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Communications Law Forum | Legal, Regulatory and Legislative Challenges of the Broadband Revolution

Date: Friday, May 16, 2014 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Venue: Presidents Room / Minnesota State Bar Association  Minneapolis, MN United States  Get Directions
Total Price: $125.00


Attorneys, consultants and lobbyists practicing in the dynamic and rapidly evolving areas of Communications and Technology will want to attend the 2014 Communications Law Annual Forum. The Forum will feature a diverse selection of attorneys from industry, private practice and government.


7:30 – 8:00 Breakfast and Check In

8:00 – 9:15  Keynote Presentation
Welcome: Shannon Heim
Speaker: Alan Butler, Epic Appellate Advocacy Counsel 
Over the last year, the National Security Agency's surveillance of telephone and Internet communications records has been the focus of heated debate and constant scrutiny. The President and other officials within the Intelligence Community have shifted from defending the program to evaluating the best way to incorporate privacy-protecting provisions. But modern communications privacy and national security laws still leave a great deal of discretion to federal intelligence agencies. The current laws rely upon telecommunications carriers and other service providers to both respond to lawful government requests and protect the privacy of their users. As a result, these gatekeepers will continue to play a critical role in the evolution and daily functioning of the privacy oversight process.

9:15 – 9:45 View From The Chair
Speaker: Beverly Jones Heydinger, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Chair
Chair Heydinger will provide her perspective on the changing regulatory landscape for regulated utilities.

9:45-10:00 Break

10:00 – 10:45 Introduction of Office of Broadband Development
Speaker: Danna MacKenzie, Executive Director
Ms. MacKenzie will discuss the mission of the Office of Broadband Development and the development of robust broadband in greater Minnesota.

10:45 – 11:30 Evolution of the IP Network
Moderator: Shannon Heim, Dorsey & Whitney
Speakers: Jason Topp, CenturyLink
Milda Hedblom, Dain Legal Services
Dan Lipschultz, Minnesota Public Utilities Commissioner
Labeled the “Fourth Network Revolution” the telecommunications industry is undergoing “. . .historic technology transitions that are transforming our nation’s voice communications services – from a network based on time-division multiplexed (TDM) circuit-switched voice services running on copper loops to an all-Internet Protocol (IP) network using copper, co-axial cable, wireless, and fiber as physical infrastructure.”  This technology transition brings fantastic new capabilities and additional choices to consumers.  It does so by largely replacing, rather than supplementing, legacy copper circuit switched based networks.

Such a fundamental change raises important issues for the industry, its consumers and for policy makers.  This panel will describe the IP-Transition, explain why the transition is inevitable, describe the issues it raises, and provide opinions regarding policies state and federal authorities should adopt to both facilitate change and serve both rural and urban customers.

CLE Credits
3.25 Standard CLE credits approved| Event Code: 191311

Section Members: $85
MSBA Members: $95
Non-MSBA Members: $125

Remote Participation:
Teleconferencing is available. 

To register by mail with a check, please use the registration form located here.
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Questions? Contact:
Molly Malone | 612-278-6376 |

No sessions have been associated with this event.