2020 TFI Conference

 15th Annual TFI Technology Conference
January 23-24, 2020, Austin Texas

Videos, Slides, and Speaker Bios are linked below.
Videos can also be viewed on our YouTube channel.

Conference Photos are on our TFI Facebook page.

Thank you 2020 TFI Technology Conference Sponsors:

    Costquest COA logo 2016     duff and phelps 200x26     

2020 TFI Technology Conference Schedule (with links to bios, slides, and videos)


6:15–7:15 pm – Pre-Conference Reception Meet & Greet
Sponsored by CostQuest

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2020 8:30 am – 6:00 pm – Conference Day One –
Rio Grande Ballroom

8:30 am        Introductions and Welcome  – Slides & Video
• Lawrence Vanston, President, Technology Futures, Inc. (TFI)

8:45 am        TFI Industry Forecast Overview – SlidesVideo
• Lawrence Vanston, President, TFI

9:45 am       Break

10:00 am     Wireless Keynote: Defining Actual 5G and What it Might Do

Mike Dano, Editorial Director, 5G & Mobile Strategies at Light Reading Slides & Video

10:45 am  Discussion and Q&A

11:00 am  Break

11:15 am  Recent Federal & State Broadband Activities  Slides & Video
• Jim Stegeman, President, CostQuest Associates

12:00 am  Spectrum Pricing Update Slides & Video
Ruben Miranda, Duff & Phelps

12:30 pm  Lunch – Sponsored by Maura’s Voice

1:30 pm  Broadband Keynote: Broadband to the Vineyard: Perspectives from a Rural Wireless Provider Slides & Video
• David McCullough, Co-Owner, Hill Country Wireless & Technology

2:30 pm  Discussion and Q&A

2:45 pm  Break

3:00 pm  Wireless Industry Panel / Implications for Tax & Valuation Slides & Video Featured CNBC Video
• Ruben Miranda, Duff & Phelps
• Gary Hunter, AT&T
• Stephen Yergeau, Director, Property Taxes, T-Mobile

3:45 pm  Broadband Industry Panel / Implications for Tax & Valuation Slides & Video
• Jeff Binkley, Assessment Valuation Advisors (Moderator)
Carl Hoemke, Valentium Group
Christian Altenburger, Comcast
John Reed, Charter
Gary Hunter, AT&T

4:30 pm  Break

4:45 pm  U.S. Economic Outlook Slides & Video
Michael A. Sadler, Ph.D., Department of Economics and Department of Finance, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin

5:45 pm  Day End

6:00 pm  Conference Reception

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020 Rio Grande Ballroom)

8:30 am  Communications Technology Update Slides & Video
August (Augie) Grant, Ph.D., Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of South Carolina; Co-Editor, Communications Technology Update and Fundamentals

9:30 am  Break

9:45 am  Policy Keynote: Communications Equipment Price Indices: Under the Hood with an Expert Slides & Video
Vincent Russo, Chief, Section of Durable Goods, Producer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

10:45 am  Break

11:00 am  The Innovation Winter is Coming: Implications of the U.S.-China Trade War Slides & Video
Kim Houser, Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University

11:30 am  The Last Word Slides & Video
Peggy Wardlaw, Wardlaw Appraisal Group

11:45 am  Break

11 :50 am  Box Lunch Discussion

12 :30 pm Conference Ends

Videos, slides, and photos from past conferences: 2019, 2018201720162015, and 2014

Please contact Helen Mary Marek, at hmvmarek@tfi.com or call us at (512) 258-8898 with any questions regarding the conference.