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Schedule is coming together for the 2022 TFI Technology Conference!

Jan 20-21, 2022 – Online
We are delighted to announce that Alan Breznick will be our Broadband Keynote for the TFI Technology Conference  coming up January 20-21, 2022, 1-5 pm CST. Alan is Cable/Video Practice Leader at Light Reading, the leader in news, analysis and insight for the global communications industry. He will be presenting “HFC and FTTH Advancements: What and What For?”   The conference is all online again for 2022. Assessors attend free!  
We’re delighted to announce that long-time favorite Iain Gillott will be speaking at [TFI Conference]. He is replacing Jefferey Andrews who has had to drop out as Wireless Keynote. Iain is a super engaging speaker and we are lucky he was able to step up on short notice! And hopefully Jeff can make it for 2023!
Also returning are Dr. Michael A. Sadler. from the University of Texas and Dr. August (Augie) Grant, Ph.D., from the University of South Carolina sharing their economic and communication technology updates and forecasts.   Conference Director Dr. Lawrence K. Vanston and Ray Hodges, both of Technology Futures, Inc., will also provide the latest communication updates from TFI research.   We’ll be announcing our Policy Keynote soon.  
The conference covers the latest trends and developments impacting communications and asset valuation. In addition, there’ll  be opportunities for networking the 1/2 hour before and after.   We hope you’ll join us online in January!

Visit the 2021 TFI Technology Conference Page for more information. Or click the button below to register now.

Register now for the 2022 TFI Technology Conference!

Jan 20-21, 2022 – Online

Our upcoming TFI Technology Conference is coming up quick – and we’ll be online once again! Join us January 20-21, 2022, 1-5 pm CST for a stellar group of speakers sharing the latest trends and developments impacting communications and asset valuation. In addition, there’ll  be opportunities for networking the 1/2 hour before and after!

Update from original post: We’re delighted to announce that long-time favorite Iain Gillott will be speaking at [TFI Conference]. He is replacing Jefferey Andrews who has had to drop out as Wireless Keynote. Iain is a super engaging speaker and we are lucky he was able to step up on short notice! And hopefully Jeff can make it for 2023!

Dr. Michael A. Sadler. from the University of Texas and Dr. August (Augie) Grant, Ph.D., from the University of South Carolina are also returning. And of course, Conference Director, Dr. Lawrence K. Vanston and Ray Hodges, both of Technology Futures, Inc. will be there keeping things moving and shaking!  We’ll be announcing our Policy and Broadband Keynotes soon.

Visit the 2021 TFI Technology Conference Page for more information. Or click the button below to register now.

We hope you’ll join us online in January!

TFI Technology Conference – Jan 21-22, 1-5 pm CST

Happy New Year! Want a great way to bring in the New Year? Our 16th Annual TFI Technology Conference is just two weeks away – Thursday and Friday, January 21-22, 1-5 pm CST. And this year it’s online so no worry about travel or lodging!

The prices are also fabulous, including FREE admission for assessors and just $245 for everyone else. Check out our stellar lineup of speakers below. And no worries, we’ll also have time to discuss and network, too! 

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to learn about and share the latest trends and developments impacting communications and asset valuation! 

Keynotes Include:

Broadband Keynote
Jeff Baumgartner Senior Editor, Light Reading

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Wireless Keynote:
Iain Gillott, President, iGR

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Policy Keynote
Blair Levin, Non-resident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

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Regulars providing the communication technology, economic, and forecasting updates include:

Economic Update
Michael A. Sadler, Ph.D. Department of Economics, Department of Finance, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin

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TFI Forecasts Update

Lawrence K. Vanston, Ph.D.
Conference Director President, Technology Futures, Inc.

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TFI Forecasts Update
Ray Hodges
Senior Consultant Technology Futures, Inc.

