Washington, D.C., September 27, 2017 – CCA’s 2017 Annual Convention today announced the keynote line-up, which will include a fireside chat with Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida and Martin O’Malley, former Governor of Maryland to discuss the importance of a nationwide public safety network and how carriers and states can work together. Also headlining the Convention are FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and Callie Field, EVP, Customer Care, T-Mobile.
Additionally, executives from ATN International, Ericsson, Huawei Technologies USA, Nokia Networks, and Sprint will participate in a keynote panel addressing how carriers are innovating in their approach to servicing their customers and the critical need for access to mobile broadband services across North America. All keynote programming will be live streamed by RCR Wireless. CCA’s Annual Convention will take place at the Fort Worth Convention Center, October 25-27.
“CCA’s 2017 Annual Convention marks 25 years for the association, and I can think of no better keynote speaker lineup to mark this significant milestone,” said Steven K. Berry, CCA’s president & CEO. “I am delighted Commissioner Clyburn is returning to the show and that former Governors Jeb Bush and Martin O’Malley will be joining us to talk about ways states and carriers can work together to ensure a nationwide public safety network. CCA’s events bring together the leading industry thinkers and innovators, and this year’s show is certainly no exception. I look forward to hearing about the amazing progress our industry has made, including innovative ways to reach and retain consumers and looking ahead to the technological and regulatory developments that will deliver true mobile broadband ubiquity to citizens in both rural and urban areas.”
Keynote Programming Schedule
Wednesday, October 25
– 12:30 – 12:45 pm CST – Remarks by Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, FCC
– 12:50 – 1:15 pm CST – Remarks by Callie Field, EVP, Customer Care, T-Mobile
Thursday, October 26
- 8:15 – 9:00 am CST – Fireside chat with Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida and Martin O’Malley, former Governor of Maryland; moderator Steven K. Berry, president and CEO of CCA
– 9:05 – 9:50 am CST – Expanding the Network: Big Opportunities for Small Town America, will address the challenges, opportunities, and new technologies that will help bring wireless broadband – both fixed and mobile – to rural and hard-to-reach locations across America. Panelists include:
Arun Bhikshesvaran, Head of Technology & Strategy, Ericsson North America
Ken Borner, VP of Engineering and Network Operations, ATN International
Gunther Ottendorfer, Chief Operating Officer, Technology, Sprint
George Reed, SVP, Solutions and Marketing, Huawei Technologies USA
Chris Stark, Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer North America, Nokia Networks
Marguerite Reardon, Senior Reporter, CNET, Moderator
CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. The licensed service area of CCA’s nearly 100 carrier members covers 95 percent of the nation. Visit www.ccamobile.org.
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