Winter Policy Summit logo

February 10-13, 2019 • Renaissance Washington Hotel • Washington, D.C.

Winter Policy Summit logo

February 10-13, 2019
Renaissance Washington Hotel
Washington, D.C.

Committee on Telecommunications


10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Renaissance East

10:45 a.m.- 11:45 a.m. 


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has awarded Somos, Inc., the leading provider of neutral Toll-Free numbering and registry administration services for the telecommunications industry, the contracts to serve as the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) and Pooling Administrator (PA) including the Routing Number Administrator (RNA).   SOMOS leadership will provide an overview of the completed transition plan for the NANPA and PA, as well as identify key information sources and contacts for NARUC members regarding NANPA, PA, and Toll-Free numbering administration.

Moderator:  Catherine Palcic, Manager, Strategic Industry Relations & Public Policy, SOMOS


John Manning, Sr. Director, Number Administration, SOMOS

Kim Miller, Senior Corporate Counsel, SOMOS

Mary Retka, Vice President, Industry Relations & Public Policy, SOMOS

Beth Sprague, Director, NANPA

Florence Weber, Director of Pooling Administration, SOMOS

1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. 

The Latest From Wall Street

Research and Investment experts share their insight on the Telecom Industry today, as seen by the markets.

Moderator:  Hon. Paul Kjellander, Idaho


Frank Louthan, Managing Director, Telecom Equity Research, Raymond James

Jennifer Fritzche, Managing Director (Equities), Wells Fargo

David Herbert, Managing Director (Fixed Income), Wells Fargo

2:30 p.m - 2:45 p.m Networking Break
2:45 p.m.- 3:45 p.m. 

Crisis Event Response and Recovery Access (CERRA) Effort

Joint with the Committee on Critical Infrastructure

The capability for state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) authorities to safely, securely, and effectively control and coordinate the access of key response and recovery resources into an affected area during an emergency has been identified as a critical success factor in enabling overall community recovery. The management of access is particularly important during incidents that require significant population evacuations to ensure the coordination of public or private sector response and recovery assets, restoration of critical infrastructure and essential public services, and a safe and orderly return of community members to an affected area. To assist with the access and re-entry issue, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has developed the Crisis Event Response and Recovery Access (CERRA) Framework to support state and local efforts to enable the successful transit and access of critical response and recovery resources before, during, and after emergencies, regardless of incident size.

Moderator:  Hon. Johann Clendenin, USVI

Presenter: George Renteria, (Acting) Chief Emergency Services Section, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency,  US Dep't of Homeland Security

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Networking Break
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. General Session - Ballroom Central


10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Renaissance East

10:45 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.

Business Meeting

1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.



Moderator:  Jonathan Make, Executive Director, Warren Communications News


Adam Bender, Associated Editor, Communications Daily

Carrie DeLeon, Senior Editor, Telecommunications Reports Daily

Kelcee Griffis, Senior Telecom Reporter, Law 360

Jon Reid Reporter – Tech & Telecom, Bloomberg Law, BNA

2:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Networking Break
2:45 a.m.- 3:45 p.m.


Broadband is the key to our nation’s economic future.  It is the difference maker for businesses all across the U.S., but finding effective and efficient means of deploying broadband throughout rural parts of America has proven to be a challenge.  The costs and complexities encountered in serving these communities has given rise to new and creative solutions to help bridge the broadband gap.  In some communities rural cooperative telecommunications and utility providers, along with public-power and municipal entities, started deploying their own fiber optic networks and high-capacity broadband services to their customers and beyond.  And in 2018, at the behest of the Mississippi Public Service Commission, an investor-owned utility partnered with a broadband provider to deploy fiber-optic assets in portions of rural Mississippi- an essential step toward enabling high-capacity broadband services in these communities.  This panel will explore the kinds of out of the box partnerships and policies that are helping to bridge the digital divide.  What programs and policies are working or showing signs of success, and what other new ways of thinking may be needed to ensure all Americans have access to reliable, quality broadband.

Moderator:  Hon. Brandon Presley, Mississippi


Mike Keyser,CEO, BARC Electric Cooperative

Elin Swanson Katz, Consumer Counsel, Office of Consumer Counsel

Mike Romano, Senior VP Policy, NTCA, The Rural Broadband Association 

Brett Kilbourne, General Counsel & VP Policy, Utilities Technology Council

3:45 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Networking Break
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Update From USAC

As the FCC's USF Administrator, USAC plays a critical role in the successful implementation of several USF programs.  USAC will address key milestones and activities for both the Lifeline and High Cost programs. Updates on the National Eligibility Verifier State and federal agency roll out and a discussion of the Lifeline program’s 2019 strategy for getting the remaining states in the National Verifier by the end of the year will be provided as well as ongoing engagements with stakeholders to increase program integrity and successful enrollment among rural and urban eligible consumers. USAC will also provide an update on the development and deployment of the Connect America Fund (CAF) map and how it can be used to illustrate the impact of Universal Service support to facilitate broadband expansion in rural America. This new map, which went live in late 2018, displays the locations where carriers that receive CAF funding have built out mass-market, high-speed Internet service.

Moderator:  Jessica Zufolo, USAC


Michelle Garber, Vice President - Lifeline, USAC

Edward Bliss, Director of Strategic Project Management, Enterprise Portfolion Management Office, USAC

Joelle Tessler, Senior Manager of Stakeholder Engagement & User Support - High Cost Program, USAC