The virtual field hearing was conducted during the October Open Commission Meeting on Tuesday, October 26, 2021.


Opening Statements

Panel 1 — Lessons from the Ground
Panel 1 examined first-hand accounts from public safety and communications industry stakeholders responding to disasters with the goal of exploring what works, what doesn’t, and what lessons can we learn from their experiences.

  • Janet Britton - Biography | Statement
    General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Human Resources, EATEL
  • Jeff Johnson - Biography | Statement
    Chief Executive, Western Fire Chiefs
  • Polly Prince Johnson - Biography | Statement
    President and CEO, Louisiana Association of Broadcasters
  • Francisco Sanchez, Jr. - Biography | Statement
    Deputy Homeland Security & Emergency Management Coordinator, Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Jack Varnado - Biography | Statement
    Captain, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office

Panel 2 — Building Resiliency into U.S. Networks
Panel 2 explored steps that have been, could be, and should be taken to build resiliency into networks to improve their availability and accessibility for all affected communities.

  • Scott Bergmann - Biography | Statement
    Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA - The Wireless Association
  • Donald Cravins, Jr. - Biography | Statement
    Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, National Urban League
  • Louis Dabdoub, III - Biography | Statement
    Director, Incident Response, Entergy
  • Harold Feld - Biography | Statement
    Senior Vice President, Public Knowledge
  • Linda Mastandrea - Biography | Statement
    Director, Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, FEMA



Tuesday, October 26, 2021