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October 14, 2014 - 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Commission Meeting Room, FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC

The Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration hosted this workshop to explore issues surrounding tower climber safety, injury prevention, and fatalities involving work on communications towers. The workshop included panel discussions on factors contributing to the high rate of injuries and fatalities and best practices to ensure tower climber safety and prevention of injuries and fatalities. This workshop included a ceremonial signing of the Employment and Training Administration’s Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP).

For additional information about this workshop, please contact Michael Janson, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, (202) 418-0600, Michael.Janson@fcc.gov, and Jim Maddux, Directorate of Construction, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (202) 693-2020, maddux.jim@dol.gov. For information on the TIRAP apprenticeship program, contact Zachary Boren, Office of Apprenticeship, Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor, (202) 693-3793, Boren.Zachary@dol.gov.

Agenda

Opening Remarks

  • Roger C. Sherman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, FCC
  • David Michaels, PhD, MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Kathy Pierce, Hubble Foundation - Remarks

Panel I: Diagnosing the Problem: Causes of High Fatality and Injury Rates

  • Panelists:
    • Dave Anthony, Shenandoah Tower Service
    • Liz Day, City University of New York (CUNY)
    • Bridgette Hester, Hubble Foundation - Presentation
    • Wallace Reardon, Workers at Heights Health and Safety Initiative - Presentation
  • Moderators:
    • Chad Breckinridge, Associate Bureau Chief, WTB, FCC
    • Jessica Douma, Regulatory Analyst, OSHA

Panel II: Implementing the Solution: Identifying and Adopting Best Practices

  • Panelists:
    • Jonathan Campbell, PCIA
    • John Johnson, Black & Veatch - UAV Demonstration Video
    • Craig Lekutis, WirelessEstimator.com
    • Art Pregler, AT&T
    • Paul Roberts, American Tower
    • Todd Schlekeway, NATE
  • Moderators:
    • Michael Janson, PhD, Legal Advisor, WTB, FCC
    • Jim Maddux, Director, Directorate of Construction, OSHA, DOL

Concluding Remarks

  • Scott Kisting, TIRAP Chair
  • Jonathan S. Adelstein, President, PCIA, and Former FCC Commissioner
  • David Michaels, PhD, MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Hon. Thomas E. Wheeler, Chairman, FCC
  • Hon. Thomas E. Perez, Secretary of Labor

TIRAP Signing Ceremony


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September 10, 2014 - 12:30 pm - September 12, 2014 - 5:00 pm
Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC

Washington, D.C. – The University of Nebraska College of Law and the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology co-sponsored a by-invitation workshop on the topic “Regulating the Evolving Broadband Ecosystem,” held at FCC headquarters on September 10-12, 2014. The College of Law and AEI organized the workshop and selected (via a public Call for Papers) the academic, government, and other experts who presented research “work-in-progress” to their fellow participants for discussion and critique.

Note: Live streaming is only provided for the first day of this workshop, Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

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July 30, 2014 - 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Commission Meeting Room- 445 12th Street SW, Washington DC 20554

The FCC‘s Office of Communications Business Opportunities (“OCBO”) hosted a Supplier Diversity Conference and Workshop focusing on private sector business opportunities for small, minority and women-owned businesses. This important event was held at FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, Washington, DC on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 from 10:30 am until 4:30 pm in the Commission Meeting Room.

Representatives from private industry, specifically telecommunications and technology firms from across the country discussed their organizations’ contracting procedures and provided insight on how small businesses should navigate the procurement process generally.

The panel discussion took place from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. The panel consisted of supplier executives and diversity officers from Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, Comcast, and Microsoft. The panelists talked about their companies’ contracting needs and how small businesses can distinguish themselves in the race for lucrative opportunities. Thomas Reed, Director, OCBO, and Ronald Johnson, President of Solutions4Change, and a member of the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity in the Digital Age, moderated.

In the afternoon, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm, OCBO coordinated one-on-one sessions between our panelists and small business owners who wished to participate. In these confidential meetings, small business owners got individualized advice on supplier strategies and information on current contracting opportunities.

July 9, 2014 - 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, DC

On September 26, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) released the Inmate Calling Services Report and Order and FNPRM, which adopted interim rules and sought “comment on additional measures [it] could take to ensure that interstate and intrastate [inmate calling services] are provided consistent with the statute and public interest, the Commission’s authority to implement these measures, and the pros and cons of each measure.”

To analyze the impact of the reforms and gather information to inform additional reforms of inmate calling services (ICS), the Commission held a workshop on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Topics for the workshop included state reforms of ICS, the cost characteristics of the provision of ICS in different correctional facilities, the regulation of ancillary charges, and non-traditional communications technologies used in correctional settings.

For further information, contact Greg Haledjian at 202-418-1520, or via e-mail at gregory.haledjian@fcc.gov.

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June 25, 2014 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C.

The FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau hosted two educational workshops on the environmental compliance and historic preservation review process required for the construction of wireless communications facilities. The first workshop was held on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, and included information relevant to the construction of all new communications towers and to the collocation of communications gear on towers and other structures. An additional workshop was held on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, on the FCC environmental compliance and historic preservation review process for Positive Train Control infrastructure being installed by the Nation’s railroads. Presentations were given by FCC staff, representatives of Historic Preservation Officers, Tribal Nations, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and other federal agencies.

The first workshop focused particularly on improving submissions to Tribal Nations and State Historic Preservation Offices as well submissions made within the Antenna Structure Registration process. At the workshop, expert staff provided guidance to the FCC’s licensees, those who construct communications facilities for FCC licensees, and their consultants on the following topics: the environmental notification process for Antenna Structure Registrations, National Environmental Policy Act compliance, Endangered Species Act compliance, and National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 compliance under the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for Review of Effects on Historic Properties for Certain Undertakings Approved by the Federal Communications Commission.

The second workshop was devoted to the submission and review process for Positive Train Control infrastructure, with a special emphasis on the Section 106 process. The workshop reviewed the use of the Tower Construction Notification System and the E106 System for batched submissions, as well as the various reporting requirements and deadlines associated with those systems. While this workshop was most useful for railroads and related consultants, attendance was open to all.

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June 24, 2014 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C.

The FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau hosted two educational workshops on the environmental compliance and historic preservation review process required for the construction of wireless communications facilities. The first workshop was held on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, and included information relevant to the construction of all new communications towers and to the collocation of communications gear on towers and other structures. An additional workshop was held on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, on the FCC environmental compliance and historic preservation review process for Positive Train Control infrastructure being installed by the Nation’s railroads. Presentations were given by FCC staff, representatives of Historic Preservation Officers, Tribal Nations, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and other federal agencies.

The first workshop focused particularly on improving submissions to Tribal Nations and State Historic Preservation Offices as well submissions made within the Antenna Structure Registration process. At the workshop, expert staff provided guidance to the FCC’s licensees, those who construct communications facilities for FCC licensees, and their consultants on the following topics: the environmental notification process for Antenna Structure Registrations, National Environmental Policy Act compliance, Endangered Species Act compliance, and National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 compliance under the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for Review of Effects on Historic Properties for Certain Undertakings Approved by the Federal Communications Commission.

The second workshop was devoted to the submission and review process for Positive Train Control infrastructure, with a special emphasis on the Section 106 process. The workshop reviewed the use of the Tower Construction Notification System and the E106 System for batched submissions, as well as the various reporting requirements and deadlines associated with those systems. While this workshop was most useful for railroads and related consultants, attendance was open to all.

