Thursday, Oct. 3rd & 4th, 2019

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Danielle Kohler
973-531-4448                                                           dkohler@ubba.com         


Alabama Power Headquarters Building 
600 18th St N.
Birmingham, AL 35203

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You can talk about utility private broadband networks - or you can learn from one in action. 

Ready to see and hear from the first and only utility LTE broadband network fully deployed and operational?  So are we.  Join us at Southern Linc's, Alabama Power facility in October—in an intimate and transparent environment aimed at examining the value and role of private LTE for the industry. If you’re looking to build the utility of the future and want to see what one looks like, this is the place for you. We’ll explore the key challenges facing electric utilities and set the stage for real collaboration as we analyze private broadband as a critical information infrastructure for utilities.

* Learn from industry experts about the value and role of private broadband in the digital utility

* Experience Southern Linc’s utility broadband LTE network through a NOC and lab tour

* See critical use cases in operation: T&D Substation SCADA, AMI backhaul, FLISR, Metering

* Discover the journey towards deploying and operating a PLTE network

* Participate in workings session addressing business models, cybersecurity and technology architectures

* Benefit from this intimate networking opportunity


Summit Day 1: October 3rd 2019


8:00 am: Registration Desk Security Check & Badge Pickup 

8:30 am – 8:40 am: Welcome and Introduction

8:45 am – 9:15 am: Keynote Session

  • Tami Barron, President and CEO of Southern Linc 

9:15 am – 10:30 am: Resiliency and Security in the Digital Utility Grid of the Future 

Moderated by Rachelle Chong, Law Offices of Rachelle Chong, Former FCC and CPUC Commissioner


  • David Batz, Senior Director, Cyber and Infrastructure Security, Edison Electric Institute
  • David Wells, Senior Advisor Office of Energy, Department of Energy
  • Gary Johnson, Senior Director, Cyber Security & Infrastructure, KCP&L
  • Jeff Tufts, Energy Industry, IoT & Digital Transformation, Cisco
  • Moin Shaikh, Cybersecurity, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)

10:35 am - 11:25 am: The Rise of Private LTE Networks as Key Critical Information Infrastructure

Moderated by Pete Tseronis, Dots & Bridges


  • Michael Britt, VP Energy Innovation Center, Southern Company
  • Rachelle Chong, Law Offices of Rachelle Chong, Former FCC and CPUC Commissioner 
  • Richelle Elberg, Navigant Research

11:30 am – 12:15 pm: Smart Grid 4.0 Framework in Response to the Energy Independence and Security Act 


  • Avi Gopstein, Smart Grid Program Manager, NIST

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm: Networking Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm: The Executive Corner

Moderated by David Batz, EEI, Senior Director, Cyber and Infrastructure Security


  • David Cox, VP Electric Technology, Southern Company
  • Charles King, Vice President of IT and Chief Information Officer, KCP&L and Westar, Evergy Companies
  • Steve Kidwell, Vice President of Corporate Planning, Ameren
  • Keith Porterfield, Vice President, Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, Georgia System Operations Corporation

2:50 pm - 3:45 pm: Private Broadband: A Spectrum of Possibilities

Moderated by Richelle Elberg, Navigant Research


  • Ron Krzoska, ABB
  • Rob Schwartz, Anterix
  • Paul Anuszkiewicz, Federated Wireless

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm: Break

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Facility Tour and Smart City Showcase: Alabama Power and Southern Linc welcome attendees to special tours of their private LTE showcase for smart cities. Some key stops on the tour will include Smart City focus areas like Advanced Metering Infrastructure, LED networked lighting controls, distributed energy resources, and other broadband applications that have paved the way for more advanced delivery of energy and services for utility.

6:00 pm: Opening Reception

7:00 pm: Dinner

Summit Day 2: October 4th, 2019

8:00 am – 9:30 am: Keynote Sessions

Journey Towards Private LTE: Lessons Learned

  • Alan McIntyre, Southern Linc 
  • Rishi Bhaskar, Ericsson

Building the Business Case for a Private LTE Network

  • John Hughes, Ameren
Introduction to 5G
  • Emil Olbrich, Technologist, PrimeLime 

9:30 am – 12:00 pm: UBBA General Session

  • Discuss governance proposal 
  • Presentation of interim deliverables from working groups

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Final Remarks and Lunch

1:30 pm: Summit Adjourns

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