Date/Time: Thursday, November 19, 6:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Location: Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, 1500 K Street, NW, Washington, DC

In the last year, the Federal Communications Commission has taken significant steps through final and proposed rulemakings to streamline and modernize the approval process for information and communications technology (ICT) products. These regulatory changes not only impact companies looking to market and sell ICT in the U.S., but affect global supply chains and international commerce, and are the subject of ongoing trade negotiations and controversies between the U.S. and key trading partners such as China and India. While the recent and proposed rule changes are intended to modernize and update regulatory processes affecting communications and technology companies, what challenges or questions might they raise for international businesses or U.S. negotiators operating on the global stage?

Join this CLE to hear from practicing lawyers, certification and market access experts, and government officials about the existing device approval process the Commission has in place for importation and marketing of equipment that uses the radiofrequency spectrum, a discussion of related final and proposed rulemakings from the Commission, and the increasing linkage to international trade of ICT products and international trade policy.


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

6:05 – 7:05 p.m. Key Changes To (and Practical Impact of) the FCC’s Device Approval Process
This panel will explain recent changes to the equipment authorizations rules and proposals for further changes currently pending before the Commission. The panel also will discuss the practical impact of these changes to device approval process from the perspectives of the testing certification bodies and equipment manufacturers subject to the rules.

Ethan Lucarelli, Attorney, Wiley Rein LLP

William Hurst, Chief, Technical Research Branch, Office of Engineering and Technology, FCC
Steve Koster, Vice President, EMC, American Certification Body Labs
David Case, Technical Leader Regulatory, Cisco

7:05 – 7:15 p.m. Break

7:15 – 8:15 p.m. International Trade Implications of Equipment Authorization
This panel will examine the nexus between the FCC’s recent and proposed changes and ongoing international trade negotiations. The panel will consider implications of the changes for international businesses and other international legal frameworks or agreements relevant to device approval.

Brian Scarpelli, Senior Policy Counsel, ACT | The App Association

Ashley Miller, Director for Industrial Goods Market Access, USTR (Invited)
Ramona Saar, Program Manager, Telecom MRA Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Chuck Powers, Director, Engineering and Technology Policy, Motorola Solutions
Tim Brightbill, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP


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