Date/Time: Wednesday, May 31, 6:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Location: Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, 1800 M Street, NW, Suite 800N

The FCBA Wireline Committee will sponsor a CLE on Wednesday, May 31 from 6:00 – 8:15 p.m. entitled “The FCC’s Business Data Services Order: What Does It Mean and What’s Next?”  This program will be held at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, 1800 M Street, NW, Suite 800N.

At its April Open Meeting, the FCC adopted a long-awaited order in the Business Data Services (“BDS”) proceeding finding that the BDS marketplace is generally competitive, such that continued legacy regulation is more likely to impede the introduction of new services and raise prices than to benefit consumers, but maintaining price caps with a productivity factor in areas lacking sufficient competition. The order follows a voluminous data collection and extensive lobbying from parties with starkly different perspectives on the appropriate regulatory structure for the services formerly known as “special access.”  This CLE will begin with a panel of FCC representatives from the Wireline Competition Bureau (“WCB”) that will provide an overview of the order’s conclusions and discuss its implementation, followed by a discussion from a panel of stakeholders who will provide a variety of perspectives and predictions following the FCC’s ruling.

AGENDA

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

6:05 – 7:00 p.m.         Panel 1: FCC Overview of the BDS Order and Its Implementation

Moderator:

Philip Macres, Principal, Klein Law Group PLLC; Co-Chair, Wireline Practice Committee

Speakers:

Kris Anne Monteith, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau

Lisa Hone, Associate Bureau Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau

Pam Arluk, Chief, Pricing Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau

7:00 – 7:10 p.m.         Break

7:10 – 8:15 p.m.         Panel 2: Industry Perspectives and Predictions 

Moderator:

Rebekah Goodheart, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP; Co-Chair, Wireline Practice Committee

Speakers:

Phillip Berenbroick, Senior Policy Counsel, Public Knowledge

Sheba Chacko, Chief Regulatory Counsel, BT in the Americas

Eric Einhorn, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Windstream

Diane Griffin Holland, Vice President, USTelecom: The Broadband Association

Frank Simone, Vice President Federal Regulatory, AT&T

 

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