Law Seminars International Presents: The Fifteenth Annual Conference on

Telecommunications Law
Key developments in regulatory policy, technology, and case law

(For this past program, we offer two options for purchase: a Homestudy (DVD and written materials) or written materials alone.)

April 15 & 16, 2010
Crowne Plaza Hotel - Seattle Downtown in Seattle, WA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys and executives in the telecommunications and cable industries; local governmental representatives; large users of telecommunications services

Why Order

In a world with fast-paced new technology developments and deployments, where providers struggle to keep up, how will it all play out? What do recent court and regulatory decisions mean? What does this all mean to the consumer?

With the introduction of new technologies, the need for new forms of regulation, service challenges in rural areas and the emergence of new providers, this year's conference is more pertinent than ever.

Once again we are bringing together major players to examine telecom's latest challenges, including the new political dynamics in Washington D.C. and the latest developments that impact the wireless industry. Major points of discussion are telecommunications policy changes from the new Obama Administration and FCC, key wireless developments, security and privacy issues, special access and the net neutrality debate.

~ Arthur A. Butler, Esq. and Brooks E. Harlow, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

What Attendees Said


Thursday, April 15, 2010

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Arthur A. Butler, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Ater Wynne LLP / Seattle, WA

Brooks E. Harlow, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Miller Nash LLP / Seattle, WA

8:45 am

The FCC's Newly Issued National Broadband Plan: Is It a Viable Path to Universal Broadband Access (Particularly in Areas Where Markets Have Failed)?

Perspectives on the adopted definition of broadband; expansion mechanisms; affordability goals and funding mechanisms; provisions to promote public safety, health care delivery, energy efficiency, education, and other social policy goals

William R. Gillis, Ph.D., President and Co-Founder
VisionTech360 / Spokane, WA

Tren Griffin, Esq., Strategist in Advanced Strategies and Policies
Microsoft Corporation / Redmond, WA

Mark N. Cooper, Ph.D., Director of Research
Consumer Federation of America / Silver Spring, MD

10:15 am


10:30 am

Stimulus Funding for Broadband Infrastructure: How Are the Funds Being Spent?

Update on allocation of the 4.7 billion for NTIA's Technology & Opportunities Program and 2.5 billion for Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service loan and grant programs, including the 350 million for NTIA broadband mapping

David N. Baker, Esq., Managing Director
Sapronov & Butler Government Affairs / Atlanta, GA

11:15 am

Broadband Mapping and Planning at State Level

Separating fact and fiction on high-speed Internet access on a statewide basis: Update on who has what access in Washinton state, and the state's plan for improvement

Angela Wu, Esq., Broadband Policy and Program Manager
Washington State Department of Information Services / Seattle, WA

Gregory J. Kopta, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Seattle, WA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Competition in Telecommunications: Net Neutrality

Moving beyond an abstract policy debate: Perspectives on the FCC's new net neutrality policy, implementation issues, and Comcast v. FCC re the FCC's authority to enforce net neutrality rules

Harold Feld, Esq., Legal Director
Public Knowledge / Washington, DC

Moving beyond an abstract policy debate: Perspectives on the FCC’s new net neutrality policy, implementation issues, and Comcast v. FCC re the FCC’s authority to enforce net neutrality rules

Scott C. Cleland, CEO
Precursor Group / Washington, DC

2:30 pm

Competition in Telecommunications: Intercarrier Compensation

Update on current issues and proceedings including access reform, compensation for Internet-bound and VoIP traffic, and universal service

Brad E. Mutschelknaus, Esq.
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP / Washington, DC

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Competition in Telecommunications: Antitrust Issues

How the DOJ and FCC interact in the context of their respective merger reviews

Yvette F. Tarlov, Esq., Trial Attorney; Telecommunications & Media Enforcement; Antitrust Division
U.S. Department of Justice / Washington, DC

4:15 pm

Special Policy Wrap Up: State Policy Implications

How federal developments are affecting policy priorities at the state level

The Hon. Philip B. Jones, Commissioner
Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission / Olympia, WA

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Hogan & Hartson LLP and Sapronov & Butler Government Affairs


Friday, April 16, 2010

8:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Navigating the New FCC

Staffed up: Who is where and what are their roles? How are policy developments and pending proceedings likely to be affected by the changes in personnel?

Bryan N. Tramont, Esq.
Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP / Washington, DC

9:15 am

Universal Service Under the National Broadband Plan and Potential Implications of the Comcast Cast for USF Reform

David A. LaFuria, Esq.
Lukas Nace Gutierrez & Sachs Chartered / McLean, VA

10:00 am


10:15 am

Update on the Wireless Provisions in the FCC's Broadband Report

Suzanne K. Toller, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / San Francisco, CA

10:45 am

Spectrum for Wireless Broadband: Moving Ahead after the FCC's Spectrum Inventory Project

Wish lists from old and new users; possible new bands; Wireless Innovation NOI; relocation issues

Michele C. Farquhar, Esq.
Hogan & Hartson LLP / Washington, DC

Business opportunities for more creative use of white spaces

Vern Fotheringham, President and CEO
CTB Group, Inc. / Haymarket, VA

11:45 am

Lunch (on your own)

1:00 pm

Achieving the Infrastructure Deployment Goals of the National Broadband Plan: Build-Out of Wireless Broadband Services

Business perspectives on the sticking points for deploying more cellular and back-haul facilities

David Conn, Esq., National Director, State Regulatory Affairs
T-Mobile USA, Inc. / Bellevue, WA

