This agenda is subject to change.


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

Monday, February 12

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 
Location: Ballroom Central

Joint with Committees on Consumers and the Public Interest, Electricity, Energy Resources and the Environment, Gas, Telecom, and Water: General Session

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 

Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival

Michael Webber, author of Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival, will sit down with NARUC President John Betkoski III, Hon. Mary- Anna Holden, Chair of the Committee on Water and Hon. Judy Jagdmann, Chair of the Committee on Electricity, for an insightful discussion of the water-energy nexus.  Dr. Webber is the deputy director of the Energy Institute, co-director of the Clean Energy Incubator at the Austin Technology Incubator, and associate professor of mechanical engineering and Josey Centennial Fellow in Energy Resources at the University of Texas.

Committee on Telecommunications

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Renaissance East
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

What Regulators Need to Hear

Communications service providers are in the midst of profound changes driven by the inexorable forces of the market, technology and consumer preference. These changes have enormous implications for customers in both rural and urban settings, and create challenges for companies in the wireline, wireless and cable industries. It is important that State regulators hear the fundamental dynamics that are disrupting business as usual. The introduction of new players and rapidly advancing technologies on the global level challenge many of the legacy policy constructs that have been in place for more than 80 years, and the impact of regulation on investment and broadband deployment must be understood if we are to be successful in delivering promises of new technology and competition. You will hear three senior executives representing the largest trade associations engage in a discussion about how the public interest can best be served during these transitions. 

Moderator:  Hon. Paul Kjellander, Idaho


Hon. Gregg Sayre, New York

Hon. Tim Schram, Nebraska 


Jon Banks, Senior Vice President Law & Policy, USTelecom

Scott Bergmann, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA

Rick Chessen, Senior Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, NTCA


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

Joint with Committee on Consumers and the Public Interest

Lifeline Changes Where Do We Go From Here?

With the recent FCC actions, where do we go from here and how are consumers affected?  Will there be a competitive environment or will the schism of haves and have nots continue to grow in the low income information divide?

Moderator:  Hon. Maida Coleman, Missouri


Claude Aiken, Wireline Legal Adviser to Commissioner Clyburn, FCC

M. Teresa Hopkins, Executive Director, Navajo Nation Telecommunication Regulatory Commission

Mark Rubin, Sr. Executive for Government Affairs, Tracfone

Elin Swanson Katz, Presidet, National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates and Consumer Counsel, Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel

Joseph K. Witmer, Assistant Counsel, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission                    

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


Wall Street Analysis

What is the future of Telecommunications in the coming market shifts and technological changes? Who are the winners or losers? Will the markets move advancement of Telecommunications and Broadband for all investors?

Moderator:  Hon. Sarah Freeman, Indiana


Jennifer Fritzsche, Managing Director, Wells Fargo

Tim Horan, Managing Director, Communications and Cloud Equity Research

Frank Louthan, Managing Director, Telecom Equity  Research, Raymond James

3:45 p.m. - 4:00p.m.

Networking Break

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Local Number Portability Administrator (LNPA) Transition: What Commissioners and Consumers Need to Know

Beginning in April, the systems that make up the national number portability database that serves the United States will be transitioned from Neustar to iconectiv. This is a large systems transition for which carriers and vendors are in the midst of preparing. Regiona migrations are scheduled to occur between April 8 and May 20, 2018. What do Commissioners need to know to be prepared for the transition? When will the transition take place for each State? What resources are available if Commissioners or consumers have questions? Finally, what plans are in place to address transition issues, if or when they arise?

Moderator: Hon. Wendy Moser, Colorado


Greg Chiasson, Transition Oversight Mngr., Price Waterhouse Cooper 

Jim Falvey, Partner, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC. 

Teresa Patton, NAPM LLC Co Chair, AT&T

Bill Reidway, Vice President, Product Management, Neustar

Betty Sanders, Senior Director, Charter Communications 

Kathy Timko, LNPA Administrator, iconectiv

Tuesday, February 13

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Joint with Committees on Consumers and the Public Interest, Electricity, Energy Resources and the Environment, Gas, Telecom, and Water: General Session

Location: Ballroom Central
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 

Welcome by NARUC President, Hon. Jack Betkoski.

