Law Seminars International Presents: Call from Anywhere for a One-Hour Expert Analysis by Phone on

The Telecom Transition to IP
Understanding the FCC's IP Transition, Interconnection and Carrier Contracts

October 16, 2014
Call in from Anywhere!
11-12 pm Pacific / 2-3 pm Eastern

Who Should Call In

Attorneys and executives in teleommunications and IT industries; incumbent telephone and rural carriers; mobile providers, CLECs and Social Media representatives; Cloud, VOIP and broadband providers and resellers; Communications and technology counsel.

Why You Should Call In

Early this year, the FCC approved a series of telephone carrier experimental initiatives to help bring about the so-called "IP transition:" the migration of today's legacy copper telephone networks to an "all IP" technology for delivery of broadband, video and data. The transition will create disruption in both the crafting and negotiation of carrier interconnection agreements, but also potentially in related state commission arbitration and federal court litigation. Always contentious, carrier interconnection negotiations over IP connections will be even more so.

This one-hour TeleBriefing will address this important, evolving topic from the diverse perspectives of incumbent telephone carriers, competitors, and "over the top" IP providers. Attendees will learn about the recent case law and business trends at play in this complex area and hear useful insights on important policy questions, the application of Section 251, and negotiation strategies for commercial agreements. We hope you can join us.

What You Will Learn

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

11:00 am

The Telecom Transition to IP

Introduction & Overview

Walt Sapronov, Esq., Partner
Sapronov & Associates, P.C. / Atlanta, GA

Update on the IP Transition

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

How Does IP-to-IP Interconnection Work?

Ashok Kumar, Director - Custom Research
Current Analysis / Norcross, GA

Does "Section 251" apply to IP-IP Interconnection?

Bennett Lawrence Ross, Esq., Partner
Wiley Rein LLP / Washington, DC

12:00 pm

Q & A (for up to 30 minutes)


If You Cannot Dial In

An entire audio recording and the written materials are available for $150. You may choose to receive the files via email, on a CD or on a flash drive. Programs are available 48 hours after the TeleBriefing or from the date we receive payment. CD and flashdrive orders are sent via First Class mail within two business days after the TeleBriefing or from the date we receive payment. Order Homestudy


Individual rate: $150

Group rate: $100 per person attending on the same line

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact our office for more information.

Continuing Education Credits

This TeleBriefing qualifies for 1.0 Washington CLE credits. For CLE credits in other states:

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CLE credits currently are not available in: DC, MA, MD, MI, OH, or SD.

If you need other types of credits, please call us at (206) 567-4490.

Call In Info

The dial-in number and a link to the materials will be emailed to you the day before the TeleBriefing. All orders are processed within one business day of receipt.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time or receive a recording of the program (see If You Cannot Attend).

Our Distinguished Panel

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. Representing a facilities-based competitive carrier, Mr. Bonner arbitrated several of the first interconnection agreements approved under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, including the first one reviewed by a federal court of appeals.

Ashok Kumar, Director of Custom Research, Current Analysis, is responsible for custom research deliverables that provide value in strategic assessments and recommendations. He brings industry knowledge with perspectives at end user, analyst, and network vendor organizations with vertical market experiences.

Bennett L. Ross, partner, Wiley Rein LLP, chairs the firm's Telephony practice and counsels wireline and wireless carriers, equipment manufacturers, Internet companies, investment firms, and industry trade associations on a variety of regulatory matters in the communications sector,

Walt Sapronov, partner, Sapronov & Associates, P.C., has over 30 years' experience in telecommunications transactions, regulation and privacy matters. He has represented numerous wireless, VOIP, CLEC and cable competitors in interconnection negotiations and other commercial transactions. More recently, his practice involves counseling clients on next generation, wireless broadband and other IP technology of the type to be discussed in this program.