Law Seminars International Presents

A Comprehensive Two Day Conference on

Regulatory and Business Issues for New Broadband Services

Exploring the legal, regulatory and business impacts of the convergence of voice, data, wireless and wireline

September 26 & 27, 2005
Crowne Plaza Union Square in San Francisco, CA
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Who Should Order Homestudy

Attorneys, state and federal government officials, industry representatives, business executives and in-house counsel involved in new technology development

Why Order

The convergence of voice, data, wireless and wireline over the evolving IP Network is just beginning and promises to drive the world's economy for years to come. What are the new technologies and why are they important? Appplication providers are now competing directly with underlying network providers in the distribution of voice, video, audio and other media content. Broadband distribution also permits companies to market services and products to global markets. What are the present challenges and the future opportunities that await? This conference explores legal, policy and regulatory issues surrounding deployment to these network technologies as well as the new unique legal challenges content providers will face as their products are distributed through non-traditonal broadband and internet distribution channels. ~ Program Co-chairs: William B. Wilhelm, Jr., Esq. and Catherine S. Kirkman, Esq.

What You Will Learn

* What are the new technologies and why are they important? * Recent and pending federal regulatory actions * The growing market for new media, applications and content providers * The growing importance of Standards Setting and Patent Pools * Consumer protection * The ins and outs of electronic media and distribution agreements * Financing new media ventures * The financial implications of the shrinking revenue base for universal service


Monday, September 26, 2005

8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Catherine S. Kirkman, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati / Palo Alto, CA
  William B. Wilhelm, Jr., Esq., Program Co-Chair
Swidler Berlin LLP / Washington, DC
8:45 am Key Technologies That Are Driving Changes
  Overview of the key technologies driving the shift from vertical integration of network infrastructure, application, and content to provisions of multiple applications and types of content on existing network platforms and the creation of new platforms
  Earl W. Comstock, Esq., CEO
Comp Tel/ALTS / Washington, DC
9:30 am Business Outlook for Broadband Service Providers
  Rising stars, falling stars, and making sense of the bidding wars for the broadband assets of MCI and AT&T
  Paul Glenchur, Senior VP
Stanford Washington Research Group / Washington, DC
10:15 am Break
10:30 am The Platform/Facility Layer: Significant Recent and Pending Federal Regulatory Actions
  "Landline" Telecommunications Services
  Robert Tanner, Esq., Assistant Bureau Chief Wireline Competition Bureau
Federal Communications Commission / Washington, DC
  "Cable" Services
  Jeremy H. Stern, Esq.
Cole, Raywid & Braverman LLP / El Segundo, CA
  "Wireless" Services
  David W. Sosa, Ph.D., VP
Analysis Group / San Francisco, CA
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm The Platform/Facility Layer: The Evolving Roles of State and Local Governments
  Survey of where the states are going under their traditional authority to regulate services provided by telecommunications carriers: Is application discrimination the Achilles heel of new broadband platforms?
  Brian Adkins, Esq., Legislative Director
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) / Washington, DC
  Broadband issues for local governments in their traditional role as the franchising authority for cable service providers
  William L. Lowery, Esq.
Miller & Van Eaton, LLP / San Francisco, CA
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm The Application Layer: How the Application Drives the Business Model
  Bryan R. Martin, CEO
8x8, Inc. / Santa Clara, CA
  Video Streaming: Patent infringement litigation for streaming video and its implications for various types of service providers
  Kevin G. McBride, Esq.
Jones Day / Los Angeles, CA
  Zahava Levine, Esq., Associate General Counsel and Director of Music Licensing
RealNetworks, Inc. / San Francisco, CA
4:15 pm The Application Layer: The Growing Importance of Standards Setting and Patent Pooling
  How standards setting and patent pools should work; lessons from the UnoCal case on what to do and what not to do when working on standards with regulatory agencies
  Paul T. Denis, Esq.
Dechert LLP / Washington, DC
5:00 pm Reception for Attendees and Faculty Sponsored by Swidler Berlin LLP and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

