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17th April 2020

Online Seminar jointly organised with the Inter-American Development Bank – Regulatory policy as a tool in the current crisis (Members Only)

Virtual Event

17 April 2020
1000 hrs EDT | 1500 hrs BST

Inter-American Development Bank

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all industry players to take action to support the strategies of national governments aimed at reducing the risks and negative impact on the economy. The essential role of ICT and digital sectors is undisputed, enabling and supporting emergency communications, connectivity sustainability and the deployment of infrastructure in urban and rural areas. Regulators have been forced to temporarily modify or relax some of their legal frameworks so that the continuity of services can be guaranteed. How might these actions inform and facilitate future modernization of current regulatory frameworks? Regulators and policy makers from the Americas and Europe discussed their decisions and initiatives taken in response to the pandemic, stimulating a constructive dialogue with other regulators and the private sector to help support rapid recovery, but also to provide valuable lessons learned for the future.

A post-event report will be available soon.

This online seminar was part of an ongoing series from the IDB’s BEST (Broadband Environment for Sustainable Transformation) network. For more information see below or visit the IDB’s website.

24 April, 10am EST, in Spanish

It is not possible to develop regional infrastructure or close pre-existing gaps without having well-structured public and private project financing models that work in coordination with the national and regional digital agenda. In this context, several countries in the region have developed fibre backbone networks using various legal initiatives and sources of financing. Evaluating the performance of such initiatives is critical to ensuring that the digital gaps are filled in the most efficient way possible.

Group 1 of the Broadband Environment for Sustainable Transformation (BEST) network – Financing Models – will convene a panel of experts in the evaluation of such business and financial models for public networks, to debate their contribution to infrastructure development and the closing of the digital divide and what improvements can be made.

Speakers confirmed to date:

Virginia Nakagawa, Viceministra de Telecomunicaciones de Perú, MTC
Juan Ignacio Crosta, Consultor, BlueNote Management Consulting

Group Chair: Edwin Estrada, Vice Minister of Telecommunications of Costa Rica


30 April, 10am EST, in Spanish

The densification necessary to provide next generation services represents a unique challenge for operators and new entrants, primarily due to the large investment required, coupled with barriers to infrastructure deployment at the local level. There has been a very significant growth of third parties offering business models that optimise the use of resources and promote infrastructure sharing.

Broadband Environment for Sustainable Transformation (BEST) Group 2 – Infrastructure Models – convenes a panel of neutral tower / holding companies and local authorities to give their perspectives of the deployment challenges and how red tape issues for infrastructure deployment might be overcome at the local level.

Speakers confirmed so far:

Rodrigo Jiménez Castellanos, VP de Asuntos Públicos – América Latina, American Tower Corporation
Maria Alexandra Velez, Director of Latin American Government and Regulatory Affairs, SBA
Government authority (TBD)

Group Chair: Martin Olmos, Undersecretary of ICT, Argentina

IIC IDB Summary report

Summary report from the online Seminar jointly organised with the Inter-American Development Bank – Regulatory policy as a tool in the current crisis



Short video summary of online seminar held on 17 April 2020



Adolfo Cuevas Teja
Adolfo Cuevas Teja President, IFT – Federal Institute of Telecommunications, Mexico

Adolfo Cuevas Teja was appointed acting president of the IFT in March 2020.

Mr Cuevas joined public service in 1985, working in the office of the General Attorney of the “Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana” (UAM) and was Counsel there between 1998 and 2002.

In the telecommunications sector, he worked at the Mexican Radio Institute as Legal Assistant Director and was the Counsel in the General Directorate of Radio, Television and Cinematography of the Ministry of Government. He was also an advisor on this matter in the Senate of the Republic.

Mr Cuevas joined the Federal Telecommunications Commission in 2006, where he held the positions of Area Director and General Director of Resolutions and Agreements Projects “D”. On September 10, 2013, he was ratified by the Mexican Senate as Commissioner of the IFT up to 2022.

