Law Seminars International Presents: The Eighteenth Annual Comprehensive Conference on

Telecommunications Law
Expert analyses of emerging competitive forces, technological innovation and policy responses by carriers and regulators

April 4 & 5, 2013
Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

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

Why You Should Order

2013 is shaping up as another significant year for telecommunications law and regulation. The transition from time-division multiplexing to IP networks is accelerating. Indeed, AT&T has announced its plan to transition to an all IP network over the next three years and has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch a proceeding to re-examine regulation in light of the IP transition and the increasing importance of wireless platforms. This has led to numerous parties calling for the FCC to update its competition policies for an IP environment.

Access to spectrum, data security and privacy, and the challenges of upgrading E-911 capabilities remain hot topics. Meanwhile, the FCC continues its efforts to implement its Orders on the Universal Service Fund and Intercarrier Compensation with potentially major impacts on both wireline and wireless carriers. Court challenges to those efforts, the FCC's 2009 wireless zoning shot-clock decision, and its network neutrality order could have big implications for the agency and its jurisdiction in numerous areas, including its ability to implement major portions of the National Broadband Plan.

2013 marks the 18th annual edition of this popular conference, which has become one of the leading gatherings on telecommunications law and developments in the country. We have assembled a distinguished faculty that includes nationally recognized practitioners, federal and state regulators and representatives from affected industries. These experts will analyze the emerging competitive forces, technological innovation, and policy responses by carriers and regulators seeking to respond to these challenges.

~ Art Butler, Esq. of Ater Wynne LLP and Brooks E. Harlow, Esq. of Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn


Thursday, April 04, 2013

8:00 am

Registration Begins

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

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

Brooks E. Harlow, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP / McLean, VA

8:45 am

Pending Issues at the FCC for the Coming Year

What can we expect the FCC to accomplish? Is there likely to be a major change in the direction of telecommunications policy during the Obama administration's second term?

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

9:15 am

Update on Implementation of Major 2012 FCC Orders (Including the Challenges to Those Orders): Universal Service

Implementation of the Connect America Fund, Lifeline Reform and state developments. Results of the Mobility Phase I auction, updates on rulemaking regarding Mobility Fund Phase II and reforms to the Rural Health Care Fund.

Mark Trinchero, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Portland, OR

David Conn, Esq., Vice President, State Regulatory
T-Mobile USA / Bellevue, WA

Danielle Frappier, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Washington, DC

Ryan Yates, Esq., Attorney Advisor
Federal Communications Commission / Washington, DC

10:30 am


10:45 am

Special Address: The Role of State Regulators in Dealing With The Issues Presented by New and Emerging Technologies

The need for cyber security and service standards for IP services; possible approaches for state commissions in addressing those needs

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

11:30 am

Case Law Trends

Significant appellate cases reviewing the scope of FCC regulatory authority: City of Arlington, Texas vs. FCC, Cellco Partnership vs. FCC, and appeals of the Net Neutrality Rules and ICC/USF Reform Order

Douglas G. Bonner, Esq.
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP / Washington, DC

Russell D. Lukas, Esq.
Lukas Nace Gutierrez & Sachs LLP / McLean, VA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Update on Implementation of 2012 FCC Orders: Intercarrier Compensation

Anticipated changes in the regulatory landscape and growing pressures as the FCC continues to focus intensively on reform.

Monica S. Desai, Esq., Moderator
Patton Boggs LLP / Washington, DC

Scott Bergmann, Assistant Vice President of Regulatory Affairs
CTIA - The Wireless Association / Washington, DC

Michael Romano, Esq., Senior Vice President of Policy
National Telecommunications Cooperative Association / Arlington, VA

Joel E. Lubin, Vice President, Regulatory Planning and Policy
AT&T / Washington, DC

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

The Growing Importance of IP Interconnection: What Are the Best Policy Options?

State vs. federal authority to order IP interconnection; practical tips for how to do it; extent to which traditional obligations still apply

Michael H. Pryor, Esq., Moderator
Dow Lohnes PLLC Attorneys At Law / Washington, DC

John Bergmayer, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney
Public Knowledge / Washington, DC

Hank Hultquist, Esq., Vice President, Federal Regulatory
AT&T / Washington, DC

James Webber, Senior Vice President
QSI Consulting, Inc. / Naperville, IL

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Reception sponsored by Ater Wynne LLP and Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP


Friday, April 05, 2013

8:30 am

Wireless Network Capacity for New Devices and Applications: New Developments in the Tug of War for Spectrum

Telecommunications vs. broadcasting; update on the Mobility Fund auction and mobile spectrum holding rulemaking

Matthew S. DelNero, Esq.
Covington & Burling LLP / Washington, DC

9:15 am

Meeting Broadband Demands in Rural America; What Works and What Doesn't?

Legal, economic, business, regulatory, and practical considerations.

Kathleen Q. Abernathy, Executive Vice President External Affairs
Frontier Communications Corp / Stamford, CT

10:00 am


10:15 am

Next Generation 911

Report card from Hurricane Sandy and looking forward to next generation 911; What the FCC and carriers are saying

Steven A. Augustino, Esq.
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP / Washington, DC

11:00 am

The Ongoing Debate over Privacy and Data Security: How is the Regulatory Landscape Changing for Carriers vs. Application and Content Providers

FTC privacy policy and enforcement activity update; new regulatory concerns about imported equipment

Tracy Shapiro, Esq.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati / San Francisco, CA

Content industry perspective

Kevin Minsky, Esq., Senior Attorney, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs
Microsoft Corporation / Redmond, WA

Practical tips for carriers

Natalie G. Roisman, Esq.
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP / Washington, DC

12:30 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:45 pm

Competition, Regulation, and Antitrust: How Many Legs Does the Stool Really Need?

