2017 Legislative and Policy Conference, March 26-28, 2017, Washington, D.C.





Sunday, March 26

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Early Registration

Monday, March 27
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome
Shirley Bloomfield, Chief Executive Officer, NTCA
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Regulatory Overview
Michael Romano, Sr. VP of Industry Affairs and Business Development, NTCA
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Infrastructure Policy Panel


Tom Wacker, VP of Advocacy Initiatives, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association


Adam Krantz, CEO, National Association of Clean Water Agencies

Graham Hill, CEO, Ice Miller Strategies, LLC

Martin Edwards, VP of Legislative Affairs, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America

Dean Franks, VP of Congressional Relations, American Road and Transportation Builders Association


10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Congressional Staff Policy Discussion


David Hoover, VP of Legislative Affairs, NTCA


Kevin Cummins, Office of U.S. Senator Tom Udall

Daniel J. Hillenbrand, Office of U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe

Adam Jorde, Office of U.S. Representative Kevin Cramer

Scott Rasmussen, Office of U.S. Representative Jared Huffman


11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

SRC, GIG and DLT: Tools You Can Use to Promote Your Community
Josh Seidemann, VP of Policy, NTCA  

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Q&A with Ajit Pai, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Issues Update from State Association Executives 


David Crothers – Executive Vice President, North Dakota Association of Telecommunications Cooperatives


Tyler Campbell – Executive Director, Kentucky Telecom Association

Greg Dean – Director of Industry Relations, South Dakota Telecommunications Association

Levoy Knowles – Executive Director, Tennessee Telecommunications Association

Duront Walton – Executive Director, Virginia Telecommunications Industry Association


2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Messages for Broadband Infrastructure Advocacy: #BuildBroadbandWithUs
Laura Withers, Director of Communications, NTCA
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Legislative Program

Tom Wacker, VP of Advocacy Initiatives, NTCA
Michelle Ly, Advocacy Programs Manager, NTCA
Scott Lively, Director of Government Affairs, NTCA
Leif Oveson, Director of Government Affairs, NTCA
Michael Romano, Sr. VP of Industry Affairs and Business Development, NTCA

3:15 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Ethics Reminders
3:20 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. State Caucuses
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. NTCA Rural Broadband PAC/RTAF Event:
A VIP Capitol Experience

Tuesday, March 28
8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Kickoff Breakfast
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)

9:15 a.m. Commence Hill and Agency Visits

Wednesday, March 29
8:30 a.m. – Noon

The Foundation for Rural Service Presents A White Paper Presentation “Anticipating Economic Returns of Rural Telehealth”
Hyatt Capitol AB


For advertising and sponsorship opportunities, contact Michele Coleman at (703) 351-2089.
For conference programming or PAC/RTAF event: Michelle Ly