Earlier workshops on the subjects covered in this video can be found here and here.

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June 20, 2014 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Commission Meeting Room, FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C.

As part of the Commission's ongoing efforts to protect Global Positioning System (GPS) operations, the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology, in conjunction with the International Bureau, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, will host a workshop on GPS Protection and Receiver Performance, with an emphasis on Critical Infrastructure and Public Safety uses of GPS. The workshop will be held on Friday, June 20, 2014, in the Commission Meeting Room at FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC.

The objectives of the workshop are to consider:

  • The importance of GPS operations, particularly to Critical Infrastructure and Public Safety users;
  • Benefits of multi-constellation GNSS operations;
  • Approaches to protect RNSS spectrum from neighboring transmitters;
  • GPS and GNSS receiver performance capabilities in the presence of neighboring transmitters; and
  • A comprehensive path forward to protect GPS operations from harmful interference, potentially including an industry-driven GPS device certification program and transition plan.

The tentative agenda for the workshop structure includes the following:

  • A Tutorial Session illustrating the recent growth of the wireless and GPS industries, providing information on device shipments, market segments, and other information relevant to the Panel Sessions.

  • Four Panel Sessions, focusing on:
    • Critical Infrastructure and Public Safety;
    • Protecting RNSS Spectrum and GNSS Operations;
    • GPS and GNSS Receiver Performance; and
    • Comprehensive path forward.

For further information on the workshop, contact Michael Ha, Office of Engineering and Technology, at (202) 418-2099 or by email: michael.ha@fcc.gov.

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June 19, 2014 - 9:00 am - 2:15 pm
445 12th Street SW, Room TW-C305 (Commission Meeting Room)

The FCC's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau and Wireless Telecommunications Bureaus held a workshop on using technical solutions and best practices to reduce the theft of mobile devices on June 19, 2014 at FCC headquarters in Washington, D.C..

Building on stakeholders' initiatives to date, this workshop:

  • Explored ways that members of the mobile device community (providers, device manufacturers, OS providers, application developers) can improve collaboration with the law enforcement community in a collective effort to thwart mobile device theft
  • Addressed ways in which more timely and accurate data about mobile device theft can be made available for both law enforcement entities and others, such as secondary market resellers
  • Discussed technology solutions that can limit the theft of mobile devices and curb effects on consumers and businesses

Workshop Agenda

June 19, 2014

9:00 – 9:15 am: Opening Remarks

  • Tom Wheeler, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
  • The Honorable Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
  • The Honorable José E. Serrano (D-NY-15)

9:15 – 9:30 am:  Introduction – Overview of the Challenge   

  • John Foust, Special Assistant to Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of Police, Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia

9:30 – 10:45 am: Panel 1:  Working with Law Enforcement

  • Maxwell Szabo, Legislative Affairs and Policy Manager, Office of District Attorney George Gascón, San Francisco
  • Clark Russell, Assistant Attorney General, New York
  • Ronald Pavlik, Chief of Police, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (See Video 1 | Video 2)
  • Samuel E. Messinger, Special Agent, U.S. Secret Service
  • Jeffrey M. Brannigan, Special Agent, (Act.) Section Chief, Cyber Crimes Center, Homeland Security Investigations
  • John Marinho, Vice President of Technology and Cybersecurity, CTIA (Related Materials - PDF)
  • Paul Jones, Senior Director of Global Asset Protection, EBAY (See eBay's Law Enforcement Security Center)

Moderators:

  • Joseph Heaps, Advisor, National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Eric Panketh, Chief, Operations and Emergency Management Division, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, FCC

10:45 – 11:00 am: Break

11:00 – 12:15 pm: Panel 2:  Better Data

  • James Moran, Head of Technical Working Groups, GSMA (Related Materials - PDF)
  • Les Gray, Chief Operating Officer, Recipero (Related Materials - PPT)
  • Hugo Romero, Advisor, Comisión de Regulacíon de Comunicaciones, Colombia (Related Materials - PPT)
  • John Knoch, Vice President, Program Management, Asurion
  • W. Matthew Rowe, Vice President & General Counsel, Gazelle
  • Mary Clark, Chief Marketing Officer, Syniverse

Moderators:

  • Kris Monteith, Acting Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC
  • Charles Mathias, Associate Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, FCC

12:15 – 1:00 pm: Lunch Break
(Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch.)

1:00 – 2:15 pm: Panel 3: The Role of Technology Solutions

  • Brian K. Daly, Director - Core & Government/Regulatory Standards, AT&T
  • Samir Gupte, Senior Product Manager, Lookout Mobile (Related Materials - PDF)
  • Jason Novak, Manager, Privacy and Engineering, Apple
  • Nick Tucker, Program Manager II, Operating Systems Group, Microsoft Corporation
  • Robert Kubik, Director, Communications Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Samsung Electronics
  • Asaf Ashkenazi, Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (Related Materials - PDF)

Moderators:

  • Dennis Roberson, Vice Provost, Executive Director and Research Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology; Chairman, FCC Technological Advisory Council (TAC)
  • Walter Johnston, Chief, Electromagnetic Compatibility Division, Office of Engineering and Technology, FCC

2:15 pm: Wrap-Up and Next Steps

  • Dennis Roberson, Vice Provost, Executive Director and Research Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology; Chairman, FCC Technology and Advisory Council (TAC)

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Social Media. Viewers submitted questions during the workshop via email at livequestions@fcc.gov and on Twitter using the "#MobileTheftWksp" hashtag.

June 2, 2014 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
FCC 445 12TH ST SW WASHINGTON DC 20554

This Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau workshop focused on the process for submitting annual certifications required under the Commission’s 911 reliability rules. In December 2013, the Commission adopted a Report and Order (911 Reliability Order) requiring certain 911 communications providers to take reasonable measures to provide reliable service, as evidenced by an annual certification. The Bureau convened this half-day workshop to seek input from stakeholders regarding the most effective method of collecting certification information.

The workshop included a presentation from Bureau staff on the proposed development of the certification process, followed by an interactive question-and-answer session with attendees. Bureau staff also discussed the role of vendors and third-party service providers where 911 service is delivered over shared or interdependent infrastructure and sought input on how covered entities could indicate such relationships as part of their certifications.

The workshop was intended to bring together representatives from 911 service providers, public safety agencies and organizations, technology vendors, and other stakeholders to discuss options to collect certification information.

The discussion was limited to the process by which covered entities will submit information required under the 911 Reliability Order and associated Commission rules; it did not revisit the basis or need for those rules or interpret the certification requirements as they relate to specific entities.

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May 29, 2014 - 8:45 am - May 30, 2014 - 10:00 am
445 12th Street SW, Room TW-C305 (Commission Meeting Room)

Plenary Session, May 29

The Institute for Information Policy (IIP) of Pennsylvania State University and the Federal Communications Commission are co-sponsoring a by-invitation workshop on the Future of Broadband Regulation, to be held at FCC headquarters on May 29-30, 2014. IIP organized the workshop and selected (via a public Call for Papers) the academic and government experts who will present research “work-in-progress” to their fellow participants for discussion and critique.

Revised and completed papers may be submitted for publication to the Journal of Information Policy. The workshop program and abstracts of the papers to be presented will be available at http://iip.comm.psu.edu/ on May 22, 2014.

