Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications

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Saturday, February 10

Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications

8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Meeting Room 3 / Renaissance East (3:30-5:00)
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Closed Session - State Staff 

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Closed Session - State Staff
 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Resolution Introduction - Industry Input

Sunday, February 11

Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Renaissance East
8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Authenticated Caller ID, Call Blocking & Data Analytics: How to Shut Down Illegal Caller ID Spoofing & Fraud

It's tax season again and you know what that means.  Thousands of consumers will soon receive "scam" calls from the "IRS" claiming delinquent taxes are owed.  The only ones who like illegal caller ID spoofing are the "fraudsters".  The rest of us want to shut it down, but how are we going to do that?  From data analytics, to call blocking, what methods are we using and how do we assure legitimate calls are unaffected?  Finally, how long will it take to get to the point where we can all trust our caller ID displays again and what can regulators do to help?

Moderator:  Brent  Stuthers, Senior Strategist, Neustar


Beth Choroser, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Comcast

Chris Oatway, Associate General Counsel, Verizon

Glenn Richards, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Deidre Menard, Director of Product for TNS Call Guardian, TNS

9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Networking Break
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Spectrum, White Spaces, & Technology:  What's New & Can it Work for Rural Broadband?

 In recognition of the emergence of new wireless technologies, the FCC is proposing, or is in the process of implementing, several repacking or repurposing of spectrum, including a more creative use of TV White Spaces to address the growing demand for mobile voice and broadband.  This repacking and repurposing will be particularly important for 5G and to facilitate rural broadband service.  The panelists will discuss what spectrum issues are important, what TV White Spaces are, what role new technologies can play, and the TV White Space proposal of Microsoft in particular.  The panelists will discuss the technologies, their views on TV White Spaces, and why it may or may not be a viable solution to the rural broadband challenge. 

Moderator:  Joe Witmer, Pennsylvania


Harold Feld, Senior VP, Public Knowledge

Patrick McFadden, Associate General Counsel, National Association of Broadcasters

Keith Walker, CEO/CTO,  Aer Wireless

Malena Barzilai, VP Government Affairs, Windstream Communications, Inc. (Invited)

Vickie Robinson, Director, Microsoft Airband Initiative, Microsoft             

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Next Generation 911: Federal Grants - What You Need to Know

In 2009 the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration oversaw more than $40 million in grants through the ENHANCE-911 (E911) Grant Program. The Next Generation 911 Advancement Act of 2012 is providing $110 million in funds for the program and broadened the eligible uses of those funds. These new uses include adoption and operation of NG911 services and applications; the implementation of IP-enabled emergency services and applications enabled by NG911 services; the establishment of IP backbone networks; and training of public safety personnel in 911 services.  NHTSA's National 911 Program Coordinator will provide critical updates and information that State's need to know regarding this opportunity.

Presenter:  Laurie Flaherty, RN, MS, Coordinator, National 911 Program, USDOT

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

From the Eye of the Storm - 2017 Hurricane Season & Impacts to Telecommunications:  How the Nation Reacts When Disaster Strikes

When disasters happen a host of federal agencies, other government organizations and the private sector all come together and have a role to play in helping our nation and communities address the challenges and return to normalcy. Hear from DHS, FCC, industry and our own Commissioner, Honorable Johann Clendenin, as they recount the impacts to infrastructure from the two CAT 5 hurricanes, focusing on communications and how government, industry, the private sector and other organizations all work together to deal with these crisis’s.  From impacts, to response and recovery, panelists will relate their stories, sharing personal perspectives of the challenges, successes, work arounds, important lessons learned and recommendations for states to shorten recovery and increase infrastructure resiliency in the future.

Moderator:  Lynn Notarianni, Colorado


Honorable Johann Clendenin, U.S. Virgin Islands

John O'Connor, Director, NCC, NCCIC, Dep't of Homeland Security

John McClain, Communications Liaison, NCC, NCCIC, Dep't of Homeland Security

Robert Desiato, Director, AT&T Technology Operations

Chris Anderson, Division Chief - Operations & Emergency Management, FCC

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Networking Break
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Final Resolutions & Disposition