Over 35 Speakers to Discuss M&A Activity and New Technologies That Will Affect the Changing U.S. Communications and Fiber Infrastructure Landscape

Metro_Connect_LogoMiami, Florida January 20, 2016Metro Connect USA 2016, the fundamental meeting point for strategic conversations among the major players in the U.S. communications and fiber infrastructure sectors, is scheduled to take place January 26-27, 2016 at the Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort in Miami, Florida. Driven by an agenda shaped by the leaders in metro fiber and local access, Metro Connect USA 2016 provides a platform to discover the most influential M&A activities in 2016, learn about the newest and most advanced technologies in the industry, and discover how these factors will impact your business. The conference also provides domestic wholesale market stakeholders with an opportunity to attend illuminating panel sessions given by C-level speakers that will lend insight into how to position companies and pursue new business. Lead sponsors for the event are Time Warner Cable Business Class®, USA FIBER, and Zayo®.

Metro Connect USA 2016 attracts over 500 delegates from more than 200 companies, of which 80% percent of attendees are at the director level or above. To ensure delegates maximize their networking and get to meet the right people, all registered delegates gain access to MeetMe, Metro Connect’s online meeting planner, to plan and schedule their meetings at the event.

Featuring over 35 thought-leaders in the metro market debate concerning the ever-changing shape of the domestic wholesale industry, the event also provides delegates the opportunity to attend over 10 panel sessions and discussions on the hottest topics in the market. Leading lights speaking at Metro Connect USA 2016 include Randy Brouckman, Chief Executive Officer at EdgeConneX®; Jack Lodge, President, Global Capacity; Gil Santaliz, Founder and Managing Member, NJFX; Steven Cochran, President and Chief Executive Officer, WOW! Business; and Thane Storck, Group Vice President, Carrier Services, Time Warner Cable Business Services, among many others. Dan Caruso, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Zayo, will deliver the opening keynote on the topic of bandwidth changes and predictions that will shake the market in 2016 and beyond.

Additional panel sessions and presentations include, “The Big Impact of Small Cells – The Next Generation of Wireless Upgrades,” moderated by Aaron Blazar, Senior Partner, ATLANTIC-ACM, and featuring Maria Browne, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP; Ron Mudry, Chief Executive Officer, Tower Cloud; and Ray La Chance, President and Chief Executive Officer, ZenFi. “Reinventing the Role of the Cable Company: Making an Impact in the Fiber Space,” will pose questions concerning content ownership and maintaining a competitive edge in the fiber business of the future. “Data Center Investment: The Next Step in Portfolio Expansion?”, moderated by Chad Crank, MD, at Stephens Investment Banking, will feature such luminaries as Hunter Newby, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Allied Fiber; Kevin Coyne, Chief Financial Officer, FiberLight; Sunny Kumar, Chief Commercial Officer, SummitIG; and Judd Carothers, Co-Founder, USA FIBER. The panel will explore the convergence of fiber providers and data centers, localized content and assuring the quality of content delivery to the end-user, and how the increase in cloud migration has impacted the need for connectivity between data centers.

On Tuesday, January 26 at 8 PM, the day’s conference activities will conclude with the Dark Fiber Community Social, sponsored by Allied Fiber and taking place at the SLS Hotel South Beach, to which transportation will be provided from the Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort. The Dark Fiber Community Social offers an excellent networking environment, combining great music, food and drinks with industry colleagues and business partners.

Registration for Metro Connect USA 2016 is still available. For more information about the event, visit http://www.capacityconferences.com/Metro-Connect-USA.html.

For a complete list of sponsors and information on how to become one, visit http://www.capacityconferences.com/Metro-Connect-USA-Become-Sponsor.html. Qualified members of the media can attend Metro Connect USA 2016 at no charge and those interested should email Ilissa@imillerpr.com.

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