Agenda

DAY ONE – Thursday, June 10, 2010

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Meg Hargreaves, Host, Broadband Policy Summit VI
Richard E. Wiley, Managing Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Morning Keynote Address

Introduced by: Richard E. Wiley, Managing Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Regulatory Outlook

Moderator: Richard E. Wiley, Managing Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

For a tech-savvy and data-driven FCC, developing a comprehensive national broadband strategy was an important goal, made even more imperative by a Congressional directive. How well has the Commission succeeded in establishing the country’s broadband course and what’s next? An expert panel assesses the work already done and reviews the technological and political challenges that lie ahead.

Panelists:
James W. Cicconi, Senior Executive Vice President, External and Legislative Affairs, AT&T;
Rey Ramsey, President & CEO, TechNet
R. Gerard Salemme, Executive Vice President for Strategy, Policy, and External Affairs, Clearwire
Roger C. Sherman, Chief Counsel, Communications and Technology Policy, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Morning Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Broadband Adoption

What happens if you build it, and they do not come? Even in many areas where broadband has been available for years, some people elect not to buy the service. Is broadband too expensive? Too complex? Too intrusive? Are these consumers blind to broadband’s benefits or do they just not care? And what, if anything, should be done about all this?

Panelists:
Christopher Baker, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute
Clyde Edwards, Program Officer and Community Liaison, One Economy
Hilda G. Legg, broadband consultant and former Administrator, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS)

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Luncheon with Keynote Address

Introduced by: Richard E. Wiley, Managing Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

Sponsored by:
Alcatel-Lucent

1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Program Break
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Universal Service

The Universal Service Fund has become an expensive, dysfunctional system that is in desperate need of reform. But, at the same time, many want to expand the USF to support broadband services. Can the Fund be refitted to accommodate contemporary broadband deployment or does it need to be scrapped altogether? Our panel discusses the technical, financial and policy issues underlying the quest for USF renewal.

Panelists:
Eric Einhorn, Vice President of Federal Government Affairs, Windstream Communications
Sharon Gillett, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
Daniel Mitchell, Vice President of Legal Affairs, National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA)
Steve Morris, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
Thomas J. Sugrue, Vice President, Government Affairs, T-Mobile USA, Inc.

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Afternoon Break
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Afternoon Debate: Who Are the Internet Gatekeepers and
Should They Be Regulated?

The Internet is the electronic equivalent of the Wild West – but is it in need of a sheriff? Some fear that broadband access providers, anxious to monetize their networks and spectrum holdings, may block or limit access to web offerings of companies who won’t pay them fees to transmit data. Others fear that these providers will suppress or disadvantage other Internet companies with whom they compete. Is the current Internet ecosystem working and, if not, is regulation really the answer?

Panelists:
Scott Cleland, Chairman, Netcompetition.org and Founder & President, Precursor® LLC
Harold Feld, Senior Vice President, Public Knowledge

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wireless Broadband – A “Cool” Mobile Future

Moderator: Stephanie Phillips, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP

Once viewed as too slow and unreliable compared to wireline broadband, wireless broadband is now drawing increased attention. Its potential as a cost-effective, rapidly deployable, and spatially liberating mode of assessing the Internet continues to capture the imagination of consumers and providers alike. But is wireless really a viable alternative stand-alone or just a convenient complement to wireline broadband? Is it the best pathway to achieving universal broadband availability? And what wireless broadband innovations lie ahead?

Panelists:
Julius Knapp, Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, Federal Communications Commission
Charla Rath, Vice President of Public Policy, Verizon Wireless
Steve Sharkey, Senior Director, Regulatory & Spectrum Policy, Motorola
Richard S. Whitt, Washington Telecom and Media Counsel, Google, Inc.

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Networking and Cocktail Reception

DAY TWO – Friday, June 11, 2010

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Morning Keynote Address
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Net Neutrality

Moderator: Nancy J. Victory, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

After years of verbal sparring and heated debates about applicable principles, the FCC has now proposed specific net neutrality regulations. But are these rules really necessary? And, if they are, who stands to gain or lose by their application? How will activity in Congress and the courts possibly affect the Commission’s rulemaking efforts?

Panelists:
Kathleen M. Grillo, Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory Affairs, Verizon
Paul Misener, Vice President for Global Public Policy, Amazon.com
Gigi Sohn, President & Co-Founder, Public Knowledge
Lawrence J. Spiwak, President, The Phoenix Center

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Morning Break
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Morning Debate: Should Broadcast Spectrum Be Converted
to Wireless Broadband Uses?

Wireless broadband providers are clamoring for more spectrum and, with limited options available, have cast longing eyes at the broadcast industry. In parallel, the FCC has revealed plans to offer a Mobile Future Auction that will give broadcasters the chance to forfeit their spectrum in exchange for a portion of auction revenue. However, TV licensees – fresh from their lengthy transition to digital transmission – aren’t in a ready mood to cede their frequencies without a fight. But do they need all of their currently assigned spectrum? On the other hand, how many additional frequencies do wireless companies really require – and should they look elsewhere as well? Where does the public interest lie in this epic debate?

Panelists:
David L. Donovan, President, Association for Maximum Service Television, Inc. (MSTV)
Christopher Guttman-McCabe, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA - The Wireless Association

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Broadband Investment: The View from Wall Street

Moderator: Tim McElgunn, Chief Analyst, Pike & Fischer’s Broadband Advisory Services

As the nation begins to recover from a sobering recession, investors look hopefully, and somewhat impatiently, for the next great investment opportunity. How do economic experts rate the potential risks and rewards posed by broadband? How is the balance between doing good and doing extremely well likely to be struck in the post-bailout world? And, how can entrepreneurs, seeking to make their mark in the Internet environment, earn a fair share of the nation’s reawakening capital markets?

Panelists:
Paul Gallant, Telecom/Media Analyst, Concept Capital
Anna-Maria Kovacs, President, Regulatory Source Associates, LLC
Mike McCormack, Executive Director, U.S. Telecommunications Research, J.P. Morgan
Spencer Wang, Managing Director and Head of U.S. Media and Equity Research, Credit Suisse

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Closing Keynote

Ambassador Philip L. Verveer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, U.S. State Department

Sponsored by:
AT&T

12:30 p.m. - 12:35 p.m.
Closing Remarks & iPod Drawing


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