Committee on Telecommunications

Final Program  (Using agenda content available as of June 25, 2016) 

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Monday, July 25

Location: Brodway A/B                                      
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II Auction

The primary goal for the next phase of CAF 2 funding is to use a competitive bidding process to ensure widespread participation from multiple providers that can deliver a high-quality service including non-traditional providers, increase competition between providers, and ensure the best use of the universal service funding.  This panel will focus on how to use the CAF II auction funds to provide broadband to the greatest number of unserved households, businesses, and farms in rural high cost America.  These funds will be distributed via a reverse auction to service areas where the first round of funding was declined by the incumbent telephone providers.

Moderator: Hon. Paul Kjellander, Idaho

Robert Debroux, Director – Federal Affairs & Public Policy, TDS Telecom

Michael Saperstein, VP Federal Regulatory Affairs, Frontier Telecom

Chuck Keller, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP.

Christopher Murphy, Associate General Counsel, Regulatory Affairs,  ViaSat

Bob Hance, CEO, MidWest Energy

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

5G Wireless – Unleashing Possibilities and Avoiding Pitfalls

Fifth generation wireless service – 5G – offers nearly unlimited possibilities in the areas of speed, capacity, and performance.  This timely panel will explore where we are in the 5G transition, the capabilities of a 5G system, and the opportunities 5G offers to consumers.  Importantly the panelists will also address infrastructure challenges in both the technical and regulatory arenas caused by increased need for spectrum, towers, small cells, and fiber backhaul.  Come and explore the world of 5G with us!

Moderator: Hon. Chris Nelson, South Dakota

Brian Daly, AT&T - Director – Core Network & Government/Regulatory Standards

Dr. Eshwar Pittampalli, CTIA –Director Wireless Technology

John Kuzin, Qualcomm Incorporated - Vice President and Regulatory Counsel

James Assey, National Cable & Telecommunications Association - Executive Vice President

Paul Vasington, Verizon – Director of State Public Policy

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2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Perspectives on Chevron Deference: To what extent are courts applying this doctrine, has it been abused and does it provide value as a tool for judicial review of FCC decisions?

Chevron deference is a principle of administrative law requiring courts to defer to interpretations of statutes made by those government agencies charged with enforcing them, unless such interpretations are unreasonable. The principle is named for the 1984 Supreme Court case Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., which involved a dispute over the Environmental Protection Agency’s interpretation of a provision of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1977. Under Chevron, even if a court finds that another interpretation is reasonable, or even better than the agency’s interpretation, it must defer to the agency’s reasonable interpretation. 

Panelists will discuss the modern application, relevance and merits of Chevron deference in the context of recent FCC decisions, including the Open Internet Order. They will address the pros and cons of proposals to change this review standard, including recently proposed legislation seeking to amend federal administrative law to require de novo review of agency decisions.

Moderator: Hon. Dan Lipshultz, Minnesota

Jeffrey Lamken, Esquire, MoloLamken LLP

Hank Kelly, Esquire, Managing Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, Chicago Office

Randolph May, President, The Free State Foundation

Other panelists invited but not confirmed

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


The panel will explore federal and state NG911 progress and report on the progress of the FCC’s Task Force on Optimal Public Safety Answering Point Architecture (TFOPA) to expand on its first report. We will also discuss Text to 911 deployment and progress towards meeting the new 2017 caller location accuracy standards. In summary this panel will continue the discussion of where stakeholders are in implementing NG911 and what issues they are facing.

Moderator: Hon. Tim Schram, Nebraska

David Furth, Deputy Bureau Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, FCC

Jim Goerke, CEO, Texas 911 Alliance

Daryl Branson, Senior 911 Telecom Analyst, Colorado Public Utilities Commission

Jamison Peevyhousey, ENP Weakley County Tennessee Emergency Communications District

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Tuesday, July 26

Location: Broadway A/B                                      
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

From Local to Nationwide Telephone Number Portability – What Are the Policy Implications for Federal & State Regulators?

