Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications

Final Program  (Using agenda content available as of June 24, 2016) 

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Saturday, July 23

Location: Broadway A/B
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Closed Session - States Issues Update

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
  • Legislative Report - Brian O'Hara

Joint Board & NRRI Reports

  • Separations - George Young (VT)
  • Universal Service - Labros Pilalis (PA)
  • 706 Joint Conference - Bill Johnston (CA)
  • NANC - Cary Hinton (DC)/Carolee Hall (ID)
  • NRRI - Sherry Lichtenberg

Subgroup Reports

  • Consumer Issues - Kerri DeYoung Phillips (MA)
  • Cyber Security - Lois Burns (PA)/John McClean (DHS)
  • Federal Regulation & Legislation - Joe Witmer (PA)
  • Numbering - Bonnie Johnson (MN)
  • State Regulation  - Robin Ancona (MI)
  • Technology & Service Quality - TBD
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (On Own)
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Panel I:  – Fixed & Mobile Broadband Internet Access Service – FCC Title II Designation Upheld.  What Now? (“Long and Winding Road” - Beatles)

On June 14, 2016 the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit released a landmark 2-1 d decision in United State Telecom Association v. F.C.C, upholding all aspects of the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order including the reclassification of Fixed & Mobile Broadband Internet Access Service (BIAS) as Title II Common Carrier Service and its forbearance from applying certain Title II provisions.  This decision confirms jurisdiction over BIAS providers under the same section of the Act granting the authority over telephone carriers and reaffirmed that section 706 was an independent source of FCC authority. The debate over the applicability of Title II has raged on for years as the FCC has made a series of rulings that have traversed a long and winding legal road.  Have we arrived at our final destination?  This panel of experts will outline the key tenants of the recent appellate decision and explore its legal and policy implications.

Moderator: Shana Knutson, Nebraska

Presenter:  Brad Ramsay, NARUC

Joe Witmer, Pennsylvania

Ryan Wallach, VP, Legal Regulatory Affairs and Senior Deputy General Counsel, Comcast

Benjamin Aron, Director, State Regulatory and External Affairs,CTIA

Karen Reidy, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, INCOMPAS

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

Panel II:  Internet Privacy – The Rules of Engagement?

As part of reclassifying basic internet access service (BIAS) as a telecommunications service, the FCC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on April 1, 2016 proposing detailed data privacy and security rules for BIAS providers. The NPRM has raised a number of critical questions about how the FCC, and by extension the states, should treat internet privacy, security and breach notification. Will the FCC’s plan protect consumer privacy? How will the FCC’s plan affect existing state laws?  Should the FCC and the FTC share oversight of consumer privacy?  To what extent would the CPNI rules apply to VoIP providers and edge providers?  The panelists will address the issue of privacy when it comes to BIAS and identify issues of concern from their perspective.

Moderator:  Greg Doyle, Minnesota

Rick Cimerman, VP State Governemnt Affairs, NCTA

Eric Null, Policy Council, Open Technology Institute

Randolph May, President, The Free State Foundation

Jonathan Zimmerman, Senior Legal Counsel for Privacy, Data Protection, & Big Data, AT&T

Jim Halpert, Partner, DLA Piper

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Networking Break
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Resolution Introduction, Discussion & Industry Input


Sunday, July 24

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

Reports by National Representatives

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

Panel III - Joint Panel with Consumer Affairs 

Wireless Broadband Buildout in High Cost Rural Areas - ("We all want what we ain't got" - Jake Owens) 

One of the primary goals of the FCC’s Transformation Order was to get wireless voice and broadband deployment to consumers in rural areas, particularly in areas where the high cost and low density preclude a purely market-driven approach. The FCC created the Mobility Fund I& II to be a permanent ongoing fund to support wireless services to consumers in these areas.  However, the financing and how to achieve deployment have proven to be difficult issues.  While the FCC continues to address this complex topic, stakeholders have recently proposed several novel ways to get wireless service to rural consumers.  The panel will examine this issue, particularly a February 2016 proposal by U.S. Cellular and the role the States could play in getting wireless voice and broadband to rural consumers.

Moderator: Joe Witmer, Pennsylvania

Hon. Catherine J.K. Sandoval, California

John Evans, Advocate, Office of Small Business Advocate, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

David LaFuria, Esq., Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez, & Sachs, Counsel to U.S. Cellular

Michael Oldak, VP of Strategic Initiatives & General Counsel, Utilities Technology Council

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch (On Own)
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Panel IV:   Cyber Security Update - The State Experience - ("They want what you've got, don't give it to them" - Dirty Harry)

Telecommunications networks and services are at the core of the operations of virtually all commerce, educational, healthcare and other functions in our world today.  Protecting the critical infrastructure from cyber security threats and attacks is paramount to the health, wealth and safety of our nation.  In a telecom environment of mixed jurisdiction and limited market regulation, the role of State commission’s in assuring sound cyber policy and implementation can be complex.  This panel will include an overview by state commission experts on the experiences, successes and issues in commencing telecom cybersecurity initiatives in their State.  They will also highlight their work on and the need for establishing key relationships with State, federal and industry partners, who will also join the panel to share their knowledge, perspective and insight on how best to partner with the States.

Moderator: Hon. Philip Jones, Washington

David Alexander, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commssion

Sam Mackin, Associate Director for Operations, US Department of Homeland Security

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

Robert Mayer, Vice President - Industry & State Affairs, USTelecom

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Networking Break
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Panel V:  Non-Geographic Number Portability - Educational Session - (“Here’s my number, so call me maybe” - Carly Rae Jepsen)

As communications networks continue to evolve to a new technological infrastructure, the existing paradigm for number portability must also be examined.  Are we at a point in the evolution where consumers want to and should be able to keep their assigned telephone numbers regardless of where they relocate within the United States? What is the relevance of the Rate Centers associated with the phone number’s origin or the distance between the associated Rate Center and the end user’s physical location in the future?   With this in mind, this panel of technology experts will provide an overview and identify issues on how non-geographic number portability would work, what needs to be done to implement it, and what it looks like when implemented.

Moderator: Carolee Hall, Idaho

Penn Pfautz, Director, AT&T Global Connection Management

Mary Retka, Director of Network Policy, CenturyLink

Gary Richenaker, Principal Solutions Architect, iconectiv

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Staff Final Resolution Discussion & Disposition