May 21, 2010 - 11:08 am

SAVE THE DATE:  Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 2:00 pm Eastern time

The Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau's Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) is staffing a special series of interactive web events.  These outreach webinars are designed to share vital information about Commission actions and priorities and improve federal/state dialogue and information sharing.

The first of this event series, similar to some of the National Broadband Plan workshops that took place at the Commission, will take place on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 2:00 pm Eastern time. The FCC is seeking a two way dialogue on key events and issues related to telecommunications and for us to learn and/or partner with state and local governments and their organizations.

You can view the webcast at

The e-mail address where questions can be e-mailed on May 25th during the webcast is:

For more information about the kick-off State and Local Groups Webinar, contact:
Emmitt Carlton,, (202) 418-7321 or
Carmen Scanlon,, (303) 418-0544


2:05 - 2:10 p.m.: Opening Session, Welcoming Remarks
Gregory Vadas, Chief
Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau

2:10 - 2:35 p.m.: Overview of the National Broadband Plan
Phoebe Yang, General Counsel
Omnibus Broadband Initiative

2:35 - 3:15 p.m.: Discussion on Proposed Set of Changes to the E-rate Program
Irene Flannery, Deputy Division Chief Telecommunications Access Policy Division
Wireline Competition Bureau

Briefing on the Pole Attachments Order and FNPRM
Marcus Maher, Associate Bureau Chief
Wireline Competition Bureau

3:15 - 3:45 p.m.: Public Safety and the National Broadband Plan
Jennifer A. Manner, Deputy Bureau Chief
Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau

Briefing on Narrowbanding Issues
Roberto Mussenden, Attorney Advisor
Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau

3:45 - 4:05 p.m.: Overview of the Timely Review of Tower Siting Process
Aaron Goldschmidt, Assistant Chief, NEPA Policy
Spectrum & Competition Policy Division
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau

4:05 - 4:25 p.m.: Lifeline and Link-Up from an Enforcement Perspective
Cynthia Bryant, Attorney Advisor
Enforcement Bureau

4:25 - 5:00 p.m.: "Bill Shock"
Karen Johnson, Attorney Advisor
Policy Division
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau

Cramming Issues
Colleen Heitkamp, Chief
Policy Division
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau

Note:  Emmitt Carlton, the author of this piece, is a veteran of efforts to enhance positive interaction between the federal and state government.  During the 1990's, before coming to the Commission in January 2000, Emmitt served as Consumer Protection and Civil Rights Counsel at the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG).