Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications

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Saturday, July 15

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Ballroom A
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Closed Session - State Staff

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Networking Break

10:45 a.m - 12:00 p.m.

Panel I:  911 Multi-state I/P Outages - Where To From Here?

The implementation of I/P Broadband networks has created opportunities for new telecom services, public safety 911 capabilities and 911 network diversity.  But at the same time, the additional complexities and expanded number of network failure points have proved challenging in assuring the reliability of the networks and the ability for consumers to reach 911. There have been numerous widespread 911 outages, causing federal and state entities to re-examine how best to address the challenges. This panel will explore some of the recent outages and discuss how all stakeholders can best come together to assure a reliable 911 public safety network.

Moderator: Daryl Branson, Colorado


Budge Currier, 911 Branch Manager Public Safety Communications, California Office of Emergency Services

Mary Boyd, VP:Govt & External Affairs, West Safety Services., Inc

Walt Magnussen, Chief Information Technology Consultant for Vendor & Agency Relations, Texas A&M University

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch (On Own)

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Current Issues:  Reports from NARUC

*Litigation Report – Brad Ramsay

*Legislative Report – Brian O’Hara

Joint Board & NRRI Reports

*Separations – George Young, Vermont

*Universal Service – Labros Pilalis, Pennsylvania

*706 Joint Conference - TBD

*NANC –Carolee Hall, Idaho

*NRRI – Sherry Lichtenberg, NRRI

 Subgroup Reports

*Consumer Issues – TBD

*Cyber Security –John McClain, US Department of Homeland Security

*Federal Regulation & Legislation – Joe Witmer, Pennsylvania

*Numbering – Bonnie Johnson, Minnesota

*State Regulation – Robin Ancona, Michigan

*Technology & Service Quality – Teresa Ferguson, Colorado  

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Panel I:  FCC vs. FTC - Privacy NOW!

The FCC under former Chairman Wheeler imposed detailed privacy mandates on telecom carriers and providers.  However, on March 28, 2017 Congress took a final step and passed a resolution of disapproval of the FCC’s privacy regulations, which was later signed by the President.  Current FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has stated that, “the FCC will work with the FTC to ensure that consumers’ online privacy is protected through a consistent and comprehensive framework.”  The panel will examine the legal structure guiding FCC-FTC regulation, recent case law on that topic, and the FCC’s possible use of the FTC practices as a way of ensuring internet privacy.

Moderator: Brad Ramsay, General Counsel, NARUC


Barbara Cherry, Professor, Indiana University

Lynn Follansbee, Vice President Law & Policy, US Telecom

Eric Null, Policy Counsel, New America Open Technology Institute

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

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Networking Break

3:00 p.m - 3:30 p.m.

(Location:  Marina 4)

Presentation:  NRRI Colloquium - Broadband Adoption:  A State Perspective  


Sherry Lichtenberg, Principal Researcher - Telecommunications, NRRI

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Networking Break
3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Resolution Introduction - Industry Input



Sunday, July 16

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Harbor Island 1
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Panel III:  Back to the Future... or the Past: The Effect of a Broadband Reclassification

Broadband's legal classification as a telecommunications service in February, 2015 was recently called into question when the FCC majority voted on May 18, 2017 to eliminate the current net neutrality rules and open a rulemaking proposing to redefine broadband as a Title I information service.  However, what that means and how it may be implemented under the FCC transformation is uncertain.  The panel will examine potential issues created by a reclassification.  These issues and areas include, among others, Chairman Pai’s recent decision to recall the Broadband Lifeline appeal in the federal courts back to the FCC and the future of FCC USF support for voice service and broadband in light of  the FCC’s proposal to phase out support for voice only service. 

Moderator: Geoff Why, Counsel, Verrill, Dana, Massachusetts 


Barbara Cherry, Professor, University of Indiana

Rick Cimerman, ‎VP External & State Affairs, NCTA

Lynn Follansbee, VP Law & Policy, US Telecom 

Brad Ramsay, General Counsel, NARUC

Catherine Sandoval, Professor, Santa Clara Law School


10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 a.m.  – 11:45 a.m.

Panel IV:  Copper Retirement and the Transition to Broadband

(Joint panel with the Staff Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs)

The FCC's Copper Retirement NPRM seeks comment on a path to replace copper infrastructure with fiber or wireless to encourage the transition to broadband. This panel will examine the replacement of the copper telecommunications network with fiber and wireless broadband solutions.  It will focus on how industry plans to phase out copper and the impact of that change on consumers, small business, and wholesale customers.  The panel will also address the question of whether companies are purposefully failing to maintain the copper infrastructure, causing consumers to lose service or be forced to other solutions.  Finally, the panel will review the problems and challenges of extending fiber to rural areas. The panel will include the views of consumer advocacy groups and competitive and incumbent telecom providers.

Moderator: Sherry Lichtenberg, Ph.D., Principal for Telecommunications, NRRI


Allison Ellis, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Frontier Communications

Sarah DeYoung, Executive Director, California Association of Competitive Telecommunications Companies (CALTEL)

Coralette M. Hannon, Sr. Legislative Representative, Financial Security & Consumer Affairs, AARP

Christine Mailloux, Staff Attorney, The Utility Reform Network (TURN)

Paul Vasington, Director, State Public Policy, Verizon

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (On Own)
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Panel V: FirstNet - We Have a Winner!  What Does it Mean for States and Consumers?

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), created  by congressional decree to build a nation wide broadband network for use by police, firefighters and emergency medical services among others, has selected AT&T to provide the network valued at $6.5 billion over the next five years.  It is expected that over the life of the 25 year contract, AT&T will invest $40 billion in the network.  The schedule for planning, deployment, test and turn-up begins with AT&T creating a detailed plan to provide to each State and US Territory.   Each governor will then have 90 days to choose to opt in to or otherwise develop and deploy its own comparable plan and network.  The panel will highlight the key milestones from both the FirstNet and State perspectives.  They will also  address questions regarding the plans and other aspects, impacts and opportunities of the broadband network beyond that provided to first responders.

Moderator:  Lynn Notarianni, Colorado


Brian Shepherd, Chief Operating Officer - Colorado Broadband Office, State of Colorado-Governor's Office of Information Technology

Adam Geisler, Regional Tribal Government Liaison, First Responder Network Authority

Patrick Mallon, Assistant Director, Public Safety Communications, California Office of Emergency Services

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Networking Break
2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Panel V:  Mobility Fund II - What's Mobilizing? 


In 2011, the FCC issued the seminal Connect America Fund Order (CAF Order).  The CAF Order substantially reformed intercarrier compensation and federal universal service fund (USF) support.  A major focus was on transitioning from voice to broadband USF support for telecom providers who serve in high-cost rural and tribal parts of the nation.  Separate paths and phases for wireline (CAF I & II & ACAM) & wireless (Mobility Fund I and II) funding were created by the FCC to accomplish the transformation.The FCC just released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) setting out ways to support the Mobility Fund II (MF II) going forward.   Several Petitions for Reconsideration have been filed in the MF II NPRM.  There is support for, and opposition to, the MF II NPRM and the Petitions for Reconsideration.  An expert panel representing the providers and consumers  will address what issues, if any, they believe exist with the MF II NPRM and how best to resolve them.


Moderator:  Joe Witmer, Pennsylvania



Catherine Sandoval, Professor, Santa Clara Law School 

Ben Aaron, Director, State Regulatory & External Affairs, CTIA

David LaFuria, Partner, Lukas, LaFuria, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP

Mary Sisak, Partner, Blooston, Mordkofsky, Dickens, Duffy & Prendergast, LLP

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