Date/Time: Thursday, December 1 – Friday, December 2, 2016

Please join the Practising Law Institute and the FCBA at its co-sponsored program, “34th Institute on Telecommunications Policy and Regulation.”  This year’s Institute will be held on December 1-2, at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

The Institute will provide attendees with an in-depth understanding of recent developments and current issues facing the telecommunications industry at the FCC, Congress, and within the Executive and Judicial branches.  A faculty of expert practitioners, in-house counsel from telecommunications organizations, and senior officials from the FCC and the Administration, will examine wireline, broadband, wireless, media, privacy and cybersecurity issues, and a Congressional staff panel will discuss legislative updates.

Kathleen Q. Abernathy, Scott D. Delacourt, and Michele C. Farquhar of the FCBA’s Conference Planning Committee will serve as Institute Co-Chairs.  In addition, the program will include featured speakers from the FCC, and numerous FCBA members will moderate or participate on the various program segments.  Please visit for up-to-the-date schedule and faculty information.

Join us this year to find out why the Institute is one of the best telecommunications conferences in the country.

Program Highlights Include: 

  • Featured Speakers: FCC Commissioners and senior government officials
  • Recent Developments and a Look Ahead:
    • Examine the latest developments in wireline and wireless industries
    • Learn about cutting-edge issues on the legislative front from current Capitol Hill staffers
    • Explore current developments in data privacy and cybersecurity issues
    • Hear how new technology and devices are impacting the telecommunications landscape

Technology Overview: Learn about the technology involved in policymaking in telecommunications

  • Luncheon and Featured Speaker: Hear from a key player in the telecommunications industry and network with faculty and colleagues 

Program topics on Thursday, December 1 will include:

Morning Session:  9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

9:00 a.m.         Welcome

9:15 a.m.         Featured Speaker

9:45 a.m.         Developments in Privacy and Cybersecurity

  • FTC’s recent enforcement and education initiatives
  • Big data, the Internet of Things, drones, and data breaches
  • Data collection and use by public and private sector actors
  • Compliance in online advertising, location-based services, information security, and cross-border data transfers
  • Prospects of future federal and state privacy and data breach legislation

11:00 a.m.        Networking Break

11:15 a.m.       A Discussion with the Spectrum Chiefs about New Technologies and Devices

  • Spectrum basics, the spectrum crunch, unlicensed devices, television white spaces, wireless technology and more

12:00 p.m.       Luncheon and Featured Speaker 

Afternoon Session: 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

1:30 p.m.         Hot Topics and Issues in Spectrum and Wireless Telecom Policy

  • Broadcast incentive auction
  • Next generation (5G) wireless technologies in spectrum above 24 GHz
  • News on global spectrum issues, including 5G and UAVs
  • Latest efforts to streamline regulatory impediments to small cell and 5G deployment
  • Wireless operation under the FCC’s open Internet rules

2:30 p.m.         Overview: Developments in Broadband and Wireline Communications

  • A review of the Wireline Competition Bureau’s ongoing work, including net neutrality, IP transition, universal service reform, and broadband data services

3:00 p.m.         Networking Break

3:30 p.m.         Hot Topics in Broadband Policy

  • Issues arising from the FCC’s Open Internet decision and reclassification
  • Implementation of reforms to each of the Universal Service Funds
  • The impact of competition on regulation in the broadband space, transitioning to an all-IP network,  and a variety of transactions in the wireline space 

4:30 p.m.         Featured Speaker 

5:00 p.m.   Adjourn 

Program topics on Friday, December 1 will include:

Morning Session:  9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

9:00 a.m.   Featured Speaker 

9:30 a.m.   Hot Topics from a Capitol Hill Perspective and the Election

  • Legislative highlights of 2016
  • A 2017 legislative preview post-election

10:30 a.m. Networking Break

10:45 a.m. Overview: Developments in Media and Video Regulation

  • A review of the Media Bureau’s ongoing work, including set-top boxes, foreign investment in independent and diverse programming, broadcast stations, retransmission consent, television network nonduplication/syndicated exclusivity, and AM revitalization

11:15 a.m. Hot Topics in Media

  • The changing landscape and innovation within the media, cable and broader video provider and content markets
  • What’s next for over-the-top and traditional media, and linear and on-demand business models
  • Policy and regulatory challenges presented by a rapidly changing media environment
  • Enforcement authority at the FCC and FTC

12:15 p.m. Adjourn


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