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FISPALIVE speakers are the models of success. They are leaders in their respective businesses, fields, and communities. They are recognized, respected professionals who bring a unique perspective to the conversations about the future of telecommunications. They are innovators within the business community or in their area of expertise who are willing to impart their knowledge, insights, and personal stories to inspire and educate our members, attendees, and colleagues. We have asked them to speak honestly – and from the heart – about their personal and professional experiences.

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Jonathan Allen @ Rini O’Neil

Speaking Topic:  Make America Great Again – The FCC

Speaking Date & Time:  Friday, February 17 8am

Profile:  Jonathan Allen is a Partner with the law firm of Rini O’Neil, PC in Washington, DC.  He handles regulatory, business and litigation matters involving clients in the communications and technology industries, including ISPs, CLECs, equipment manufacturers, colleges, universities and others.  He provides strategic and legal guidance regarding regulatory matters involving the FCC, FTC, NTIA, RUS and other federal agencies.  In communications-related transactions, he represents clients in matters such as mergers, acquisitions, financing, and spectrum leasing.  He counsels clients on licensing, intellectual property, policy, spectrum acquisition, risk assessment, due diligence, regulatory compliance and franchising.  He is an advocate for clients in proceedings before the FCC, as well as in appellate litigation in federal court.

Jonathan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and of the University of Virginia School of Law. He can be reached at or He is on Twitter @JonathanEAllen.


Jim Hollis

Executive Director, FISPA


Speaking Topics: Various

Speaking Date & Time: Various

Profile:  Jim is the Executive Director & CEO of the FISPA ( the oldest and largest association serving the needs of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and emerging Competitive Local Exchange Carriers

(CLECs). Jim has been active with FISPA for 10 years – initially as a Vendor and ISP member; then serving on the Board of Directors, and for the past 6 years as Executive Director. Prior to FISPA Jim lead the Business Development Team and was co-owner and President of Internet Broadband Consulting, Inc. (IBC) providing business and technical consulting services specializing in data networks including licensed and unlicensed fixed broadband wireless applications. IBC also owned, operated, and sold 3 ISPs from 1996 to 2008 (Sierra.Net, First Coast Online and AppState.Net). Jim launched in 2004 focusing on the difficult multi-tenant market in the college town of Boone, NC. Combining his FISPA experience with hundreds of ISPs and CLECs, personal understanding of wire line and wireless broadband networks, and technical and business leadership of operating ISPs provide Mr. Hollis with unique market strategies and quick-to-market solutions. In 2004 Jim was named Wireless Internet Service Provider Consultant of the Year by a national wireless ISP organization.

Mr. Hollis has been a speaker at several Internet related tradeshows (including Service Provider Summit, Broadband Expo, WiNOG, WISPCON, ISPCON, FISPA, NTCA, NATOA, SEATOA, eNC Wireless Symposium, CompTel, and Internet World) and brings over 30 years of business experience – these include Tandem Computers (now HP) where he was responsible for launching Tandem’s Internet strategy. Mr.

Hollis received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Education from Western Illinois University.

Clearly Mr. Hollis understands both the challenges and operating issues of implementing solutions where the benefits overwhelm the costs. He has the credentials to lead both the public and private sectors to be proactive in their planning and achieve successful product and service deployments to reduce costs and implement new revenue generating solutions.

Dane Jasper @ Sonic.Net

Speaking Topic:  Fiber Success Stories

Speaking Date & Time:  Thursday @ 1:45

Profile:  Dane Jasper, Co-Founder and CEO of Sonic, a facilities based telecommunications, backhaul, and Internet access company. Dane leads Sonic with over 22 years industry experience in all aspects of data and voice networks. Mr. Jasper holds extensive experience and expertise in wireline copper and Fiber Optic networks. Mr. Jasper serves on the INCOMPAS, CALTEL and FISPA board of directors, and is an active participant in regulatory issues surrounding the Telecom industry.


Douglas Mauro @ TruePath Technologies, Inc.

Speaking Topic:  Data Center Briefing for Executives

Speaking Date & Time:  Friday, February 17 – 10:15

Profile: Douglas Mauro, Founder and CEO of TruePath Technologies Inc. will cover the necessity of monitoring facilities.  This can include metrics like water detection, cabinet and door security, temperature, humidity, light, generators and more. All of these are crucial to any datacenter or POP.  Learn what devices and software platforms are out there to pull these KMIs.


Don Paige @ Amino

Speaking Topic:  TV 2.0

Speaking Date & Time:  Friday, February 17  –  10:45


Profile:  Don Paige has been in the Telecommunications industry since divestiture in 1984. He graduated with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Southern University.  He started off his career in the Voice industry and has focused on video solutions since 1999.  He and his wife Lisa live in Lawrenceville GA and are enjoying the “empty nester” life and their first grandchild.

