2018 Fall Conference Day 3 Recap

September 18, 2018

Seattle, Wash.— Day three of the NTCA 2018 Fall Conference jumped right into Legal Seminar and telco and director track sessions.

Session highlights of the day:

  • NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield fielded questions and shared her insight with attendees on the high-cost Universal Service Fund, bringing broadband to rural America, leveraging the strengths of the communities telcos serve and bridging the gap between electric co-ops and telcos.
  • Curtis Strole, executive director, customer relations, NeoNova, showed us gadgets of the future. Gadgets already in development include clothes that detect medical issues and robotics for the assisted living. He stressed that through technological devices, we can work together to improve everyone's quality of life.
  • A panel of telecom experts, including Roger Goldblatt, FCC deputy bureau chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, advised that the best defense against robocalls is to use common sense. Simple tactics include not providing personal information to unknown callers, searching unknown phone numbers and encouraging carriers to be more vigilant.
  • Megan Brown, Attorney, Wiley Rein LLP, shared tips and strategies on managing cybersecurity issues and reporting obligations, as well as what to do when an attorney becomes the victim of hacking. 

Day three concluded with the Networking Reception and Vendor Showcase. 

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Conference Wrap-Up Highlights for Day Four:

  • Closing General Session with the Foundation for Rural Service Board Director Stephen Milner and Executive Director Jessica Golden
  • "Millennials Say the Darndest Things" panel 
  • "The Psychology of Illusion" With Vinh Giang, Magician and Communication Coach