INCOMPAS-Fall-2020-Daily-1 WWW. INCOMPAS .ORG « 1 » Header... S E P T E M B E R 1 4 - 16 THE 2020 Keynotes on Day One Emphasize Importance of 5G, SDN and OpenRAN T he importance of high- speed connectivity and widely available broadband networks was made exceedingly clear when millions of workers and students were forced to remotely access mission-critical business and educational resources in reaction to the global pandemic. Throughout Day One of The 2020 INCOMPAS Show, a virtual event taking place September 14-16 via the ConnectIN portal, several telecom industry thought leaders and policymakers, speaking at the numerous sessions and keynotes, discussed the important role tech- nology played in keeping the country connected during those unprecedented times, as well as what must be done by technology providers and legislators to meet the future needs of businesses and consumers. “INCOMPAS stands for compe- tition, and our work to make the communications market more competitive could not have been more effectively affirmed, and more clearly, than by the response to meeting the need for broad- band during this pandemic,” said INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering, during his opening remarks. “This week you will hear how critical broadband is needed today, and how our companies have responded to the needs of their customers and communities, as well as what is needed to ensure we meet the demands of the future.” S E P T E M B E R 1 4 - 16 THE 2020 S E P T E M B E R - 16 THE 2020 INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering hosts Sen. Wicker (bottom) and Michael Dell (top, right) (Continued on page 4)