Speaker: Helen Mickiewicz, California Public
Date: Tuesday, March 16th, 2010, 6:30PM
Location: The California Public Utilities Commission, 505 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
The FCC is the federal agency which presently is overseeing the deployment
and delivery of broadband services. At present, a federal court
case, involving Comcast, has cast into question the extent to which
the FCC can regulate broadband services and/or their providers.
This presentation will describe the FCC - it's political make-up
and organizational structure.
I will discuss the history of the
FCC's jurisdictional relationship to the states, providing examples
of litigation over jurisdiction, and then of cooperation between
the states and the FCC which produced a positive result for consumers.
Against the background of the ongoing jurisdictional tension, I
will discuss the present focus on broadband regulation. Who should?
Who shouldn't? Should anyone?
Helen M. Mickiewicz is an Assistant General
Counsel in the Legal Division of the California Public Utilities
joining the Commission legal staff in 1986, she has practiced exclusively in telecommunications,
served as a commissioner’s legal advisor, and has participated in developing
California telecommunications policy.
She has represented CPUC
staff in a variety of administrative proceedings before the CPUC
itself, and has
represented the CPUC in federal court proceedings implementing and
applying various provisions of the 1996 Federal Telecommunications
represents the CPUC in rulemaking proceedings at the Federal Communications
Commission, and has testified for the CPUC before the California
Ms. Mickiewicz obtained her B.A. from the University
of California at Berkeley, and is a graduate of UCLA Law School. She
is a member of the
American Bar Association, and has spoken on telecommunications law
before academic groups, in public forums, and at telecommunications
and legal conferences. Before attending law school, she worked
for several years as a broadcast journalist, primarily in public
radio. For the past
Ms. Mickiewicz has been the Legal Division liaison to the
CPUC’s Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program, and in
capacity, has advised the DDTP Advisory Committees on legal issues
relevant to the operation of the Program. From 2001 through
she served as a CPUC alternate delegate to the North American Numbering
Council, an FCC advisory board on numbering issues. She has
served as president of the Conference of California Public Utility
Counsel in 1999.
She is a co-founder of Women in Telecommunications,
a non-profit networking organization for women in the telecommunications
industry, and served for several years on the WiT Board of Directors.
Coming from the East by BART or Metro, it is best to transfer to a No. 5 Bus going west at the Powel Street Station. Alternatively, it is a 5 to 10-minute walk from Civic Center Station and about the same from Van Ness Station.
Coming from the West by Metro or bus, transfer to a bus going North on Van Ness.
There are two entrances to the building. One is under the state seal at the top of the steps on the corner of Van Ness and McAllister. The other is on Golden Gate between Franklin and Van Ness. The gates for both entrances close at 5:30 pm. It is better to use the Golden Gate entrance because the meeting room is just inside.