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13th - 14th December 2022

Washington DC Telecommunications and Media Forum 2022 (In-Person)

Telecommunications & Media Forum (TMF)

Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 December 2022

The IIC will return to Washington DC for our annual Telecommunications and Media Forum (TMF) in December 2022, kindly hosted by Verizon.

This year’s discussion themes will include:
• Updates from US Government – national and international priorities
• Broadband ‘everywhere’ rollout – supply and demand perspectives
• Artificial intelligence and machine learning – in pursuit of good governance
• Content & digital entertainment in global markets
• Tech & sustainability – balancing green and digital transformation
• Multilateral and bilateral cooperation on tech policy, regulation and supply chains

Please note that consistent with IIC practice, the host of this event, Verizon, is providing refreshments, including lunch, to the attendees of this event. Any attendees affiliated with governmental entities or agencies should confirm that their attendance complies with applicable government ethics rules. If an attendee has any questions about the event or the value of refreshments being provided, please contact

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Registration Fees for delegates

Telecommunications & Media Forum
Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 December 2022

IIC Members – Free
Non-Members – £250 GBP (excluding VAT *) 
*VAT will be applicable for UK registrations only


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The IIC will be pleased to provide a letter of invitation on request, but visas will be the responsibility of the event attendee.


Verizon Communications
1300 l Street, NW
5th Floor (West)
Washington, DC 20005
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Washington Marriott at Metro Center 3*
775 12th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
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Residence Inn Washington, DC 3*
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Washington DC 20005
Tel: +1 (202) 898 1100
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The Hamilton Hotel, Washington DC 4*
1001 14th and K Streets NW
Washington, DC 200024
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Residence Inn Capitol 3*
333 E St. SW
Washington, DC 200024
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Courtyard Washington, DC 3*
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Hilton Garden Inn, Washington, DC Downtown 4*
815 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
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Sofitel Lafayette Square 4*
806 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
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JW Marriott Hotel 4*
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Renaissance Washington, DC 4*
999 Ninth Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
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The Willard InterContinental, Washington DC 4*
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20002
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Morrison-Clark Historic Inn & Restaurant 4*
1015 L Street NW
Washington, DC
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The Henley Park Hotel 4*
926 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC
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Fairfield Inn & Suites Washington, DC/Downtown 5*
500 H Street NW
Washington, DC
Tel: +1 202-289-5959
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Washington Plaza Hotel 3*
10 Thomas Circle NW
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The IIC accepts no responsibility for bookings made at any of the hotels and recommends that you check out the hotels on the internet before booking.




Keynote Speaker

Donna M Epps Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Strategic Alliances, Verizon Communications

Donna Epps is Verizon’s Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Strategic Alliances. A proven leader and exceptional advocate, she is responsible for developing Verizon’s strategic public policy positions both domestically and abroad. She is responsible for the company’s public policy position on a wide-range of critical issues, including 5G, consumer privacy, broadband, competition, and consumer protection. Additionally, Donna leads Verizon’s Strategic Alliances team where she is responsible for managing the company’s relationships with national policy and advocacy organizations representing a myriad of diverse consumer interests. Donna also previously led Verizon’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Legal team, which included the Chief Privacy Officer and covered all privacy and cybersecurity policy and compliance-related matters She currently represents the company before the White House, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Congress.

Donna is a seasoned government relations executive with over 20 years of public policy, public affairs, and corporate social responsibility experience. She has extensive knowledge of federal government regulatory processes and specializes in technology policy issues. She is an innovative thought leader with an established track record for leading high-impact, strategic policy initiatives and campaigns. She excels in building diverse external coalitions to advance short and long-term business objectives.

Donna Epps is a dynamic communicator, who drives cohesive, cross-functional collaboration internally and externally with key stakeholders. She has skillfully leveraged consumer and community partnerships to drive policy advocacy and social impact.

Ms Epps also leads Verizon’s engagement on key societal policy issues impacting diverse communities. She advises C-Suite leaders on successfully navigating the increasingly complex and shifting policy landscape related to high-profile social issues. She has strengthened Verizon’s reputation with key influencers in the public and private sectors by leading programmatic initiatives to address the policy concerns of Verizon’s diverse set of stakeholders.

Ms Epps serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Urban League, the Corporate Advisory Board of UnidosUS, and she Co-Chairs the Advisory Board of the Center for Democracy and Technology, an international think tank that uses technology policy to shape democratic values. She previously served on the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment.

