WIA Announces FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioners Carr and O’Rielly as Keynotes at Connect (X): All Access

Other keynotes include Ericsson CEO Niklas Heuveldop, Ligado President and CEO Doug Smith, and more

ARLINGTON, VA  – The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) announced Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai as a keynote speaker at Connect (X): All Access – a free, global, virtual conference launching May 19 that is taking the place of WIA’s in-person, annual Connectivity Expo, or Connect (X).

“I am grateful for the opportunity to join this event and speak to some of the tower technicians and others who are working tirelessly to maintain and upgrade networks to keep Americans connected during this pandemic. These past months have shown the strength of America’s wireless networks, and I look forward to discussing ways to continue promoting infrastructure deployment and connectivity for the benefit of American consumers,” said Chairman Pai.

“WIA is honored that Chairman Pai will join us at the virtual Connect (X): All Access to share his vision for wireless infrastructure. This is an opportunity for the event attendees to hear from a major champion for connectivity at a time when there is unprecedented focus on wireless broadband and 5G,” said Jonathan Adelstein, President and Chief Executive Officer, WIA. “Chairman Pai’s leadership on 5G is unparalleled, and we expect a strong message that will help our industry plan ahead.”     


Tom Bartlett, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Tower

Brendan Carr, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

Marc Ganzi, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Digital Bridge

Bala Ganesh, Vice President, Advanced Technology Group, UPS

Heidi Hemmer, Vice President, Network Engineering, Verizon

Niklas Heuveldop, President and Chief Executive Officer North America, Ericsson

Mike O’Rielly, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

Ajit Pai, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission

Edward Parkinson, Chief Executive Officer, FirstNet

Neville Ray, President of Technology, T-Mobile

Doug Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Ligado Networks

View from the Top: Tower Executive Roundtable
Moderator: Jonathan Adelstein
, President and Chief Executive Officer, WIA

David Weisman, Chief Executive Officer, InSite Wireless; Chairman of WIA Board

Jeff Stoops, President and Chief Executive Officer, SBA Communications; Vice-Chairman of WIA Board

Jay Brown, President & Chief Executive Officer, Crown Castle International; Secretary of WIA Board

Alex Gellman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Vertical Bridge Holdings, LLC; Treasurer of WIA Board

Steve Vondran, Executive Vice President and President, U.S. Tower Division, American Tower; Member of WIA Board

Register here: https://connectxallaccess.vfairs.com/en/registration

Learn more here: https://connectxallaccess.vfairs.com/

For more information on Connect (X): All Access, contact events@wia.org


About Connect (X): All Access:
Connect (X): All Access is a free, global, virtual conference launching May 19 that is taking the place of WIA’s in-person, annual Connectivity Expo, or Connect (X).  Connect (X): All Access will also convene the Small and Diverse Business Summit, which brings together small and diversely owned businesses to engage with top-level procurement officers.

Amy-Gabrielle Bartolac | Public Affairs Manager
Amy-Gabrielle.Bartolac@wia.org | 703-621-0527