Nicholas ‘Nick’ Pena @ The Fibersmith Company

Speaking Topics:  Is there Room for Another Fiber Provider

Speaking Date & Time: Thursday, February 16 @ 1pm

Profile:  Nick Peña began as an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution developer in 1999 implementing and customizing ERP suites for small and medium size businesses.  In 2002, Nick joined Socket Telecom, LLC, assisting with management of consumer sales, technical support, and the launch of several new products. While with Socket, Nick also helped design and manage the construction of Socket’s first fiber to the premise network, before joining FiberSmith in 2013. Since joining FiberSmith, Nick has managed client accounts and plant construction projects of up to $25 million in size. In addition to new plant construction, Nick also works closely with clients to establish and maintain electronic plant records, specializing in CAD and GIS-based plant management systems.



Peter Radizeski @ RAD-INFO

Speaking Topics:  Marketing Your Fiber Build and Why Should I Care About SD-WAN

Speaking Date & Time: TBD

Profile:   Peter Radizeski started as a Novell VAR in 1996, before switching to a career in telecom as an agent in 1999. On top of being an Agent, Radizeski is a consultant to service providers on go-to-market, sales, marketing and strategy. He has a well read blog about the telecom industry and is the author of four books. He moonlights as a start-up coach to help launch ideas into business in Tampa Bay.


Donny Smith, Senior Communications Consultant @ The Fibersmith Company

Speaking Topics:  Is there Room For Another Fiber Provider

Speaking Date & Time:  Thursday, February 16 @ 1pm

Profile:  Since 1974 Donny has been in and out of the telecommunications, network design, programming, and data processing industries. He has a career spanning over thirty-five years with the US Army, E.F Johnson, Casio, IBM, Local Link, Jaguar Communications and now Fail Engineering.  Donny’s military experience includes two years of active army, four years in the Army Reserve and four more years in the Army National Guard.  Donny’s career in communications started as a tester on the fledgling network system called the ARPANET (the precursor of the modern day internet) in Decorah, IA before entering the army where he worked on missile guidance and tracking systems.  Since then he has worked on database systems, wireless communication systems, internet systems, and all facets of fiber optic systems.  Donny is familiar with most facets of regulatory procedures including interactions with Environmental Assessments and State Historical Agency reports, and government grant and loan Applications.  He is also versed in all aspects of both Inside and Outside Plant design, evaluation, mapping (including GIS), implementation and testing.  Donny is also the Chairman of the Ripley Town Board in Dodge County MN, is on the Planning and Zoning Commission, and is on the Hayfield Fire Department Board, all of which he has served for numerous years, giving him a unique perspective on municipal involvement with broadband networks.  Donny holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and International Business from Mankato State University with an MBA from the Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.

Kris Twomey @ Law Office of Kris Twomey

Speaking Topics:  Rules of Digging Up the Road  and Make America Great Again FCC, and Make America Great Again – The FCC

Speaking Date & Time:  Thursday, February 16 @ 3pm; and Friday, February 17 @ 8am

Profile:  Kristopher E. Twomey has exclusively represented competitive telecommunications and broadband Internet providers for 20 years. After 5 years specializing in telecommunications and Internet law for firms in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, Kris created his law firm in 2002 from the depths of the dot com bust. Through focus and client loyalty, the firm has continued to grow now representing more than 100 competitive service providers across the U.S. The firm limits its representation to CLECs, fiber to the premise developers, wired and wireless ISPs, managed service providers, and VoIP providers. The firm also counsels international clients on U.S. telecommunications and Internet law. The firm provides a comprehensive set of legal services to telecom and internet providers including federal and state regulatory matters, contract drafting and negotiations, dispute resolution/litigation, and serving as outsourced general counsel. More information can be found at

Brian Worthen @ Mammoth Networks

Speaking Topics:  CLC Track

Speaking Date & Time: TBD

Profile:  Brian is the CEO of Mammoth Networks, a facilities-based reseller of data circuits from 66 data centers and Central Offices throughout the Western US.  Brian and his partners started Mammoth as an off-shoot of a CLEC they had acquired along their path, graduating beyond traditional dialup and DSL services.  Today, Mammoth provides service to more than 140 wholesale customers.  Mammoth Networks was listed in the 2016 Inc 5000 as one of America’s fastest growing private companies.

Brian graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Small Business Management.  He entered the telecom market in 2001, and operates Mammoth Networks and its parent company Visionary Communications from Gillette, Wyoming.