Date/Time: Wednesday, October 13, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET
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Presented by the Legislative and Engineering & Technical Committees

AGENDA

4:00 – 4:05 p.m.         Welcome and Introductions

4:05 – 5:00 p.m.         Broadband Infrastructure

The U.S. Senate passed the nearly $1 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) August 10, 2021.  If passed by the House of Representatives, the legislation would invest hundreds of billions of dollars in transportation, water, energy, and an unprecedented $65 billion for broadband infrastructure.  Will the broadband spending help the U.S. finally overcome the barriers to equitable distribution of broadband services?  What entities are eligible to receive funding?  Who will distribute it and how?  Does the legislation adequately address the inequities in affordability and access that disproportionately affect communities of color, lower-income areas, and rural areas?   Our panel will review how different congressional offices influenced the legislation, what compromises were made to come this far, and explain how will the bill promises to shape the future of broadband deployment in the United States.

Moderator:
Grace Koh, Vice President, Legislative Affairs, Nokia

Speakers:
Alexandrine “Alex” De Bianchi, Senior Legislative Assistant, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV)
Brian Fahey, Senior Legislative Assistant at U.S. House of Representatives
Chris Leuchten, Counsel and Policy Advisor, U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.         Broadband Mapping

Without up-to-date broadband maps, newly allocated infrastructure funds may go to areas that do not need them. The FCC’s $20 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, for example, sought to award subsidies to “unserved” locations, but the initial site locations turned out to include the MIT campus in Cambridge; Chicago’s Inner Loop business district; and the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.  Why exactly has drawing reliable broadband maps proven so difficult for so many different government agencies?  Is the challenge one of data collection or calculation or presentation?  How does mapping resolution affect the likelihood of error?  Our panel will explore how Congress, which has already allocated $65 million to the FCC to create broadband maps, can get broadband mapping done “right.”

Moderator:
James Park, Security and Technology Counsel, Appian
Trey Hanbury, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Speakers:
Jennifer Alvarez, Chief Executive Officer, Aurora Insight
Kirk Burgee, Deputy Director, Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force, Federal Communications Commission
Bryan Darr, Executive Vice President, Smart Communities, Ookla
Patrick Halley, Senior Vice President, Policy & Advocacy and General Counsel, USTelecom

If you have any issues, please contact Elizabeth Hagerty at elizabeth@fcba.org.

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

Cancelations due no later than 24 hours prior to the program start time.

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

 

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