Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications

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Friday, February 12

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications (closed)
Ballroom North
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Telecom Staff Tour – National Cybersecurity Communications Integration Center (NCCIC)
During this tour, you will hear from divisions of the NCCIC responsible for executing the Cybersecurity and Communications missions of the center, including NCCIC Operations and Integration (NO&I); the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT); the National Coordinating Center for Telecommunications (NCC); and the United States Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT).

Facilitator: John McClain, Office of Emergency Management, DHS



Saturday, February 13

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications
Ballroom North
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Closed Session – States’ Issues Updates


9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Current Issue: 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 – Bill Johnston, California
  • NANC – Cary Hinton, District of Columbia
  • NRRI – Sherry Lichtenberg


Subgroup Reports
  • Consumer Issues – Kerri DeYoung Phillips, Massachusetts
  • Cyber Security – John McClain, Department of Homeland Security
  • Federal Regulation & Legislation – Joe Witmer, Pennsylvania
  • Numbering – Bonnie Johnson, Minnesota
  • State Regulation – Robin Ancona, Michigan
  • Technology & Service Quality – Vacant


10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Networking Break


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Panel I: CAF II – Current Issues and the Impact to States
The Connect America Fund II (CAF II) is a federal initiative set out in the November 2011 USF/ICC Transformation Order at Docket 10-90. CAF II supports the deployment of a modern network capable of providing voice and broadband in high cost areas of the country within cost benchmarks, particularly rural and tribal areas. A Remote Area Fund (RAF) will support similar goals in areas where the costs exceed the CAF II benchmarks. Last year, the FCC offered incumbent carriers (ILECs) support under CAF II for census blocks where the ILEC was providing supported service. Some ILECs declined that support, a decision that triggers an auction of the federal support for supported census blocks and, possibly, some RAF census blocks. The States served by ILECs who declined CAF II support may see new providers as a result of the auction. The panelists will discuss recent developments in the CAF II implementation, with a particular emphasis on issues for consumers and the rules for the auction, especially who should be eligible to participate, why, and on what basis.

Moderator: Joe Witmer, Pennsylvania
Patrick Cicero, Esq., Pennsylvania Utility Law Project
Stephen E. Coran, Esq., Lerman Senter
Joe Gillan, Gillan Associates
C. Douglas Jarrett, Esq., Keller and Heckman
L. Charles Keller, Esq., Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer LLP
Grant B. Spellmeyer, Executive Director, Federal Affairs & Public Policy, United States Cellular Corporation
Incumbent Carrier, Invited


12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)


1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Panel II: Technology Transitions: A Bridge to Bandwidth or a Cul-De-Sac of Unintended Consequences?
New technologies offer the potential of providing more, for less, but is there a cost we didn’t anticipate? What are the lessons learned from the AT&T trials? Have the trials produced sufficient data to inform the policy debate and demonstrate that the transition to IP preserves the fundamental principles of universal service? This panel will explore these topics and give attendees the opportunity to ask questions and engage the panel on other aspects of the technology trials and other transitions.

Moderator: Teresa Ferguson, Colorado
Robin Ancona, Michigan
Pam Hollick, Associated General Counsel, State Public Policy, Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, Level 3
Chris Lewis, Vice President, Government Affairs, Public Knowledge
Frank Simone, Vice President, Federal Regulatory - Wireline, AT&T
Marianne Townsend, Ohio


3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Networking Break


3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Resolution Introduction, Discussion & Industry Input



Sunday, February 14

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Staff Subcommittee on Telecommunications
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Ballroom North
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Reports by National Representatives
  • RUS – Keith Adams, Assistant Administrator, Telecommunications
  • NTIA Report – Maureen Lewis, Director
  • USDOT NG 911 Planning & Funding - Laurie Flaherty, RN, Coordinator-National 911 Program


10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Networking Break


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Panel III: Carrier of Last Resort (COLR) in Transition
(JOINT SESSION with Consumer Affairs)

COLR represents a longstanding universal service policy throughout the country—that every American household have access to reliable and affordable phone service. At its most basic, the COLR obligation involves the requirement that a carrier offer service throughout its territory. In the midst of the current technology transition and the advent of alternate voice technologies and providers, recent FCC activity, and State regulatory changes, what is the status of COLR nationwide? Where does this leave the American consumer and what actions should State regulators take?

Kerri DeYoung Phillips, Counsel, Competition Division, Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable
Barbara Cherry, The Media School, Indiana University
Lynn Follansbee, Vice President, Law & Policy, USTelecom
Brian Ford, Regulatory Counsel, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association
Art Martinez, Vice President State Government Relations, CenturyLink
Barrett Sheridan, Assistant Consumer Advocate, Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate
Joe Witmer, Commissioner Counsel, Pennsylvania


12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch (On Own)


1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Panel IV: Emerging Issues Forum
What will our telecommunications infrastructure look like in the future? Will voice continue to only be offered as a separate service or will it be folded into broadband service offerings as an app? Will wired service continue to exist? What new options will companies put on the table to enhance consumers' lives? How much bandwidth will the Internet of Things require? And how will we get there from here? Is there a place for State (or federal) regulation in the future? What will it be? This open discussion will address these questions and give providers, consumer groups, and State staff the opportunity to weigh in on these important questions..

Moderator: Sherry Lichtenberg, PhD, National Regulatory Research Institute
Alice Borrelli, Director, Global Healthcare Policy, Intel
Jimmy Carr, CEO, All Points Broadband
Rick Cimerman, Vice President State Government Affairs, NCTA
Monica Martinez, Advisor to Mobile Future
Paul Vasington, Director, State Policy, Verizon
Matt Wood, Policy Director, Free Press


2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
BroadbandUSA Initiative
  • Update - Aimee Meacham (NTIA)


3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Networking Break


3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Staff Final Resolution Discussion & Disposition