Legal and economic perspectives on technology standards, patent wars and regulatory versus antitrust oversight: Implications of Corr vs. AT&T, Apple vs. Samsung; Microsoft vs. Motorola and other developments affecting the landscape for telecommunications

Charles L. McBride, Jr., Esq.
Brunini Grantham Grower & Hewes PLLC / Jackson, MS

John B. Kirkwood, Associate Dean for Strategic Planning and Mission
Seattle University School of Law / Seattle, WA

3:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for this program is $995 with a group rate of $745 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $665. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $497.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 11.5 WA CLE; 11.5 BC CE; 11.75 CA MCLE; 11.5 IA CLE; 12.25 OR CLE; 11.5 TX CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Faculty Bios

Art Butler, Program Co-Chair, Shareholder, Ater Wynne LLP, focuses on telecommunication, regulatory, transactional, and business advice to providers and new entrants. He represents local carriers, eligible telecommunications carriers, fixed wireless carriers, mobile wireless providers, and large business users of telecommunications services.

Brooks E. Harlow, Program Co-Chair, principal at Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP, focuses on telecommunications law. He represents and advises wireless and wireline carriers, cable networks, internet application service providers, VoIP service providers, and trade associations on regulatory, policy, transactional, and litigation.

Monica S. Desai, partner, Patton Boggs LLP, develops policy initiatives and regulatory proposals, and manages Congressional interactions concerning spectrum, telecommunications relay service and media. Previously, she was chief at the FCC Media Bureau and of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, and deputy chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.

Michael H. Pryor, member, Dow Lohnes, represents cable, telecommunications and wireless companies in federal and state regulatory proceedings, litigation and transactions. Previously, he was deputy chief, policy division, in the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau.

Tracy Shapiro, of counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, focuses on privacy, data security, advertising and marketing practices. Previously, she was at the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection's Division of Privacy and Identity Protection and the Division of Advertising Practices and in-house counsel for Yahoo!.

Kathleen Q. Abernathy, Executive Vice President External Affairs at Frontier Communications Corp, focuses on policy and regulatory issues to the telecommunications and media fields. Previously she was Commissioner at the FCC.

Steven A. Augustino, partner at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, focuses on telecommunications. He represents common carriers, telecommunications-related providers and industry trade associations in rulemaking and adjudicatory proceedings.

Scott Bergmann, Assistant Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, CTIA-The Wireless Association, was Senior Legal Advisor in the office of FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein and Legal Counsel to the Bureau Chief and then Deputy Chief of Policy for the Commission's Wireline Competition Bureau.

John Bergmayer, Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge, specializes in telecommunications, internet and intellectual property, and works to make sure that all stakeholders have a say in shaping emerging digital policies.

Douglas G. Bonner, partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, focuses on regulatory issues relating to communications services and the internet, representing wireline and wireless carriers, VoIP providers, communications license holders and their financial investors.

David Conn, Vice President, State Regulatory, T-Mobile USA, leads the team responsible for T-Mobile's state regulatory activity and numbering policy. Previously, he was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for McLeodUSA.

Matthew S. DelNero, partner, Covington & Burling LLP, practices in telecommunications, technology, and media law . He represents clients in spectrum transactions and proceedings at the FCC.

Danielle Frappier, partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, counsels communications entities regarding compliance, market entry, licensing, and regulatory fees, with a focus on universal service, Lifeline, E-rate, and High Cost/CAF programs.
Full bio and contact info for Danielle Frappier at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Hank Hultquist, Vice President, Federal Regulatory, AT&T, represents them at the FCC on issues including broadband and internet policy, video and media policy, intercarrier compensation and universal service.

The Hon. Philip Jones, Commissioner, Washington Utilities & Transportation, is President of NARUC, where he has been on the Task Forces of Intercarrier Compensation and ETC Designations, and is Chair of Federal Legislation, and Vice Chair of the Washington Action Committee.

Joel E. Lubin, Vice President, Regulatory Planning and Policy, AT&T, is responsible for developing public policy at federal and state levels associated with access charges, universal service, local exchange competition and LEC regulation.

Russell D. Lukas, partner, Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP, represents wireless telecommunications carriers, local exchange carriers, equipment manufacturers, technology companies, and individuals before the Federal Communications Commission, state regulatory commissions, and the federal courts.

Charles L. McBride Jr., member, Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC, practices in business disputes, including contracts, antitrust, federal securities law, intellectual property, and telecommunications. He was one of the lead attorneys for plaintiffs in Corr Wireless v. AT&T.

Kevin Minsky, Senior Attorney on Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft Corporation, advises the Server and Tools, Skype, Xbox, Office, Windows, and Windows Phone teams on privacy, telecom or accessibility laws.

Natalie G. Roisman, partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, works with broadcast, cable, satellite, motion picture studio, telecommunications, wireless carrier, and equipment manufacturer clients to develop and execute advocacy strategies at the FCC, FTC and NTIA.

Michael Romano, Senior Vice President of Policy for the NTCA, oversees their public policy, government affairs, and communications and external relations. Previously, he was of counsel at Bingham McCutchen, and also was Vice President and General Counsel of Global Telecom & Technology.

Bryan N. Tramont, managing partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, is recognized by Chambers and Legal 500, a former FCC Chief of Staff and FCBA President, an adjunct law professor at Catholic University and Colorado, and a member of the Commerce Department's Spectrum Management Advisory Committee.

Mark Trinchero, partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, conducts adminisrative litigantion, including rulemakings, investigations, complaints, compliance filings and enforcement proceedings. His clients include traditional wireless and wireline carriers, providers of wireless and fiber-based broadband service, and cable telephone companies.
Full bio and contact info for Mark Trinchero at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP