Policy Day

THURSDAY, JUNE 4 – 7:30 am - 11:15 am

7:30 am – 8:50 am: Policy Breakfast – Tech Eyes on Cuba

Tech companies are racing to cash in on President Obama’s decision to ease trade restrictions with Cuba. While the landmark change in policy is still in its infancy, the potential greenfield represents opportunities to leap over five generations of telecommunications technology and build out a modern, robust system. But hurdles and pitfalls remain, from Congressional action to roll back the full embargo, to regulatory ambiguities, to reticence to invest heavily in infrastructure.

  • Dr. Margaret Crahan, Senior Research Scholar and Director, Cuba Program, Columbia University Institute for Latin American Studies
  • Timothy C. Finton, Senior Counselor for International Communications and Information Policy, U. S. Department of State
  • Kirk Laughlin, Managing Director, Nearshore Americas

9:10 am – 11:15 am: Policy Keynotes


  • Scott Belcher, Chief Executive Officer, TIA            

Policy Interviews and Keynotes: Auctions, Rewrites and IP Transition

Groundbreaking activities at the FCC continue to keep the industry guessing: From how the Incentive Auctions will trickle down to the supplier level, to where the Telecom Act Rewrite will take the major players, to how the transition of Internet Protocol (IP) networks is progressing. FCC Commissioner Clyburn will bring us up to speed on the latest.

Spectrum is a critical commodity, and making more spectrum available is demanding creativity on the part of government, the telecom industry, the broadcast industry, academia and others. Learn more about the policy angles of this complex, dynamic and opportunity-filled arena.

  • Interview with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn by Scott Belcher, TIA Chief Executive Officer
  • Frederick D. Moorefield, Jr., Director, Spectrum Policy & Programs, Office of the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer

  • Interview with FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly by Scott Belcher, TIA Chief Executive Officer

Policy Panel: Net Neutrality: Impacts and Strategy

  • Moderator: Bruce Gustafson, Vice President, Government and Industry Affairs, North America, Ericsson
  • Kathleen M. Grillo, Senior Vice President, Federal Regulatory and Legal Affairs, Verizon
  • Robert Quinn, Senior Vice President, Federal Regulatory and Chief Policy Officer, AT&T

As companies look to the new opportunities afforded by Internet connection, many questions remain, including the governance issues, security, privacy and alignment with governments around the globe. Engage with the carriers and service providers that make it all possible as they discuss their viewpoints and areas of focus.