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Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Location: Flores 7 & 8
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Closed Session – States Issues Updates & Planning

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Networking Break

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m

Current Issues:  Reports from NARUC

  • Litigation Report - Brad Ramsay, NARUC
  • Legislative Report - Brian O'Hara, NARUC

Joint Board & NRRI Reports

  • Separations - George Young, Vermont
  • Universal Service - Labros Pilalis, Pennsylvania
  • 706 Joint Conference - Bill Johnston, California
  • NANC - Carolee Hall, Idaho
  • NRRI - Sherry Lichtenberg

Subgroup Reports

  • Consumer Issues - Kerri DeYoung Phillips, Massachusetts
  • Cyber Security - John McClain, Department of Homeland Security
  • Federal Regulation & Legislation - Joe Witmer, Pennsylvania
  • Numbering - Bonnie Johnson, Minnesota
  • State Regulation - Robin Ancona, Michigan
  • Technology & Service Quality - Teresa Ferguson, Colorado
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (on own)
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Panel I:  Business Data Services - Is the “Long-Broken”               Regulatory Regime Fixed?

After first opening a proceeding in 2004, a long awaited order, rules, and further proposed rulemaking have been circulated by the FCC Chairman with a proposed “fix” to the regulatory regime that governs the multi-billion dollar market for Business Data Services (BDS). Previously labeled “special access,” these enterprise services enable dedicated network connections for mobile phone service backhaul, large businesses, governments, and community anchor institutions.  This panel will explore whether or not the new framework will indeed support new and emerging competition through “light handed” and “targeted” regulation and whether additional regulatory adjustments are necessary.

Moderator: Sherry Lichtenberg, NRRI

Lisa Hensley Eckert, Director of Public Affairs, CenturyLink

Mike Skrivan, VP Regulatory, Fairpoint Communications

Pam Hollick, Associate General Counsel, State Public Policy, Level 3

Roy Lathrop, Senior Director, State Government Affairs, NCTA

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Panel II:  Network Reliability/Outages – The State Experience

The rapid explosion of wireless, I/P and other technologies has created an incredible variety of voice, data and video communications capabilities, but only through a highly complex web of interconnected networks and services.  These intertwined networks and services have introduced significant new challenges for policy makers, regulators, and telecom companies in ensuring public safety and consumer satisfaction through end-to-end network reliability, outage reporting and consumer communications. This panel of State PUC Staff experts will discuss the issues being faced in their states, whether recent FCC efforts have been successful and what more could be done between government and industry to address the issues.

Moderator: Lynn Notarianni, Colorado

Bill Johnston, California

Cullen Robbins, Nebraska

Rebecca Beaton, Washington

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Networking Break
3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Resolution Introduction - Industry Input


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Location: Flores 7 & 8
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Educational Session – LNPA Transition Update

The North American Portability Management (NAPM) LLC has developed the Transition Oversight Plan to ensure that the migration to the new Local Number Portability Administrator (LNPA), iconnectiv, is a success for all stakeholders. Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) was selected by the NAPM as the independent third party Transition Oversight Manager to assist the NAPM LLC in overseeing the transition.  In this session, PwC will provide an overview of the Transition Oversight Plan and progress on their work to ensure that the transition from neustar to iconnectiv adheres to the plan in critical areas such as risk management, timelines, performance benchmarks and incentives, dispute resolution, testing, stakeholder outreach and education and security and reliability. 

Moderator: Cary Hinton, District of Columbia

Presenter:  Bill Reilly, Director, Advisory - LNPA Transition Oversight Manager; PwC Services, LLC.

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Panel III: Beyond Lifeline Reform: Discussion of Other Existing Low-Income Consumer Programs in the Market

(Joint session with the Staff Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs)

Many rural and low-income customers now have access to broadband through new and modified provider-sponsored programs. Differences in participation qualifications, services, and program successes and failures will be discussed. Will Lifeline and/or other low-income programs be a broadband lifesaver? Join the discussion to find out.

Moderator: Phil Boyle, Oregon

Al Lubeck, Public Policy Director, CenturyLink

Don Laub, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Comcast

David Bergman, NASUCA

Mark Brown, Vice President & Counsel, Government Affairs, Charter Communications

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12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (on own)
1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Resolutions Discussion - Staff Final Disposition
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Networking Break
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Panel IV:  Lifeline Reform Implementation Task Force - Implementation Update and Rountable Discussion

On June 22, 2016 the FCC issued an order modernizing its Lifeline Program to make broadband internet access service available to qualified low income consumers as early as December 1, 2016.  Recognizing the impact to the states from the significant changes outlined in the order, in October  NARUC convened the Lifeline Reform Implementation Task Force to work with USAC in consultation with FCC staff.  The Task Force has begun work to share information, efficiently identify and resolve key short term implementation issues and outline critical outreach for telecom carriers and consumers.  This panel will provide an update on the activities of the Task Force to date and engage in interactive discussion of issues and concerns moving forward.

Moderator:  Greg Doyle, Minnesota

Michelle Garber, Vice President Lifeline Program, USAC

Jessica Zufolo, Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnerships, USAC

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