FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2020
Oliver F. Hays
Phillips Lytle LLP
PHILLIPS LYTLE LLP ATTORNEY JOEL L. THAYER TO SPEAK AND SERVE AS MODERATOR AT FCBA INTERNET OF THINGS COMMITTEE CLE TITLED, “LEGAL AND REGULATORY BARRIERS TO WIDESPREAD IOT DEPLOYMENT”
Washington, D.C. – Phillips Lytle LLP Attorney Joel L. Thayer will provide opening remarks and serve as a moderator at the CLE sponsored by the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Internet of Things Committee titled, “Legal and Regulatory Barriers to Widespread IoT Deployment.” This program will be held virtually via Zoom on Thursday, October 22, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mr. Thayer will moderate the panel discussion titled, “Legal and Regulatory Challenges to Communications Infrastructure Deployment.”
The Internet of Things (IoT), at a high level, describes the interconnection via communications networks and computing devices embedded in everyday devices (e.g., smart refrigerators or smart speakers) to send and receive large datasets. The IoT enables innovative techniques that make our lives better, such as connected health, distance learning and precision agriculture. However, the continued success of the IoT revolution will depend on consumers and enterprises having near ubiquitous access to 5G wireless networks and the IoT devices themselves. Although the United States has made great strides in promoting both, there are still significant legal and regulatory hurdles this innovative ecosystem must overcome to unleash the IoT’s full potential. This discussion will evaluate where the legal and regulatory questions are and how practitioners can advise clients interested in participating in the IoT at the infrastructure and device level.
Mr. Thayer focuses his practice on telecommunications, regulatory and transactional matters, as well as privacy and cybersecurity issues. He has represented clients in front of myriad legal and regulatory fora, including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and federal administrative agencies. Mr. Thayer has also represented amicus curiae before the United States Supreme Court and advised technology companies on the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. Additionally, Mr. Thayer’s practice extends to matters concerning both administrative and constitutional law.
Prior to joining Phillips Lytle, Mr. Thayer served as Policy Counsel for ACT | The App Association, where he advised on legal and policy issues related to antitrust, telecommunications, privacy, cybersecurity and intellectual property in Washington, DC. His experience also includes working as legal clerk for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen. Additionally, Mr. Thayer served as a congressional staffer for the Hon. Lee Terry and Hon. Mary Bono.