2020 Feb 27-Telecommunications

Feb 27, 2020 01:00pm -
Feb 27, 2020 02:00pm

Event Description

February 27 - Telecommunications

Development and Deployment of Municipal Broadband: Securing Funding and Other Considerations

*FREE LIVE FOR IMLA MEMBERS!  CLE available to Kitchen Sink Subscribers and in some cases to others but fees may apply.

Given the increase in the importance of broadband access, some municipalities have considered developing their own broadband networks. These municipal broadband networks are a public utility available to residents, especially in rural areas where high speed connectivity is scarce. Building and managing a broadband network is often an expensive endeavor. This webinar will discuss the fundamentals of developing and deploying municipal broadband as well as how to secure funding. Additional topics may be presented.

Speakers: Al Catalano, Wes Wright & Doug Jarrett



Albert Catalano has 30 years of experience in telecommunications regulatory and legislative matters, domestic and international joint ventures, litigation, and transactions involving communications, properties and investments. Mr. Catalano’s practice focuses on public safety, broadband and wireless communications and he frequently advises clients in matters related to FirstNet and the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. He is experienced in spectrum relocation proceedings, FCC auctions, international and domestic satellite issues, equipment certifications, enforcement issues, technology transfer and licensing.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Catalano served as legal counsel with the Federal Communications Commission on wireless communications, information transfer, technology developments, licensing issues and international satellite matters. Mr. Catalano represented the Private Radio Bureau in enforcement proceedings before Administrative Law Judges. He participated in major rulemaking proceedings involving spectrum and regulations dealing with commercial, private and public safety operations. Mr. Catalano has worked with foreign partners and governments in the Netherlands, Russia, Italy, and other countries.

Wes Wright is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He focuses his practice on telecommunications compliance and enforcement matters.

Mr. Wright regularly counsels corporate clients on compliance matters before the FCC and state public utilities commissions. He counsels clients on compliance with rules related to telecommunications service provider regulations, state tariff requirements, private wireless licensing, 911 reliability and call handling, customer proprietary network information (CPNI), the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), and other related obligations. He is a recognized expert on the FCC’s wireless spectrum rules. He recently has given several compliance-related seminars on a host of topics, including: the FCC’s 911 Reliability Rules, 911 Wireless Location Accuracy, Spectrum Licensing and Enforcement, Communications Tower Compliance Obligations and the FCC’s New Citizens Broadband Radio Service.

Mr. Wright also represents trade associations and corporate clients on policy matters before the FCC. He has advocated policy positions before the FCC on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Connect America Fund (CAF), municipal broadband preemption and many wireless spectrum rulemaking proceedings.

Mr. Wright also defends clients in FCC enforcement actions. He assists clients with all aspects of an FCC enforcement investigation. Mr. Wright has represented clients responding to an initial Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and guides them through the entire enforcement process. He has successfully convinced the FCC not to pursue enforcement actions for alleged rule violations and has negotiated settlements with the Commission that involve a reduced fine and no admission of wrongdoing.

Prior to rejoining Keller and Heckman in 2014, Mr. Wright worked as an in-house attorney for a telecommunications company where he advised the company’s subsidiaries on federal and state regulations governing the 9-1-1 industry, VoIP requirements, and other telecommunications compliance matters of interest.

Doug Jarrett represents associations, major corporations, and entrepreneurs before the FCC, including a major trade association on rural broadband policy issues. His clients include dark fiber network operators, emerging broadband services providers, wireless site operators, specialized domestic and international services providers, and critical infrastructure companies.  He has worked on partnerships involving critical infrastructure firms and Internet services providers looking to deploy broadband networks for underserved communities and urban areas.




Event Type:Distance Learning Event
Category:Distance Learning
Early registration ends on Dec 11, 2012.
Regular registration starts on Dec 12, 2012 and ends on Feb 04, 2020.
Late registration starts on Feb 05, 2020.
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Registration Fees
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 2020 DLE-Feb 27
Member Fee: $0.00$0.00$0.00
Non-Member Fee: $99.00$99.00$99.00