Committee on Telecommunications

This agenda is subject to change.

Monday, November 13, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Holiday 2
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Universally Affordable Broadband – What are the Barriers and How to Define Success

This panel explores options to bring the “next generation” of wired and wireless broadband solutions to disadvantaged areas and high cost areas. Areas that will be covered include the role of USF, infrastructure investment (private, federal, and State), opportunities for partnerships, the reasonableness of a gigabit for everyone regardless of price, and the potential benefit of the FCC pending auction process.

Moderator: Hon. Paul Kjellander, Idaho 


Benjamin Aron, Director, State Regulatory and External Affairs, CTIA-the Wireless Association

Joe Gillan, President, Gillan and Associates

Roy Lathrop, Senior Director, State Government Affairs, NCTA-The Internet and Television Association

Arthur Martinez, Vice President of State Govt. Relations, CenturyLink


Hon. Travis Kavulla, Montana 

Hon. Sarah Freeman, Indiana 

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

On the Ground & On the Horizon: How to Bring Broadband to Remote America

Millions of Americans still lack access to broadband service, and millions more only have access to speeds that are below the FCC definition of broadband and doesn’t meet their needs. New and innovative technologies and methods are needed to bring these essential broadband services to rural communities. This panel will hear from experts who are doing just that—finding new ways to meet the needs of rural communitiesfrom harnessing TV whitespaces for wireless connectivity to innovative programs to connect unserved communities with carriers willing to deploy robust networks.


Moderator: Hon. Crystal Rhoades, Nebraska


Ryan Harkin, Microsoft

Christopher Murphy, Viasat

Mike Romano, Senior Vice President, Industry Affairs & Business Development, NTCA

11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Business Meeting