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Communications Technology Update
August (Augie) Grant, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of South Carolina;
Co-Editor, Communications Technology Update and Fundamentals

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The program is more streamlined this year, but we’ll still have plenty of time for discussions as well!

Technical details for the conference are pending, but you can register now. The industry/consultant fee is $245. Assessors can attend free of charge, but are encouraged to register early.

Although we can’t be there in person, there is still a lot to talk about — 5G, the impact of COVID-19, RDOF, the economy — to name a few! We have an exciting lineup and it will be great to connect with everyone, including you! We are looking forward to “seeing” you soon!

The TFI Team
John, Larry, Carrie,
Helen Mary, Ray

2020 TFI Technology Conference Videos, Slides, and Photos

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Thank you to everyone who made the 15th Annual TFI Technology Conference, January 23-24, 2020 in Austin, Texas such a roaring success! See below for conference videos, slides, and photos.

This year’s videos, as well as videos from the 2017-2019 sessions, can also be viewed on our YouTube Channel.

Links to 2014-2020 videos, slides, and photos can be found on the conference pages on this site listed on the red bar at top of the home page.

A special thank you to our panelists, speakers, and keynotes.

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And we couldn’t have done it without our generous sponsors, Duff & Phelps, CostQuest, and Maura’s Voice.

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Warm regards,
The TFI Team

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Ray, Carrie, Helen Mary, Larry
Technology Futures, Inc.

TFI Technology Conference – Jan 23-24, 2020

Great News! We’ve set the dates for the 15th Annual TFI Technology Conference for Jan 23-24, 2020 in exciting downtown Austin. Please mark your calendars!

Industry thought-leaders and professionals gather once again to share the latest trends and developments impacting communications and asset valuation.

Stay tuned as we schedule keynotes, speakers, and panelists for the 2020 TFI Technology Conference. Visit our 2019 conference page to see the schedule and list of impressive speakers from our most recent conference in January 2019.

We hope to see you in January 2020!

The TFI Team

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Foresight AI Article & Conference

If you’re interested in the future of Artificial Intelligence (who isn’t?) I have a new article on AI in the journal Foresight that you can download for free. See below for more info on Foresight.

Also, I will speak on the topic of forecasting AI at the Foresight Practitioner Conference at the 5-star Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill, NC, Nov 13-14, 2019. The conference topic is AI—The Hype and the Promise for Forecasting and Planning. The lineup of experienced practitioners and renowned scholars is superb, so this is a wonderful opportunity to learn more and interact! Please use the discount code “flash100.”

Foresight is the premier journal for working forecasters and planners. It’s a quarterly publication of the International Institute of Forecasters of which I’ve been an active member for years. Click here to subscribe and join. It’s very reasonable and well worth it!

Happy Futures,

Larry,

2019 TFI Technology Conference Videos, Slides & Photos are posted

Thank you to everyone who made the 14th Annual TFI Technology Conference, January 24-25, 2019 in Austin, Texas such a roaring success! As promised, conference videos, slides, and photos have been posted:

·   Conference Videos
·   Conference Slides
·   Conference Photos

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A special thank you to our panelists, speakers, and keynotes. And we couldn’t have done it without our generous sponsors, Duff & PhelpsCost QuestAssessment Valuation Advisors, and Maura’s Voice.

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Warm regards,
the TFI Team

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Ray, Carrie, Helen Mary, Larry

Technology Futures, Inc.
84 Waller, St., Austin, TX U.S.A.
(512) 258-8898 info@tfi.com
www.tfi.com www.tfi-ctfg.com

 

Just Two Weeks Before the TFI Technology Conference in Austin (Jan 24-25)