Mark R. Hamilton, Esq., Founder, Exec. Chairman of the Board
Telecom Transport Management, Inc. / Seattle, WA

2:00 pm

Case Studies on Achieving the Social Policy Goals

Telemedicine: The technological and regulatory pieces that need to come together to realize the benefits of Internet-based medical services

Andrew D. Lipman, Esq.
Bingham McCutchen LLP / Washington, DC

Smart Grid: A venture capitalist's view of the most promising technologies and what it will take to create a broad market for them

Thomas S. Huseby, Managing Partner
SeaPoint Ventures / Seattle, WA

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Visions for the Future of the Telecommunications Industry

Perspectives from leading analysts and dealmakers

Scott Forbes, Ph.D., Esq., Managing Director
Sagittarius Ventures / New York, NY

Rebecca Arbogast, Managing Director
Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc. / Washington, DC

Gary Roshak, Strategic Advisor
TSR / Seattle, WA

4:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



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Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 12.75 WA CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


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Faculty Bios

Arthur A. Butler, Program Co-Chair, shareholder at Ater Wynne LLP, focuses on telecommunications issues, emphasizing regulatory, transactional and business advice, including administrative and judicial litigation, telecommunications contract negotiation and dispute resolution, and strategic planning on policy and business issues.

Brooks E. Harlow, Program Co-Chair, partner at Miller Nash LLP, focuses on telecommunications, electric energy and other utility matters including antitrust, breach of warranty, contracts, finance and secured transactions, franchise issues, intercarrier disputes and general business advice to start-up companies in the telecommunications and electric energy industries.

David N. Baker, Managing Director at Sapronov & Butler Government Affairs, focuses on Internet, communications and technology interests before federal, state and local legislators, regulators and courts.

Rebecca Arbogast, Managing Director at Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc., advises institutional investors on legal issues affecting the communications industries, including spectrum and antitrust.

Scott C. Cleland is Chief Executive Officer at Precursor Group.

David Conn, National Director of State Regulatory Affairs for T-Mobile USA, Inc., focuses on state regulatory activity and numbering policy.

Mark N. Cooper, Ph.D., Director of Research at the Consumer Federation of America, is responsible for analysis and advocacy in telecommunications, media, digital rights, economic and energy policy. He testifies for public interest clients in the U.S. and Canada.

Michele C. Farquhar, partner and director of the Communications Practice Group at Hogan & Hartson LLP, specializes in wireless communications, spectrum management and telecommunications regulation. Previously, she was Chief of the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief of Staff for the NTIA.

Harold Feld is the Legal Director at Public Knowledge. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Media Access Project, advocating for the public interest in media, telecommunications and technology policy.

Scott Forbes, Ph.D. is Managing Director at Sagittarius Ventures, an intellectual property and investment banking advisory firm focused on the telecommunications, consumer electronics, and renewable energy sectors. Previously, Scott was GE's Vice President of Technology Ventures.

Vern Fotheringham, President and CEO at CTB Group, Inc., focusing on wireless and broadband communications.

William R. Gillis, Ph.D., President and Co-Founder of VisionTech360, founded and developed the research center, Center to Bridge the Digital Divide at Washington State University.

Tren Griffin, a Strategist in Advanced Strategies and Policies at Microsoft Corporation, develops new services-based business models, formulates competitive strategies, and works in policy formulation and advocacy.

Mark R. Hamilton, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board at Telecom Transport Management, Inc., is experienced in financing, building and operating technology and communications companies in the U.S. and abroad.

Thomas S. Huseby is Managing Partner at SeaPoint Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in communications companies in the wireless, broadband and network transactional infrastructure sectors. Previously, he founded Metawave Communications.

The Hon. Philip B. Jones, Commissioner, Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission, is a member of the International Relations and Telecommunications Committee of NARUC.

Gregory J. Kopta, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, negotiates telecommunications service and related agreements on behalf of large business customers, and represents telecommunications clients before state public utility commissions, the FCC, and state and federal courts. He is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" in Communications Law.

David A. LaFuria, partner with Lukas Nace Gutierrez & Sachs Chartered, advises public and private companies involved in cellular, PCS, LMDS, the Internet and new technologies. He was special FCC counsel in conjunction with purchase and sale of wireless communications systems and financing of wireless companies.

Andrew D. Lipman, partner and Head of Bingham McCutcheon LLP's Telecommunications, Media and Technology Group, focuses on communications law, including regulatory, transactional, litigation, legislative and land use. He is co-founder and first chairman of the Association of Local Telecommunication Services.

Brad E. Mutschelknaus, is senior partner, executive committee member and founding partner of the Telecommunications Practice Group at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP and represents competitive carrier clients in regulatory proceedings.

Gary Roshak, Strategic Advisor at TSR, focuses on strategic consulting, interim management and advisory board support to entrepreneurial ventures. Previously, he was vice president and general manager at Marchex.

Yvette F. Tarlov, Trial Attorney, Telecommunications & Media Enforcement section at the U.S. Department of Justice, leads investigations in the cable and video programming industries. She is lead investigator on the Comcast/NBC Universal merger review.

Suzanne K. Toller, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, advises communications clients, with an emphasis on wireless companies, before the FCC and state public utility commissions.

Bryan N. Tramont, managing partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, focuses on communications law and regulation. Previously, he was Chief of Staff of the FCC and Senior Legal Advisor to FCC Commissioners.

Angela Wu, Broadband Policy and Program Manager at Washington State Department of Information Services, focuses on the coordination and collaboration of broadband matters with governmental agencies and entities state-wide.