Public Safety Communications Systems: Frameworks and Operational Practicalities

Federal Communications Bar Association 

03/07/2018 - 18:00 to 20:15

Natural disasters and large-scale man-made events require emergency responders to communicate among themselves inside the disaster zone, implement effective command and control methods, and communicate with the public.  Our operational leaders and legal experts will explore the legal framework and practical considerations facing local, state and federal agencies and what is needed to prepare for and respond to emergencies.  Panelists will also discuss whether legal guidelines and operational plans offer enough assets, clarity and guidance for responders to work effectively.


6:00 – 6:05 p.m.         Welcome and Introductions

6:05 – 7:15 p.m.         Emergency Preparedness (Before an incident)

This panel will discuss the legal framework for preparing for emergency response, and where there may be complementary and conflicting laws for federal and state jurisdictions.


Mark Maier, Partner, Shulman Rogers


Russ Strickland, Director, Maryland Emergency Management Agency

Rosalind K. Allen, Attorney-Advisor, National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Gregory Cooke, Deputy Chief, Policy & Licensing Division, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission

Jennifer Oberhausen, Director, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA

7:15 – 7:25 p.m.         Break

7:25 – 8:15 p.m.         Emergency Response (During and after incident)

This panel will discuss the practical considerations between parties responsible for providing response work and coordinating with the public.


Eric Hagerson, Principal Regulatory Affairs Manager, T-Mobile


Major General (HI) Arthur J. Logan, Adjutant General, State of Hawaii

Ted Okada, Chief Technology Officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Battalion Chief Michael (Chris) Schaff, Fairfax County, Virginia Fire & Rescue Department

Chris Gates, Vice President for Corporate Development and Strategy, NextNav, LLC

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