2023 – 3rd National Forum on Team Telecom

Apr 12, 2023 8:30am – 01:30 PM


Janine Slade
Special Counsel
Covington & Burling LLP

Belinda Nixon
Perkins Coie

Government Speakers

Desiree Hanssen

Devin DeBacker
Chief, Foreign Investment Review Section, National Security Division
U.S. Department of Justice

Benjamin Goldsmith
Principal Scientific Officer, National Security Division
U.S. Department of Justice


Alice Suh Jou
Attorney, National Security Division
U.S. Department of Justice

Lee G. Licata
Deputy Section Chief for Telecom and Supply Chain
U.S. Department of Justice

Tyler Wood
Deputy Chief for Compliance and Enforcement
U.S. Department of Justice

Hunter Deeley
Assistant Bureau Chief, Enforcement Bureau
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Distinguished Faculty

Kent D. Bressie
Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

Jeffrey J. Carlisle
Lerman Senter PLLC

Eve Klindera Reed
Wiley Rein LLP

Richard C. Sofield
Partner, National Security Reviews (CFIUS), Export Controls & Economic Sanctions
Vinson & Elkins

Join us for the Country’s premier event on Team Telecom!

The Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector, commonly referred to as the Team Telecom Committee, is expanding its scope and jurisdiction as it reviews applications for telecom licenses, deals and other requests made to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Implementation of the relatively new structure and filing system continues to have uncertainty and grey areas.

Join us for this half-day program on critical strategies for managing reviews in the new Team Telecom environment, meeting new timelines, addressing uncertainty, and overcoming newfound challenges and pitfalls.

Following President Biden’s Executive Order, the U.S. Department of Justice has renewed focus to ensure the safeguarding of Personal Sensitive Data, including its collection, storage and access. Without a law to protect this sector, how will government agencies close the gap to protect personal sensitive data, and how will the current laws evolve? During this session delegates will gain key takeaways and best practices for complying with the enhanced security measures.

  • Examining what tools government agencies are using to safeguard personal data
  • Best practices for working with government agencies and helping clients bridge the gap
  • Best practices for collecting, storing and accessing personal sensitive data
  • Anticipating how regulations may evolve to better protect personal sensitive data

In a February 2022, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filed a notice of inquiry on Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), one of the internet’s most important traffic routing protocols, which noted continued vulnerabilities in this protocol. In subsequent comments, both industry and government – including the members of Team Telecom – noted the ways in which this vulnerability continues to put U.S. personal and commercial communications at risk of theft, espionage and corruption by foreign adversaries. This session will delve into the strategies for secure internet routing, including technical measures and business approaches to improving the security of our telecommunications networks.

11:00 am

Networking Break

During this session speakers will delve into some of the recent court cases that invite the Federal Communications Commission. Delegates will discuss the significance and the impact of the decisions and how it may affect cases going forward. Cases being discussed will include:

  • China Telecom (Ams.) Corp. vs. FCC No. 21-1233
  • Pacific Networks Corp, v. FCC, NO. 22-01054

Digging into mitigation agreements. While the government is increasingly favoring standard terms on mitigation agreements, they don’t work for every company. This session will dig into the challenges with standard terms, as well as complications arising from non-standard terms, and how to best mitigate an agreement for each.

  • Identifying standard terms that might not work for your mitigation agreement
  • Negotiating non-standard terms, including special requirements for:
    • Investors not being allow into facilities
    • Vendor approvals
    • Increase percentages
    • Entities in the mix
      • Equipment approvals
      • Tailored access restrictions

There is no safe harbor in the world of Team Telecom regulation compliance. Under the Article 6 of the Team Telecom regulation, licenses can be reviewed at any time. As technology continues to advance, Team Telecom has been actively reviewing more licenses. This session will examine what can trigger a review and how companies can prepare.

  • Examining what technology advancements can trigger a licence review
  • Analyzing the national security benefits of a review

1:30 pm
Closing Comments from the Chair