The workshop will open with a public plenary session in the FCC Meeting Room from 8:45-10:00 AM on Thursday May 29. Senior FCC management and other representatives will review some of the policy challenges that the transition to a ubiquitous IP-based broadband network poses.

The workshop will afford FCC staff an opportunity to learn about current academic research and to highlight for the academics issues and questions that might be suitable for further research. The workshop paper presentations will be made in a small-group format. Although space is quite limited, those wishing to observe the academic discussions will be accommodated on a space available basis.

In order to foster a candid discussion of work at an early stage of development, the workshop sessions will be conducted under the “Chatham House Rule” (participants are free to use information received in the meeting but may not reveal the identity or affiliation of any speaker or other participant), except to the extent required for adherence to the FCC’s ex parte regulations. Interested parties should contact the organizers at pennstateiip@psu.edu by May 20, 2014 and will be notified of space availability by May 22, 2014.

The meeting site is fully accessible to people using wheelchairs or other mobility aids. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Include a description of the accommodation you will need and tell us how to contact you if we need more information. Make your request as early as possible. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. Send an email to: fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY).

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May 22, 2014 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
FCC Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554

In recognition of Older Americans Month, the FCC's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau hosted this workshop to provide information on online safety, communicating during emergencies, and how broadband and other technologies can be used to facilitate aging in place and telehealth. The event included technology demonstrations.

For additional information about this event, please contact Anthony Butler by e-mail at Anthony.Butler@fcc.gov; or by phone at: 202.418.2372.

Available Presentations (Powerpoint Slides in PDF Format)

  • Communications Access During Disaster and Other Emergencies/Alerts and Warnings: Karen Coates and Everett Sedgwick, Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Susan Johnson-Sellars, FEMA Integrated Public Alert and Warning System
  • Seniors in the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure: Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure, Jim Tobias, Director of Stakeholders & Strategies, Raising the Floor
  • The Blue Button Initiative: Simone Myrie, Public Health Analyst, Office of Consumer eHealth, Office of National Coordinator for Health IT, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Stay Safe, Healthy, and Connected: Dr. Karen S. Rheuban, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for CME and External Affairs, Director, Center for Telehealth, University of Virginia
  • Training Older Adults on Technology: From the Community Center to the Remote Desktop: Tom Kamber, Older Adults Technology Services (OATS)

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May 6, 2014 - 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305), 445 12th St. SW, Washington DC 20554

The E-rate Modernization Workshop focused on the important goal of connecting all schools and libraries to high-capacity broadband networks, and effective strategies and lessons learned in achieving the goal.

AGENDA

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Chairman Tom Wheeler
Commissioner Ajit Pai

9:45 am – 10:45 am

Broadband-Enabled Opportunities for Schools and Libraries

A panel discussion with education and library leaders focused on the benefits of connecting schools and libraries to high-capacity broadband, with real-world examples of how broadband access is changing the nature of services being provided within schools and libraries.

Introductory Remarks:

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Richard Culatta, Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education

Panelists:

Dr. Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County, MD Public Schools


Corinne Hill, Executive Director, Chattanooga, TN Public Library
Ahniwake Rose, Executive Director, National Indian Education Association
Dr. Eric Williams, Superintendent, York County, VA Public Schools; Superintendent, Loudoun County, VA Public Schools, effective July 1, 2014

Education and Library Technology Experts Roundtable

The remainder of the workshop will be a moderated roundtable discussion that covers several topics related to ensuring that schools and libraries have affordable access to 21st Century broadband.

Confirmed Roundtable Participants (subject to change)

Stacey Aldrich , Deputy Secretary for the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Emily Almond, Director, IT, Georgia Public Library Service
Keith Bockwoldt, Director of Technology Services, Township High School District 214, Arlington Heights, IL
Phil Emer, Director of Technology Planning and Policy, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
Rick Everitt, Program Coordinator for Technology Enhancement, Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (FL)
Joe Freddoso, President & CEO, MCNC
Jennifer Gardner, Director, IT Finance & Subsidies, School District of Philadelphia, PA
Will Goodman, Director of Technology, Mountain Home School District, ID
David Leonard, Director of Administration and Chief Technology Officer, Boston Public Library
Jeff Letourneau, Executive Director, NetworkMaine
Evan Marwell, CEO, Education SuperHighway
Ed McKaveney, Technology Director, Hampton Township School District, PA
Gary Rawson, Federal Programs Coordinator, Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services
Robert Swiggum, Chief Information Officer, Georgia Department of Education

10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Expanding Access to Wi-Fi for Schools and Libraries

Participants will discuss upgrading local area networks to provide Wi-Fi capable of handling 1:1 initiatives, increases in Wi-Fi demand, strategies for ensuring cost-effective purchasing, and planning for the wireless schools and libraries of the future.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch Break

(lunch not provided)

1:00 pm – 1:05 pm

Remarks from Commissioner Michael O’Rielly

1:05 pm – 2:45 pm

Enabling the Lowest “E-rate” for Schools and Libraries

Participants will discuss different approaches to providing affordable access to 21st Century broadband, including improving Internet access and wide area network connectivity for school districts and library systems, state research and education networks, regional and state consortium purchasing, and state master contracts.

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Concluding Remarks

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn
Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC
Jon Wilkins, Managing Director, FCC

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April 17, 2014 - 9:00 am - 5:45 pm
FCC 445 12TH ST SW WASHINGTON DC 20554

Representatives from public safety agencies and organizations, service providers, technology vendors, and other stakeholders convened to explore the impact of the technology transition on key public safety, emergency response, and national security functions.  This workshop, previously announced on March 14, 2014 and will explored the impact of the technology transition on key public safety, emergency response, and national security functions.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provided an initial agenda and session participant information (subject to change) for the workshop on “Public Safety Imperatives for All-IP Networks” scheduled for April 17, 2014 and April 18, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The workshop was comprised of four sessions that focused on current public safety, emergency response and national security dependencies on legacy switched telecommunications infrastructure and challenges in four categories:  (1) day-to-day public safety operations in an all-IP world; (2) disaster preparation and responses in an all-IP world; (3) additional risk factors from cyber exploits on commercial, public and government networks; and (4) the impact of technology transitions on national security and federal government systems.  Participants shared their real world expertise and contributed their individual views and analysis as to how an all-IP-based infrastructure can support a range of public safety mission requirement. Sessions on Thursday, April 17, 2014 were open to the public and all were invited to attend. The session on Friday, April 18, 2014 was limited to invited federal interagency participants only. However, a public synopsis of the Friday session will be made available after the event.

Audience members and viewers of the webcast were given the opportunity to engage in the public session discussions during the workshop via email at livequestions@fcc.gov and on Twitter using the “#TechTransitions” hashtag. To facilitate ongoing dialogue between interested parties, FCC hosted a online discussion forum that could be accessed through this event page beginning April 17, 2014. Anyone is welcome to join the dialogue, and all comments will become part of the official record for the GN Docket No. 13-5 proceeding. The forum will be open for comments until close of business on May 1, 2014.

Comments, reply comments, and ex parte submissions will be available for public inspection during regular business hours in the FCC Reference Center, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, S.W., CY-A257, Washington, D.C., 20554. These documents will also be available via the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). Documents will be available electronically in ASCII, Microsoft Word, and/or Adobe Acrobat. To request information in accessible formats (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY).

