe that my bill will provide some much-needed clarity in this area." 

Other highlights from the event included:

Rep. Anna Eshoo
FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) (left) and Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) (right) speak with INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering about rural broadband issues.  

Led by Andrew Lipman (Morgan Lewis), panelists Malena Barzilai (Windstream), Paula Boyd (Microsoft), Greg Green (Fatbeam), John Burchett (Google Fiber) and Jeff Strenkowski (Uniti Fiber) speak about fiber and wireless infrastructure deployment.

Sheba Chacko (BT), Holly Borgmann (ADT) and Melissa Glidden Tye (Verizon) speak about the future of connected devices with moderator Alexi Maltas (Hogan Lovells).

John Heitmann (Kelley Drye) leads a discussion on technology and businesses strategies among C-level executives Tim Koxlien (TeleQuality), Christopher Chapin (Granite) and James Capuano (FirstLight Fiber).

INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering discusses the future of net neutrality with Markham Erickson (Steptoe & Johnson), the association's lead attorney in challenging the repeal.
Marc Hudson, co-founder and CEO of Rocket Fiber, talks about his company's deployment of Gigabit internet in Detroit.