By: Lynn Whitcher, General Counsel

April 10 – 12, 2018, J.W. Marriott, Los Angeles

The third annual Wireless West Conference is just around the corner, and we are excited the show will be in our backyard, downtown Los Angeles – or “DTLA” as locals like myself call it.  Over 500 industry professionals are expected to attend, which is impressive for any infrastructure conference, let alone one lead by the local state wireless associations, Arizona Wireless, California Wireless, Colorado Wireless, Nevada Wireless, and Northwest Wireless.  

Md7 will once again host the opening night reception on April 10th at the rooftop pool area, starting at 7:00 PM.  If you aren’t sure whether you will join us at this year’s show, here are some of the reasons we continue to support this conference year after year.

1. Cutting Edge Industry Discussions

At some conferences, you hang out at the lobby to network rather than attend a panel session on a hyper technical topic, or one that is a poorly disguised sales pitch from a wireless industry vendor.  Being a member of the Wireless West planning committee, I can attest to the amount of research and planning Co-Executive Director Patti Ringo puts into every session so that the conference covers the cutting edge issues facing the West Coast and Rocky Mountain regions.  

This year, the show will include a discussion on the current state of the Federal Communication Commission’s Broadband Advisory Council (commonly called BDAC), especially following the high-profile resignation from the Council by San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo.  We look forward to learning more about the industry’s response to the claim by 36 mayors that the FCC is not properly focused on removing barriers to broadband deployment.   

Additional topics include smart cities, trends in wireless hiring, and of course, small cells.  

2. Engaging Key Note Speakers

Los Angeles Rams CTO, Skarpi Hedinsson, and COO & EVP of Football Operations, Kevin Demoff, will discuss the technology investments at the Inglewood Stadium, the future home of the Rams and Chargers.  Early reporting on the stadium’s “Oculus” immersive experience video board suggest next-generation technology befitting the long-awaited return of Los Angeles as a two-NFL team city.  Los Angeles fans are notorious for leaving large venues early to beat traffic, so if the stadium fan experience gets locals to stay through the end of a home game, that will be impressive!

3. Venue

Conference Co-Executive Director Kari Willis, and her E-Factor team, take the industry trade show experience to the next level.  They pour their heart and soul into every detail so that conference attendees needs are anticipated, and expectations exceeded.

In short, we wouldn’t miss it and we hope to see you there!