View Henning Schulzrinne's Presentation (PDF)

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March 19, 2014 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305), 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C., 20554

In the Technology Transitions Order, the Commission recognized the “particular challenges for the deployment of next generation communications services” in rural areas and affirmed its commitment to ensuring that “as networks transition, the access of rural American customers, including customers living on Tribal lands, is not just preserved, but enhanced, in all areas of the country.” In order to better understand these challenges and develop targeted experiments to address them, the Technology Transitions Order announced that the Commission would hold a Rural Broadband Workshop in March 2014. The Rural Broadband Workshop focused on the importance of broadband in rural America and included presentations designed to elicit information to help develop “ideas about how to structure experiments that will inform our policy decisions regarding the deployment of next generation networks in rural, high-cost areas.”

The workshop included an examination of the broadband needs of rural populations and the unique challenges of both broadband deployment and adoption in rural areas. In addition, the discussion highlighted the economic, educational, and healthcare benefits that can be realized through broadband deployment and adoption. The workshop also examined different business models that have been used to deploy broadband in rural areas, including a discussion of the factors that drive investment decisions and technology choices of different types of providers in rural communities. Finally, the workshop examined the role that states have played, and can continue to play, in meeting the rural broadband challenge. See the Final Agenda for additional details and panelists.

For further information, contact Patrick Halley at 202-418-7550, or via e-mail at Patrick.Halley@fcc.gov.

Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Tom Wheeler, Chairman, FCC
  • John Padalino, Administrator, Rural Utilities Service, USDA
Panel 1: Broadband Needs, Challenges and Opportunities in Rural America
  • Introductory Remarks:
    • Commissioner Mignon Clyburn
    • Steve Rosenberg, Chief Data Officer, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC
  • Moderators:
    • Shirley Bloomfield, CEO, NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association
    • Dr. Peter Stenberg, Senior Economist, USDA-Economic Research Service
    • Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC
  • Panelists:
    • Jeff Fastnacht, Superintendent, Ellendale School, Ellendale, ND
    • Charles Fluharty, President and CEO, Rural Policy Research Institute
    • Brian Kelley, CEO, Ag Technologies
    • Thomas F. Klobucar, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Office of Rural Health, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Linda Lord, Maine State Librarian
    • Don Means, Coordinator, Gigabit Libraries Network
    • Peter Morris, Senior Advisor to the Executive Director, National Congress of American Indians
Panel 2: Rural Broadband Buildout - Effective Strategies & Lessons Learned
  • Introductory Remarks:
    • Commissioner Michael O’Rielly
  • Moderators:
    • Jonathan Chambers, Chief, Office of Strategic Planning & Policy Analysis, FCC
    • Carol Mattey, Deputy Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC
    • Alex Minard, Deputy Chief, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC
  • Panelists:
    • Will Aycock, General Manager, Greenlight Community Broadband, City of Wilson, NC
    • Michael Cook, Senior Vice President, North America Division, Hughes Network Systems
    • Jimmy Copeland, Director of Special Projects, Troy Cablevision, Inc.
    • Randy Klindt, General Manager, Co-Mo Comm, Inc. (a subsidiary of Co-Mo Electric Cooperative, Inc.)
    • Cecil Lara, Director Network Planning, AT&T
    • Denny Law, General Manager/CEO, Golden West Telecommunications
    • Ben Moncrief, Director, Government Relations, C Spire
    • Alex Phillips, CEO, Highspeedlink.net
Panel 3: State Strategies to Meet the Rural Broadband Challenge
  • Moderators:
    • Joanne Hovis, President, CTC Technology and Energy
    • Kim Scardino, Chief, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline
    • Competition Bureau, FCC
  • Panelists:
    • David Salway, Director, New York State Broadband Program Office
    • Catherine Sandoval, (Excel File), Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
    • Lori Sorenson, Chief Operating Officer, Bureau of Communications & Computer Services, Illinois Central Management Services
    • Ray Timothy, Ph.D., CEO/Executive Director, Utah Education Network

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February 21, 2014 - 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554

On January 29, 2014, the Commission’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) Commission’s Incentive Auction Task Force released a Public Notice seeking comment on a methodology for predicting potential interference between broadcast television and licensed wireless services. The purpose of the workshop was for FCC staff to provide further detail and answer questions from interested parties. Presenting was Julie Knapp, OET Chief, accompanied by other OET staff including Matthew Hussey, Associate Chief for Policy; Robert Weller, Chief, Technical Analysis Branch; Barbara Pavon, Electronics Engineer; Martin Doczkat, Electronics Engineer; as well as Brett Tarnutzer, Assistant Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.

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February 21, 2014 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554

On January 9, 2014, the Commission’s Incentive Auction Task Force released a Public Notice detailing methodology that could be used to perform “feasibility checks” during the repacking component of the upcoming incentive auction. This workshop focused on methods of solving a complex engineering problem - how to quickly assess the feasibility of assigning channels to a set of television stations in a manner that does not violate certain technical constraints. The ability to perform feasibility checks rapidly during each round of bidding will be necessary if the Commission ultimately decides to use a descending clock for the reverse auction component of the incentive auction.

Presenting was Brett Tarnutzer, Assistant Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and one of our outside experts, Dr. Kevin Leyton-Brown, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia.

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February 18, 2014 - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305), 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) hosted a workshop the morning of Tuesday, February 18, 2014. The purpose of the workshop was to gather and incorporate stakeholder input on the types of research that are needed to improve the functional equivalency and efficiency of telecommunications relay service (TRS) 1.

This first workshop focused on developing a platform for the delivery of IP-based relay services and the development of new and improved relay services during and after the IP transition. Panels included discussions with academics and researchers with demonstrated relevant expertise. An audience question and answer session followed.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Roger Goldblatt, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, at, (202) 418-1035 (voice) or Roger.Goldblatt@fcc.gov (email) or Mark Wigfield, Office of Media Relations, at (202) 418-0253 (voice) or Mark.Wigfield@fcc.gov (email).

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1 The FCC entered into an agreement with the National Institute on Aging to collaborate on research into the effectiveness, efficiency, and consumer response to current and anticipated IP- based relay technologies such as automated speech-to text and video plus automated speech to text. See Press Release, FCC, FCC and National Institute on Aging to Partner on Research Advancing Accessibility to Communications for Americans with Hearing Disabilities (rel. Dec. 12, 2013), available at http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-324668A1.doc.

January 14, 2014 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Commission Meeting Room at the FCC, 445 12th Street, SW, Room TW-C305, Washington, DC 20554.

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) and Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) hosted a workshop on the Spectrum Access System (SAS) for the 3550-3650 MHz band (3.5 GHz band), as proposed in the 3.5 GHz NPRM. The workshop focused on the technical requirements, architecture, and operational parameters of the SAS. WTB and OET issued a call for papers in advance of the workshop. This Public Notice lays out four focus areas for interested parties to address in their technical submissions. All submissions in response to the call for papers were due Friday, January 3, 2014.

To further facilitate dialogue between interested parties, we have created 5 online discussion forums, one for each of the focus areas covered in the workshop and a 5th to discuss the supplemental presentations on Radar Interference Studies. 3.5 GHz Spectrum Access Workshop Online Discussion Forums

Presentations

Resources

November 18, 2013 - 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington DC, 20554

On November 18, 2013, the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau) hosted a public workshop to discuss recent developments in the use of wireless technology to contact emergency services. The workshop explored current trends that may be affecting the provision and quality of 911 location information delivered to Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), including the increased volume of wireless 911 calls and the increase in wireless calls originating from indoor locations. The workshop also examined issues raised in the August 12, 2013 ex parte filing by the California chapter of the National Emergency Number Association (CALNENA)regarding the percentage of wireless 911 calls in which E911 Phase II location information is provided to PSAPs.[1] Finally, the workshop will explore potential solutions that could improve the delivery of accurate E911 location information. The workshop will be held at FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington DC, 20554. Further details regarding the workshop participants, panels, and times will be announced by future public notice.

