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Welcome & Opening Address

  • Fabio Colasanti, President, International Institute of Communications
  • Jacquelyne Ruff,  Vice President, International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Verizon Communications

What do international policy, strategy, regulatory affairs VPs need to know?

In the Chair

  • Dr Robert Pepper, Vice President, Global Technology Policy, Cisco Systems

Domestic perspective: The U.S. Broadcast Incentive Auction: Update from the FCC

  • Howard J. Symons, Vice Chair, Incentive Auction Task Force, Federal Communications Commission

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International perspective: Internet governance - Plenipot 14 review and preparing for the year ahead

  • Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda, US Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy

policy and regulation for the networks, platforms, services and applications of the future - implications for a communication act re-write

  • What problems in the real world should be the focus of a congressional rewrite of the ‘96 Communications Act?
  • Why is the existing Communications Act becoming increasingly “creaky”, especially when trying to use it to oversee the IP broadband ecosystem?
  • If a rewrite is attempted, what thematic goals should a new Act focus on and what can kind of structure(s) could best further those goals within this new broadband ecosystem?

In the Chair

  • Blair Levin, Non-resident Senior Fellow of the Metropolitan Policy Project, Brookings Institute; Executive Director, Gig.U: The Next Generation Network Innovation Project

Speakers include

  • Rebecca Arbogast, Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy, Comcast NBCUniversal
  • Markham C. Erickson, General Counsel, The Internet Association; Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • Larry Irving, Co-Founder, The Mobile Alliance for Global Good; Principal, The Irving Group
  • Brent Olson, Vice President Public Policy, AT&T

Incentive Auction gathers pace – views from all stakeholders

  • Technical interference issues -- sharing and compatibility
  • Bidding rules and spectrum reserves
  • Reverse auction - broadcaster side – are they willing to participate
  • Forward auction - mobile wireless – open issues; next steps
  • Impact on public broadcasting
  • Equal vs. discriminatory pricing in reverse auction

In the Chair

  • Robert B. Kelly, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

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  • Jeffrey A. Marks, Senior Counsel, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Public Affairs Americas Region, Alcatel-Lucent

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  • Harold Feld, Senior Vice President, Public Knowledge
  • Leora Hochstein, Executive Director, Federal Regulatory Affairs, Verizon Communications

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  • Preston Padden, Executive Director, Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition

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  • Grant Spellmeyer, Vice President, Federal Affairs and Public Policy, US Cellular

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Technology futures and blue sky thinking. What are the future applications, platforms, services and devices that will drive demand in the converged communications field?

  • Where is future demand coming from? What are the business and consumer use cases?
    • SDN; 5G; IoT / M2M; m/eHealth; Driverless cars; Context aware devices
  • To what extent can wireless continue to be the source of revenue growth?
  • What does future look like in terms of how business models will evolve in the ICT sector?
  • What’s the scale and timeframe for a shift away from infrastructure toward services and platforms?
  • As technology enables traditional industry silos to be broken down or overlap what policy and regulatory challenges and opportunities might arise?

In the Chair

  • Eric Miller, Vice President, Policy, Innovation and Competitiveness, Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE)


  • Robert Kubik, Director, Engineering and Technology Policy, Samsung Electronics America
  • Brian Rice, Director Public Policy, Facebook
  • Jonathan Zuck, President, ACT | The App Association

Drinks reception hosted by Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP   

wednesday 3 december 2014


  • Fabio Colasanti, President, International Institute of Communications

A responsible internet – privacy, safety, security and etiquette in an era of big data and disruptive technology

  • Privacy
    • How do data brokers and data aggregation implicate consumer privacy? How do they affect privacy concerns associated with government access to data?
    • Do we need a new privacy framework to address the challenges of big data analytics and the Internet of Things? Striking the right balance between regulation / innovation
    • Is the EU’s “right to be forgotten” approach a good way to protect privacy in the digital age? What are the challenges associated with its implementation? 
    • How do different intermediaries handle these issues and their legal responsibilities?
  • Security
    • Overview of the growing threat to data security and how the challenges are being addressed. What new challenges do big data and the Internet of Things pose?
    • Apple’s and Google’s new encryption policies - what do they mean for consumer data security and law enforcement access? 
    • Is economic policy a relevant consideration in our discussions about privacy and security and surveillance?
  • Safety
    • What new challenges did the recent update to FTC’s COPPA rules seek to address? 
    • Do we need to do more to protect kids online? What new laws are in the pipeline?
    • Problems associated with blocking and filtering law
  • Etiquette
    • Are cultural norms evolving? Does the right to speak online anonymously create a safe haven for offensive comments and content?
    • What are some examples of poor etiquette online and what is the best way to combat them?

In the chair

  • Nancy C. Libin, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP


  • Julie Brill, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
  • David A Hoffman, Director of Security Policy and Global Privacy Officer,
  • Rick Lane, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, 21st Century Fox
  • Aster Lu, Senior Policy Counsel, Tencent; Public Policy Researcher, Tencent Internet and Society Research Institute (TISI)

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  • Nuala O’Connor, President & CEO, Center for Democracy & Technology


ITU Plenipotentiary: de-brief and looking forward 

  • What were the key outcomes and what's the direction of travel?
  • What were the key differences between this meeting and the WCIT two years ago? What accounted for those differences?
  • Examining the evolving role, scope and activities of the ITU in internet public policy
  • What is the expected agenda for ITU Telecom World? 
  • What are the key milestones in the next 12 – 18 months in the internet governance landscape?

In the Chair

  • Ambassador David A. Gross, Attorney At Law, Wiley Rein LLP


  • Jamie Hedlund, Vice President Strategic Programs, Global Domains Division, ICANN
  • Chris Hemmerlein, Policy Specialist, Office of International Affairs, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
  • Kathryn O’Brien, Assistant Bureau Chief, International Bureau, Federal Communications Commission
  • Sally Shipman Wentworth, Vice President of Global Policy Development, Internet Society
  • Aparna Sridhar, Counsel, Google

Investment and financing of national broadband plans & universal service funds - policy updates from across the Americas and beyond

  • Steps in the development of National Broadband Plans and the definition of public policies
  • Universal Service Fund: usage and relationship with the National Broadband Plans
  • Investment and financing of broadband infrastructure
  • Government as a broadband provider – comparative perspectives
  • Supply and demand side stimulus – shared learnings 
  • Major mergers, impact on competition and consumers 
  • Analogue switch off: regulatory and technical implications

In the Chair

  • Professor Antonio García Zaballos, Telecommunications Lead Specialist – Leader of the Broadband Program, Institutions for Development (IFD), Capital Markets and Finance (CMF), Inter-American Development Bank


  • Karime Kuri, Deputy Director of Digital Development, IFT - Federal Institute of Telecommunications, Mexico

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  • Artur Coimbra de Oliveira, Director of the Department of Broadband, Ministry of Communications, Brazil
  • Siyabonga Mahlangu, Group Executive, Regulatory Affairs & Government Relations, Telkom SA SOC Limited

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  • Natalija Gelvanovska, Senior ICT Policy Specialist, Transport & ICT, The World Bank
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