Only two more weeks until the 14th Annual TFI Technology Conference! There’s still time to register and join us Jan. 24-25 in Austin for the top technology conference on the latest trends impacting communications and asset valuation. Sponsored by Duff & Phelps, CostQuest, and AVA.
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Don’t miss this opportunity as we tackle:
• The pivotal wireless technology 5G and its tremendous implications for the communications industry. Led by wireless consultant extraordinaire, Iain Gillott of iGR and UT Professor Robert Heath, joined by top industry experts from AT&T Labs, PHAZR, Affirmed Networks, CostQuest, and Allnet Insights & Analytics.
• The risks and economics of Fiber Deep which is taking cable to the next level with CostQuest’s Jim Stegeman.
• Communications public policy with recent FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn.
• Asset valuation and property tax implications of technology change, led by Duff & Phelp’s Ruben Miranda, AVA’s Jeff Binkley, and Peggy Wardlaw joined by Valentiam’s Carl Hoemke and representatives from AT&T, Charter, Comcast, and T-Mobile.
• The latest forecasts and industry developments with TFI’s Larry Vanston and Ray Hodges, USC Professor Augie Grant, and OSU Professor Kim Houser.
See 14th Annual TFI Technology Conference for the complete schedule!
 

Check out the Outstanding TFI Technology Conference Schedule!

The top conference in the country for sharing the latest trends, developments, and opportunities impacting communications and asset valuation in coming up soon! The 14th Annual TFI Communications Technology Conference is Jan. 24-25, 2019 in downtown Austin. Register now

And be sure to book your sleeping rooms while they are still available.

Preliminary Schedule:

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019

Pre-Conference Reception – Rooftop if weather permits

Thursday, Jan 24, 2019 – Conference Day One

Introductions and Welcome
• Lawrence Vanston, President, TFI

TFI Industry Forecast Overview
• Lawrence Vanston, President, TFI

5G WIRELESS

5G: The Big Picture
• Iain Gillott, President and Founder, IGR (IGillottResearch, Inc.)

5G Equipment: What on Earth does this Stuff Look Like?
• Robert Daniels, Vice President, PHAZR

Conference Lunch –Gatehouse

Coloring in the 5G Triangle: Super High Bandwidth, Massive IoT, and Ultra High Reliability – Panel Discussion
• Robert Heath, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
• Salam Akoum, Principal Member of Technical Staff, AT&T Labs
• Robert Daniels, Vice President, PHAZR
• Iain Gillott, President and Founder, IGR (Moderator)

Wireless Futures Research – Connected Aerial Vehicles and Machine Learning for Communications 
• Robert Heath, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University of Texas at Austin

The 5G Ecosystem: Data Centers, Edge Processors, Fiber –Panel Discussion
• Iain Gillott, President and Founder, IGR (Moderator)

The  4G to 5G Transistion
• Iain Gillott, President and Founder, IGR

Wireless vs Wireline
• Lawrence Vanston, President, TFI
• Iain Gillott, President and Founder, IGR

Why Does It Matter? And How? A Tax/Valuation Perspective I
• Ruben Miranda, Director, Tax Services, Duff & Phelps
• Gary Wiggins, Executive Director, Property Tax, AT&T
• Stephen Yergeau, Director, Property Taxes, T-Mobile

Conference Reception – Rooftop if weather permits

Friday, Jan 25, 2018 – Conference Day Two

BROADBAND & VIDEO

Communications Technology Update
• August (Augie) Grant, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of South Carolina; Co-Editor, Communications Technology Update and Fundamentals

Fiber Deep: Broadband Industry Risks and Economics 
• Te be Announced

Policy Fireside Chat
• Mignon Clyburn, Former Commissioner, FCC

Why Does It Matter? And How? A Tax/Valuation Perspective II
• Jeffrey Binkley, CEO, Assessment Valuation Advisors (Moderator)
• Carl Hoemke, Partner, Valentiam Group
John Reed, Sr. Director – Property Tax, Charter Communications

Box Lunch Discussion 

Getting Out of the Alligator Pit – And Moving On
• Carrie Vanston, The Growth Energizer

We hope you’ll join your colleagues in exciting downtown Austin for what promises to be another interesting and important event!