Workshop Presentations
Morning Session Afternoon Session Resources
Releases
November 8, 2013 - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554

As part of its Learn Everything About Reverse-Auctions Now Program (LEARN), the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) hosted a workshop on Friday, November 8, 2013, to discuss unlicensed spectrum issues related to the broadcast television incentive auction proceeding. The workshop focused on the benefits and uses of unlicensed spectrum in the existing and future television bands white spaces and in the guard bands of the new 600 MHz band following the upcoming incentive auction, as well as technical questions associated with proposed unlicensed operations in the 600 MHz band. The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the broadcast television incentive auction, including issues relating to unlicensed spectrum, in October, 2012.

For further information about the workshop, contact:

Paul Murray, OET, at (202) 418-0688 (voice) or Paul.Murray@fcc.gov (email) Cecilia Sulhoff, WTB, at (202) 418-0587 (voice) or Cecilia.Sulhoff@fcc.gov (email). 

For more information about the broadcast television incentive auction, visit: http://www.fcc.gov/learn.

Releases

October 15, 2013 - 9:00 am
Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, DC

This workshop was cancelled due to the Federal Government furlough.

The FCC’s Technology Transitions Policy Task Force is conducting a data-driven review of the ongoing technology transitions affecting the communications marketplace to ensure that the Commission’s policies continue to encourage innovation and investment, empower and protect consumers, promote competition, and ensure network resiliency and reliability. The Task Force held an initial workshop in March 2013 to gather data and analysis to establish a factual baseline understanding of these transitions. Continuing that effort, the Task Force announced the second workshop to address the potential impacts from these transitions on consumers and competition.

This workshop will focus on the consumer and competitive impacts of two key technology transitions: (1) the replacement of copper networks with fiber; and (2) the shift from wireline services toward greater use of wireless services. Specifically, the workshop will solicit data and analysis on the potential effects on residential and business consumers as well as the competitive marketplace when providers retire or discontinue copperbased services and replace them with IP-based fiber and/or wireless service. Panelists will include a broad array of stakeholders and observers to discuss how these technological changes could potentially affect consumers and competition. Additional details concerning the workshop agenda and panelists will be forthcoming.

The workshop will be free and open to the public, and will also be streamed live at http://www.fcc.gov/live. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. The request should include a detailed description of the accommodation needed and contact information. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible in order to allow the agency to satisfy such requests whenever possible. Send an email to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY).

For further information, contact Stephanie Weiner at 202-418-1752, or via e-mail at Stephanie.weiner@fcc.gov.

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September 30, 2013 - 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Commission Meeting Room at FCC Headquarters, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room TW-C305, Washington, DC

As part of the Learn Everything About Reverse Auctions Now Program (LEARN), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hosted a workshop on Monday, September 30, 2013, in Washington, D.C. The two-panel session focused on issues surrounding the reassignment of television stations after the incentive auction authorized by Congress in the Spectrum Act of 2012 (Act).

The Act establishes a $1.75 billion TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund for the Commission to reimburse costs reasonably incurred by broadcasters who are relocated to new channels when broadcast spectrum is repacked following the auction. In the workshop, panelists discussed: 1) the categories of reimbursable costs broadcasters might incur as a result of the repacking; and 2) how broadcasters can coordinate among themselves to mitigate costs and ensure the most efficient transition to new frequencies.

For further information, contact: Kim Matthews at (202) 418-2154 or Kim.Matthews@fcc.gov; Mary Margaret Jackson at (202) 418-3641 or MaryMargaret.Jackson@fcc.gov; or Pamela Gallant at (202) 418-0614 or Pamela.Gallant@fcc.gov. Press contact: Justin Cole at (202) 418-8191 or Justin.Cole@fcc.gov. For additional information about the broadcast television incentive auction, visit: http://www.fcc.gov/learn.

Agenda

10:00 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks – Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn
Commissioner Ajit Pai
10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.






Panel 1:  Categories of Reimbursable Costs Incurred by Broadcasters
Moderator, Rebecca Hanson, Senior Advisor, Broadcast Spectrum, FCC Media Bureau
Joe Davis, President, Chesapeake RF Consultants
Jane Mago, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, National Association of Broadcasters
Peter Starke, Vice President, Broadcast, American Tower
Joe Zuba, National Sales Manager, Dielectric
11:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Panel 2:  Strategies to Promote Transition Coordination and Cost Mitigation Among Broadcasters
Moderator, Bill Lake, Chief, FCC Media Bureau
Mark Aitken, Vice President, Advanced Technology, Sinclair Broadcast Group
David Donovan, President, New York State Broadcasters Association
Erin Dozier, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, National Association of Broadcasters
Robert Kelly, Partner, Squire Sanders
Lonna Thompson, Executive Vice President, Association of Public Television Stations
July 10, 2013 - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, DC

The agenda for the workshop included remarks from special guests and three panel discussions, as follows:

Welcome
(9:00 AM)
Roger Goldblatt, Associate Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Opening Remarks
(9:15 AM)
Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn
Panel 1
(9:30 AM)
Consumers and Public Policy – This panel explored individual and societal impacts of ICS rates, rate reform, and increased contact between incarcerated individuals and their families.

Moderator:
Deena Shetler, Associate Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau

FCC Staff Participant:
Lynne Engledow, Assistant Chief, Pricing Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau

Panelists:
Alex Friedmann, Associate Director, Human Rights Defense Center & Managing Editor, Prison Legal News
The Honorable Patrick A. Hope, Member, Virginia House of Delegates
Cheryl Leanza, President, A Learned Hand, LLC on behalf of United Church of Christ's media justice and communications rights ministry
Talila Lewis, Founder and President, Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf (HEARD)
Tim Meade, President and Chief Executive Officer, Millicorp
Charlie Sullivan, Founder, Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE)
 
Remarks from
Dignitaries

(11:00 AM)
The Honorable Bobby Rush
The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton
Panel 2
(1:00 PM)
State Actions to Reform Inmate Calling Services Rates – This panel focused on issues addressed by states that have undertaken ICS rate reform. In particular, the panel explored how rates have been set within those states, what the reform process has been, and how existing contracts and site commissions have been taken into account. The panel also considered concerns that have arisen with disability-related calling and how states are addressing those challenges.

Moderator:
Commissioner John Burke, Chair, NARUC Committee on Telecommunications & Vermont Public Service Board

FCC Staff Participant:
Kalpak Gude, Chief, Pricing Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau

Panelists:
Commissioner Anne C. Boyle, Nebraska Public Service Commission
amalia deloney, Associate Director, The Center for Media Justice
The Honorable Patrick A. Hope, Member, Virginia House of Delegates
Barry Marano, Case Management Counselor & ADA Coordinator for Deaf and Hearing Impaired, Powhatan Correctional Center (VA)
Jason Marks, Former Commissioner, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission
Afternoon Remarks
(2:30 PM)
Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Panel 3
(2:40 PM)
Providing Inmate Calling Services – This panel considered how ICS is evolving to drive efficiencies while providing service responsive to the unique needs of correctional facilities. This panel explored the costs of providing service, including costs that may apply individually or be shared among facilities as well as how costs vary across type and size of correctional facilities.

