Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications

Ballroom North
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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: Broadband Lifeline Update: New Carriers and New Offers

This panel will discuss the new, non-traditional Broadband Lifeline offers being proposed as a result of the Broadband Lifeline Order. These offers include the managed educational Lifeline proposal from Kajeet; the medical support offer from SHOIT; and the wireline offer for HUD supported housing from Spot On. The panel will also review the status of the FCC LBP (Lifeline Broadband Provider) approval process.

Moderator: Sherry Lichtenberg, NRRI


Michael Flood, Vice President – Strategy, Kajeet Wireless

Darin Peterson, Vice President, SHOIT

James Ratliff, CEO, AR Designs

Eric Schimpf, Vice President & General Manager-Lifeline, FreedomPop

Saul Ramirez, President, Global Reconnect

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (On Your 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: Kerri DeYoung Phillips, Massachusetts

*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 – 2:45 p.m.

Panel II: Here Comes the IP Transition — What’s In It For You?

With or without direction from the FCC, the ILECs, CLECs, VoIP Service Providers, and others are transitioning from TDM communications networks to hybrid TDM – IP & all-IP network technology and infrastructure. The bells & whistles may be good, but how are network quality, reliability, resiliency, and security being addressed? Who benefits: residential and/or business consumers and/or the companies?

Moderator: Cary Hinton, District of Columbia


Joe Gillan, Principal, Gillan Associates

Diane Holland, Vice President, Law & Policy, US Telecom

David J. Malfara, Sr., President/CEO, ETC Group, LLC

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Networking Break
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Presentation: FirstNet Update

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was created when The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act was signed into law on February 22, 2012. FirstNet’s mission is to build, operate, and maintain the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety first responders. FirstNet is currently in the process of selecting a provider to build & operate the network. States are currently in the planning process to evaluate their state specific needs and eventually determine whether to opt-into or out of FirstNet. The presenters will provide an update on their milestones and plans, including procurement progress, cross-jurisdiction communications and other key topics such as rural connectivity, reliability and security, pilot programs, and maximizing value for public safety.

Moderator: Lynn Notarianni


Andrew Delaney, Government Affairs-First Responder Network Authority, USDOC

State Representative, Invited

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Resolution Introduction – Industry Input

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications

Location: TBD
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Panel III – 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.


Catlin M. Shields, Associate, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP


Benjamin Aron, Director State Regulatory and External Affairs, CTIA

Jason Caliento, Mobilitie, Sr. Vice President

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

ExteNet Representative - TBD

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Networking Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Panel IV: Disability Access Communications — The Digital Migration

(Joint Session with the Staff Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs)

While providers manage the transition of network structures to digital and IP configurations, the equipment and services themselves and how they are being used by people with disabilities have also been undergoing radical changes. Hint: It’s not the TTY anymore, and hasn’t been for years. This panel will provide an overview of how the consumer and specialized equipment markets, equipment distribution, telecom relay programs, and state and federal policies, are evolving. We will delve into the status and future of disability communications access in the digital/IP world and how people with disabilities themselves are managing and driving change.


Jeff Richter, Wisconsin


Laurie Flaherty, Coordinator, National 911 Program, USDOT

Greg Vanderheiden, Professor, iSchool, & Director of TRACE R&D Center, University of Maryland

Christian Vogler, Director of Technology Access Program, Gallaudet University

Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affaris Bureau, FCC


11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Panel V: Telecomm Infrastructure and the USF: New Administration, New Policies, and the Current Fund

A stated focus of the new administration and the current NARUC leadership is infrastructure. The FCC has been relying on the federal universal service fund for some time now to support, among other things, rural broadband infrastructure and the ability of low-income consumers in rural and urban areas to buy broadband service. The new administration is focused on infrastructure. Is this a time to re-think the approach to financing broadband deployment and the consumers’ ability to buy broadband? The panel will examine the issues of infrastructure and service, financing it, the current USF, the adequacy of the fund to do it all, and what new approaches are out there to address the perennial contradictions between public need and private service.


Joe Witmer, Pennsylvania


Hon. John Clendenin, United States Virgin Islands

Rick Cimerman, NCTA

John Jones, Vice President, Policy & Congressional Relations, CenturyLink

Robert Loube, Principal, Rolka-Loube Associates

Labros Pilalis, State Staff, Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service

Catherine Sandoval, Associate Professor, Santa Clara University School of Law, California


2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Networking Break
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Presentation: Critical Infrastructure Threat Information Sharing Framework

The Office of Infrastructure Protection recently released an information sharing framework guide for the Critical Infrastructure Community. The Framework is a resource for critical infrastructure owners and operators, as well as other private sector, Federal, State, Local, Tribal and Territorial government partners that share threat information. The purpose of the Framework is to describe current processes used to facilitate the flow of threat information between and among all entities involved in the critical infrastructure security and resilience mission, and provide an overview of the key threat information-sharing entities which facilitate this process. The intention is to help critical infrastructure owners and operators and other entities better understand where and how to participate in receiving and sharing threat information with information-sharing hubs. Please join us as we learn more about the threat information sharing framework and the many organizations that make up the information sharing community.

Moderator: John McLean, DHS

Presenter: Kathryn Condello, Director National Security – Qwest Corporation Corporate Security, CenturyLink

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Resolutions Final Discussion