8:30 am The Application Layer: An Expanding World of Consumer Protection Regulations
  Privacy Issues
  David L. Sieradzki, Esq.
Hogan & Hartson L.L.P / Washington, DC
  Advertising Issues
  Val D. Hornstein, Esq.
Hornstein Law Offices / San Rafael, CA
9:45 am Application Layer: Spotlight on the Cell Phone as a Financial Device
  What are the regulatory implications of transforming a communications device into an instrument for conducting financial transactions?
  John D. Muller, Esq., VP of Legal & General Counsel
PayPal, an eBay Company / San Jose, CA
10:15 am Break
10:30 am The Content Layer: The Ins & Outs of Electronic Media and Distribution Agreements
  Knowing what you can use: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act; implications of the Brand X decision
  Catherine S. Kirkman, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati / Palo Alto, CA
  Anatomy of a well-constructed distribution agreement; trends in royalty structures for paying content owners
  Richard Wirthlin, Esq.
Latham & Watkins / Los Angeles, CA
11:45 am The Content Layer: Spotlight on Gamer Technology
  The growth of new business opportunities: Handheld consoles, new areas of distribution; how the business as a whole is growing or changing
  Seth J. Steinberg, Esq., Director of Business Affairs and General Counsel
LucasArts / San Rafael, CA
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Putting it All Together: Business Structures and Financing New Media Ventures
  What investment is necessary to ensure success in using broadband networks and distributing content over those networks? Who is funding what?
  David Britts, Partner
ComVentures / Palo Alto, CA
  Brad Feld, Managing Director
Mobius Venture Capital / Superior, C0
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Special Issues Arising from the Inherently Global Reach of the Internet
  Internet  liability issues that US companies should be prepared to address that will become more pronounced as broadband services expand internationally
  Ian C. Ballon, Esq.
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP / Los Angeles, CA
3:45 pm No New Taxes? Financial Implications of the Shrinking Traditional Revenue Base for Universal Service and Other Social Good Programs
  To what extent are the federal and state programs for promoting universal telecommunications services still relevant; what are the legislative and administrative initiatives to replace them; what is the likely source for funding?
  Gregory L. Rosston, Ph.D., Deputy Director
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research / Stanford, CA
5:00 pm Adjourn


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

Continuing Education Credits

Law Seminars International automatically obtains CLE credit approval for the state in which a seminar is held. On request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits. Current credits status: CA MCLE 13.5 | OR C LE 14.25 | WA CLE 13.25


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Faculty Bios

Catherine S. Kirkman, Program Co-Chair, partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, focuses on IP, licensing, and commercial transactions with specialized expertise in media law, content and technology licensing, and e-commerce. She is co-author of West's Internet Law & Practice and publishes the Silicon Valley Media Law blog.

William B. Wilhelm, Jr., Program Co-Chair, is a partner in the Technology & Telecommunications group at Swidler Berlin LLP, where he is actively engaged representing domestic and international technology companies, including broadband telecommunications providers, domestic and international ISPs and a variety of B2C and B2B Internet sites on legal and regulatory issues.

Brian Adkins, is Legislative Director, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), representing state public utility commissions in all 50 states, with jurisdiction over telecom, energy, water, and other utilities.

Ian C. Ballon, firm-wide co-chair of the Intellectual Property and Internet Practice Group, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, has been named one of the top 25 IP lawyers in California. He is the author of the 3-volume " E-Commerce and Internet Law: Treatise with Forms", published by Glasser LegalWorks.

David Britts, Partner, ComVentures, has extensive experience advising, building and investing in leading communications technologies companies. Previously, he was General Partner, JP Morgan Partners.

