Spring Policy Summit

TIA 2014 Spring Policy Summit

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TIA hosted the 15th Annual Spring Policy Summit (April 11-13, 2014) in Cambridge, MD. The event brought together top industry players with decision makers from Capitol Hill, the White House, and agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the Department of Commerce (DoC), State Department, NIST and USTR among others.

Thank You to our member companies, industry and government colleagues and keynote speakers for their commitment and support in making this a successful event.

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Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD) talks with TIA NOW's Abe Nejad after her keynote speech at TIA's 15th annual Spring Policy Summit in Cambridge, Maryland.

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Friday, April 11th
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.        
Registration – Hospitality Suite @ The Cambridge House

6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Reception & Dinner – Choptank Ballroom
Welcome Address by TIA President Grant Seiffert
Keynote: FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly
TIA “Spirit of Innovation Award” Presented to Larry Strickling, NTIA

8:30 p.m.
After Dinner S’mores – Grand Fireplace

9:30 p.m.
Hospitality Suite @ The Cambridge House

Saturday, April 12th
8:00 a.m.                         
Breakfast – Chesapeake E/F

8:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
Policy  Panels – Chesapeake E/F

Opening Remarks: Vish Nandlall, Head of Strategy, Marketing, and Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson, and TIA Board Member

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m
Carrier Policy Roundtable:
Telecommunications carriers are the great driver of ICT investment.  Carrier representatives share their perspective on increasing capital expenditures – as well as the factors that could slow future investment.


  • AT&T: Frank Simone, Assistant VIce President, Federal Regulatory
  • EchoStar: Jennifer Manner, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
  • Frontier Communications: Kathleen Abernathy, Executive Vice President, External Affairs
  • T-Mobile: Kathleen Ham, Vice President, Federal Regulatory
  • tw telecom: Kristie Ince, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
  • Verizon: Charla Rath, Vice President, Wireless Policy Development

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Keynote: Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, U.S. Department of State

International: What can we expect under an ambitious trade agenda in 2014?  How will services be liberalized globally in the area of digital trade?  What efforts are underway to address barriers to trade and create business opportunities in the fast growing Asia-Pacific region?  How is the U.S. government addressing the global challenges in the telecommunications regulatory environment?  .


  • Mindel De La Torre, Chief, International Bureau, FCC
  • Robert Tanner, Director for Telecommunications and Electronic Commerce, USTR
  • Holly Vineyard, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia, U.S. Commerce Department

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Keynote: Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD), House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

View from the Hill: What approach will Congress take to re-writing the Communications Act?  What role will it play as incentive auctions are implemented?  What progress is being made on opening federal spectrum to commercial uses?  Can cybersecurity legislation be enacted in the current political environment to enable information sharing while avoiding mandates?  What is the future for FCC process reform?


  • Graham Dufault, Office of Rep. Lee Terry, Chair of House Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee
  • Kelsey Guyselman, Majority, House Commerce Committee
  • Olivia Trusty, Office of Rep. Bob Latta, Vice-Chair of House Communications Subcommittee

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
View from the FCC: Is the Voluntary Incentive Auction on track to be successful? How does the FCC see the transition to an all IP network progressing? What direction will the Commission's public safety agenda take it? What are the options for E-Rate reform? How is the commission assisting consumer access to new telecommunications technologies? What more can be done to advance broadband deployment and adoption? 


  • Gary Epstein, Chief, Incentive Auction Task Force, Office of Strategic Planning & Policy Analysis, FCC
  • Julie Knapp, Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, FCC
  • Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau, FCC
  • Jonathan Sallet, Acting General Counsel, FCC
  • Clete Johnson, Chief Counsel for Cybersecurity, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau, FCC

12:30 p.m
Lunch - Choptank Ballroom
Keynote: FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.       
Internet of Things: As broadband connectivity progresses and moves us further towards the Internet of Things (IoT) – a world of devices with intelligent interfaces seamlessly integrated into the Internet – it presents immense opportunity for business growth as well as societal benefit. What governance issues face the IoT as connectivity increases? How will key aspects of the IoT be dealt with, such as security and privacy? Where in the Federal government will they need to be addressed?


  • Jim Kohlenberger, President, JK Strategies (Moderator)
  • Karen Jagielski, Senior Attorney, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, FTC
  • Clete Johnson, Chief Counsel for Cybersecurity, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau, FCC
  • Ken Leonard, Director, Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, DOT
  • Adam Sedgewick, Senior Information Technology Policy Advisor, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Closing Remarks: Ton Steenman, VP, IoT Solutions Group, and GM, IoT Strategy and Technology, Intel, and TIA Board Member

2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.       
TIA Golf Tournament

6:30 p.m.                           
Reception & Dinner – Chesapeake E/F/G
Featured Speaker Paul Begala, Political Analyst and Commentator, CNN

9:00 p.m.                          
TIA Casino Night! – The Cambridge House

Sunday, April 13th
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.      
Breakfast Buffet– Chesapeake E/F

Questions? Contact: David Gray, +1.703.907.7710.

*This event complies with the parameters of a widely attended event under the Congressional ethics rules.

The Spring Policy Summit is for TIA Members and invited guests. To learn how to become a TIA Member, contact Michele Weatherly, Director, Member & Industry Affairs, TIA, +1.703.907.7000.