Avoiding High-Dollar Consequences for Utilities: TCPA Compliance

November 14-15, 2016


Monday, November 14, 2016

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. :: Opening Remarks

8:45 – 9:45 a.m. :: TCPA: Recent Developments and Key Compliance Challenges for UtilitiesIn this opening session, Mark W. Brennan from Hogan Lovells US LLP will share his insights on the TCPA, as well as FCC and FTC policy and enforcement. Mr. Brennan will provide an overview of the TCPA and provide the audience with actionable compliance strategies. The following topics will be covered:

Mark W. Brennan, Partner, Hogan Lovells US, LLP

9:45 – 10:30 a.m. :: Robocalls & Utilities: Considerations for complying with the TCPAThis session will review the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Orders affecting the utility industry. We will also discuss recent trends, and what areas of uncertainty remain – like reassigned cellphone numbers. In addition, what considerations to make when asking a customer for consent to receive calls will be covered.

Nick Pascale, Assistant General Counsel, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, NRECA

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. :: Networking Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Utility Perspectives on TCPAThis session takes look at TCPA compliance from the perspective of utilities. Each panelist will provide a brief overview of their operational practices in place to help them maintain compliancy. This interactive panel will respond to inquiries from the moderator and audience on how they and other utilities can avoid expensive lawsuits when communicating with customers.

Moderator: Nick Pascale, Assistant General Counsel, NRECA


Traci Braun, Associate General Counsel, Exelon

Andrea Stone, Attorney, Pinnacle West/Arizona Public Service

Amy Watson, Attorney, Intermountain Rural Electric Association, IREA

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:15 – 4:45 p.m. :: Strategies for Mitigating Different Types of TCPA RisksTCPA lawsuits are on the rise and utilities need to understand TCPA compliance and risks. Utilities need to know how to mitigate the risks, whether it’s reassigned phones, consent, communication content (marketing vs collections vs informational vs emergency), type of communication (text vs auto-dial vs manual), etc. In this session, several industry experts will provide presentations sharing their thoughts and solutions about TCPA (what it is, what it means, the key issues to be addressed, etc.).

Chris Clark, Director of Risk and Compliance, Neustar

Steve Kusic, CEO, National Recovery Agency

Rob Gilpin, National Sales Director, KUBRA/iFactor

Jay Malin, Founder & Managing Director, AGENT511

Vendor Panel DiscussionIn this interactive panel discussion, the experts will respond to inquiries from the moderator and audience on understanding consent, consent management, verifying phone ownership, the FCC’s risk mitigation suggestions and additional factors that utilities need to consider. The panelists will discuss the necessary requirements and challenges for utilities as it pertains to being compliant.

Moderator: Mark Brennan, Partner, Hogan Lovells US, LLP


Chris Clark, Director of Risk and Compliance, Neustar

Steve Kusic, CEO, National Recovery Agency

Rob Gilpin, National Sales Director, KUBRA/iFactor

Giff Gfroerer, Regional Mobile Director, i2SMS, LLC

Jay Malin, Founder & Managing Director, AGENT511

4:45 – 5:45 p.m. :: Networking Reception

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:15 a.m. :: TCPA call requirements – Honoring preferences while communicating effectivelyThe FCC imposed TCPA rules that allow customers to more clearly define how they want to be contacted with automated texts and calls. For a telecommunications company such as AT&T, it was important that we could clearly define to our customers how their choices affected their communications, and give them those choices in a clear manner. We also needed to ensure we navigated all the steps to inventory the transactional messages and ensure the accuracy and timeliness of the data.  In this session, the focus will be on the digital online space including how to bring consistency with other touch points, such as customer care and retail locations, to ensure we are honoring their preferences.

Lisa Willis, Lead Compliance Analyst, AT&T

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. :: The Edison Electric Institute’s Petition PaperWith the addition of smart grid technology, there is a need to educate customers about demand response and energy efficiency programs, and at the urging of state regulatory commissions and consumer groups, utilities were making much more extensive use of prerecorded communications to contact customers. As a result of this The Edison Electric Institute (EEI), has sought clarification from both the FCC and the courts on behalf of electric utilities. The EEI filed a petition with the FCC arguing that electric utilities should receive exemptions under the TCPA for certain communications. Aryeh Fishman will provide an update on EEI’s position paper and where it stands.

Aryeh Fishman, Associate General Counsel, Edison Electric Institute, EEI

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Networking Break

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. :: Outage Communications and TCPA: Friends or FoesOutages can cause contact center volumes to skyrocket. Customers call to report the outage, send emails to find out what the estimated time of restoration will be, and continually refresh the utility’s mobile site to see impacted areas. However, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) limits our ability to engage in outbound communications during these events. Learn how compliance with TCPA regulations can ameliorate the outage communication process and create more-satisfied customers.

Jeffrey Daigle, Senior Research Analyst- Customer Experience Practice, E Source

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Compliant Contact StrategyThere are two schools of thought regarding a customer contact strategy: one thought is that you do not call cell numbers, and the other thought is that you do call cell numbers. If you are in the former, doing business has probably been tougher over the last several months as more and more consumers abandon landline phones – unfortunately it is only going to get worse. Calling cell numbers is risky business, but it can be done if you set the proper workflow in motion. The key learnings in this session include:

Colleen Rose, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Experian

12:00 p.m. :: Conference adjourns




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