Moderator:
Commissioner Anne C. Boyle, Nebraska Public Service Commission

FCC Staff Participants:
Eric Ralph, Chief Economist, Wireline Competition Bureau
Randy Clarke, Deputy Chief, Pricing Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau

Panelists:
Mitch Lucas, Assistant Sheriff, Charleston County Sheriff's Office (SC) & 1st Vice President, American Jail Association
Lee G. Petro, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Richard Torgersrud, Chief Executive Officer, Telmate, LLC
Vincent Townsend, President, Pay Tel Communications, Inc.
Peter Wagner, Executive Director, Prison Policy Initiative Timothy O. Woods, Director of Government Affairs and Contracts, National Sheriffs' Association
Closing Remarks
(4:00 PM)
Julie Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau

We remind the public that presentations to decision-making personnel that go to the merits of the Commission’s pending permit-but-disclose proceeding in Rates for Interstate Inmate Calling Services, WC Docket No. 12-375, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 27 FCC Rcd 16629-30 (2012), must comply with the Commission’s ex parte rules. See 47 C.F.R. § 1.1200 et seq. Interested parties are also invited to submit written ex parte presentations in this public docket.

Please note: all public remarks made at the workshop will be transcribed and entered into the record for this proceeding. Thus, it is not necessary for speakers making public remarks at the workshop to submit filings in compliance with the Commission's ex parte rules.

For additional information about the Workshop, please contact Gregory Haledjian of the Wireline Competition Bureau, at (202) 418-7440 or gregory.haledjian@fcc.gov. For media inquiries, contact Mark Wigfield, 202-418-0253, or mark.wigfield@fcc.gov.

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May 14, 2013 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
FCC Headquarters; Commission Meeting Room

Starting in 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been holding workshops for its licensees and their consultants on the required environmental compliance process to be completed prior to the construction of communications towers. Prior workshops have provided information on the compliance process for Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and on Tribal engagement during the Section 106 process. This workshop provides more information on those topics as well as on compliance under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The workshop also provided information on the revised Antenna Structure Registration System (ASR).

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has held a more recent workshop covering this material that can be found here.

Accessibility Information. To request information in accessible formats (computer diskettes, large print, audio recording, and Braille), send an email to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the FCC’s consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY). This document can also be downloaded in Word and Portable Document Format (PDF) at: http://www.fcc.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Steve DelSordo, Federal Preservation Officer, at (202) 418-1986 or at stephen.delsordo@fcc.gov

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May 3, 2013 - 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Commission Meeting Room

As part of its Learn Everything About Reverse-Auctions Now Program (LEARN), the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) held a workshop to discuss technical aspects of the 600 MHz band plan that will result from the broadcast television incentive auction. The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the broadcast television incentive auction in October, 2012.

For more information about the broadcast television incentive auction, visit: http://www.fcc.gov/learn.

Accessibility Information. To request information in accessible formats (computer diskettes, large print, audio recording, and Braille), send an email to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the FCC’s consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY). This document can also be downloaded in Word and Portable Document Format (PDF) at: http://www.fcc.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Cecilia Sulhoff, WTB, at (202) 418-0587 or Cecilia.Sulhoff@fcc.gov.

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March 27, 2013 - 9:00 am - 3:35 pm
445 12 th Street, SW, Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305), Washington, DC 20554

On January 18, 2013, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski issued the Gigabit City Challenge, challenging broadband Internet providers and local and state governments to bring at least one gigabit-speed Internet community to all 50 states by 2015. Communities and providers across the nation are deploying gigabit broadband networks and leveraging these new capabilities to drive innovation, grow their economy, and benefit schools, health care systems, and anchor institutions.

To help communities achieve this goal, Chairman Genachowski announced that the Commission would host workshops designed to analyze successful gigabit network deployments, and to provide information on how industry, local, and state leaders can meet the goals of the Gigabit City Challenge.

On March 27, 2013, the Wireline Competition Bureau hosted the first of these workshops. The goal of this workshop was to explore how current gigabit communities deployed their networks, the economic and social benefits that accrue to gigabit communities, ways communities can aggregate demand in order to make a gigabit network deployment more economically appealing, and how communities can leverage their assets to incent an ultra-fast network. The workshop was free and open to the public and was held in the Commission Meeting Room at FCC Headquarters, located at 445 12th Street, SW, Room TW-C305, Washington, DC 20554.

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Panel 1: What Communities Can Do with a Gigabit

Chairman's Remarks & Panel 1 Video  expand and contract
    Moderator
  • Jonathan Sallet
    Senior Adjunct Fellow, Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, University of Colorado Law School

  • Panelists
  • Dr. Kecia Ray
    At-Large Representative, International Society for Technology in Education
  • David Sandel
    President, Sandel & Associates
  • David Wade
    Executive Vice President and COO, EPB
  • William Wallace
    Executive Director, US Ignite

Panel 2: Becoming a Gigabit Community

Panel 2 Video  expand and contract
    Moderator
  • Dale Hatfield
    Senior Fellow, Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, University of Colorado Law School

  • Panelists
  • Jim Baller
    President, Baller Herbst Law Group
  • Gary Evans
    Senior Consultant, Hiawatha Broadband Communications
  • Marc Hoit
    Vice Chancellor for Information Technology, North Carolina State University
  • Tony Perez
    Director, Seattle Office of Cable Communications

Live Demonstration of Gigabit Applications

Demonstration Video  expand and contract

Panel 3: Innovation in Demand Aggregation

Panel 3 Video  expand and contract
    Moderator
  • Blair Levin
    Communications & Society Fellow, Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program

  • Panelists
  • Mark Ansboury
    President and Co-Founder, Gigabit Squared
  • Aaron Deacon
    Managing Director, KC Digital Drive
  • Kevin Leddy
    Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Time Warner Cable
  • David Young
    Executive Director, Public Policy Development, Verizon

Panel 4: Leveraging Local Tools

Panel 4 Video  expand and contract
    Moderator
  • Steven Wildman
    Chief Economist, FCC

  • Panelists
  • Heather Gold
    President, Fiber-to-the-Home Council Americas
  • Milo Medin
    Vice President of Access Services, Google
  • Christopher Mitchell
    Director, Telecommunications as Commons Initiative, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
  • Rick Usher
    Assistant City Manager, City of Kansas City, Missouri

 

March 18, 2013 - 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Room TW-C305, 445 12th Street S.W., Washington, DC

On December 10, 2012, Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the formation of an agencywide Technology Transitions Policy Task Force to "provide recommendations to modernize the Commission's policies." The Chairman instructed the Task Force to provide recommendations to "empower and protect consumers, promote competition, and ensure network resiliency and reliability." As part of the data-driven and transparent review that the Chairman has required, the Task Force announces today the first in a series of workshops. The first workshop will gather data and analysis to establish a factual baseline understanding of these transitions.

The first workshop was held on Monday, March 18, 2013, in the Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305), 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C., 20554. This workshop solicited data and analysis on three critical ongoing transitions: the evolution in network protocols, including from TDM to IP; the replacement of copper networks with fiber; and the shift from wireline services toward greater use of wireless services. The workshop analyzed the American landscape in a granular way by gathering data on disparities between rural and urban areas and business and residential services. The workshop also focused on the experiences of different demographic groups, including different generations, as well as challenges faced by people with disabilities. Panelists also described underlying network technologies and identified the advantages and limitations that various technologies present in different contexts. Finally, the workshop sought input on the factors driving the market's transition to new technologies.

