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What Comes Next for Biden’s Tech and Telecom Agenda: A Conversation with Tom Wheeler
On the call, we’ll look to answer the question from a number of angles, including:
• The impact of historic federal investment in both broadband deployment and adoption on federal broadband policy, as well as on the prospects for the Senate Infrastructure legislation in the House.

• The implementation of the telecommunications portion of the President's Executive Order on Competition, and in particular the issues of Title I vs. Title II classification and increasing competition in Multiple Tenant Environments.

• How the FCC and new leadership at the FTC and DOJ will address mergers, including what remains thinkable and what has become unthinkable.

• The status of the appointments to the FCC and NTIA and the cause of the delays, as well as what this means for Administration broadband policy.

• How the Biden FCC and NTIA may address spectrum issues differently than the Trump FCC and NTIA, including whether there will be a higher priority on unlicensed and sharing.

• How the Biden FCC will address cybersecurity and resilience, with an emphasis on how the T-Mobile hack and Hurricane Ida have increased the visibility of the issues and potentially changed the politics.

Sep 20, 2021 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Blair Levin
Communications Services: Analyst – US Policy & Regulation @New Street Research
lair Levin is the Policy Advisor to New Street Research. Prior to joining New Street, Blair spent a decade practicing law. He then served as Chief of Staff to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt (1993-1997), directed the writing of the United States National Broadband Plan (2009-2010), and was a policy analyst for the equity research teams at Legg Mason and Stifel Nicolaus. Barron’s Magazine noted that his work, "has always been on top of developing trends and policy shifts in media and telecommunications … and has proved visionary in getting out in front of many of today's headline making events." Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler also praised his work, noting “no one’s done more to advance broadband expansion and competition through the vision of the National Broadband Plan.” Blair is also a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Project at the Brookings Institute and has been involved with a number of pro bono projects.
Tom Wheeler
Former Chairman @FCC
Tom Wheeler is a visiting fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution, as well as a businessman and author. He was Chairman of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) from 2013 to 2017. For over four decades, Wheeler has been involved with new telecommunications networks and services. As an entrepreneur, he started or helped start multiple companies offering innovative cable, wireless and video communications services. He is the only person to be selected to both the Cable Television Hall of Fame and the Wireless Hall of Fame, a fact President Obama joked made him “the Bo Jackson of telecom.” Prior to being appointed Chairman of the FCC by President Obama, Wheeler was Managing Director at Core Capital Partners, a venture capital firm investing in early-stage Internet Protocol (IP)-based companies. He is CEO of the Shiloh Group, a strategy development and private investment company specializing in telecommunications services.