Earl W. Comstock was recently named President and CEO, Comp Tel/ALTS. Previously, he was a partner at Sher & Blackwell LLP, and worked for 10 years as senior Senate staffer for Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

Paul T. Denis is a partner in Deschert LLP's Antitrust/Competition Practice.  Chambers USA has ranked him as one of the leading antitrust lawyers in Washington, DC with over twenty years of experience, including high level positions within the U.S.Department of Justice Antitrust Division.

Brad Feld is the Managing Director of Mobius Venture Capital's current and prior technology funds. Previously, he founded Intensity Ventures and served as Chief Technology Officer of AmeriData Technologies following its acquisition of Feld Technologies, a software consulting firm founded by Mr. Feld.

Paul Glenchur is Senior VP, Stanford Washington Research Group, and previously served as an attorney with the FCC in the Cable & Common Carrier Bureaus. He assisted in the FCC's efforts to implement the Cable Act of 1992 and the Telecom Act of 1996.

Val D. Hornstein is the founder of Hornstein Law Offices, a firm specializing in commercial transactions, IP and civil litigation. He writes and speaks widely on IP and cyberspace law and has taught courses on e-commerce at Dominican University of California.

Zahava Levine is Associate General Counsel and Director of Music Licensing at RealNetworks, Inc. She is responsible for music licensing for all of RealNetworks’ products and services including Rhapsody, RadioPass and SuperPass. She also represents Real on the board of directors of the Digital Media Association (DiMA), a trade organization that advances the interests of digital entertainment technology companies in Washington D.C.

William L. Lowery is the Director of the San Francisco office of Miller & Van Eaton, LLP specializing in the counseling and representation of local governments in cable television and telecommunications issues.

Bryan R. Martin has served as Chief Executive Officer and as a director of 8x8, Inc. since February 2002. Previously, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer and a director of 8x8. He is an inventor on 31 United States Patents in the fields of semiconductors, computer architecture, video processing algorithms, videophones and communications.

Kevin G. McBride, partner at Jones Day, has significant experience in patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation. He has co-authored several articles on IP issues and lectures at the Anderson School of Business of the University of California, Los Angeles.

John D. Muller is Vice President of Legal and General Counsel of PayPal since October 2000. Prior to joining PayPal, Mr. Muller was a partner at the law firm of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, specializing in finance and regulatory compliance.

Gregory L. Rosston, Deputy Director, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), is a Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer in Economics at Stanford University. He has written numerous articles on competition in local telecommunications, implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, auctions and spectrum policy.

David L. Sieradzki, partner at Hogan & Hartson L.L.P. and member of the firm’s Communications Group, represents major national and international carriers, as well as small emerging service providers, on telecommunications regulatory matters before the FCC and other federal and state agencies.

David W. Sosa, Ph.D., VP, Analysis Group, specializes in the economics of network industries, law & economics, and industrial organization. He has consulted to telecommunications and electric utility clients and has written articles on the economic analysis of public policy in the telecom and high-tech sectors.

Seth J. Steinberg, is Director of Business Affairs & General Counsel of LucasArts, a Lucasfilm Ltd. Company, and a member of LucasArts’ senior management group. He advises management on a full range of business, corporate and legal issues, and is responsible for all of LucasArts’ business and legal affairs

Jeremy H. Stern, a partner at Cole Raywid & Braverman LLP, is a veteran of the cable and telecommunications industry. He specializes in providing strategic broadband public policy, political and regulatory affairs advice to cable television operators, Internet Service Providers, Competitive Local Exchange Carriers, cable programmers and multimedia companies.

Robert Tanner is the Assistant Bureau Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. He advises the Bureau Chief on policy matters and manages special projects for the Bureau. Prior to his current position at the Commission, he served as Senior Legal Counsel to the Bureau Chief and as Attorney-Advisor in the Competition Policy Division.  From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Tanner was in private practice with the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP in the Communications, Media and Information Technology Group.

Richard Wirthlin, partner at Latham & Watkins, has particular expertise and focus on media, sports, entertainment, telecommunictions, high-tech and emerging technology matters. He previously served as outside general counsel to DIRECTV.

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