Before joining Verizon, Ms Epps was in private practice at Covington & Burling LLP, an international law firm. She was also a law clerk for Judge Audrey B. Collins of the U.S. District


Aidan McCartan External Affairs Specialist, Millicom

Aidan McCartan is an External Affairs Specialist at Millicom (Tigo). For the past eight years, he has had a leading role in driving forward the company’s purpose of building digital highways that connect people, improve lives, and develop communities. Aidan’s primary focus is on government relations and regulatory matters, supporting the development and implementation of Millicom’s public policy agenda as it relates to key issues such as spectrum, taxation, freedom of expression, privacy, and security. He is the lead for Millicom’s interactions with US governmental agencies, the US Chamber of Commerce, the InterAmerican Development Bank, and US embassies in Latin America. Before joining Millicom, Mr McCartan worked at Deustche Bank in both Ireland and the UK.

Mr McCartan holds a Master of Arts in Modern European Languages (French and Spanish) & European Union Studies from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Aimee Meacham Vice President Government Affairs, US and International, BT

Aimee Meacham is BT’s Vice President Government Affairs, US and International. She leads BT’s policy engagement in Washington, focusing on technology, communications, innovation, and trade issues. Prior to joining BT, Aimee served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for International Affairs at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). In that role, she advised senior officials and led information and communications technology policy engagement on a variety of issues at multilateral and multistakeholder fora.

Previously, Ms Meacham worked in a variety of roles at NTIA to expand broadband connectivity and digital equity in the US. Before joining NTIA, she spent time in private legal practice working on regulatory and transactional matters.

Ann LaFrance Vice President, International Institute of Communications

Ann LaFrance retired from Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP on 30 June 2022.  She was a senior partner in the New York office of Squire Patton Boggs and a founding member of the Firm’s global Data Practice. She was also an active participant in the Firm’s Communications Law Practice. Her experience covers a broad range of issues affecting the provision and regulation of advanced digital services and applications in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

Ms LaFrance began her legal career in 1980 with Squire in Washington, DC, where her practice focused on US and international telecommunications transactions, regulation and legislation. In 1996, she moved in-house to work as Chief International Counsel of MCI Communications Corp. (now Verizon), based in Washington, Brussels and London. Following her return to private practice in the Firm’s London office in 2004, she has advised a broad range of tech, telecom and multinational clients operating across a variety of sectors, as well as government and regulatory bodies, on data protection policy, GDPR compliance, international transfer agreements, AI ethical guidelines, blockchain, regulation of dominant operators, and the interplay between regulated “electronic communications” status and privacy laws in Europe, the U.S. and around the globe. Since her return to the U.S. in 2019, Ms LaFrance continues to advise on complex cross-border data protection, e-privacy and cybersecurity matters, including transfer risk assessments post Schrems II and integrated approaches to global data protection compliance. She is currently advising clients on the new wave of U.S. state privacy laws that will take effect in 2023.

Ms LaFrance served as the Firm’s first Data Protection Officer in the UK and the EU and on the Firm’s data governance board. She is a Member of the Board of the International Institute of Communications and currently serves as its Vice President.

She is admitted to practice in New York, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia and is a Registered Foreign Lawyer in England and Wales.


Chad Breckinridge Vice President and Deputy General Counsel , Cisco

Chad Breckinridge is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Cisco, based in Washington, DC. Mr Breckinridge leads the Cisco legal department’s Market Access Regulatory team, which covers export control, sanctions compliance, and several other core regulatory issues critical to Cisco’s access to markets around the world.

Prior to joining Cisco, Mr Breckinridge spent time in private practice and government in Washington, DC.

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.

David Don Senior Vice President for Public Policy, Comcast Corporation

David Don serves as Senior Vice President for Public Policy at Comcast Corporation. He is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s strategies before federal and state governments. Mr Don has worked extensively on public policy and spectrum allocation policies for over 25 years, and he often represents Comcast in public fora examining the most relevant public policy issues of the day. Mr Don joined Comcast in 2006 from the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher, he received a B.S. from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center with honors. He served on the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) and currently Chairs the board of the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG).

Elham Tabassi Chief of Staff, Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Elham Tabassi is the Chief of Staff in the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). ITL, one of six research Laboratories within NIST, supports NIST’s mission, to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. ITL conducts fundamental and applied research in computer science and engineering, mathematics, and statistics that cultivates trust in information technology and metrology by developing and disseminating standards, measurements, and testing for interoperability, security, usability, and reliability of information systems.

