Jordan M. Fry moderated the panel entitled “Capacity Planning, Technology Developments – Overcoming Today’s Challenges to Enable Tomorrow’s Communications” at the Northeast DAS & Small Cell Association’s In-Building Wireless Summit in New York City. The panel included Chris Pleibel, Director National Wireless Sales for Perfect-10 Wireless, David Evans, Managing Engineer for AT&T, Dean Fresonke, Vice President of Business Development and Co-Founder of ClearSky Technologies, Mark Parr, CEO of Bandwidth Logic, and Russ Hamm, Founder and President of Rainbow Broadband. The panel presented the evolving topics of network capacity forecasting, network densification options, smart city planning for wireless communications, WiFi networks and end user expectations, and keys for successful network deployment.

In addition, Robert D. Gaudioso spoke on a panel entitled “The Carrier Conundrum.” This panel focused on the challenges related to small cell right-of-way siting, whether by the carrier itself or by way of a third party neutral host. Robert discussed the value of obtaining a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Public Service Commission pursuant to Section 253 of the Telecom Act and Section 27 of New York State Transportation Corporation law. Based on past experience, Robert also explained the minefield of regulations pertaining to small cell and distributed antenna systems (“DAS”) siting in the municipal right-of-way, including due diligence, local zoning and specific municipal permitting processes. Finally, Robert discussed the key elements of negotiating Franchise Agreements, Carrier Service Contracts and Pole Attachment Agreements.

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Leslie Snyder (right) with Joshua Broder (middle) of Tilson at NEDAS 2016.