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July 21-24, 2019
JW Marriott Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana


Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Grand Ballroom 1 & 2

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


(Closed Session for State Commissioners and State Staff)

Joe Witmer, Pennsylvania, Acting Chairperson

Greg Doyle, Minnesota, Vice Chairperson

Brad Ramsay, NARUC Staff

Ken Mallory, NARUC Staff

Ashley Ingebrigtsen, NARUC Staff 

Sherry Lichtenberg, NRRI Staff  Lead

9:00 - 9:45

NARUC Update:  Regulatory and Legislative

Brad Ramsay and Ken Mallory 

9:45 - 10:00

NRRI: Current and Future Projects

Sherry Lichtenberg

10:00 - 10:15

Joint Boards Update


Sandy Reams, Joe Witmer

Universal Service

Labros Pilalus

10:15 - 10:30 Break

10:30 - 11:00

USAC Update

Michelle Garber 

11:00 - 11:30



11:30 - 12:00

Emerging Issues In The States

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Robocalling Wars - Chapter B (for Blocking)

As the industry moves toward wide-scale call authentication, the FCC for the first time permits default call blocking based on "any reasonable analytics, designed to identify unwanted calls."  How will this fundamental change ensure that the right calls are completed, that consumers can rely on a consistent implementation, will there be a cost to consumers and will  rural call completion suffer? These and other challenges to fixing the robocall problem will be discussed.


Robert McCausland, VP Regulatory & Government Affairs, West Telecom Services, LLC 

Dave Bergmann, NASUCA (invited)

2:30-2:45 p.m.

Networking Break

2:45-3:45 p.m.


3:45-4:00 p.m.

Next Steps to November

4:00-5:00 p.m. Resolutions (as needed)

Subcommittee and Staff Subcommittee on Education and Research

12:00-2:50 p.m. • Room 314

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Closed Executive Session

1:00-1:05 p.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Hon. John (Butch) Howard, Chair, South Carolina

1:05-1:00 p.m.

Approval of Minutes

1:10-1:20 p.m.

NARUC Center for Partnerships & Innovation Update

Danielle Byrnett, Director, NARUC Center for Partnerships & Innovation

1:20-1:30 p.m.

NRRI Update

Carl Pechman, Executive Director

1:30-1:35 p.m.

ICER and Other Matters

Jack Betkoski, III, Connecticut

1:35-1:55 p.m.

Annual Reports

  • Ted Kury, Director of Energy Studies, Public Utility Research Center, FL
  • Sarah Gott, Financial Research Institute, MU
  • Doug Gegax, Director, Center for Public Utilities, NMSU
  • Lori Sak, Director, WI Public Utility Institute, UW-Madison
1:55-2:10 p.m.

Update on Subcommittee Projects

Erin Hammel, Director, International Programs, NARUC

  • 2019 Summer Internships (NARUC)
  • New Commissioner Regulatory Orientation
  • Other
2:10-2:20 p.m.

Review of Applications for Support

Erin Hammel, Director, International Programs, NARUC

  • Applications for Consideration
2:20-2:30 p.m.

Update on Staff Subcommittee Projects

Patti Lucarelli, Chair, Staff Subcommittee, RI

  • Survey on Training Needs
  • Scholarship Report and Awardee Selection
2:30 p.m.

Rate School Report

Cathy Pedemonti, CT, Rate School Coordinator

2:40 p.m.

New Business


Executive Committee

(Closed Meeting)

3:00-5:00 p.m. • Room 313