On May 16, the North American Numbering Council submitted its “Report on Nationwide Number Portability” that recommended the FCC proceed with an Public Inquiry to address the technical and policy initiatives needed to implement porting of wireless and wireline telephone numbers on a nationwide basis without regard to state and local political boundaries, LATA, area or NXX code boundaries or other geographic or technical boundaries.  This Panel will address what are the policy decisions that must be made by the FCC and state regulators in order to transition to Nationwide Number Portability, such as:

  • What are the timing considerations to implement NNP in the context of the ongoing transition of the nation's telecommunications infrastructure to IP technology?


  • Whether a uniform nationwide ten digit dialing plan is required to implement NNP?


  • How to ensure that the implementation of NNP will not adversely impact the provision of 911/NG911 emergency response services?


  • Whether the service providers benefitting directly from providing NNP to customers should bear the full responsibility for ensuring that NNP does not impose implementation costs to the customers of other service providers?


  • What are the respective roles of Federal & State regulators in implementing NNP?


  • What will be the impact of NNP implementation on state and local taxes, fees, surcharges, tariffs and tolls and what are the remedies?

Moderator: Hon. Scott Rupp, Missouri


Mark Lancaster, Numbering Management Support; AT&T

Helen Mickiewicz, Assistant General Counsel, Office of Rate Payer Advocates; California Public Utilities Commission

Michele Thomas, National Director – State Regulatory Affairs & Numbering Policy; T-Mobile USA

Richard Shockey, Chairman, SIP Forum

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1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Rate of Return Reform Order - Who's getting what and why in rural telecom?

The panel will provide a basic over view of the order and how it will change the way money is distributed in high cost areas.  Discussion will highlight pros and cons of the order and how it changes the game for the industry.

Moderator: Hon. Crystal Rhoades, Nebraska


Carol Mattey, FCC Wireline Competition Bureau

Keith Oliver, Home Telecom

Jeff Reynolds, Reynolds Schultheis Consulting

Lynn Follansbee, USTelcom

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Special Access

The FCC made a “new start” in designing a regulatory framework for “Business Data Services” (BDS).” The panel will examine the four principles the FCC applied: competition, technology neutrality, commitment to IP-based technology, and the FCC’s anticipation of “tomorrow’s” marketplace. How will the FCC “de-regulate where competition exists” and regulate where it doesn’t? What hurdles does the FCC face in testing markets for competition? What are the implications of the FCC’s finding that all BDS providers are “common carriers”? How does the BDS Order relate to the recently upheld Open Internet Order? What questions should state regulators ask given that the FCC is silent about their role under its new special access regime?

Moderator: Hon. Catherine Sandoval, California

Mark Cooper, Research Director, Consumer Federation of America

Pamela Hollick, Associated General Counsel, State Public Policy, Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, Level 3

Steven Morris, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, NCTA

Lyndall Nipps, Vice President, State Government Affairs

Frank S. Simone, Vice President Federal Regulatory, AT&T

Charles McKee, Vice President Government Affairs Sprint

4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Committee on Telecommunications Business Meeting

Chairman: Hon. Chris Nelson, South Dakota

Co-Vice Chairman: Hon. Paul Kjellander, Idaho

Co-Vice Chairwoman: Hon. Catherine Sandoval, California

Conversation with Alison Kutler, Bureau Chief, FCC Bureau of Consumer Governmental Affairs


Wednesday, July 27

Location: Broadway A/B                                      
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Lifeline Open House with USAC

Hear from USAC staff about USAC’s work to implement the new Lifeline Order and discuss questions from your State regarding implementation.

Moderator:  Hon. Karen Charles Peterson, Massachusetts

Michelle Garber, Vice President, Lifeline Program, USAC

Jessica Zufolo, Senior Advisor to the CEO, USAC

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10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Throwing Broadband a Lifeline:  Will the new Lifeline Program Sink or Swim?

By encouraging broadband providers to become Lifeline providers, the Lifeline program and universal service are being upended.  States and Lifeline Providers must navigate the new management and design of the program.  This panel will explore the FCC’s Order through the viewpoints of wireless providers, PUCs, the FCC and Consumers. 

Moderator:  Hon. Karen Charles Peterson, Massachusetts

Hon. Catherine J. K. Sandoval, California

David Avila, TracFone

Regina Costa, TURN

Matthew DelNero, FCC Wireline Bureau Chief

David Hostetter, AT&T