Law Seminars International Presents

The Twelfth Annual Conference on

Telecommunications Law

Featuring a Special Address by Former Montana State Senator and Telecommunications Law Champion Conrad Burns

April 16 & 17, 2007
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle, WA
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys and executives in the telecommunications, cable and electric industries; representatives of local government; large users of telecommunications services

Why Attend

"No one could have predicted how much the world of telecom would change at Law Seminars International's first Telecommunications Law conference, twelve years ago. 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. 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? Once again we are bringing together the major players to examine telecom's latest challenges including the new political dynamics in Washington and the latest developments that impact the wireless industry. Major points of discussion will cover universal service and the burgeoning demand for broadband services, intercarrier compensation proposals such as the Missoula Plan, the net neutrality debate, and issues surrounding IPTV and the distribution of content in the Internet Age." ~ Program Co-Chairs: Arthur A. Butler, Esq. and Brooks E. Harlow, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~ The New Political Dynamics in Washington - How Will They Affect Telecommunications? ~ The Missoula Plan for Intercarrier Compensation ~ Perspectives on the Missoula Plan ~ Realities of Convergence and the Demand for Broadband Services ~ Broadband Deployment in Rural Areas ~ Universal Service Fund ~ Jurisdictional Issues ~ Update on Recent FCC and Court Cases ~ Upcoming Wireless Issues ~ Network Neutrality ~ Internet-Enabled Television: IPTV and Other Ways of Delivering TV Content in the Internet Age

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Monday, April 16, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & 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 Opening Address: The New Political Dynamics in Washington - How Will They Affect Telecommunications?
  A congressional perspective on the 2006 Net Neutrality Bill and measures for 2007
  Senator Conrad Burns, (ret.), Senior Advisor
GAGE / Washington, DC
9:15 am The Missoula Plan for Intercarrier Compensation
  Overview of the primary elements of the plan
  Joel E. Lubin, Vice President, Regulatory Planning and Policy
AT&T Corporation / Washington, DC
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Perspectives on the Missoula Plan
  Proponent's perspective
  William P. Hunt, III, Esq., Vice President for Public Policy
Level 3 Communications, Inc. / Bloomfield, CO
  Opponent's perspective
  Steven F. Morris, Esq., Associate General Counsel
National Cable & Telecommunications Association / Washington, DC
  Brad E. Mutschelknaus, Esq.
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP / Washington, DC
  Customer's perspective
  Simon J. ffitch, Esq., Assistant Attorney General
Washington State Office of the Attorney General / Seattle, WA
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Realities of Convergence and the Demand for Broadband Services
  Michael D. Gallagher, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Washington, DC
2:00 pm Broadband Deployment in Rural Areas
  Satellite for providing broadband in rural areas
  Dave Brown, Esq., Sr. VP, General Counsel and Secretary
WildBlue Communications, Inc. / Greenwood Village, CO
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Universal Service Fund
  Should we use it to fund broadband deployment? To what extent should we continue to pump money into unserved areas? What are the pros and cons of reverse auctions to limit the size of the pot?
  Christopher W. Savage, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Washington, DC
  Should we use it to fund broadband deployment? To what extent should we continue to pump money into un-served areas? What are the pros and cons of reverse auctions to limit the size of the pot?
  David A LaFuria, Esq.
Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, Chartered / McLean, VA
  Orville Douglas Fulp, Regulatory Director
Verizon / Irving, TX
4:30 pm Reception for Attendees and Faculty
  Sponsored by Ater Wynne LLP and Miller Nash LLP

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & 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 Jurisdictional Issues
  Federal pre-emption of state regulation; regulation of wireless companies
  The Hon. Philip B. Jones, Commissioner
Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission / Olympia, WA
9:30 am Update on Recent FCC and Court Cases
  MetroPhone case (who has right of action for violation of FCC regulations and orders?); other cases
  Albert H. Kramer, Esq.
Dickstein Shapiro LLP / Washington, DC
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Upcoming Wireless Issues
  WiMax and advanced wireless spectrum services: Business and legal issues
  Jay D. Hull, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Portland, OR
  Results of recent auctions, what the FCC has planned for the future, and the implications for carrier and customer business planning
  Bryan N. Tramont, Esq.
Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP / Washington, DC
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Network Neutrality
  A panel discussion on the issues surrounding network neutrality
  Arthur A. Butler, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Ater Wynne LLP / Seattle, WA
  Brooks E. Harlow, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Miller Nash LLP / Seattle, WA
  Proponent's perspective
  William B. Wilhelm, Jr., Esq.
Bingham McCutchen LLP / Washington, DC
  Opponent's perspective
  Joseph P. Tocco, Esq.
AT&T Services, Inc. / Sacramento, CA
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Internet-Enabled Television: IPTV and Other Ways of Delivering TV Content in the Internet Age
  Beyond traditional television: Demonstration of new technological capabilities that create new regulatory and content distribution and protection issues; alternative methods to inject and use content
  Christy Kunin, Esq., Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Microsoft Corporation / Redmond, WA
  Legislative and regulatory issues regarding the ability of companies to obtain access to third-party programming; problems for rural customers in getting content
  Charles Cosson, Esq., Policy Counsel
Microsoft Corporation / Redmond, WA
4:30 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 Tuesday, April 10, 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 12 WA 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 Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at 321 Mercer Street in Seattle, WA 98109. For sleeping rooms, please contact the Marqueen Hotel (600 Queen Anne Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98109) at 1-888-445-3076. Ask for the "Law Seminars International" rate of $139. 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

Arthur A. Butler, Program Co-Chair, partner at Ater Wynne LLP, focuses on telecommunications issues, with particular emphasis on regulatory, transactional, and business advice to competitive telecommunications providers and other new entrants to telecommunications markets, as well as to end-users of telecommunications services. He has extensive experience representing competitive local carriers, DSL providers, fixed wireless carriers, mobile wireless providers, and large business users of telecommunications services.

