2019 Annual Meeting

May 20 - 22, 2019

Valdez CIVIC Center - Valdez, Alaska



Please join ATA, company board members, executives and senior managers in the world class sport adventure community of Valdez, in the northeast corner of Prince William Sound. ATA will host the 2019 Annual Meeting at the Valdez Civic Center, overlooking the beautiful waters of Port Valdez, a deep fjord surrounded by the Chugach Mountains. Valdez is the northernmost port in North America that is ice-free year-round and is the terminus of the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline. Come explore the area and get updates on the telecom industry in Alaska. Online registration has closed. If you’re interested in attending, please contact Shari at 907-563-4000.


The schedule is finalized! We are excited to have the following presentations at the conference.

USDA Programs - Shekinah Bailey, Brad Finstad and Jerry Ward, USDA
Geeks in the Woods
- Lucas and Lee Brown
Broadband in Alaska
- Michael Burke, CEO, MTA
Magellan Study: Aleutian Broadband - Doug Griffin, Executive Director, SWAMC
Infrastructure & Addiction - Anne Hazlett, Sr Adviser for Rural Affairs, Office of National Drug Control Policy
Iridium Satellite Communications in Alaska - Alex Hills, Polar Advisory Board, Iridium Communications
Regulatory Update - Josh Seideman, NTCA
Executive Considerations: Navigating the Health Care Economy in AK - Jane Wigen, NTCA

For making travel reservations, a general outline of the schedule is below:

Monday, May 20 - Welcome/Reunion Dinner (6pm - 9pm)

Tuesday, May 21 - General Sessions (8am - 3pm)

Wednesday, May 22 - General Sessions (8am - 12pm), ATA Board Meeting (12pm) & Dinner Cruise (6pm)


Alaska Telephone Association (ATA) is your advocacy organization supporting telecommunications in Alaska.  ATA conferences are a great forum to talk about current issues and successes within the telecom industry.  Your sponsorship of these events allows ATA to host top-ranked speakers and provide in depth discussions and networking opportunities to Alaska carriers and suppliers. Please consider a sponsorship package for the upcoming 2019 Annual Meeting.  If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Shari at (907) 563-4000 or at showalter@alaskatel.org.

Thank you to our Annual Meeting Sponsors!


Valdez is a small Alaskan town. We have contracted with two local hotels to provided rooms for our conference attendees. To make reservations, call the hotel and mention the Alaska Telecom Association room block.

Totem Inn and Suites
(907) 835-4443
144 East Egan Drive, Valdez, Alaska

Best Western Valdez Harbor Inn
(907) 835-3434
100 Harbor Drive, Valdez, Alaska 


Valdez can be reached by car, plane or Alaska ferry.  The drive from Anchorage to Valdez takes 6 - 7 hours. Yes, that’s a long road trip, but most definitely worth it. Check out http://www.alaska.org/guide/anchorage-to-valdez to learn more about what sites you would see along the drive.
Flying from Anchorage to Valdez is a 40 min flight over Prince William Sound with views of glaciers and incredible mountains reaching directly to the sea. Ravn Alaska is the airline that regularly flys into Valdez.
For a truly Alaskan visit, try the Alaska Marine Highway System and ferry over to Valdez from Whittier (approximately 1 hour south of Anchorage). Sailings are just a couple of times each week, so check the website to see if this option works for your travel plans.


The attire for ATA conferences is business casual.  Our opening and closing dinners will be hosted outside (weather permitting) and dress for those events is casual.  We suggest bringing lots of layers as the weather can be unpredictable.  Rain gear and good walking shoes are recommended in Alaska.