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Panelists Announced for April 27 Workshop on Modernizing Universal Service for Broadband

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Released: April 22, 2011

ADVISORY
Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th Street, S.W.

Internet: https://www.fcc.gov

Washington, D. C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
April 22, 2011
Mark Wigfield, 202-418-0253
Email: mark.wigfield@fcc.gov

PANELISTS ANNOUNCED FOR APRIL 27 WORKSHOP ON MODERNIZING

UNIVERSAL SERVICE FOR BROADBAND

The second of three workshops on Universal Service reform will focus on modernizing current
programs that support voice service into a Connect America Fund (CAF) that will drive
investment in and access to 21st Century broadband and voice services in rural areas.
Universal service has been central to the Federal Communications Commission's mission since
the Communications Act of 1934 created the agency and committed our nation to making vital
communications services accessible to all Americans. The Universal Service Fund has helped
connect virtually every American to our 20th Century communications grid.
Panel discussions in the morning will focus on current and projected capabilities and deployment
costs for different broadband technologies and how such capabilities and costs may impact the
implementation of the Connect America Fund. The afternoon panel will focus on targeting
support for areas unserved by broadband through the use of a technology-neutral competitive
bidding.
In addition to the panel discussions, technology demonstrations of satellite broadband and 4G
Wireless broadband services will be provided before and after the Workshop panels and during
the lunch break.
Featuring a broad range of stakeholders, the workshops will inform the FCC's consideration of
proposals from the USF/ICC Transformation NPRM unanimously adopted Feb. 8, 2011. The
FCC has indicated that it intends to adopt reforms in this rulemaking in the coming months.

WHAT

: Workshop on Modernizing Universal Service into a Connect America Fund

WHERE

: FCC Commission Room, 445 12th St. SW, Washington DC 20554

WHEN

: Wednesday, April 27, 9:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. EDT

WHO

: FCC Chairman, Commissioners, and staff; outside panelists, state commissioners and
staff

LIVESTREAM

: https://www.fcc.gov/live

ONLINE PARTICIPATION VIA WEBEX

:
https://fccevents.webex.com/fccevents/onstage/g.php?d=996413375&t=a

EMAIL ADDRESS FOR QUESTIONS TO THE WORKSHOP MODERATOR:

USFReform@fcc.gov

TELEPHONE BRIDGE

: 866-808-8519; Passcode: 3093784.

AGENDA

Note: this preliminary agenda is subject to change
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Welcome and Introductory Remarks from Chairman Julius Genachowski, Commissioners
and Sharon Gillett, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau

10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Panel: Broadband Technology Capabilities Today and in the Future


Ralph Brown, Chief Technology Officer, CableLabs

Ken Ko, Senior Staff Scientist, ADTRAN

Paul Mankiewich, Chief Architect, Mobility, Juniper Networks

Mark Dankberg, Chairman & CEO, Viasat, Inc.

Matt Larsen, Owner, Vistabeam
Jim Stegeman, President, CostQuest
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Panel: Implications of Technology Capabilities for Achieving Universal Service Policy
Objectives

Mark Cooper, Research Director, Consumer Federation of America
Andrew Newell, General Counsel, Viaero Wireless
Dave Bickett, GM/CEO, Park Region Mutual Telephone/Otter Tail Telcom/Valley
Telephone
Phil Jones, Commissioner, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
Dr. Traci L. Morris, Homahota Consulting LLC and Native Public Media, Chickasaw
Nation of Oklahoma
David Russell, Solutions Marketing Director, Calix
Christopher McLean, Senior Advisor, Rural Utilities Service, Department of Agriculture
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch break

1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Presentation: The National Broadband Map Today and Where We Are Headed

Angela Simpson, Advisor to the Assistant Secretary, National Telecommunications and
Information Administration
Michael Byrne, Geographic Information Officer, Federal Communications Commission
1:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Panel: Phase 1 of the Connect America Fund Targeting Support for Unserved Areas
Through Technology-Neutral Competitive Bidding


Grant Spellmeyer, Senior Director - Legislative & Regulatory Affairs US Cellular

Jason Hendricks. Director of Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs, RT
Communications, Inc.

Maggie McCready, Vice President , Federal Regulatory, Verizon

Ross Lieberman, Vice President of Government Affairs, American Cable Association

Jose Jimenez, Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs, Cox Communications

Greg Rosston, Deputy Director, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Technology Demonstration Area
Technology demonstrations of satellite broadband service will be provided by WildBlue/ViaSat;
demonstrations of 4G Wireless broadband service will be provided by Verizon; and
demonstrations of fixed wireless broadband service will be provided by Vistabeam before and
after the panels and during the lunch break: (1) 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM, (2) 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM,
and (3) 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM.
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 Patrick Halley of the Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-
7550, or via e-mail at patrick.halley@fcc.gov.
-FCC-

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