As a scientist Ms Tabassi has been working on various computer vision research projects with applications in biometrics evaluation and standards since 1999. She is the principal architect of NIST Fingerprint Image Quality (NFIQ) which is now an international standard for measuring fingerprint image quality and has been deployed in many large scale biometric applications worldwide. She received the Department of Commerce Gold Medal in 2003, the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal in 2007, and 2010, ANSI’s 2012 Next Generation Award, and the Women in Biometrics Award in 2016 for her contributions to biometrics. Ms Tabassi is a member of OSAC Friction Ridge subcommittee and co-chairs FIDO Biometrics Certification working group.

Evelyn L Remaley Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

Evelyn Remaley is a recognized leader in the government and private sector and has spearheaded efforts throughout her career on broadband funding, cybersecurity, Internet policy and spectrum management. In her current role as Partner at Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer, Ms Remaley provides legal strategy and program management expertise to her clients across a range of communications and technology regulatory and policy matters. Evelyn most recently served as Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Acting Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. At NTIA, Ms Remaley led a team of experts providing senior policy guidance to the Secretary of Commerce and the White House on government priorities, including broadband funding to close the digital divide, cybersecurity, supply chain risk management, privacy, the free flow of information, encryption, spectrum, and the Internet of things. As a leader in government, she helped to advance access to innovative communications services and enhance trust and safety in the digital economy. Prior to her work within the federal government, she led a Cybersecurity and Internet Policy Team at Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, VA. Ms Remaley also worked for a leading Internet service provider in its Internet Privacy and Security Federal Practice and spent time deploying the Internet across communities through her work with public libraries.

Grace Koh Head of Office and Vice President, Government Affairs, North America, Nokia

Grace Koh is Head of Office and Vice President, Government Affairs, North America, Nokia. Before coming to Nokia, she served as the U.S. Ambassador to the International Telecommunication Union’s World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, where she led the 125-member delegation in negotiating successful outcomes for U.S. spectrum and satellite policy.

She has also served as Special Assistant to the President for Technology, Telecom, and Cyber-Security Policy. In this role, she advised the President and other senior White House staff on all matters pertaining to technology policy. Koh previously served as Deputy Chief Counsel to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology of the Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Her primary role was to advise the chairmen and committee members on policy and legal issues arising in the telecommunications and technology sectors. Ms Koh has also held jobs in the private sector, as a partner in the Telecom Law Group at DLA Piper LLC and also as Policy Counsel at Cox Enterprises, Inc.’s Public Policy Office. She began her legal career at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Jared Carlson Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy, North America, Ericsson

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Krysten Jenci Director, Office of Digital Services Industries, International Trade Administration, USA

Krysten Jenci is the Director of the Office of Digital Services Industries (ODSI) at the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA). As Director, Ms Jenci oversees three teams that provide expertise on a number of Internet trade policy issues. The Global Data Policy Team works to promote privacy policy frameworks to facilitate the free flow of data across borders to support trade, including through implementation and expansion of the Global Cross Border Privacy Rules system. The Privacy Shield Team leads and administers the European Union (EU)-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks. The Digital and Internet Services Team works on a wide range of evolving ICT services issues, including cloud computing, software and applications, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. ODSI also provides industry expertise on the negotiation of Internet-related issues in trade negotiations. Ms Jenci is a member of Commerce’s Privacy Policy Coordinating Committee, co-chair of the Digital Attaché Steering Committee, and has won several awards for her work on privacy policy issues, including an award for best supervisor/manager for her leadership in support of ITA’s mission.

Ms Jenci is a Certified Information Privacy Professional by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and was previously a member of IAPP’s Education Advisory Board. Ms Jenci is certified for the Senior Executive Service by the Office of Personnel Management, completed ITA’s Leadership Program in 2019, and completed Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation in October 2019. Ms Jenci is also a coach as part of ITA’s Coaching Cadre, is a member of the International Coaching Federation, and coaches ITA colleagues with a goal of improving employee wellness in the organization.

Lynn McDay
Lynn Robinson Director General, International Institute of Communications

Lynn Robinson became Director General of the International Institute of Communications (IIC), in March 2020.

Lynn is an experienced senior director and trustee / non exec-director, having held key senior leadership positions in the technology, built environment, regulation, accreditation and dental industries. She has extensive experience of professional membership bodies working within the full spectrum including, Regulatory bodies, Industry associations and Chambers of Commerce. Lynn is a well-known and established ambassador in these areas having led on many strategic programmes to aid engagement, growth, retention, change management, stakeholder and political engagement.

An experienced Trustee / Non-Executive Director as Vice Chair at Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, a unique heritage site in the heart of Bristol (UK), Lynn is also a Trustee / Non-Executive Director at The Bristol and Bath (UK), Parks Foundation.

