Law Seminars International Presents

An Important Two-Day Conference on

Local Broadband Regulation & Deployment

Challenges, Opportunities and Effective Solutions

February 22 & 23, 2007
Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, government officials, industry representatives and land use professionals

Why Attend

Many local communities have taken up the broadband challenge to make affordable high-capacity connections available as rapidly as possible throughout their communities. This growth has stimulated a backlash from incumbent cable television and telephone companies, seeking to prevent or limit the scope of municipal involvement in the communications field. This seminar is for local officials and others interested in municipal communications services. Our faculty of experts will examine past and current experiences of local governments, and the economic, technical and legal questions which must be addressed. In addition, this seminar will examine the shifting policy perspectives as more and larger public entities enter the activity. Finally, we will examine the policy arguments for and against, and review the latest developments in state and federal legislatures. Which technology, service-mix and ownership structure is best for your community? This comprehensive conference offers an opportunity to explore that question with a group of national experts and community leaders who have been on the cutting edge of municipal broadband project development. We hope you will join us for a most informative examination of this vital topic for local governments. ~ Program Co-Chairs: Nicholas P. Miller, Esq. and Gary I. Resnick, Esq.

What You Will Learn

* The intertwining of telecommunications and Internet policies * The future of local regulatory authority - legislative efforts to reduce * Evolving federal communications policies - recent decisions and policy initiatives * Telco competition in video * Political conflicts and competitive issues between incumbents and new entrants * Recent cases on cell tower siting * Developing strategies for adapting to the business and technological trends in the cellular industry * Self-provisioning - the latest thinking on implementing municipal broadband projects * Lining up financing * Perspectives on Wi-Fi deployment * Broadband strategies for new development and redevelopment projects including public and private partnerships


Thursday, February 22, 2007

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Nicholas P. Miller, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Miller & Van Eaton, PLLC / Washington, DC
  Gary I. Resnick, Esq., Program Co-Chair
GrayRobinson, P.A. / Fort Lauderdale, FL
8:45 am The Intertwining of Telecommunications and Internet Policies
  Global competitive issues; role of telecommunications structure; spectrum management issues; promotion of broadband deployment
  Matthew L. Leibowitz, Esq.
Leibowitz & Associates P.A. / Miami, FL
9:30 am Leveraging Community Connectivity
  Evaluating the benefits and challenges of interconnecting multiple localities
  Andrew L. Afflerbach, Ph.D., CEO and Director of Engineering
Columbia Telecommunications Corporation / Columbia, MD
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Evolving Federal Communications Policies - Recent FCC Decisions and Policy Initiatives Affecting Local Government; What to Expect from the FCC in the Coming Year
  Wireline telecommunications and cable services
  Cherie R. Kiser, Esq.
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo P.C. / Washington, DC
  Wireless communications services and spectrum management
  Michele C. Farquhar, Esq.
Hogan & Hartson LLP / Washington, DC
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm The Future of Local Regulatory Authority - Legislative Efforts to Reduce Local Authority: What Has and Hasn’t Passed? What are the Political Dynamics? What is Likely to Happen in the Future?
  Federal level--Review of actions in the 109th Congress: BITS I, BITS II, ATOR and the others; likely topics of discussion in the first session of the 110th Congress
  Nicholas P. Miller, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Miller & Van Eaton, PLLC / Washington, DC
  State level--With a shift in Congress, more attention is being focused on the states: Which states have passed legislation or are considering legislation; policy issues that are leading the debate in state legislatures
  Gary I. Resnick, Esq., Program Co-Chair
GrayRobinson, P.A. / Fort Lauderdale, FL
  Case Study Pennsylvania--The legislative battle between telcos and municipalities; implications for franchising efforts; strategies to address statewide franchising; the role of incumbent cable companies; the role of third party advocates
  Daniel S. Cohen, Esq.
Cohen Law Group / Pittsburgh, PA
3:30 pm Break
3:45 pm Telco Competition in Video
  When and how it will work
  Alan F. Ciamporcero, President, Southeast Region
Verizon Communications Inc. / Tampa, FL
4:30 pm Avoiding Getting Caught in a Cross-Fire: Political Conflicts and Competitive Issues between Incumbents and New Entrants
  A discussion of the major disputes: Who is likely to prevail; what are the implications for municipalities, regardless of whether they have or are considering broadband systems
  Burt A. Braverman, Esq.
Cole, Raywid & Braverman LLP / Washington, DC
5:15 pm Reception for Attendees and Faculty Sponsored by GrayRobinson, P.A. and Miller & Van Eaton, PLLC

