Schedule

Tentative Schedule, February 6, 2021


All Policy Summit activities will take place virtually. Keynotes and sessions will debut at the times listed below, and be available on-demand after the event. 


Monday, February 8
Note: All times are Eastern Standard Time

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
Chip Pickering, CEO, INCOMPAS
Kurt Van Wagenen, President & CEO, FirstLight Fiber, and Chair, INCOMPAS Board of Directors

Noon Keynote

Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.)

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Delivering Connectivity: How Amazon Will Bring Broadband to America’s Heartland
In early 2020, Amazon announced Project Kuiper – a new initiative and approach to delivering reliable, affordable broadband service to unserved and underserved communities.  During the past year, as the COVID-19 pandemic shined a bright light on the need for broadband access, progress has been made to allow Amazon to move forward with its $10 billion investment in satellites that deliver broadband services to America’s heartland. Learn more about Amazon's commitment to keeping space safe, as well as their work with both the public and private sector to make the company's vision of delivering broadband to communities across our country and around the world a reality.

Speaker: Darren Achord, Head of Public Policy, Project Kuiper, Amazon

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Section 230 - Cooling to Consensus: Maintaining the Competition Constitution
In recent years, no policy has been more attacked and misunderstood than Section 230 of the Communications Act, which was enacted as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. This year, the landmark law turns 25. This panel will examine the impact Section 230 has had on our economy, and the ability for start-ups and small businesses to continue to compete and innovate.  The panel will also address the process and principles that help us reach a new consensus on Section 230.

Moderator:
Chip Pickering, CEO, INCOMPAS

Speakers:
Braden Cox, Head of U.S. Public Policy & Social Impact, Pinterest
DeVaughn Jones, Henry Geller Fellow, Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council
Julie Samuels, Founder and Executive Director, Tech:NYC
Lindsay Stern, Attorney and Policy Advisor, INCOMPAS 
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. 12 GHz: How Competition and Innovation Can Expand our 5G Future
Winning the race to 5G means finding new ways to expand competition. In a bi-partisan vote the FCC has launched an important Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) that will bring all voices to the table on future use of the 12 GHz band of spectrum. Our expert panel will detail the issues at stake, and the opportunity of bringing all voices to the table on 12 GHz.

Moderator:
Drew FitzGerald, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal 

Speakers:
Michael A. Calabrese, Director, Wireless Future Project, Open Technology Institute at New America
V. Noah Campbell, Co-Founder and CEO, RS Access, LLC
Harold Feld, Senior Vice President, Public Knowledge
Alison A. Minea, Director and Senior Counsel, Regulatory Affairs, DISH  

 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Connecting Our Kids and Solving the Homework Gap
As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1996 Telecom Act and continue to face the challenges of a global pandemic, the role of broadband in education has never been more critical. Join former FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn during the Obama Administration and Larry Irving, former NTIA official in the Clinton Administration, as they discuss solving the digital divide and the homework gap for underserved communities during the pandemic and beyond.

Moderator:
Angie Kronenberg, Chief Advocate & General Counsel, INCOMPAS

Speakers:
Mignon L. Clyburn, Former Commissioner, FCC
Larry Irving, CEO, Irving Group and Board Member, ENA


Tuesday, February 9
10:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
Chip Pickering, CEO, INCOMPAS

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Promoting Broadband Deployment through Federal Block Grants
Federal blocks grants provided to the states have proven to be a fast and effective means to promote and deliver universal broadband.  Many states used funding provided through the CARES Act to rapidly deploy broadband in response to the COVID-19 epidemic, which provided a trial of this approach. As a company that advised stated governments on the funding blocks, designed and built networks for grant recipients, and was itself a grant recipient, Tilson will share what it learned through the process, and provide recommendations about the advantages of using the federal block grant approach to fund broadband networks, and how to communicate about it in your advocacy work.

