Spring Policy Summit 2016

Cohosted with:  TechKnowledge

TIA’s annual Spring Policy Summit gathered together industry and government professionals to explore the critical policy issues relating to the future of communications technologies.

Attendees had the opportunity to participate in comprehensive discussions on the future of broadband regulations, policies for spectrum allocation including the upcoming broadcast TV incentive auction, the global digital economy, cybersecurity, next-gen communications for public safety and the Internet of Things.


6:00 PM

Reception and Dinner

  • Welcome Address, Award Presentation, and Keynote
  • Keynote Address
    • FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, TIA Spirit of Innovation Award Recipient
8:30 AM

Breakfast and Keynote

  • Welcome Address
  • Keynote Address
    • John Horrigan, Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center
9:30 AM


9:35 AM
10:25 AM

View from the Hill

What approach will Congress take on net neutrality of the Communications Act rewrite? What progress is being made on opening more federal spectrum for commercial use? What is the future for FCC process reform?
  • John Branscome, Communications Counsel, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • David Goldman, Chief Democratic Counsel, Communications and Technology Subcommittee, House Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Kelsey Guyselman, Counsel, House Committee on Energy and Commerce
10:25 AM


10:30 AM
11:20 AM

View from the FCC

How does the FCC see the transition to an all IP network progressing? What direction will the Commission's public safety and cybersecurity agenda take it? How is the Commission assisting consumer access to new telecommunications technologies? What more can be done to advance broadband deployment and adoption? What are the Commission's enforcement priorities?
  • William Davenport, Chief, Investigations and Hearings Division, Enforcement Bureau
  • Carol Mattey, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC
  • Julius P. Knapp, Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, FCC
  • Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Bureau Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC
11:20 AM


11:25 AM
12:15 PM

Break Out Sessions:

International Policy: Robust cross-border data flows have been central to the growth of a global Internet. But a system that has long operated on trust is now being called into question. Consumer advocates in Europe have raised concerns about privacy, while the Chinese government has sought to circumscribe the Internet under the banner of national security. How can we maximize the potential for continued global information sharing, to better capture the network effects of the Internet and avoid walled gardens?
  • Ted Dean, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services in the International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce
  • Stephen Ezell, Vice President of Global Innovation Policy, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)
  • Katherine Fithen, Chief Privacy Officer and Director of Governance & Compliance, Coca Cola Company
  • Aymeric Dupont, Counsellor for Justice and Home Affairs, Delegation of the European Union to the USA
Internet of Things: As connectivity becomes more ubiquitous and cuts across multiple industry sectors, the Internet of Things (IoT) presents immense opportunity for business growth and societal benefit. What is the role of IoT in the future of American cities? What is the role of government, both regional and federal in IoT? How will security, privacy, and standards be addressed?
  • Chris Greer, Director of the Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office, NIST
  • Karen Jagielski, Senior Attorney, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, FTC
  • Ken Leonard, Director, Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office, Office of Research and Technology, DOT
  • Jamie Susskind, Legislative Counsel, Office of Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE)
  • Kara Van Stralen, Policy Advisor, Office of Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)

12:15 PM

Lunch and Keynote

  • FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny
1:15 AM
2:05 PM

Break Out Sessions:

Cybersecurity: Cybersecurity considerations continue to arise in a number of sectors and there are multiple efforts being undertaken by industry and government to address these matters. What happens now that the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 has been passed? What is the future of the cybersecurity framework? How should the U.S. engage with international entities on this issue?
  • Brett DeWitt, Staff Director, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies
  • Clete Johnson, Senior Advisor to Secretary for Cybersecurity and Technology, Department of Commerce
  • Nneka Chiazor, Vice President, Public Policy & Government Affairs, Verizon;
    Communications Sector Coordinating Council Chair
Special Access Re-Regulation: The FCC appears poised to extend antiquated special access regulations using the pretext that additional asymmetric regulation of new broadband investment would enhance competition. Join us for a timely discussion about the state of competition in the broadband market for business services and the FCC’s pending special access proceedings.
  • Berge Ayvazian, Senior Industry Analyst & Consultant, Wireless 20/20
  • Patrick Brogan, Vice President - Industry Analysis, USTelecom
  • Fred Campbell, Director, Tech Knowledge and former FCC Wireless Bureau Chief
  • Bruce Mehlman, Co-Chairman of the Internet Innovation Alliance and former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy
  • Hal Singer, Senior Fellow, Progressive Policy Institute and adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
2:05 PM


2:10 PM
3:00 PM

Spectrum Opportunities and Challenges

Will the incentive auction of TV broadcast airwaves help alleviate the spectrum crunch? What are the prospects for transitioning or sharing more federal spectrum with non-federal users? What effects will the outcomes from the recent World Radio Conference have? What is the path forward for millimeter-wave spectrum and 5G networks?
  • Shawn Bone, Communications Counsel, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • Derek Khlopin, Senior Advisor for Spectrum at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Frederick Moorefield, Director, Spectrum Policy and Programs, Office of the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer
  • Howard J. Symons, Vice Chair, Incentive Auction Task Force, FCC
3:00 PM

Closing Remarks

3:15 PM


5:30 PM

Reception - Hotel Monaco