He has a bachelor degree in Law from “Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México” (UNAM), where he also obtained a specialty in Constitutional and Administrative Law and a Master in Law. He holds a Master in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University.

Ajit Pai Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), USA

Ajit Pai is the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He was designated Chairman by President Donald Trump in January 2017. He had previously served as Commissioner at the FCC, appointed by then-President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate in May 2012. Earlier in his career, he served in various positions of increasing responsibility at the FCC, the US Department of Justice, and the US Senate. Before becoming a Commissioner, he worked as a Partner at the law firm of Jenner & Block and served as in-house counsel at a telecommunications company. Since taking the helm at the FCC, Chairman Pai has championed regulatory modernisation, updating rules to match marketplace realities and aiming to deliver consumer value through market-based solutions instead of pre-emptive regulation. He also has made the FCC more transparent, nimble, and accessible.

Chairman Pai graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1994 and from the University of Chicago Law School in 1997, where he was an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and won the Thomas R. Mulroy Prize. In 2010, Chairman Pai was one of 55 individuals nationwide chosen for the 2011 Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a leadership development initiative of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Alejandra De Iturriaga Gandini
Alejandra de Iturriaga Gandini Director for Telecommunications and Audiovisual Sector, Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC), Spain

Alejandra de Iturriaga Gandini is currently Director of Telecommunications and Audiovisual Sector at the Spanish National Authority for Markets and Competition (CNMC). At the present she is Member of the Board in the European Regulator Group for Audiovisual Media services (ERGA). Ms de Iturriaga is responsible for managing, supervising and coordinating the CNMC activity on electronic and audiovisual communications.

Her functions in the electronic communications sector involve the analysis of electronic communications markets, reference offers, conflict resolution between operators and sanctioning procedures, and consultancy activity.

In the audiovisual sector, she is responsible for the enforcement of the obligations imposed on the different actors related to advertising, protection of minors, and financing of European works, amongst others.

Leonardo Euler de Morais
Leonardo Euler de Morais Commissioner, National Telecommunication Agency (Anatel), Brazil

Appointed to be Anatel’s Chairman at the end of 2018, with a mandate until November 2021, Leonardo Euler de Morais started his career in Anatel in 2006. Since then he has worked as an advisor for the Board of Directors, as Head of the Economic Monitoring Management Office and as Head of the Technical Advisory Office. In 2016 he started his mandate as Commissioner. He is also the President of the Spectrum and Orbit Committee (Comitê de Espectro e Órbita – CEO), responsible for supporting the Board of Directors in the decision-making process regarding the allocation plan, allocation and distribution of radio frequency bands in Brazil.
After graduating , Mr Euler worked for Eletronorte as an analyst.
Mr Euler graduated in Economic Sciences and holds a Master’s degree in Economics, both from the University of Brasília (UnB), where he has also taught courses in Economics in the same institution.

After graduating from University Mr Euler worked for Eletronorte as an analyst.

Mr Euler graduated in Economical Sciences and holds a master’s degree in economics, both from the University of Brasília, where he has also taught courses in Economics.


David A Gross
David A Gross (Ambassador) Partner, Wiley Rein LLP, USA

Ambassador David Gross co-chairs Wiley’s Telecom, Media & Technology Practice. He is widely recognised as one of the world’s foremost experts on international telecommunications and Internet policies, having addressed the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and led more U.S. delegations to major international telecommunication conferences than anyone else in modern history. Noted as bringing “innovation and vision to the rapidly changing TMT industry” by Who’s Who Legal and as one of the “Top 30 Telecommunications lawyers in the world” by Euromoney, Ambassador Gross draws on more than 30 years of experience as a lawyer, global policymaker, and corporate executive to assist US companies seeking to enter or expand international businesses. He also advises non-US companies, and industry organizations seeking to invest in, monitor, and understand the US and international markets, as well as national governments. Ambassador Gross advises companies and others on international and domestic telecoms, Internet, and high-tech strategy focusing on both specific markets and international organizations such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), as well as many regional organisations.

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