15th Annual Conference on Telecommunications Law

Law Seminars International
Crowne Plaza Hotel
1113 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
April 15 & 16, 2010

Thursday, April 15, 2010

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am Introduction and Overview
Arthur A. Butler, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Ater Wynne LLP / Seattle, WA

Brooks E. Harlow, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Miller Nash LLP / Seattle, WA

8:45 am The FCC's Newly Issued National Broadband Plan: Is It a Viable Path to Universal Broadband Access (Particularly in Areas Where Markets Have Failed)?
Perspectives on the adopted definition of broadband; expansion mechanisms; affordability goals and funding mechanisms; provisions to promote public safety, health care delivery, energy efficiency, education, and other social policy goals

William R. Gillis, Ph.D., President and Co-Founder
VisionTech360 / Spokane, WA

Tren Griffin, Esq., Strategist in Advanced Strategies and Policies
Microsoft Corporation / Redmond, WA

Mark N. Cooper, Ph.D., Director of Research
Consumer Federation of America / Silver Spring, MD

10:15 am Break

10:30 am Stimulus Funding for Broadband Infrastructure: How Are the Funds Being Spent?
Update on allocation of the 4.7 billion for NTIA's Technology & Opportunities Program and 2.5 billion for Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service loan and grant programs, including the 350 million for NTIA broadband mapping

David N. Baker, Esq., Managing Director
Sapronov & Butler Government Affairs / Atlanta, GA

11:15 am Broadband Mapping and Planning at State Level
Separating fact and fiction on high-speed Internet access on a statewide basis: Update on who has what access in Washinton state, and the state's plan for improvement

Angela Wu, Esq., Broadband Policy and Program Manager
Washington State Department of Information Services / Seattle, WA

Integrating the new federal program with existing state programs: How California is adapting it's 2006 Broadband Task Force report to take advantage of the opportunities in the stimulus bill

Rachelle B. Chong, Esq.
Former CPUC Commissioner / San Francisco, CA

12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm Competition in Telecommunications: Net Neutrality
Moving beyond an abstract policy debate: Perspectives on the FCC's new net neutrality policy, implementation issues, and Comcast v. FCC re the FCC's authority to enforce net neutrality rules

Harold Feld, Esq., Legal Director
Public Knowledge / Washington, DC

Moving beyond an abstract policy debate: Perspectives on the FCC�s new net neutrality policy, implementation issues, and Comcast v. FCC re the FCC�s authority to enforce net neutrality rules

David M. Don, Esq., Senior Director, Public Policy
Comcast Corporation / Washington, DC

2:30 pm Competition in Telecommunications: Intercarrier Compensation
Update on current issues and proceedings including access reform, compensation for Internet-bound and VoIP traffic, and universal service

Brad E. Mutschelknaus, Esq.
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP / Washington, DC

3:15 pm Break

3:30 pmCompetition in Telecommunications: Antitrust Issues
How the DOJ and FCC interact in the context of their respective merger reviews

Yvette F. Tarlov, Esq., Trial Attorney; Telecommunications & Media Enforcement; Antitrust Division
U.S. Department of Justice / Washington, DC

4:15 pm Special Policy Wrap Up: State Policy Implications
How federal developments are affecting policy priorities at the state level

The Hon. Philip B. Jones, Commissioner
Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission / Olympia, WA

5:00 pm Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees
Sponsored by Hogan & Hartson LLP and Sapronov & Butler Government Affairs

Friday, April 16, 2010

8:00 am Continental Breakfast

8:30 am Navigating the New FCC
Staffed up: Who is where and what are their roles? How are policy developments and pending proceedings likely to be affected by the changes in personnel?

Bryan N. Tramont, Esq.
Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP / Washington, DC

9:15 am Special Address: Navigating the Telecommunications Landscape in the Nation's Capital
A former FCC Chairman's view of the current political dynamics at the federal level

Kevin J. Martin, Esq.
Patton Boggs LLP / Washington, DC

10:00 am Break

10:15 am Update on the Wireless Provisions in the FCC's Broadband Report
Suzanne K. Toller, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / San Francisco, CA

10:45 am Spectrum for Wireless Broadband: Moving Ahead after the FCC's Spectrum Inventory Project
Wish lists from old and new users; possible new bands; Wireless Innovation NOI; relocation issues

Michele C. Farquhar, Esq.
Hogan & Hartson LLP / Washington, DC

Business opportunities for more creative use of white spaces

Vern Fotheringham, President and CEO
CTB Group, Inc. / Haymarket, VA

11:45 am Lunch (on your own)

1:00 pmAchieving the Infrastructure Deployment Goals of the National Broadband Plan: Build-Out of Wireless Broadband Services
Business perspectives on the sticking points for deploying more cellular and back-haul facilities

David Conn, Esq., National Director, State Regulatory Affairs
T-Mobile USA, Inc. / Bellevue, WA

Mark R. Hamilton, Esq., Founder, Exec. Chairman of the Board
Telecom Transport Management, Inc. / Seattle, WA

2:00 pm Case Studies on Achieving the Social Policy Goals
Telemedicine: The technological and regulatory pieces that need to come together to realize the benefits of Internet-based medical services

Andrew D. Lipman, Esq.
Bingham McCutchen LLP / Washington, DC

Smart Grid: A venture capitalist's view of the most promising technologies and what it will take to create a broad market for them

Thomas S. Huseby, Managing Partner
SeaPoint Ventures / Seattle, WA

3:00 pm Break

3:15 pm Visions for the Future of the Telecommunications Industry
Perspectives from leading analysts and dealmakers

Scott Forbes, Ph.D., Esq., Managing Director
Sagittarius Ventures / New York, NY

Rebecca Arbogast, Managing Director
Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc. / Washington, DC

Gary Roshak, Strategic Advisor
TSR / Seattle, WA

4:30 pm Evaluations and Adjourn