Date/Time: Thursday, January 14, 6:00 – 8:15 p.m.

Online registration is now closed. Registration will be available onsite. 

The rapid development of Unmanned Aircraft or Aerial Systems (“UAS”) has created a host of new policy issues in the communications arena, including privacy, safety, and data security concerns. However, the Obama Administration clearly recognizes the economic opportunity that safe operation of UAS represents. So much so that NTIA has convened a stakeholders’ forum to discuss best practices relative to UAS, and at the recently concluded World Radiocommunication Conference, one of the U.S. priorities was to secure more spectrum for UAS for a variety of applications, including the delivery of broadband. This CLE will address the legal and policy issues confronted by the communications sector due to the increased use of UAS. Learn from industry panelists, regulators, practitioners, and consumer group representatives about the various fora in which these issues are being explored and debated.


6:00 – 6:05 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
Patricia Paoletta, Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis, LLP; International Telecommunications and Wireless Telecommunications Committees

6:05 – 6:15 p.m. Stage Setting
Anne Swanson, Partner, Cooley LLP and President, AUVI D.C. Chapter

6:15 – 7:10 p.m. Privacy and Security Issues Raised by UAS
NTIA has convened a stakesholders’ forum to discuss privacy, transparency and accountability with respect to UAS issues. Other agencies are reviewing the security implications of UAS use – both additional challenges UAS raise, and new applications. Speakers will describe the privacy and security issues presented by these developments, and their policy implications.

Jameson Dempsey, Associate, Kelley Drye LLP, Privacy & Data Security Committee

Jamie Barnett, Partner, Venable LLP, Admiral (Ret.) and former Bureau Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, FCC
John Verdi, Director of Privacy Initiatives, NTIA
David Hoffman, Associate General Counsel and Global Privacy Officer, Intel Corporation
Drew Mitnick, Policy Counsel, Access Now

7:10 – 7:20 p.m. Break

7:20 – 8:15 p.m. The Opportunity – Spectrum is King
The economic opportunity cited by the Obama Administration – approximately $80 Billion for U.S. innovators in UAS and their customers – is dependent on spectrum for their safe operation. The FAA has conducted several proceedings on UAS use, recently requiring the registration of both commercial and recreational UAS. The FCC has also had to ramp up, given the mobile nature of low-altitude UAS. In the second part of the CLE, speakers will discuss spectrum’s role in the safe integration of UAS into civilian airspace and debrief on efforts at the recently concluded World Radiocommunication Conference to secure more spectrum for UAS for a variety of applications.

Angela Giancarlo, Partner, Mayer Brown, LLP and Co-Chair, Wireless Telecommunications Committee

Mark Bury, Deputy Chief Counsel for Regulation and Enforcement, FAA
Doug Johnson, Vice President, Technology Policy, Consumer Technology Association
Ron Repasi, Deputy Chief Engineer, Office of Engineering and Technology, FCC
Patricia Paoletta, Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis, LLP