Date/Time: April 1-3, 2022
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We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back in person at the Annual Seminar at the Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia, the weekend of April 1.  Panels will discuss critical issues facing the telecom and tech world in 2022, including cybersecurity, digital equity, broadband deployment, digital trade and national security issues, and the impact of streaming on content and delivery.  As always, we will welcome a wide range of stakeholders from both the government and private sector, including FCC Chairwoman RosenworcelFCC Commissioner Simington, and key staffers from the relevant committees on the Hill.

Click here for the Annual Seminar agenda

Special Thanks to our Annual Seminar Sponsors!

*as of 3/21/22

GOLD

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Amazon

Arnold & Porter

AT&T

Carlton Fields, P.A.

Charter Communications

Comcast Corporation

Communications Daily/Warren Communications News

Covington & Burling LLP

Cox Enterprises

Fox Corporation

Google

Latham & Watkins LLP

Meta

Microsoft Corporation

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Samsung

T-Mobile

USTelecom – The Broadband Association

Verizon

Wiley

Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

SILVER

Consumer Technology Association

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

BRONZE

Cavell, Mertz & Associates, Inc.

Lerman Senter PLLC

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Ossia Inc. – Real Wireless Power

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Summit Ridge Group, LLC

ACTIVITY SPONSORS

Friday Afternoon Networking Reception and Break

Technology & Communications Law, PLLC

Friday Evening Reception

Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

Friday Night Karaoke

Hogan Lovells

Saturday Morning Break

EchoStar/Hughes

Saturday Afternoon Cidery Tour Shuttle

Crown Castle

Saturday Evening Reception

Somos, Inc.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

To promote safety and well-being, the FCBA will require attendees and staff to be fully vaccinated* under the appropriate CDC guidelines for COVID-19 prior to attending and participating in the Annual Seminar.  Registrants for the Annual Seminar will be asked to provide proof of vaccination status before the event.  Specific details on providing vaccination status will be supplied at a later date.

The FCBA will follow legal requirements and/or best practices for wearing facial coverings over the nose and mouth that are in place at the time of the Annual Seminar.  Specific details about facial covering requirements will be provided at a date closer to the Annual Seminar.

All attendees and staff of the FCBA agree to the following policies and guidelines regarding COVID-19 at point of registration for the FCBA Annual Seminar:

By registering for the FCBA Annual Seminar, I agree that I will carefully review and, during the event and all event-related activities, comply with all applicable COVID-19-related federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidance, including but not limited to, the specific local COVID-19 regulations and any other protocols that may be implemented by FCBA or the venue.

I acknowledge that the FCBA cannot guarantee that attendees will not be exposed to or contract COVID-19 while attending the FCBA Annual Seminar, and that by attending they may be exposing or increasing their risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

I understand that FCBA will continue to closely monitor conditions related to COVID-19 between now and the start of the Annual Seminar.  The FCBA reserves the right in its sole discretion to modify its COVID-19-related procedures and health screening protocols at any time.  Registrants will be informed of any such changes on an ongoing basis.  As a condition of attendance and participation, I agree to follow the COVID-19 protocols as required by FCBA and/or the venue.

*The FCBA will utilize the Centers for Disease and Prevention Control’s definition of “fully vaccinated” in effect on the dates of the FCBA Annual Seminar.  Details are available here.

We are looking forward to hosting the traditional social events this year, including a reception on Friday evening followed by a family BBQ dinner.  Following dinner, attendees will have an opportunity to compete for unique prizes at the always popular Bingo Party.  Later in the evening, the FCBA’s Club Karaoke will provide the opportunity for one and all to showcase their singing talents for their colleagues, families, and friends.  Saturday will open with a breakfast buffet and the afternoon will feature FCBA golf and tennis tournaments, in addition to the Omni Homestead Cascades Gorge Hike.  Saturday evening will feature a reception followed by a dinner buffet and evening activity.  Sunday morning the seminar will close with a breakfast buffet.  Of course, we’ll be paying close attention to COVID transmission risks and will adjust the agenda as necessary as we work to try to keep everyone safe.

Saturday Afternoon Activities

Golf

Participate in the golf outing and enjoy an afternoon on the Omni Homestead Resort’s Old Course, completed in 1892 and distinguished as home of the nation’s oldest first tee in continuous use.

Cascades Gorge Hike

Don’t miss one of the most popular activities at the Homestead resort.  On this three-hour tour, you will be led and entertained by a naturalist walking beside a series of beautiful waterfalls, through a deep, Allegheny Mountain gorge trail, that is one of the most picturesque trails in the region.  Learn about regional and unusual flora and fauna in this semi-tropical environment, as well as the medicinal and edible properties of the many local plants.  It is a 1.8 mile journey, designed for adults and children alike.  The registration fee is $25 per person or $10 if age 5 to 11 or free if age 4 or less.  Thanks to Lynne Milne for sponsoring part of the activity!

Troddenvale Cidery Tour and Tasting

Plan to participate in the Troddenvale’s orchard & production tour, as well as a cider tasting.  This activity organized by the Young Lawyers Committee will take place Saturday at 1:30 p.m.  Thanks to Crown Castle for sponsoring the shuttle transportation!  Price: $25 for tasting; $40 for tasting + local cheese pairing.  Not interested in a tasting?  Drop by the Cidery any time after 3:00 p.m.!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE TRODDENVALE CIDERY TOUR AND TASTING.

Getting There

The Homestead is about 4 hours from DC by car.  For those that don’t have cars or prefer not to drive, Hot Springs is also accessible by convenient train service. Typically, carpool options are also available.

About the Resort

The Omni Homestead Resort is nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, and provides plenty of opportunities for socially-distant fun. Located across more than 2,000 acres of scenic Virginia landscape, the resort provides timeless comforts and access to an exciting array of activities for families, couples, individuals, and colleagues. The resort also has been designated a National Historic Landmark and makes up most of the charming city of Hot Springs, Virginia.

To learn more about The Omni Homestead and its many amenities and activities, go to: https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/homestead-virginia.

Activities at the Omni Homestead

The Spa at the Homestead is an expansive, state-of-the-art facility for guests to experience wellness activities, decadent treatments, and unique features, including the Aqua Thermal Suite and a year-round, adults-only Spa Garden.  For spa appointments, please call (877) 479-8517.  Appointments are sure to book up quickly, so call as soon as possible to guarantee your reservation.

Outdoor Activities at the Homestead can be as leisurely or as fast paced as you desire.  There is something for everyone, including miniature golf, ziplining, horseback riding and carriage rides, a shooting club, fly fishing, miles of scenic hiking trails, falconry, Segway tours, kayaking and canoeing, paintball, archery, mountain biking, and more.  Activities are sure to book up quickly, so call as soon as possible to guarantee your reservation.

The resort also features a family game area with mini bowling, a pool table, shuffleboard, air hockey, and arcade games; a nightly movie shown in the theatre; and Southern Social Hour where guests can enjoy a special treat created by the pastry chef along with a selection of hot and iced teas from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. each afternoon.