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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

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