For further information, contact Rebekah Goodheart at 202-418-1438, or via e-mail at rebekah.goodheart@fcc.gov.

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March 13, 2013 - 9:45 am - 3:30 pm
FCC Headquarters, Commission Meeting Room

The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Office of Engineering and Technology hosted a workshop on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in the Commission Meeting Room at the FCC Headquarters Building in Washington, DC. In December 2012, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would make 100 MHz of spectrum available for shared small cell use in the 3550-3650 MHz band (3.5 GHz Band). The workshop explored the concepts and proposals raised in the NPRM.

The goal of the workshop was to bring together top innovators and thinkers in the small cell, database management, and spectrum sharing fields to discuss technological developments. The workshop explored small technology in the context of the 3.5 GHz Band as well as database and dynamic spectrum sharing technologies that could be utilized to manage access to the Band.

To request information in accessible formats (computer diskettes, large print, audio recording, and Braille), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY). This document can also be downloaded in Word and Portable Document Format (PDF) at: http://www.fcc.gov.

For additional information about the workshop contact: Paul Powell at (202) 418-1613 or by e-mail: paul.powell@fcc.gov.

Presentations

Panel #1: Small Cell Technology, Network Design, and the 3.5 GHz Band

Panel #2: The Spectrum Access System – Innovative Approaches to Dynamic Spectrum Sharing

Small Cell Technology Overview

  • Milind Buddhikot, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs

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February 6, 2013 - 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Brooklyn Law School - Forchelli Center

This Network Resiliency workshop featured presentations from engineering faculty, industry researchers and network engineers addressing topics relevant to the Commission’s ongoing examination of network resiliency in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and other major storms.

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October 30, 2012 - 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
FCC Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554

Due to inclement weather, the Senior Digital Literacy Day scheduled for October 30 has been canceled. We hope to reschedule this event for a later date. Please check fcc.gov for updates.

Seniors, and those who work with or care for them, are invited to attend and learn about how high speed Internet service can benefit older Americans. Speakers will emphasize the safe and secure on-line practices. There will be interactive demonstrations of mobile phones, tablets, iPads, desktops and e-readers, as well as user-friendly computer programs that can benefit seniors. Representatives from the FCC, communications companies, and non-profit organizations will make presentations and answer questions.

Click here for a full agenda: http://transition.fcc.gov/cgb/events/Digital-Literacy-Day-Agenda.pdf

The event is open to the public; however, admittance is limited to 140 attendees. Pre-registration is highly recommended. To pre-register for the event, please contact Susan Fisenne at Susan.Fisenne@fcc.gov or by phone at 202-418-2502.

Location: FCC Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554.

The closest Metro stops are the Smithsonian and the L'Enfant Plaza stops. There is also a public parking garage adjacent to the main entrance of the FCC on 12th Street. Attendees should arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of time to go through security. Government-issued identification is required to go through security and be admitted to the building.

Audio/video coverage of the seminar will be broadcast live with open captioning over the Internet on the FCC's web page at www.fcc.gov/live. The webcast is free and does not require pre-registration.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Please include a description of the accommodation you will need. Individuals making such requests must include their contact information for FCC staff members who may need to contact them for more information. Requests should be made as early as possible. Please send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau: 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY).

For more event information, contact Anthony Butler at Anthony.Butler@fcc.gov or 202-418-2372.

October 26, 2012 - 1:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Commission headquarters, 445 12th St., SW., Commission Meeting Room, Washington, DC 20554

As part of its Learning Everything About Reverse-Auctions Now Program (LEARN), the Commission announced details for its October 26, 2012 workshop on the FCC’s recently released incentive auction NPRM. The workshop provided information about issues raised in the NPRM that are particularly relevant to broadcasters considering participating in the auction, including proposed auction designs, the mechanics of participation, and station eligibility. It also focused on issues of interest to broadcasters that may choose not to participate, including proposed band plans and possible approaches to repacking. This workshop was part of the FCC’s commitment to an open and transparent process to ensure that the proposals in the NPRM are understood by all relevant stakeholders, so that they can engage effectively in the public comment process and make informed decisions about participating in the auction.

Agenda

1:30 – 1:35          Welcoming Remarks, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn
1:35 – 1:45          Overview: How the Pieces Fit Together, Gary Epstein,
                          Chair, Incentive Auction Task Force
1:45 – 2:00          Reverse Auction Design Proposals, Brett Tarnutzer,
                          Chief Data Officer, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
2:00 – 2:15          Station Eligibility, Bill Lake, Chief, Media Bureau
2:15 – 2:30          Forward Auction and New Band Plans, Ruth Milkman,
                          Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
2:30 – 2:45           Interference Proposals and Repacking, Julie Knapp,
                          Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology
2:45 – 3:15          Questions: Moderator, Rebecca Hanson,
                          Senior Advisor, Media Bureau

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October 24, 2012 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
445 12 th Street, SW, Commission Meeting Room (TW-C305), Washington, DC 20554

The FCC’s Public Safety Homeland Security Bureau will host a workshop that will focus on the upcoming CSRIC test bed and issues related to improving indoor location accuracy. 

Consumers are increasingly relying exclusively on mobile wireless communications, and many wireless calls are now made indoors. Nevertheless, during an emergency, wireless carriers are oftentimes unable to provide a 911 call center with precise location information when the 911 call is placed indoors.

Recognizing this critical public safety concern, the FCC tasked the Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) with evaluating the performance and viability of location technologies in their ability to support indoor environments for E911 services. To meet this objective, various members of the CSRIC will conduct testing to evaluate location technologies for improving indoor E911 services.

Workshop Presentations


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October 23, 2012 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
445 12th St., SW., Commission Meeting Room, Washington, DC 20554

The FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau will host an educational workshop on the Section 106 process required for the construction of all new communications towers and for the collocation of communications gear on other structures. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Eastern in the Commission Meeting Room at FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC. The FCC will not webcast the workshop at this time.

The workshop will provide guidance to its licensees and their consultants, and for those who construct communications facilities for FCC licensees, on the Section 106 process required by the National Historic Preservation Act and by the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for Review of Effects on Historic Properties for Certain Undertakings Approved by the Federal Communications Commission. Among the topics to be discussed are improvements to the submittal of documentation to the FCC, State Historic Preservation Offices, and to Indian Tribes. A particular focus will be the effects of communications projects on historic and Tribal landscapes and on Tribal religious and cultural properties. Presentations will be made by FCC staff and staff from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, National Park Service, and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Offices.

This workshop is open to the public. All attendees are advised to arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the workshop to allow time to go through our security process. Attendees are required to pre-register by submitting their name and company affiliation sending an email to Jim Swartz (james.swartz@fcc.gov) in order to expedite the check-in process.

To request information in accessible formats (computer diskettes, large print, audio recording, and Braille), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY). This document can also be downloaded in Word and Portable Document Format (PDF) at: http://www.fcc.gov.

For additional Information contact: Steve DelSordo at (202) 418-1986 or by e-mail: stephen.delsordo@fcc.gov.