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.

Senator Conrad Burns, Special Address, recently completed his third term (1989-2007) as a United States Senator from Montana and now serves as Senior Advisor at GAGE, a Business Consulting and Government Affairs firm. In the Senate he was a member of both the Commerce and Appropriations Committees and chaired the Commerce Committee's Communications Subcommittee where he spearheaded major telecom deregulation legislation, the roll-out of broadband in rural areas, and pushed for new and innovative technologies.

Dave Brown, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of WildBlue Communications, Inc., is responsible for directing legal and regulatory strategy. He has experience in corporate finance, securities, and mergers and acquisitions; and has represented clients in private and public debt and equity transactions, structured asset-backed loan transactions, and real estate transactions with credit-enhanced tax-exempt bonds.

Simon J. ffitch, Assistant Attorney General and head of the Public Counsel Section of the Washington State Office of the Attorney General, was previously a Legal Policy Advisor and Administrative Law Judge at the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission and the Oregon PUC.

Orville Douglas Fulp, Regulatory Director for Verizon Communications, is responsible for state regulatory and legislative initiatives and public policy and pricing throughout Verizon's territory. In the past he has worked in broadband operations support, product management, and ran the former GTE's DSL program office.

Michael D. Gallagher, partner at Perkins Coie LLP, rejoined the firm after serving as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communication and Information for the U.S. Dept. of Commerce. He gave more than 100 public speeches, including Congressional testimony, keynote addresses, and panel presentations, and was a lead spokesperson for President George W. Bush's technology and telecommunications policies.

Jay D. Hull, a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, negotiates commercial agreements for regulated and non-regulated telecommunications service providers, including agreements for the purchase and sale of services and equipment. He was Assistant General Counsel for a publicly traded CLEC for five years, with responsibility for commercial contracts and operational matters.

William P. Hunt, Vice President for Public Policy with Level 3 Communications, Inc., is responsible for regulatory affairs in North America and Europe. Prior to joining Level 3, he was with MCI Communications Corporation and joined the state regulatory group in Denver in March 1996.

Philip B. Jones, Commissioner of the Washington Utilities & Transportation Commission, is a member of the International Relations and Telecommunications Committee of NARUC, where he has worked on the Task Forces of Intercarrier Compensation and ETC Designations.

Albert H. Kramer, partner at Dickstein Shapiro LLP, is experienced in areas within the purview of the Federal Communications Commission, communications policy, and regulatory activities. His practice centers on representing entrants and technology companies in newly created competitive telecommunications markets when technological and regulatory developments open markets that are traditionally served by a monopoly or dominant carriers.

Christy Kunin, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs for the Microsoft Corporation, manages their TV Division and is responsible for developing policy positions and ensuring regulatory compliance for Microsoft TV products. She works with trade associations, government regulators and legislators to shape Microsoft's position related to communications services and products.

David A. LaFuria, with Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, Chartered, is experienced in the purchase, sale, financing and administrative regulation of all parts of the communications industry, including cellular, PCS, other mobile communications, LMDS, the Internet, and new technologies.

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

Steven F. Morris, Associate General Counsel of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, represents the cable industry on matters related to the regulation of telecommunications services. Previously, as Deputy Chief of the Pricing and Policy Division in the Wireline Competition Bureau of the FCC, he was responsible for proceedings related to the Commission's rules on intercarrier compensation and the pricing of unbundled network elements.

Brad E. Mutschelknaus, partner at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP in Washington DC, focuses on telecommunications. He represents numerous companies before state PUCs and the FCC, and has extensive experience in the negotiation of interconnection agreements, collocation agreements, right-of-way agreements, telecom service agreements and similar transactions.

Christopher W. Savage, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, joins them through the recent merger with Cole, Raywid& Braverman, LLP, where he was head of the firm's telecom/Internet practice. He is one of the nation's leading practitioners on the Telecommunications Act of 1996, representing wired and wireless CLECs, ISPs, cable operators and other entities with competitive telecommunications interests.

Joseph Tocco, General Attorney for AT&T Services, Inc., is a principal legal advisor for the company's lobbying and related public policy activities in California. He was a chief strategist, drafter, and negotiator for AT&T regarding the California video franchise reform legislation enacted in 2006.

Bryan N. Tramont, partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLC, comes from the Federal Communications Commission, where he was Chief of Staff, Senior Legal Advisor to Chairman Michael Powell, and Senior Legal Advisor to Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy and, before that, to Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth. Focusing on wireless and technology issues, he is currently on the Commerce Department's Spectrum Management Federal Advisory Committee.

William B. Wilhelm Jr., partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP, advises technology companies on policy, state and federal regulation and commercial transactions and disputes related to the development and deployment of new communications applications, voice and video services, digital media, and broadband wireless and wireline networks.

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