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NTCA Annual Meeting & EXPO.

Sheraton New Orleans and Marriott New Orleans

February 10-13, 2008

New Orleans, Louisiana

NTCA's Annual Meeting & EXPO will capture the spirit of New Orleans. Take part in cutting-edge seminars, informative workshops and the industry's premier trade show, EXPO '08. Hear about the future of rural telecom from industry leaders and experts. Enjoy great networking opportunities, as you experience the sights, sounds and the historic rebirth of New Orleans.


General Sessions

The opening general session will feature invited guest Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), who has been a strong and effective voice for the state of Louisiana. Also during this session, invited speaker Meredith Attwell Baker, deputy assistant secretary for communications and information and deputy administrator for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, will share her industry expertise on disaster planning. Additionally, a panel of experts will discuss how disaster planning can help save companies and communities when natural disasters and emergencies hit. During the second general session, FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein will address regulatory issues facing the commission that impact NTCA members. Lowell Catlett, Ph.D., a notable telecom futurist and internationally known expert on commodity and future markets, will close out the general session presentations with remarks on technologies and their implications on the way we live and work.

Telco GMs/CEOs

NTCA delivers learning and networking opportunities for telco general mangers/CEOs. Participate in special sessions on policy and exclusive seminars and workshops on issues important to telco general managers and directors.


Seminar Certificate Programs

Choose from 14 seminars held on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday for telco managers, owners and directors. Take advantage of as many as four topics, including economic development, opportunities for local programming and advertising, broadband's next evolution and video. Pre-registration for seminars is required.



On Tuesday and Wednesday, attendees may select from a variety of complimentary workshops. No registration is necessary. Look for detailed workshop topics in an upcoming meeting update.


Welcome to New Orleans!

Between the hot jazz and the Creole cuisine from Canal Street to Bourbon Street--get to know New Orleans! Before heading out to explore, join us for the welcome presentation to get an overview of the sights and sounds of the city, as well as details about various NTCA tours. Complimentary city guides will be available.


EXPO '08

EXPO '08 showcases premier manufacturers and service providers to rural independent telcos that grow and maintain advanced telecommunications networks. NTCA will host an exclusive preview luncheon and open house on Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., for managers/CEOs. The EXPO open house will be available to all attendees later in the day on Tuesday 4:30-6:00 p.m. On Wednesday morning, the association will host a continental breakfast for all EXPO attendees. To exhibit, go to and click on EXPO 08'.

Hot Technologies '08

Stop by to see the industry's latest innovations. On Tuesday morning and afternoon, 20 exhibitors will give presentations on their specific products and services. Refer to the meeting program for the list of company participants.

Foundation for Rural Service Fund-Raising Events

Hit the green along with FRS! Join the golf outing at Stonebridge Golf Club of New Orleans. Just minutes from downtown, this course showcases the canals and bayous, reptiles and waterfowl that characterize this unique experience for golfers of all skill levels. Stonebridge exhibits a links-style course design, featuring more than 100 sand traps along pristine fairways and beautiful greens.



Experience the celebration. Experience Mardi Gras! Take a tour of Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, where floats come to life, and partake in a private Mardi Gras Parade. Join the foundation for "A Mardi Gras Celebration" and experience this grand New Orleans festivity with friends and colleagues on Monday, February 11. The FRS fund-raising event will include a dinner buffet and cocktails.

TECO Presents ...

"Ahoy!" Cruise along with TECO/RTAF on board the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen. Enjoy the great taste of Creole cuisine and let the sounds of a New Orleans jazz band set the ambience for a night of dancing. Feel the sweet breeze cruising down the mighty Mississippi River and relax on the upper deck as you enjoy the view of the city's skyline. You won't want to miss out on this fundraising event benefiting TECO's administrative fund, the Rural Telecommunications Administrative Fund. Transportation will be provided to the dock.

Banquet, Awards and Entertainment

Get ready for an exciting evening, featuring a great dinner and the annual distinguished awards presentation, followed with entertainment by New York comedy group The Watercoolers and Louisiana Hall of Famers The Nobles.



Hotel & Housing Information

NTCA's housing bureau J. Spargo & Associates will handle all hotel reservations for the 2008 Annual Meeting & EXPO. Reservations will be accepted online or by phone starting at noon (Eastern Time) on Monday, December 3. Reservations will not be accepted either online or by phone prior to this date and time. The conference hotel also will not accept reservations directly for the conference. The reservations cut-off date is Wednesday, January 16, 2008.


For your convenience, we encourage you to go online to make reservations for the annual meeting. Reservations made online will be drawn instantaneously from live inventory. If you do not have Internet access and cannot access the housing Web site, call 703-654-6938 and speak to a J. Spargo associate to make your hotel reservations. J. Spargo operators will be working from the same live inventory available online to members. We ask that you only make reservations for actual rooms needed.

Hotel Information

At the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, the spirit of New Orleans endures. Located in the heart of the Big Easy the hotel is a short walk to shopping at nearby Canal Place, Riverwalk Marketplace, Royal Street or the French Market. Take in the breath taking views of the mighty Mississippi River and the historic Canal Street. Enjoy the local dining experience without leaving the hotel. Roux Bistro's native chef Chris Brown uses the freshest local ingredients to create both traditional and innovative New Orleans dishes. Guests can cap off their night in grand style with a cocktail at the hotel's Pelican Bar. Beautiful and enchanting, the Pelican Bar is reminiscent of a lavish French Quarter courtyard. The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel is steps away from the best of New Orleans.

Marriott New Orleans Hotel is a French Quarter landmark hotel that boasts the rich culture and distinct flavor of the Crescent City. Located at the edge of the historic French Quarter, this New Orleans hotel is conveniently situated near the riverfront, Bourbon Street and world-class restaurants featuring celebrity chefs. Experience the spectacular views of the downtown skyline and the Mississippi River at the Marriott New Orleans Hotel.


Sheraton New Orleans

500 Canal St.

New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone: 504-525-2500

Fax: 504-595-5552

Room Rate: $239 single/$249 double

Marriott New Orleans

555 Canal St.

New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone: 504-581-1000

Fax: 504-523-6755

Room Rate: $239 single/$249 double

Go to to make your reservation on Monday, December 3 at noon EDT.

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