Committee on Telecommunications

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Committee on Telecommunications

Ballroom North
10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Congressional Staff Panel


Hon. Elliott Elam, South Carolina



1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Broadband and Privacy Issues—Who Best Protects the Consumer?

The Federal Communications Commission proposed and adopted a final rule for the privacy issues and protection of critical consumer information, based on its finding that BIAS (broadband Internet access services) are classified as common carriers under Title II. The rule addresses how carriers should be required to protect a broad range of sensitive consumer information, building on the CPNI regime. However, the Federal Trade Commission also addresses the issues of consumer privacy issues based on the premise that most communication services are competitive, and therefore are addressed best under the FTC regulatory framework that States Attorneys General also follow. The final rule has been opposed by the carriers and industry associations, by members of Congress, and others. Questions to be addressed include: How would the FTC and FCC best coordinate on oversight and enforcement issues? Which agency traditionally is best positioned to oversee this? Should the competitive market handle these issues, since consumers can easily switch carriers if unhappy with their privacy practices?


Hon. Phil Jones, Washington


Neil Chilson, Attorney Advisor, Acting Chair Ohlhausen, FTC

Jules Polonetsky, CEO, Future of Freedom Forum

Rick Chessen, Senior VP of Legal & Regulatory, NCTA

Jonathan Banks, Senior VP, Law & Policy, US Telecom

Dallas Harris, Policy Fellow, Public Knowledge

2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
Update on the Transition to a New Local Number Portability Administrator

In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission approved the North American Portabillity Management LLC’s (NAPM) Transition Oversight Plan (TOP) to ensure that the migration from Neustar, Inc., the current Local Number Portability Administrator (LNPA), to the incoming LNPA, iconectiv, is a success for all stakeholders. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) was selected in 2016 by the NAPM as the independent third-party Transition Oversight Manager (TOM) to assist the NAPM in overseeing the transition from the current LNPA to the new LNPA. In this session, PwC and iconnectiv will provide an overview on the TOP and their progress to ensure a seamless transition in such critical areas as risk management, implementation timelines, performance benchmarks and incentives, dispute resolution, regional testing, stakeholder outreach, education and onboarding, and performance reliability and security.


Hon. Betty Ann Kane, District of Columbia


Bill Reilly, Director, Advisory – PwC Services, LLC

Kathy Timko, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Number Portability Services, iconectiv

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Telecommunications Resiliency and Critical Infrastructure 

This panel will explore regulatory, technical, and policy issues and initiatives to ensure that advanced telecommunications services are resilient and serve the needs of the nation including critical infrastructure. As telecommunications networks evolve they introduce new features but may also introduce new vulnerabilities. Are software-driven networks more vulnerable to cybersecurity issues or to software-driven outages that affect several states and how to we increase their resiliency? We will explore the characteristics of resilient networks including cybersecurity, route and network diversity, software-designed diversity, and other technical features. We will discuss the levels of resiliency necessary for energy and water resources that increasingly depend on data for maintenance and operations. Federal and many state laws require electric generators to be visible to the network operators and able to receive control signals. Are current outage reporting standards consistent with the level of response and reliability needed for controllable energy resources and energy markets? Should regulatory policies encourage resilience through outage reporting including reporting of the impact of data transport failures (OC3 minute outages) on downstream users including voice and data users?


Hon. Gregg Sayre, New York


Catherine J. K. Sandoval, Commissioner Emeritus, California; Associate Professor, Santa Clara School of Law

Karen A. Geduldig, Director, Office of Telecommunications, NY PSC

CTIA - to be named

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Committee on Telecommunications

Ballroom North
10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
10:45 a.m. - Noon
Wireless Expansion: Distributed Antenna Systems & Small Cell Deployment

Over the past decade, the wireless industry has experienced an astounding 1,000-fold data traffic increase. As telecom providers densify their networks to meet consumer demand, is the answer small cell and distributed antenna systems (DAS) deployment? This panel will explore emerging wireless technologies, potential benefits and the public policy issues telecom providers and communities face.


Hon. Johann Clendenin, Virgin Islands


Hon. Jack Betkoski, Connecticut

Mike Hill, National Director, External Relations — Infrastructure, ExteNet

Angelina Panetteri, Principal Associate, Technology & Communications, Federal Advocacy, NLC

Ken Schifman, Director of Government Affairs, Sprint

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Business Meeting
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Discussion with State Broadband Offices

Panelists representing state broadband offices will educate on the mission and function of their offices leading into a discussion on possible areas of synergy with public utility commission offices.


Hon. Crystal Rhodes, Nebraska


Danna MacKenzie, Executive Director, Minnesota Office of Broadband Development

 Jeffrey R. Sural, Acting General Counsel, Director, Broadband Infrastructure Office, North  Carolina Department of Information Technology

Tony Simental, West Virginia State GIS Coordinator, WV Office of GIS Coordination

NTIA Representative TBA