Reflecting on becoming Director General at the IIC at the outbreak of a pandemic, Lynn said, ‘these last two years have been like no other we have known, with many challenges coming our way. In 2020 we successfully pivoted the organisation through a digital transformation programme to maintain a full schedule of events and by increasing the outputs delivered. Transforming the programme enabled us to continue to deliver the professional service and increase our engagement with IIC members and stakeholder community to remain connected to them through such a difficult time.

As we move through 2022, I am delighted to return to a combined in-person and online programme and to continue to evolve the IIC in to the next phase, with the vision and strategic focus to deliver our objectives and to build on our growth, engagement and retention’.


Mark F Dever Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP; Chair, US Chapter, International Institute of Communications

Mark F. Dever is a partner in our Communications Practice. He was previously head of the Communications team at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. He works on major regulatory and transactional matters for the communications industry, calling on nearly 25 years of experience in the field.

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Markus Heyder Vice President and Senior Policy Counselor, Centre for Information Policy Leadership

Markus Heyder is the Vice President and Senior Policy Counselor of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL), a preeminent global privacy and security policy think tank located in Washington, DC, London and Brussels. Mr Heyder has extensive experience in global data privacy, information security and consumer protection law and policy. At CIPL he focuses on law and policy issues in the areas of global data flows and cross-border transfer mechanisms, accountable information management in the context of big data, the IoT and other modern information uses, how to enable both privacy protection and innovation, the risk-based approach to privacy, and many other issues.

Prior to joining CIPL, Mr Heyder served for over 10 years as Counsel for International Consumer Protection in the Office of International Affairs at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and nearly two years in the FTC’s Division of Marketing Practices. Immediately prior to joining the FTC, Mr Heyder was associated with Lovells (now Hogan Lovells) in Chicago, where he focused on consumer financial services law and financial privacy law.

Melinda Claybaugh Director of Privacy Policy, Meta

Melinda Claybaugh is a Director of Privacy Policy at Meta. Her team works to achieve Meta’s vision of globally-consistent privacy laws that protect people’s data while enabling innovation—by driving advocacy on specific legislative proposals, while also helping design policy solutions for complicated or novel issues. She previously spent 12 years at the Federal Trade Commission, where she worked in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection on enforcement actions related to consumer privacy and data security. Ms Claybaugh later joined the Office of International Affairs, where she specialized in international privacy policy. She represented the United States in discussions at the OECD and in APEC, where she helped design global frameworks to enhance consumer privacy protections and strengthen enforcement cooperation among data protection authorities.

Stephan A Lang Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Information and Communications Policy, Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy, U.S. Department of State

Steve Lang has been the Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Information and Communications Policy since November 2022. Previously he served as the Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs at U.S. Embassy Tokyo (2020-2022) and in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs’ Office of International Communication and Information Policy as Director of both the Office of Multilateral Affairs (2017-2018) and the Office of Bilateral and Regional Affairs (2015-2017).

From 2013 to 2015, Mr Lang was the Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. Previously, he served as Deputy Director of the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs at the Department of State (2011-2013) and as a Senior Analyst in the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office of Japan, Korea, and APEC Affairs (2010-2011). Prior tours include the U.S. Consulate-General in Guangzhou, China; the American Institute in Taiwan in Taipei; the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs; the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok; and the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba.

Before joining the State Department, Mr Lang worked as an economist for the Department of Labor and is a graduate of Georgetown University.



Tuesday 13 December 2022

08:30 Registration
09:15 Welcome
09:30 Session 1: National and international policy objectives and priorities – government updates
10:45 Networking Break
11:15 Session 2: Infrastructure legislation and implications of broadband ‘everywhere’ rollout – supply and demand perspectives
12:45 Lunch
14:00 Sesson 3: Key readouts from recent international fora and multi-stakeholder meetings - collaborating collectively to drive forward policies that enable innovation and avoid fragmentation
15:30 Networking Break
16:00 Session 4: Tech, climate change & sustainability: how is the ICT sector undergoing its own green transformation in addition to enabling it for other sectors
17:30 Networking Reception

Wednesday 14 December 2022

08:30 Registration
09:15 Welcome
09:30 Session 5: Responsible AI: balancing policy and regulatory initiatives with innovation imperatives
10:45 Networking Break
11:15 Session 6: Content & digital entertainment in global markets – Creating an enabling regulatory and policy environment both within country and across borders
12:30 Session 7: How to reach consensus on preserving the Internet as a forum for open discourse?
13.30 Close of Forum
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13th - 14th December 2022
Washington DC, USA
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Verizon Communications
1300 l Street, NW
5th Floor (West)
Washington, DC 20005

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