Speaker: Joshua Broder, CEO, Tilson
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Keynote

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks
 Noon – 12:30 p.m. Keynote

Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio)
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Keynote

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Meeting the Mark Part 1: Robocall Compliance - FCC Panel
2021 will likely culminate years of work by both the FCC and industry on Robocall mitigation policy.  Please join us for two panels to address: 1) Progress towards the implementation of STIR/SHAKEN and call authentication solutions for non-IP portions of voice service providers’ networks and upcoming compliance requirements related to provider certifications, robocall mitigation plans, and extensions; 2)  A look ahead at how the FCC and the Industry Traceback Group (ITG) will address enforcement and traceback requests, now that the ITG has been selected as the single industry consortium; 3)  The thought process behind illegal robocall mitigation issues, such as call blocking, redress, notification and safe harbors; and 4) FCC actions in the call authentication and robocall mitigation dockets, including items recently adopted by the FCC.  

Moderator:
Steve Augustino, Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Speakers:
Jerusha Burnett, Attorney-Advisor, FCC Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
CJ Ferraro, Attorney Advisor, Competition Policy Division, FCC Wireline Competition Bureau


2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Meeting the Mark Part 2: Robocall Compliance - Industry Panel
2021 will likely culminate years of work by both the FCC and industry on Robocall mitigation policy.  Please join us for two panels to address: 1) Progress towards the implementation of STIR/SHAKEN and call authentication solutions for non-IP portions of voice service providers’ networks and upcoming compliance requirements related to provider certifications, robocall mitigation plans, and extensions; 2)  A look ahead at how the FCC and the Industry Traceback Group (ITG) will address enforcement and traceback requests, now that the ITG has been selected as the single industry consortium; 3)  The thought process behind illegal robocall mitigation issues, such as call blocking, redress, notification and safe harbors; and 4) FCC actions in the call authentication and robocall mitigation dockets, including items recently adopted by the FCC.  

Moderator:
Steve Augustino, Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Speakers: 
Sheba Chacko, Chief Regulatory Counsel, Americas, BT Americas Inc.
Gunnar Halley, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft
Greg Rogers, Head of Global Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Bandwidth Inc.

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Keynote

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.)
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Mapping a Faster Future for Rural America: RDOF Next Steps
Extending the power of broadband to rural communities depends on our nation’s ability to effectively use better data and maps, and to set faster speed goals that encourage new network growth. The recent RDOF auction results have generated a great deal of interest, and our panel of experts will detail their observations and what steps are needed to ensure faster deployment and future success.

Moderator:
Christopher L. Shipley, Attorney and Policy Advisor, INCOMPAS

Speakers:
Daniel Friesen, Managing Member and Innovation Officer​, IdeaTek Telcom, LLC
Brian Regan, Vice President – Legal, Policy and Strategy, Starry Inc.
Brian Worthen, CEO, Mammoth Networks



Wednesday, February 10
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Opening Remarks
Chip Pickering, CEO, INCOMPAS
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. The Great Broadband Build Out
City by city, town by town, our nation’s local leaders will be on the front lines of deploying new networks of the future. Massive federal investment is critical, but so are smart local solutions that attract competition and investment.  This panel will present solutions, and warn against monopoly roadblocks, that impact our nation’s ability to deploy fiber and gigabit speed services that will define the future of the internet economy.

Moderator: 
Ronald W. Del Sesto Jr., Partner, Morgan Lewis

Speakers:
Kelly McGriff, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Uniti Group
Milo Medin, Vice President, Wireless Services, Google Inc.
Andrew Mincheff, Government Relations Director, INCOMPAS
Tony Perkins, COO, Fatbeam
Brandon Reed, Vice President of Underlying Rights and Government Relations, Zayo
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Internet for All: The Role of the Public and Private Sector in Delivering Universal Broadband
Broadband is at the center of our nation’s economic recovery. To continue to lead the world in tech and industries of the future, we must deliver faster and more affordable broadband choices to all Americans. Universal broadband means we need more fiber and more 5G. Both the public and private sector have a huge role to play in meeting faster gigabit speed goals that promote greater equity, opportunity and economic growth.

Moderator:
Chip Pickering, CEO, INCOMPAS

Speakers:
Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.), House Majority Whip and Chairman of the House Rural Broadband Task Force
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, and Member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
Jay A. Brown, President and CEO, Crown Castle
Rob Hale, President, Granite Telecommunications, LLC

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  Wrap Up
The INCOMPAS Policy Team
 
   

 


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