Friday, February 23, 2007

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Nicholas P. Miller, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Miller & Van Eaton, PLLC / Washington, DC
  Gary I. Resnick, Esq., Program Co-Chair
GrayRobinson, P.A. / Fort Lauderdale, FL
8:45 am Regulatory Issues in Cell Tower Siting
  Regulatory authority: Changes in how it can be exercised; issues arising when a local government is the regulatory authority; landlord or competitor; zoning trends
  Laura B. Belflower
Laura B. Belflower, P.A. / Tampa, FL
9:30 am Developing Strategies for Adapting to the Business and Technological Trends in the Cellular Industry
  Technological trends towards lower height distributed antennas; dealing with buyout companies as opposed to carriers
  Christine A. Malone, President and CEO
Comp Comm, Inc. / Collingswood, NJ
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Self-Provisioning - The Latest Thinking on Implementing Municipal Broadband Projects
  Tips for developing an effective planning process: Conducting the feasibility study (needs, existing infrastructure capabilities and system design); working with consultants; obtaining stakeholder buy-in
  Douglas A. Dawson, President
CCG Consulting, Inc. / Riverdale, MD
11:15 am Lining Up Financing
  Traditional and non-traditional methods of financing municipal broadband projects
  Frank N. Fleischer, Esq.
GrayRobinson, P.A. / Tampa, FL
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Perspectives on Wi-Fi Deployment
  Who is actually deploying; airport vs. big cities; advertising; municipal authority over land use; 253 issues; RFP process advantages and disadvantages; FTC update on municipal provision of wireless Internet
  David C. Olson, Director of Cable Communications
City of Portland, Oregon / Portland, OR
2:00 pm Broadband Strategies for New Development and Redevelopment Projects Including Public/Private Partnerships
  Use of zoning rules to require fiber to the home; retention of rights to provide communications services; legal basis for requiring developers to put in advanced services
  Brian T. Grogan, Esq.
Moss & Barnett, a Professional Association / Minneapolis, MN
2:45 pm Evaluations & Adjourn


Regular tuition for this program is $995 with a group rate of $895 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $795. 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.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2007. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 13.5 Florida CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the Tampa Convention Center at 333 S. Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602. Sleeping rooms are available at Embasy Suites Hotel-Tampa Downtown at 513. S. Florida Ave. (adjacent to Convention Center.) Call the hotel directly at (800) 362-2779 for reservations at the special negotiated rate of $299 and mention Law Seminars International. Rooms are on a first come, first served basis.
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If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a VHS or DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $1005. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
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Faculty Bios

Nicholas P. Miller, Program Co-Chair, founding partner of Miller & Van Eaton, PLLC, focuses on the law and policy governing cable television and telephone regulation. He represents national local government associations in cable television and telecommunications matters and has worked with international multi-lateral agencies engaged in telecommunications policy advice to developing countries.

Gary I. Resnick, Program Co-Chair, is a shareholder with GrayRobinson, P.A. and chairs the Communications Practice. He primarily represents local governments and private entities in communications, cable law, utilities, use of the rights-of-way, broadband, and governmental law. Previously, he was the Director of Law and Public Policy for Continental Cablevision and then MediaOne.

Andrew L. Afflerbach is the CEO and Director of Engineering at Columbia Telecommunications Corporation. He specializes in the implementation of networks, ranging from the data, video, and voice infrastructure of multi-campus colleges to the establishment of a state and county-wide network for government and educational facilities.

Laura B. Belflower focuses her practice on wireless telecommunications land use issues. She has worked with more than forty Florida jurisdictions on behalf of wireless telecommunications carriers in the drafting of telecommunications ordinances and was the primary industry author of a bill to revise wireless telecommunications legislation in Florida.

Burt A. Braverman, a partner at Cole, Raywid & Braverman LLP, is the firm's senior litigator. He represents clients including cable television, telephony, programing/content, and the Internet. A member of the International Lawyers Group, he consults on these matters with clients, attorneys and governmental entities in a number of countries.

Alan F. Ciamporcero is President of the Southeast Region for Verizon Communications Inc. Previously, he oversaw GTE's relations with the FCC before the merger which formed Verizon. He was Vice President of State Regulatory Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Daniel S. Cohen specializes in representing public and private sector entities in cable and telecommunications matters at Cohen Law Group. Previously, he served as Chair of the Cable Television Committee on the Pittsburgh City Council, and on the Mayor’s Telecommunications Committee.

Douglas A. Dawson, President and founder of CCG Consulting, Inc, designs, implements and operates broadband networks, providing assistance in broadband deployment issues. He also acts as a witness in telecommunications cases and performs valuations for buying or selling companies.

Michele C. Farquhar is a partner at Hogan & Hartson LLP in communications and mass media regulation. She previously served as FCC's Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief of Staff for the NTIA and is the immediate Past-President of the FCBA.

^^ Frank N. Fleischer ^ GrayRobinson, P.A.

Brian T. Grogan is a shareholder with Moss & Barnett, a Professional Association, representing local units of government on cable and telecommunications franchising, right-of-way management, municipal wireless communications, tower leasing, pole attachment negotiations, public safety communications, and litigation. He is past chair of the Communications Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Chérie R. Kiser, Managing Partner of the Washington, DC office at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo P.C., devotes her practice to telecommunications law and Internet related transactions. She has been at the forefront of the expansion of new entrants into the voice and data communications markets.

Matthew L. Leibowitz, founder and managing partner of Liebowitz & Associates P.A., is also President and CEO of Communications Dispute Resolutions, LLC. His firm represented Miami Beach in its negotiations with IBM for the first city owned and operated WiFi system in the state offering free service throughout the entire city.

Christine A. Malone, President and CEO of Comp Comm, Inc., manages or oversees all daily operations including finance, marketing and HR as well as directing future strategy. Her particular areas of expertise centers on evaluating wireless markets, companies and technical developments.

David C. Olson, Director of Cable Communications for the City of Portland, Oregon, oversees the cable, telecommunications and utility franchises and also serves as staff for the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission. He was previously elected President of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.