Committee on Telecommunications

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Monday, July 17

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Harbor Island 1
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Staff and Industry – What Commissioners Need to Hear

Moderator:  Hon. Paul Kjellander, Idaho


Robin Anacona, Director, Michigan Commission

Pamela H. Hollick, Senior Counsel State Public Policy, Level 3 Communications, LLC

Megan Kueck, Manager of State and Local Affairs, Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA)

Susan Lipper, Director, State Government Affairs, T-Mobile

Lynn Notarianni, Telecom Section Chief, Colorado Commission

Joe Witmer, Counsel to Chairman Brown, Pennsylvania Commission

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

State USF Funds — Broadband and VoIP: Contributors or Receivers

As the need for universal service funds increases to build broadband capability into underserved areas, States are wrestling with how to adequately resource their universal service funds. This tension is exacerbated by questions regarding the accessibility of broadband and VoIP services for contributions into State funds. Our panelists will discuss this issue from the perspective of how their States are working on the issue and how it will affect the industry providing broadband and VoIP services. 

Moderator: Hon. Chris Nelson, South Dakota 


Hon. David Clark, Utah

Hon. David Danner, Washington

Hon. Wendy Moser, Colorado

Michael Santorelli, Director, New York Law School Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute

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

The Wooden Pole - Your Most High-Tech Infrastructure

Poles play an integral role across utility infrastructure, regardless of whether they are owned solely or jointly by the utility or communications provider, a municipal government, or another entity.  Demand for access to poles continues to increase from all the utility sectors:  electric; communications (wireline and wireless); and even gas and water.  This increased demand has raised concern about safety.  For example, in California overloaded poles, poorly maintained and sometimes illegal attachments, have contributed to fires that destroyed property, burned millions of acres, and resulted in deaths.  Across America these issues have led to reduced service reliability, outages, slowed storm recovery, and increased recovery costs.  Meanwhile, the Federal Communications Commission recently opened proceedings regarding barriers to broadband deployment (wireline and wireless) that raise questions about whether state and local authority over pole attachments should be curtailed.  What tools do states currently have to ensure safety while providing equitable access?  Are their additional tools that states need to better ensure service reliability and protect public safety?  A panel of experts will discuss the current state of pole attachment oversight, best practices and how to improve regulation of this vital network infrastructure.

Moderator:  Hon. Michael Picker, California


Russell Frisby, EEI

Marvin Glidewell, Construction Director, Cox Communications

Elin Katz, Consumer Counsel, Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel

Gail Karish, Partner, Best Best & Krieger LLP

Jeffrey Kent, Oregon Joint Use Association

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This meeting will be held in the Grand Ballroom A. 

5G Small Cell - Coming to a Pole Near You!

(Joint Session with Committee on Electricity)

Talk of “smart cities” is ubiquitous these days. Communities face increasing pressure to prepare for a connected future that promises autonomous vehicles and a fully connected infrastructure. 5G small cell is crucial to the successful implementation of these technology innovations. Participate in this session to better understand the 5G small cell infrastructure and learn how communities can plan for a smart infrastructure. Hear a 5G deployment success story from a local government representative; how the deployment of 5G will affect electric companies; and where the public policy debate is headed at the local, state and national level.

Moderator: Hon. John Rosales, Illinois


David P. Young, Fiber Network & R.O.W. Manager, City of Lincoln, Nebraska

Nelson G. Bingel III, Chairman, National Electrical Safety Code

Hon. Karen Charles-Peterson, Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable


Tuesday, July 18

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Harbor Island 1
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Back to the Future: Net Neutrality – Where we’re going, we don’t need . . . regulations (or do we?)

Moderator: Hon. Ron Brise, Florida


Rick Cimerman, VP of External Affairs, NCTA

Dr. Mark Jamison, Director, Public Utility Research Center, Univ. of Florida

Dr. Nicol E. Turner-Lee, Fellow, Center for Technology Innovation, Gov. Studies, Brookings Institute

Professor Christopher Yoo, Dir., Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition, Univ. Pennsylvania

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Business Meeting
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Innovation in the Telecommunications Space

Joint Session with the Task Force on Innovation

The momentum behind the ongoing digital journey is informed by hyper connectivity, programmable network, and digital value platforms.  The consequences are contextualized experiences, privacy and trust, and everything connected.  With 17 billion currently connected devices globally, some of the latest estimates suggesting more than 50 billion connected devices in the future, and greater than 50% of the worlds’ population estimated to live in cities by 2050, are utilities, telecommunications companies and cities the family of the future?  Network is not just the center of this transformation, but often it is at the forefront.  And the future of the network impacts the way we live, work, learn and play.  This Panel will explore the evolution of technology and some of the ways human-technology interactivity are being reimagined.  

Moderator: Hon. Gregg Sayre, New York


TJ Costello, Americas Smart Cities & IoT Director, Cisco

Hans Raj Nahata, Director – Technology Architecture, Verizon Communications

Tom Funk, Senior Lead Architect, CenturyLink

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Combating Robocalling

(Joint Session with Committee on Consumer Affairs)

Moderator: Hon. Brandon Presley, Mississippi


Brenda Clark, Director Regulatory, AT&T State Legislative & Regulatory Affairs

Brent Struthers, Senior Policy Advisor, Neustar

Dave Conn, VP Regulatory, T-Mobile

Richard Shockey, Chairman of the Board, SIP Forum




Wednesday, July 19

- p.m.