Date/Time: Thursday, October 22, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Presented by the FCBA Internet of Things Committee

The Internet of Things (IoT), at a high level, describes the interconnection via communications networks and computing devices embedded in everyday devices (e.g., smart refrigerators or smart speakers) to send and receive large datasets.  IoT enables innovative techniques that make our lives better, such as connected health, distance learning, and precision agriculture.  However, the continued success of the IoT revolution will depend on consumers and enterprises’ having near ubiquitous access to 5G wireless networks and the IoT devices themselves.  Although the United States has made great strides in promoting both, there are still significant legal and regulatory hurdles this innovative ecosystem must overcome to unleash IoT’s full potential.  This discussion will evaluate where the legal and regulatory questions are and how practitioners can advise clients interested in participating in IoT at the infrastructure and device level.


3:00 – 3:05 p.m.         Welcome and Introductions
Joel Thayer, Associate, Phillips Lytle LLP

3:05 – 3:20 p.m.         Regulating the Things: Ensuring safety, innovation, and competition of IoT at the U.S. CPSC Commissioner
Peter Feldman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

3:20 – 4:10 p.m.         Legal and Regulatory Challenges to Communications Infrastructure Deployment

Joel Thayer, Associate, Phillips Lytle LLP

Evan Swarztrauber, Policy Advisor, Office of Chairman Pai, Federal Communications Commission
Diane Rinaldo, Executive Director, Open RAN Coalition
Jeff Stewart, Assistant Vice President, Global Public Policy, AT&T
Katie Merce, Senior Government Relations Counsel, Crown Castle

4:10 – 5:00 p.m.         Legal and Regulatory Challenges for IoT Device Deployment
This panel will consider regulatory issues encountered both at the FCC and beyond which may pose challenges to IoT device manufacturers and those working on the development and deployment of the Internet of Things.

Laura Stefani, Counsel, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Jamie Susskind, V.P. of Policy and Regulation, Consumer Technology Association
Jayne Stancavage, Global Executive Director, Digital Infrastructure Policy, Intel
Matthew Hussey, Director, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Ericsson
Margaret McCarthy, Senior Director of Government Affairs, Information Technology Industry Council


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