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CLE Seminar: Guarding Connections: National Security and the FCC’s Equipment Authorization Program

November 14, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

The FCBA Engineering and Technical Committee will sponsor a CLE on Tuesday, November 14 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET entitled Guarding Connections: National Security and the FCC’s Equipment Authorization Program.  This program will be held virtually via the Zoom platform.

The FCBA will apply for 2.0 hours of MCLE credit from the VA Bar.  This program has not yet been approved

FCBA no longer offers CA MCLE credit to attendees.  If you wish to obtain CA credit, you must apply for it on your own.  FCBA will, however, provide a generic certificate of attendance that may be used.  Please click here for more information on the CA Bar Standards for MCLE Activity Approval and Requirements.

Online registration is closed.  Please contact Wendy Parish at if you would like to register.


Join us for an informative discussion on the Federal Communications Commission’s proceeding on Protecting Against National Security Threats to the Communications Supply Chain through the Equipment Authorization Program.  Established to ensure compliance with FCC technical and operating rules to prevent harmful interference from radio frequency devices, the Equipment Authorization Program has been expanded to include review for equipment posing an unacceptable risk to U.S. national security as directed by Congress in the Secure Equipment Act of 2021.  These changes have impacted both the process for equipment certification by Telecommunication Certification Bodies and authorization through the Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity.

This event will begin with a presentation by the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology on the agency’s implementing Report and Order and Order, as well as its Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on additional revisions to the equipment authorization program.  It will be followed by two panels offering insight on the legal and policy aspects surrounding these critical issues.  The first panel will feature experts who will shed light on the U.S. government’s national security concerns with respect to communications infrastructure and Congress’s priorities when it adopted the legislative framework underpinning the FCC’s new regulations.  Next, industry representatives on the second panel will discuss the new rules’ effects and considerations to ensure the continued authorization of innovative new equipment while also protecting the security of nation’s communications networks and equipment supply chains.

3:00 – 3:05 p.m.              Welcome and Introductions
Madi Lottenbach, Co-Chair of the FCBA Engineering and Technology Committee and Associate, Wiley Rein LLP

3:05 – 3:20 p.m.              Presentation on the FCC’s Report and Order, Order, and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Protecting Against National Security Threats to the Communications Supply Chain through the Equipment Authorization Program
Paul Murray, Associate Chief (Legal), Office of Engineering and Technology, Federal Communications Commission

3:20 – 4:10 pm                 A Look at Legislative Intent

Trey Hanbury, Partner, Jenner & Block

John Lin, Senior Counsel for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce
Gerald Leverich, Vice President, Salt Point Strategies (formerly Chief Counsel on telecommunications for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce)
Matthew Pearl, Director of Emerging Technology, White House National Security Council
Stuart Styron, Senior Technology Policy Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives

4:10 – 5:00 pm                 Navigating Compliance and Industry Impact

Sara Baxenberg, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

Nathan Grinager, Co-President of Approve-IT
Justin Perkins, Manager, Cybersecurity & Policy, CTIA
Savannah Schaefer, Attorney, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
Rachel Nemeth, Sr. Director, Regulatory Affairs, Consumer Technology Association

Cost: $135.00 for Private Sector Members; $95.00 for Non-Profit 501c3 Members; $50.00 for Government/Academic/Transitional/Retired Members; No charge for Law Student Members; $205.00 for Non-Members


November 14, 2023
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
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