Wednesday, November 7, 2018

9:30 a.m. ‐10:30 a.m. - Concurrent Sessions
Policy & Legal: Smart Cities from a Municipal Perspective
What makes a community “smart” and why do we need to get smarter? A smart community isn’t just the right technology and infrastructure, it’s how you plan for it and for what purpose. This panel will explore how some cities are collaborating with other governmental entities toward sharing technology infrastructure to develop smarter communities. The panel will also discuss Smart City applications to enhance quality of life, economic development, and more efficient provision of municipal services

Craig Hopkins, Chief Information Officer, City of San Antonio, Texas
Melissa Kraft, Chief Technology Officer, City of Denton, Texas
Tyler Hjorth, Assistant Director – Electric Utility, City of San Marcos, Texas

Programming: Social Media Video Production and Analytics
It’s the web, and you’d better believe it is worldwide. Your work plays for an audience that is watching on a television they carry in their back pocket. So how does that impact what you are creating, how you are making it, and how you measure success?
Christian Bruncsak, Video Producer, City of Austin, Texas
Aly Van Dyke, Marketing and Communications Consultant, City of Austin, Texas
James Williams, Video Production Specialist, City of Austin, Texas

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions
Policy & Legal: 5G Deployment & the Digital Divide
The wireless industry, state legislators, federal regulators, and congressional leaders are pushing laws and regulations to promote the installation of small cell facilities to set the stage for the deployment of 5G wireless broadband service. The deployment of 5G is being touted as the newest technology that will bring broadband to all, even bridge the digital divide. But what exactly is 5G technology and what impact is it expected to have on the digital divide? This session will address this question from a technical and market perspective and provide a local point of view on how 5G and other wireless technologies may be used to address the digital divide.
Moderator: Gabriel Garcia, Director, Senior Counsel, CPS Energy, San Antonio, Texas
Joanne Hovis, CTC Energy & Technology, Kensington, Maryland
Cynthia Garza Reyes, Director Business Development and Infrastructure, Pharr Economic Development Corporation, Pharr, Texas - (pdf download)

Programming: I Like To Move It, Move It
Motion graphics can add a new look and a level of sophistication to many projects. But if you don’t have a history of working with them, the process can seem daunting. This is a quick look at the artform of motion graphics, how to use them, and some shortcuts and tools to help create them.
Pedro Hernandez, Video Production Specialist, City of Garland, Texas
Doug Seirup, Video Motion Graphics Producer, City of Richardson, Texas

12:15 p.m. ‐ 2:15 p.m. Lunch
86th Legislative Session Outlook
Scott Houston, Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel, Texas Municipal League, will provide a preview of what’s to be expected when the Texas Legislature opens a new session in January 2019

2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions
Policy & Legal: Implementation of S.B. 1004 – One Year Update – and ‐ What’s Happening with Cable Franchise Fees? (1.75 hours)
With very little lead time to prepare for the implementation of S.B. 1004, cities had to adopt ordinances and procedures and be ready on September 1, 2017, to permit wireless providers to gain access to public rights‐of‐way and municipal streetlights, signs, and traffic signals. This session will share best practices and lessons learned during the past year. City representatives will share their experiences, both with implementing S.B. 1004 and developing working relationships with the industry for the benefit of local customers and citizens. Wireless providers will share visual examples of their deployments where they have worked with local communities on the design and location of the facilities to accommodate characteristics of neighborhoods, historic areas, and parks. In addition, we will hear a brief update on pending efforts to resolve disputes arising out of recent audits by cities of several cable television providers that uncovered significant amounts of unpaid franchise fees due to cities.

Jason Cooley, Intergovernmental Relations Manager, City of Frisco, Texas
Robert Perez, Public Works Manager, City of Dallas, Texas
Austin Stevenson, Assistant City Attorney, City of McAllen, Texas
Representatives from Wireless Providers - AT&T, Verizon, Crown Castle

Programming: What’s Your Problem?
As governmental media producers, we are all often facing the same problems, challenges, and flat-out obstacles. So, bring your issues, unpack your baggage, ask your questions, and see how the experiences of your peers can help you out. Questions and topics can be submitted beforehand to or introduced during the session.
Jaclyn Trevino, Multimedia Coordinator, Hidalgo County Public Affairs
Brian Groves, City Videographer, City of San Angelo, Texas

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - Joint Session
Why an Open Internet is Important? (0.75 hours)
We’ve all read that FCC net neutrality regulations have been rolled back, but what does that mean? Net neutrality is a term much employed in debates about digital freedom and expression, but how is net neutrality affecting the media landscape? What’s happening in the entertainment industry overall?
Moderator: David McElroy, City of San Antonio, Texas, TATOA Board Member
Mike Wassenaar, President & CEO, Alliance for Community Media

Thursday, November 8, 2018

9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. - Concurrent Sessions
Policy & Legal: Federal Update – the FCC, Case Law, Legislation – Impacting Local Governments and the Communications Industry (1.75 hours)
Events in Washington, D.C., at both the FCC and Congress, can have significant impacts on how local governments in Texas manage their rights‐of‐way and provide essential public services to their citizens. Our panel of experts will bring us up‐to‐date on the activities at the FCC to accelerate broadband deployment, on potential legislation coming out of Congress that may impact infrastructure siting, and on case law that may have ramifications here at home.

Tim Lay, Partner, Spiegel & McDiarmid, Washington, D.C.
Joe Van Eaton, Partner, Best Krieger, Washington, D.C.
Nancy Werner, General Counsel, National Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors

Programming: The Best of the TATOA Programming Awards (and the NO!Toa Showcase)
You’ve seen these videos win the trophies at the Programming Awards Dinner! Now it is time to pick the creators’ brains and ask any questions you might have about production techniques, behind‐the‐scenes details, or the creative process. Also, we will debut the 2nd annual NO!Toa Showcase, featuring those projects that were brilliant, thrilling, and for whatever reason, unshowable. You may only get to show them once, but this is the crowd that will appreciate it.
Brian Plinck, Video Producer, City of Denton, Texas
Ken Jones, Video Producer, City of Richardson, Texas, TATOA Board Member

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Lunch With Joe!
Joe Scott is the popular host of the hit YouTube series “Answers with Joe”, where he provides mind‐blowing answers to the most perplexing questions in the universe. And jokes. Joe will share how he got started, what he’s learned along the way, how to grow your audience and work the algorithms, and of course, Why Teleportation Would Most Likely Kill You. Just like you, he’s on a quest to find all the answers.