Policy Workshop

Monday, November 4
12:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Olmsted Ballroom

TCPA and Robocalling
Steve Augustino
Kelley Drye


Kelley Drye attorney Steve Augustino will provide an update on the current TCPA landscape and what it means for competitive carriers. Among other topics, he will discuss the impact of SHAKEN/STIR, call blocking, the Reassigned Number Database, anti-spoofing rules and Congressional efforts to amend the TCPA.

Spectrum and 5G
Michele Farquhar
Hogan Lovells


The FCC and Administration have prioritized 5G and spectrum policy, with many important decisions expected in the coming months. This overview will highlight recent developments, key spectrum proceedings and related issues impacting deployment in the race to 5G.

Fiber and Wireless Infrastructure Deployment
Katherine K. Mudge
Enoch Kever


Fiber and Wireless Infrastructure Deployment - Deployment of fiber for broadband, voice, and wireless is a focal point for all carriers today.  The problem is that carriers continue to face barriers and hurdles in attempts to install fiber in public rights-of-way.  The FCC and some states have taken steps to assist carriers in deployment.  But, has that helped?  What are the continued issues that need to be addressed by the FCC and state regulatory authorities?  And, are there solutions to these continued problems? Consider these questions and more with Enoch Kever Partner Katherine K. Mudge.

Broadband Deployment and E-Rate Program
Tamar Finn
Morgan Lewis


Travis Noble 
Senior Vice President of Sales
Unite Private Networks


Jeffrey Strenkowski
Vice President, Deputy General Counsel of Governmental Affairs
Uniti Fiber and Uniti Group


The FCC’s E-Rate Fund committed over $2 billion in support from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019, approximately one-half of the $3.9 billion authorized annually for E-rate support. Learn how competitive providers navigate the E-Rate program to receive funding to connect schools and libraries to broadband using a variety of business models and deployment strategies.

Universal Service Funding
Sharon Thomas
President and Consultant

Inteserra Consulting Group


Carey Roesel
Vice President and Consultant
Inteserra Consulting Group


The FCC’s Universal Service Fund assessment has climbed from its initial rate of 4% to an all-time high of 25%. Is this subsidy mechanism sustainable and equitable? How high can it go? Has USAC’s behavior as a collections agency changed as a result of this strain, and what can carriers expect to happen? In this policy overview, Inteserra's Sharon Thomas and Carey Roesel  will address these issues and consider whether it is time for the FCC to rethink the FUSF funding mechanism.