Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Barlow Keener will speak on “Improving Network Resiliency with Drones, Private 5G, Open Roaming and More” at ConnectX. The panel discussion will take place May 9 in New Orleans.

This panel will provide an update on innovation and best practices in public safety. Many top U.S. mobile operators in 2016 signed the Wireless Network Resiliency Cooperative Framework, a voluntary set of guidelines for reacting to natural disasters and other emergencies. Today there is bipartisan support at the FCC for making those voluntary rules mandatory. In the wake of Hurricane Ian, one of the worst hurricanes in U.S. history, wireless operators used innovative technologies such as drones and open roaming to help speed the recovery from that disaster and renew wireless services. This panel will take an in-depth look at some of those recovery efforts as well as other state-of-the-art technologies that are available to operators and infrastructure companies to keep networks operational during emergencies and other disasters.

Joining Keener in the panel discussion will be Verizon Frontline Vice President Cory Davis, USCellular Senior Vice President, Information Technology, Robert Jakubek. RCR Wireless News Editor-in-Chief Sean Kinney moderated the discussion.

Keener is a member of Womble Bond Dickinson’s Communications, Technology & Media team, where he brings more than 20 years of regulatory, transactional and corporate law experience in the tech sector, with significant telecom, spectrum, Internet, and privacy law experience.