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Communications Annual Forum

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Venue: Presidents Room / Minnesota State Bar Association  Minneapolis, MN United States  Get Directions
Total Price: $90.00

Attorneys, consultants and lobbyists practicing in the dynamic and rapidly evolving areas of Communications and Technology will want to attend the 2015 Communications Law Annual Forum co-sponsored by Minnesota CLE. The Forum will feature a diverse selection of speakers from industry, private practice and government.


7:30 – 8:00 Breakfast and Check In

8:00 – 9:00  Keynote Presentation: The Rapid Evolution of Broadband in the United States, Five Years After the National Broadband Plan

In 2010, the FCC published the National Broadband Plan.  Five years later, where do things stand on the successes, challenges, and remaining milestones involved with meeting the plan’s ambitious goal of ensuring that every American has access to broadband capability?

                        Welcome:         Jason Topp, Associate General Counsel, CenturyLink

                         Speaker:          Chin Yoo, Deputy Division Chief, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, FCC Wireline Competition Bureau

9:00 – 9:45 Broadband in Minnesota: An Update and Vision

The Office of Broadband Development is the new kid on the block in Minnesota broadband law, policy and program.   The Border to Border Broadband grant program is a key feature of the agenda for the Office.  Danna MacKenzie will discuss the work of the agency.   Margaret Anderson Kelliher will highlight the work of the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband.  Their comments will provide a perspective on the future of broadband development in Minnesota.

Speakers:         Danna MacKenzie, Executive Director, Minnesota Office of Broadband Development

Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President and CEO, Minnesota High Technology Association and Chair, Governor’s Broadband Task Force

9:45 - 10:00 Break

10:00 – 10:30 FCC Panel: Where are They Now - A Big Picture Look at Recent Regulatory Developments in the Federal Universal Service Programs

The telecommunications regulatory world is rapidly evolving and savvy telecommunications practitioners know that a cutting edge knowledge of the changes in broadband and federal universal service regulation is a must.  The panel will discuss recent changes in FCC broadband and federal universal service regulation and what they mean for telecommunications and broadband providers in the broadband era.

Speakers:         Chin Yoo, Deputy Division Chief, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, FCC Wireline Competition Bureau

                        Shannon Heim, Senior Counsel, Government Policy and Telecommunications Regulatory Attorney, Dykema Gossett PLLC

Moderator:       Kristin Berkland, Associate, Telecommunications and Regulatory Affairs Attorney, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

10:30 – 11:30 Legislative Wrap Up:  The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Legislators and lobbyists who are leaders in telecommunications and broadband issues will share their views on the results of the 2015 legislative session and provide perspective on next steps.

Speakers:         Representative Sheldon Johnson, Minnesota House of Representatives

                        Representative Ron Kresha, Minnesota House of Representatives

                        Brent Christensen, President and Executive Officer, Minnesota Telecom Alliance

                        Dan Dorman, Executive Director, Greater Minnesota Partnership

Moderator:      Milda Hedblom, Dain Legal Services & Professor, Augsburg College 

CLE Credits:

3.25 Standard CLE Credits Approved | 206483


MSBA Section Members: $75
MN CLE Members: $75 (must register by phone or mail)
MSBA Non-Section Members: $85
Non-MSBA Members: $90
Non-Profits/Government Employees/Law Students: $25 (must register by phone or mail)
Remote Participation: 

Remote participation is not available. 


Want more information about the Communications Law Section ? 
To register with a check, please mail in this registration form
Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy
Questions? Contact Christina Walters | 612-278-6329

No sessions have been associated with this event.