Date/Time: Monday, May 16, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET

The FCBA State and Local Committee will sponsor a CLE on Monday, May 16 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET entitled Navigating the Logistics, Cost Recovery and Coordination of Pole Attachments for Wildfire Mitigation and System Hardening.  This program will be held virtually via the Zoom platform.

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Whether as a result of natural disasters or state mandates in the wake of natural disasters, electric utilities across the country are undertaking large-scale programs for pole replacements and undergrounding.  This has a significant impact on attachers, not least of which are logistical concerns regarding pole replacements and cost recovery.  Depending on state policies regarding reverse preemption, state public utility commissions must navigate these tough issues.  This CLE will have one panel of state regulators or former regulators.  Another panel will include industry representatives, including speakers from the wireless and wireline sectors that have actively participated in state pole attachments proceedings.

12:30 – 12:35 p.m.     Welcome and Introductions

12:35 – 1:20 p.m.       Navigating Coordination and Cost Recovery for Pole Replacements: The Regulator Perspective


Debrea Terwilliger, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

Letha Tawney, Commissioner, Oregon Public Utility Commission

Steve Capozzi, Public Utilities Engineer, Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority

Catherine Sandoval, Associate Professor, Santa Clara University School of Law, and former Commissioner for the California Public Utilities Commission

1:20 – 2:30 p.m.         How Telecommunication Providers and Electric Utilities Are Addressing the Pole Attachment Issues Associated with System Hardening and Wildfire Mitigation


Matthew Tuchman, Counsel, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP


Matt DeTura, Counsel, External and State Affairs, CTIA

Marva Johnson, Vice President, State Government Affairs – South Region, Charter Communications

Floyd Self, Partner, Berger Singerman LLP


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


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