Remarks by The Hon. Kevin J. McIntyre, Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 


Implications and Complications of Tax Reform 

Moderator: Hon. Sadzi Oliva, Illinois


Hon. Tom Forese, Arizona

Ryan Wobbrock, Vice President - Senior Analyst, Moody's Investors Service

Danny Kermode, Assistant Director for Water and Transportation, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

Marty Kropelnicki, President and Chief Executive Officer, California Water Service Group


Reading Materials:

Regulated Utilities – U.S. Tax Reform is Credit Negative for Sector, but Impact Varies by Company (January 24, 2018)

Rating Action: Moody's Changes Outlooks on 25 U.S. Regulated Utilities Primarily Impacted by Tax Reform (January 19, 2018)

Tax Reform – U.S. Corporate Tax Cut is Credit Positive, while Effects of Other Provisions Vary by Sector (December 21, 2017)

Utilities – U.S. Tax Reform Likely to Increase Credit Risk, Impact Dependent Regulatory Response (March 15, 2017)


Committee on Telecommunications

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Renaissance East
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Business Meeting

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

“What am I bid for it?” The CAF II Auction – A Step Forward or Unmet Expectations

The FCC's 2011 Transformation Order provided multiple avenues for solving the dire need to expand broadband activity. One of those steps, the Connect America Fund II Auction, has yet to be held, which raises the obvious question: "Has broadband buildout been delayed over the past six years in anticipation of the auction?" We will explore this question, hear from the FCC on the current status of the auction plan, learn how current telecom providers and new entrants are viewing the auction, and their thoughts on participation.  

Moderator: Hon. Chris Nelson, South Dakota


Steve Coran, DC Legal Counsel, Wireless Internet Service Providers Association

Chelsea Fallon, Director of the FCC's Rural Broadband Auction Task Force (RBATF)

Bob Hance, President/CEO of Midwest Energy & Communications in Michigan

Carol Mattey, Mattey Consulting LLC

Mike Romano, Senior Vice President of Policy, NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association

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

Networking Break

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

FCC and Congressional Updates from a Journalist's Perspective

Current telecommunications events from a journalistic perspective. What is happening and what will the FCC/Legislation be going into 2018 and beyond?

Moderator: Jonathon Make, Exectutive Editor, Communications Daily 


Brian Fung,  Senior Editor, The Washington Post 

David Kaut, Senior Editor, Communications Daily

David Shepardson, Correspondent, Reuters

Lynn Stanton, Senior Editor for Wolters Kluwer's Telecommunications Reports and TR Daily                     

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

Spectrum – Why Do We Care?

Spectrum policy is not within the jurisdiction of State Commissions.  However, with 5G Technology rapidly becoming the focus there is a rush for spectrum and the number of players are expanding.  So while states don't control the allocation of spectrum space, the implications of how it is distributed can have huge impacts on the deployment of technologies that can positively impact consumers.  This panel will explore some of the impacts that we at the state level should be aware of as spectrum decisions occur.

Moderator:  Hon. Sarah Hofman, Vermont


Jill Canfield, Vice President of Legal & Industry, Assistant General Counsel, NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association

David Don, VP, Regulatory Policy Public Affairs, Comcast

Brian O'Hara, Senior Director Regulatory Issues, NRECA

Christopher Wieczorek, Director, Spectrum Policy, T-Mobile                     

Wednesday, February 14 

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 

Joint with Committees on Consumers and the Public Interest, Electricity, Energy Resources and the Environment, Gas, Telecom, and Water: General Session

Location: Ballroom Central

Remarks by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska


Remarks by The Hon. Mignon Clyburn, Federal Communications Commission


The Great Debate: All of the Above? 

Sometimes adversarial, occasionally cooperative, and always dynamic, the relationship between the electric industry’s leading trade association and the nation’s foremost environmental advocates has again been tested in recent years. In their fourth appearance before NARUC’s general session, representatives of the Edison Electric Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council return to a topic at the center of their first debate, in 2002: the appropriate role for utility regulators in guiding the selection of the resources we use to generate electricity.

Making a debut appearance for EEI is Phil Moeller, executive vice president for the association and a former FERC commission. For NRDC, an old hand makes a return to NARUC’s main stage: Ralph Cavanagh, the co-director of the organization’s energy program.

Taking the affirmative and negative sides, respectively, they will debate the following proposition:

Resolved: As a guiding principle for oversight of utilities’ planning and investment, NARUC’s membership should embrace an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy.

Moderator: Hon. Travis Kavulla, Montana

Panelists: Ralph Cavanagh, NRDC 

                  Phil Moeller, EEI

  Concluding Remarks by NARUC President, The Hon. Jack Betkoski