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TIA Panel Will Explore Policies to Advance Mobile Broadband Infrastructure & Enable Smart Communities

*** Event Advisory: Wednesday, September 27 in D.C. ***

 Luncheon Will Include Experts from AT&T, Nokia, Qualcomm & More

Arlington, VA (September 21, 2017) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech networks, invites members of the media to Advancing Broadband Infrastructure for IoT & Smart Communities, a TIA luncheon event in Washington, D.C. The discussion will address policy solutions for advancing mobile broadband infrastructure deployment to facilitate smart communities and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

Taking place on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at the AT&T Forum for Technology, Entertainment & Policy, the luncheon event will feature leaders from AT&T, Nokia, Qualcomm, NTIA, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, and the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA).

This event will explore policies to reduce barriers facing wireless broadband infrastructure deployment, and identify how public-private partnerships and federal infrastructure legislation can spur investment in IoT technologies that will power connected communities.

Media interested in attending should contact Charlie Vinopal at or 202.350.4767.


WHAT:               TIA Lunch & Learn: Advancing Broadband Infrastructure for IoT & Smart Communities (lunch will be served)

WHEN:               Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET

WHERE:             AT&T Forum for Technology, Entertainment & Policy:

                           601 New Jersey Ave. NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 20001

Participants will include:

  • Steve Crout, Vice President Government Affairs, Qualcomm
  • Brian Hendricks, Head of Policy and Government Relations, Nokia Americas Region
  • Wesley Johnston, CEO, TIA (to deliver event opening remarks)
  • Jonathan Norton, Director, Public Policy, AT&T
  • Glenn Reynolds, Chief of Staff, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
  • Bryan Tramont, Managing Partner, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer, LLP (to moderate event
  • Steve Traylor, Executive Director, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA)

TIA’s Policy Forums are exclusive events held in Washington, D.C. that bring together professionals from across the tech and telecommunications industries, and the media and academia, with members of Congress and policymakers to engage in an informed dialogue about the importance of investment and innovation in the connectivity supply chain.

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