June 26-28, 2023
Grand Summit Resort
Park City, UT

The 2023 Rural Wireless Infrastructure Summit continues to receive overwhelmingly positive feedback for its varied and valuable content, substantial networking results, and top-notch organizations. Attendees appreciated the size of the conference because it allowed substantial opportunities for making quality connections and creating fresh business opportunities. RINA and RWA members valued joining forces for increased content and participation and cross pollination of their ongoing efforts to advance opportunities for rural mobile and fixed wireless providers.

Hear directly from a few of our 2023 participants:

  • “The 2023 RWA-RINA Summit was an absolute goldmine of invaluable insights and industry knowledge!”
  • “I thought the Summit was amazing! As a first-year exhibitor at RWA and as someone who has done many hours of fruitless booth duty, I was blown away by the participation and interaction from all of the attendees.  The level of market and technological acumen was exceedingly impressive.  I think I came away learning more than I taught others, and that’s always a win in my book.”
  • “Intimate and accessible.  Great content!”
  • “The best event of everything we attend all year.  Love how everyone stays together, and the venue is spot on!”
  • “Excellent networking event!  This was our first time participating in the event and will likely be back next time.  Thank you for everything that was done to plan and execute this event, it was EXCELLENT!”

FCC Commissioner Nathan Simington was in attendance virtually for the Day 2 Regulatory Keynote, discussed the current cybersecurity and national security issues faced by rural providers and the FCC’s role in addressing them, including potential new regulations.

Commissioner Brendan Carr’s speech is available here.

Presentation slides from several of our sessions are provided below.

Industry Keynote:  5G, 6G and Beyond!
Presenter: Michael R. Romano, Executive Vice President, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association

How Fixed Wireless Access and Fiber Can Coexist Within Broadband Funding Frameworks
Presenters: Mike Lasky, Principal, Widelity; Chris Crowe, CEO, t3 Broadband, Inc.

Open RAN and Federal Funding for Wireless Infrastructure
Presenter: John Baker, SVP of Ecosystem Business Development, Mavenir Systems, Inc.

Cybersecurity “Comfort Food”
Presenters: Peter Elliot, President and CEO, Telcom Insurance Group; Joseph Drissel, CEO, CyberESI; Matt Barrett, COO, CyberESI; Stephen Sharbaugh, Associate, Womble Bond Dickinson

Overcoming Network Information Chaos by Leveraging Digital Twins– Arrowhead Meeting Room
Presenters: Luis Compagnucci, Director Business Services North America, Ceragon Networks; Javier Irizarry, Sr. Director Sales & BD, Ceragon Networks

Industry Keynote by Jennifer Fritzsche of Greenhill & Co.
Keynote: Jennifer Fritzsche, Co-Head of North American Communication Services and Digital Infrastructure, Greenhill & Co.

Why Rural Communities are Now Embracing Wireless Networks: 4G, 5G and Beyond
Presenter: Carla Shaffer, Vice President Sales, Wesco

Cell Site Discover Project
Presenters: Kirk Bostick, VP of Operations, Spectra; CJ Corry, Channel Sales Manager for the Rockies, Verkada

Rip and Replace
Presenters: Chris Townson, CEO, DTC Communications; Mike Laskowsky, Networks Operation Manager, United Wireless; Leslie Williams, President, SI Wireless, LLC; Brian Hough, Director of Plant Operations, PTCI

Grand Finale Session!  Carrier Panel
Moderator: Carri Bennet, General Counsel, RWA, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson
Panelists: Eric Cramer, President & CEO, Wilkes Communications / RiverStreet Networks; Chris Townson, CEO, DTC Communications; Chris Ruhl, General Manager, Cross Wireless; Allen Bennion, Chief Operating Officer, RINA Networks, Wireless Supervisor Acquisition and Site Maintenance, STRATA Networks

Stay tuned for information on the Summit 2024!

Our 2023 Speakers Included

Brendan Carr
Brendan CarrFCC Commissioner
Nathan Simington
Nathan SimingtonFCC Commissioner (Virtual)
Mike Romano
Mike RomanoExecutive VP, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association
Jennifer Fritzsche
Jennifer FritzscheCo-Head of North American Communications Services and Digital Infrastructure, Greenhill & Co.
Mike Dano
Mike DanoEditorial Director, 5G & Mobile Strategies, Light Reading
Emily Hale, MPA
Emily Hale, MPABroadband Grants and Program Manager, Tennessee Dept. of Economic & Community Development
Rebecca Dilg
Rebecca DilgUtah Broadband Director, Utah Governor's Office of Economic Opportunity
Leslie Williams
Leslie WilliamsPresident, SI Wireless, LLC
Chris Townson
Chris TownsonCEO, DTC Communications
Brian Hough
Brian HoughDirector of Plant Operations, PTCI
Eric Cramer
Eric CramerPresident & CEO, Wilkes Communications/RiverStreet Networks
Mike Laskowsky
Mike LaskowskyNetworks Operations Manager, United Wireless
Carri Bennet
Carri BennetRWA General Counsel
Allen Bennion
Allen BennionCOO, RINA Wireless, Wireless Supervisor Acq. and Site Maintenance, Strata Networks

2023 Sponsors

Diamond Sponsor

Mavenir - Diamond Sponsor  Wesco - Diamond Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Spectra - Gold Sponsor  NextGen GTA - Gold Sponsor
Effortel - Gold Sponsor  Syniverse - Gold Sponsor
Macquarie - Gold Sponsor
Launch Party Social
Aviat - Launch Party Social
BBQ Event Sponsor
Telegartner - BBQ Sponsor
Lanyard Sponsor
Camvio - Lanyard Sponsor
Name Badge Sponsor
Ceragon - Name Badge Sponsor
Breakfast Sponsors
Lunch Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Nokia - Silver Sponsor
SummaNetworks - Silver Sponsor
Galooli - Silver Sponsor
Rosenberger Site Solutions - Silver Sponsor
Widelity - Silver Sponsor
Netscout - Silver Sponsor

WiFi Sponsors


Post Summit After Party Sponsor

Womble Bond Dickinson - After Party Sponsor
Womble Bond Dickinson - After Party Sponsor
TowerCo - After Party Sponsor

Coffee Break Sponsor

Womble Bond Dickinson - Coffee Break Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors

MRL & Company -Bronze Sponsor  Alpina Capital - Bronze Sponsor
TelsaSoft - Bronze Sponsor  Strata Networks - Bronze Sponsor
Moss Adams - Bronze Sponsor  T3 Broadband - Bronze Sponsor
Primal Technologies - Bronze Sponsor

Contact Us For More Information

Michele Giroux
Michele GirouxCOO
Rural Wireless Association
Allen Bennion
Allen BennionCOO
RINA Wireless