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September 14, 2012 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Commission’s fourth floor South Conference Room (4B-516)

On November 18, 2011, the Commission released the USF/ICC Transformation Order, which comprehensively reforms and modernizes the universal service and intercarrier compensation systems. In the Order, the Commission adopted a framework for providing ongoing support to areas served by price cap carriers, including areas where broadband service is not currently provided, known as Connect America Phase II. Specifically, the Commission will provide ongoing support to these areas through "a combination of a forward-looking cost model and competitive bidding."

The Wireline Competition Bureau held a Connect America Phase II Cost Model Workshop that discussed the design and mechanics of one model that estimates the cost of providing service to the entire nation, submitted into the record by the ABC Coalition.

Presentations

Maps

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September 13, 2012 - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Commission Meeting Room (TWC305), 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C.

On November 18, 2011, the Commission released the USF/ICC Transformation Order, which comprehensively reforms and modernizes the universal service and intercarrier compensation systems. In the Order, the Commission adopted a framework for providing ongoing support to areas served by price cap carriers, including areas where broadband service is not currently provided, known as Connect America Phase II. Specifically, the Commission will provide ongoing support to these areas through "a combination of a forward-looking cost model and competitive bidding."

The Wireline Competition Bureau held a Connect America Phase II Cost Model Workshop that discussed the design and mechanics of one model that estimates the cost of providing service to the entire nation, submitted into the record by the ABC Coalition.

Presentations

Maps

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July 31, 2012 - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
and July 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT Via Teleconference

stations.fcc.gov - public access
stationaccess.fcc.gov - broadcaster sign in

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 Demo

On August 1, 2012, the FCC will conduct public online “screensharing” demonstrations of the database it has developed to host the online public inspection file for television broadcast stations.  The FCC will demonstrate the interface to be used by television stations to file documents required to be placed in the online database.  The screensharing demonstration will be available online only and will provide high resolution views of the application screens and cover the material presented during the July 17, 2012 demonstration.

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
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1. Go to https://fccevents.webex.com/fccevents/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=995570017  
2. Enter your name and email address. 
3. Enter the meeting password: fcc123 
4. Click "Join Now". 

The database has been developed in connection with the FCC’s recent Order requiring television broadcast stations to post their public inspection files online in a central, Commission-hosted database.  These rules go into effect August 2, 2012.  The screensharing demonstration is part of the commitment made by the Commission to test the online public file and educate the public regarding its use.  The demonstration will inform broadcasters and others of the design and content of the online file, how stations will upload information to the file, how file sharing tools like Dropbox and Box can be used for uploading, and other ways in which the FCC is working to facilitate access to its public databases.

Persons interested in participating may do so by visiting www.fcc.gov/events/demonstrations-online-public-inspection-file-interface, prior to the Monday or Tuesday session, and clicking the link for the appropriate session online and teleconference information.  The online demonstration will provide access to an Internet site for viewing; the audio portion of the demonstration will be conducted by teleconference.  Parties must join the call before the scheduled start time.  Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request.  Send an email to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice) or (202) 418-0432 (TTY).

To the extent any participant submits information during the demonstration on which the participant intends the Commission to rely in the online public file proceeding, such information should be filed in the rulemaking docket in ECFS, as required under 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206.

 For additional information, contact John Norton, john.norton@fcc.gov, (202) 418-7037, or Kim Matthews, kim.matthews@fcc.gov, (202) 418-2154, of the Media Bureau, Policy Division, or Greg Elin, greg.elin@fcc.gov, (202) 418-2210, of the Office of the Managing Director.  For press inquiries, contact Tom Horan, thomas.horan@fcc.gov, (202) 418-2486.

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July 17, 2012 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, DC

Preview Application

Broadcasters may preview the application at https://stationaccess.fcc.gov
Follow the login instructions on the sign in page.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 Demo

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
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To join the online event
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1. Go to https://fccevents.webex.com/fccevents/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=995570017  
2. Enter your name and email address. 
3. Enter the meeting password: fcc123 
4. Click "Join Now". 

On July 17, 2012, the FCC conducted a public demonstration of the database it has developed to host the online public inspection file for television broadcast stations. The FCC demonstrated the interface to be used by stations to file documents required to be placed in the online database.

Jump to screenshots

The database has been developed in connection with the FCC’s recent Order requiring television broadcast stations to post their public inspection files online in a central, Commission-hosted database. These rules go into effect August 2, 2012. The demonstration is part of the commitment made by the Commission to test the online public file and educate the public regarding its use. The demonstration informed broadcasters and others of the design and content of the online file, how stations will upload information to the file, how file sharing tools like Dropbox and Box can be used for uploading, and other ways in which the FCC is working to facilitate access to its public databases.

To the extent any participant submited information during the demonstration on which the participant intends the Commission to rely in the online public file proceeding, such information should be filed in the rulemaking docket in ECFS, as required under 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206.

For additional information, contact John Norton, john.norton@fcc.gov, (202) 418-7037, or Kim Matthews, kim.matthews@fcc.gov, (202) 418-2154, of the Media Bureau, Policy Division, or Greg Elin, greg.elin@fcc.gov, (202) 418-2210, of the Office of the Managing Director. For press inquiries, contact Janice Wise, janice.wise@fcc.gov, 202 418-8165.

Screenshot - New TV Station Profile Page (public view)

screenshot of new station profile page

Screenshot - List of Public Files that Stations Upload (public view)

screenshot of public inspection files organized into electronic folders

Screenshot - Top Level Political File Folders (public view)

screenshot of political file section organized into electronic folders

Screenshot - Auto-included EEO Filings from CDBS Database (broadcaster view)

screenshot of new station profile page

Screenshot - Drag and Drop Filing in the Browser (broadcaster view)

Files from computer can be dragged and dropped onto browser to upload.

July 16, 2012 - 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington

The FCC's Technological Advisory Council held a forum on future of wireless band plans on Monday, July 16, 2012.  This forum served to launch a continuing dialogue between the Commission and key industry stakeholders and explored the technological issues affecting band plan design.  The forum included discussions on the impact of developments in filter technology on band planning, LTE trends and their implications for future band plans, and network operator perspectives on band plan design.

FCC Presentation

Filter Design Tutorial

Panel 1

Panel 2

Panel 3

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July 10, 2012 - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, DC

The FCC's Office of Communications Business Opportunities ("OCBO") hosted this Supplier Diversity Conference and Workshop focused on government and private sector business opportunities for small, minority and women-owned businesses.

OCBO invited representatives from private industry, specifically telecommunications and technology firms from across the country, and several government agencies to discuss their organizations' contracting procedures and provide insight on how small businesses should navigate the procurement process generally.

For future questions and updates on this event please contact OCBO at (202) 418- 0990, or via email at Karen.Beverly@fcc.gov

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June 25, 2012 - 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
445 12th St., SW, Commission Meeting Room, Washington, DC

On June 1, 2012, the Commission announced details for its June 25, 2012 repacking cost workshop.  The focus of this workshop was the design of the Commission’s program to reimburse the costs that some broadcasters are likely to incur as a result of channel reassignments in connection with the repacking authorized by the 2012 Spectrum Act.  The Act established a $1.75 billion TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund from which the Commission is to reimburse those costs when the broadcast spectrum is repacked following the FCC’s first incentive auction.  Panelists discussed the categories of costs that they believe the FCC should consider when designing the program.  They also discussed possible models and lessons learned from similar programs that paid the relocation expenses of spectrum incumbents that were assigned new frequencies.

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