2007 BICSI Winter Conference closing sessions for Jan. 25

January 17, 2007 -- The conference's closing general sessions for Thursday, January 25 are as follows.

January 17, 2007 -- The 2007 BICSI Winter Conference will be held January 22 - 25 in Orlando, Florida. The conference's closing general sessions for Thursday, January 25 are as follows:

8:30 a.m. – noon -- Closing General Session

8:30 - 9 a.m.
Government Relations Update, by Richard Reed, RCDD/OSP Specialist, Consultant, BICSI Government Relations
(1 CEC - NTS Specialty, OSP Specialty, WD Specialty, ITS Installer 2 and ITS Technician)

9 - 9:30 a.m.
Broadband Opportunities in the Connected Community, by W. James Hettrick, United States Connected Communities Association, Washington, D.C.
(1 CEC - RCDD, NTS Specialty, OSP Specialty, WD Specialty, ITS Installer 2 and ITS Technician)

New paradigms are forming in our society. A new, secure and superior medium is replacing the antiquated copper plant as the necessary tool for local communications. This gives us reasons for building Municipal fiber networks. Our lives have become Multi-Media orientated. Our degree of connectivity determines how successful we are as professionals. A 'Standard' has been created and implemented that mandates fiber and structured wiring for all new residential and commercial developments. These building code modifications are the largest single decision a community can make to enable the economy of their business. Adoption of this 'Standard' for communications infrastructure will future-proof these communities capabilities to support new and ever demanding services. This action will necessitate numerous opportunities for the future of the construction and inspection industries.

9:30 - 10 a.m.
OSP Update, by John Adams, RCDD/OSP Specialist, Adams Telecomm, Valrico, Florida
(1 CEC - OSP Specialty, ITS Installer 2 and ITS Technician)

The world of outside plant infrastructure has deep roots and time tested methodologies but it's still not immune to change. This presentation will take at look at the latest ANSI Customer Owned Outside Plant standard and some of the changes that have occurred over the past few years. Are you keeping up with those changes? Are you designing what's best for the customer? Will your system support future requirements without costing them a fortune in reconstruction charges? If you have any doubts, please attend this seminar. Your credibility may be at stake.

10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Closing Presentation by Phil Simms, Lead Game Analyst, The NFL on CBS

Phil Simms, Super Bowl XXI MVP and 15-year NFL veteran, joined CBS Sports in January 1998 as lead analyst for the CBS Television Network's coverage of the NFL. This fall, he and Jim Nantz are paired for the first time as the Network's lead NFL announce team. Simms, previously teamed with Greg Gumbel for six seasons, calling Super Bowl XXXV (2001) and Super Bowl XXXVIII at the conclusion of the 2003 NFL season on CBS.

Simms introduced the "Phil Simms All-Iron Team," which honored NFL players and coaches, in a special Christmas Day broadcast on CBS in 1999. Simms co-hosted the 2002 Miss Universe Pageant on CBS, becoming the first athlete ever to do so.

Prior to joining CBS Sports, Simms served as a game analyst on NBC's top broadcast team, along with Dick Enberg and Paul Maguire (1995-98). He called Super Bowls XXX and XXXII, announced weight-lifting events for NBC Sports' coverage of the 1996 Olympic Summer Games, served as a sideline reporter on "The NBA on NBC" and worked on the "NFL Quarterback Challenge" and "Run to Daylight." He also served as a studio analyst for ESPN.

As an All-Pro quarterback, Simms led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl titles. He was the Giants' first selection in the 1979 NFL Draft, was selected for the 1985 and 1993 Pro Bowls and was the 1985 Pro Bowl MVP. He was named All-Pro in 1986.

Simms was graduated from Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky., in 1979. He and his wife, Diana, live in Franklin Lakes, N.J. They have three children, Christopher, who is a quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Matthew and Deirdre.

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