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CCA’s Annual Convention Goes Virtual on October 21

CCA’s Annual Convention will take place online October 21 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and bring together policy makers and technology innovators including FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, Senator Roger Wicker, Congressman Frank Pallone and executives from Ericsson, Interop Technologies, Mavenir, Nokia, T-Mobile, and TNS to discuss policy issues, technology innovation, and business strategies important to competitive carriers.

Keynote Schedule

-      10:00 am ET - Welcome address from Steven K. Berry, President and CEO of CCA

-      10:15 am  ET - Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS)

-      10:20 am ET - Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ

-      10:25 am ET - FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr

-      10:45 am ET - Neville Ray, President of Technology, T-Mobile

-      11:00 am ET - Paul Challoner, VP Network Product Solutions, Ericsson North America

-      12:00 pm ET - FierceWireless keynote panel, Can OpenRAN Hit Its Stride?

        -- John Baker, SVP Business Development, Mavenir

        --  Jeff Blum, EVP, External and Legislative Affairs, DISH

        --  Diane Rinaldo, Executive Director, Open RAN Policy Coalition

        --  Rob Pegoraro, Contributor to FierceWireless, moderator

-      2:00 pm ET - John Dwyer, President and CEO, and Josh Wigginton, VP of

-      Product Management, Interop Technologies, on the lifecycle of operator messaging and a path for operators to secure their role in 5G messaging.

-      2:15 pm ET Mike Keegan, CEO, TNS, will sit down for a fireside chat with Steven K. Berry and discuss robocall prevention measures such as the TRACED Act and the STIR/SHAKEN Call Authentication framework.

-      2:30 pm ET -  John Harrington, SVP, US majors accounts of Nokia, will address networks are what keep us going.

Educational Programming Highlights

The Convention also will feature educational programming with four tracks: policy, technical, business development, and marketing/customer service focused 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.  Session highlights include:  

11:15 am ET - COVID-19: Lessons Learned and Moving Forward

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

1:00 pm ET - Feeding the Data Monster: How Policymakers Are Acting to Meet America’s Insatiable Spectrum Demands

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

-      C. 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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