CCA’s Annual Convention Highlights Policy Issues and COVID-19 Lessons

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CCA’s Annual Convention will take place later this month in an online format and will highlight policy initiatives and lessons learned throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Annual Convention is set for Wednesday, October 21, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm ET. There is no charge to register

The keynote program will begin at 10:00 am ET, with remarks from U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS), followed by House Committee on Energy & Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr who will discuss policy initiatives important to competitive carriers. 

“I look forward to hearing from Senator Wicker, Congressman Pallone, and Commissioner Carr – three key policymakers,” said Steven Berry, president and CEO of CCA. “Each has a vast knowledge of competitive carrier issues and is focused on ensuring that all Americans, including those in rural areas, have access to critical mobile broadband services, especially during one of our country’s most challenging years.” 

The Convention also features educational programming with four tracks: policy, technical, business development, and marketing/customer service. Sessions will focus on the 5G Fund, spectrum demands and opportunities, supply chain issues, robocall solutions, COVID-19 response stories and lessons learned, and new nationwide demands for mobile broadband. 

Policy sessions include: 

COVID-19: Lessons Learned and Moving Forward (11:15 am ET). Panelists will examine how carriers met the challenges of maintaining and expanding services earlier this year, including network management, utilizing special temporary authority spectrum licenses, and responding to the FCC’s Keep America Connected pledge. 

Panelists include: Kara Azocar, Regulatory Counsel, Federal Affairs, GCI, Clyde Casciato, General Manager, NTUA Wireless, Chris Champion, Director, Government Relations, C Spire, Vikas Sharma, Head of Operations for CU Regional Carriers, Ericsson, Maggie Reardon, Senior Reporter, CNET – moderator.

Feeding the Data Monster: How Policymakers Are Acting to MeetAmerica’s Insatiable Spectrum Demands (1:00 pm ET). Panelists will discuss how the rapidly increasing demand for mobile broadband services has required regulators to come up with innovative ways to maximize spectrum in low, mid, and high bands. They’ll also examine the FCC’s recent efforts to reallocate C-Band spectrum in a public auction for widespread 5G deployment and how the FCC and Congress are working to free up spectrum in the near future.  

Panelists include: Philip Murphy, Legislative Director, Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA), Chairman, House Committee on Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications & Technology, Evan Viau, Professional Staff Member, Communications and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Minority Staff, Sean Spivey, Wireless and International Adviser, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Steve Sharkey, VP Government Affairs, Engineering and Technology Policy, T-Mobile, David Zylka, CTO, Carolina West Wireless, Sue Marek, freelance writer/editor, FierceWireless, Light Reading, Futurithmic – moderator.

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