Kelley Drye & Warren Partners Present Regulatory, Business Panels

For the second consecutive COMPTEL show, experts from Kelley Drye & Warren LLP will lead a series of panels examining new rules and pending regulatory matters that impact IP-based service, alternative last-mile facilities, wireless resale and other significant next-generation business plans.

First up, from 8 – 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22, is the seminar The Regulatory Future of IP-Based Services, Including VoIP. Genny Morelli, a partner at Kelley Drye & Warren, will moderate the panel, which will feature presenters Peter Karoczkai, vice president of InfoHighway, and Paul Kouroupas, vice president and senior counsel for Global Crossing.

InfoHighway last year merged with Eureka to create one of the largest CLECs in the Northeast. Morelli and Karoczkai will discuss pending federal and state regulatory issues regarding VoIP and IP-based services.

The next one-hour session starts at 9 a.m. and will focus on Life Without UNEs. Unbundled network element pricing ended March 11, and many CLECs spent the past year-and-a-half negotiating commercial wholesale agreements with the RBOCs. The end of UNE pricing also is causing competitive carriers to find other ways to thrive, such as offering IP-based services. Kelley Drye & Warren partner Robert Aamoth will lead Life Without UNEs.

Panelists including Jeff Compton, vice president of regulatory and industry relations for Telscape; Jim Falvey, senior vice president of Xspedius Communications; and Chris McKee, vice president of Covad Communications, will discuss regulatory issues and options surrounding UNE replacements. Topics will address ILEC/CLEC commercial agreements, Section 271 network elements, and use of AT&T/SBC and Verizon/ MCI merger conditions.

After a short break, the half-day seminar resumes at 10:15 a.m. and runs until 11 a.m. Enforcement Activities will focus on the FCCs recent and expected enforcement initiatives. Session leader John Heitmann, a partner with Kelley Drye & Warren, also will ask presenters to talk about CLEC opportunities to use FCC enforcement processes as a tool to ensure ILEC compliance with regulatory requirements.

Slated panelists include Brad Mutschelknaus, partner with Kelley Drye & Warren; Rick Richardson, vice president and general counsel of Momentum Telecom; and Angela Simpson, senior counsel for Covad Communcations.

The morning will wrap up with analysis of The Re-Emergence of Wireless Resale. Tom Cohen, a partner with Kelley Drye & Warren, has invited presenters in addition to David Gusky, president of the wholesale division for Consumer Cellular, and Don Shirley, senior product manager of PowerNet Global Communications, to talk about the business issues MVNOs face.

Were at a very exciting time for this sector, so I think were going to see a variety of business models, and people are going to have to figure out whether they meet customers needs sufficiently, Cohen said.

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