May 16, 2018 from 8:00 AM–11:30 AM

Bloomberg Next: Infrastructure

Hosted by Bloomberg Government

In partnership with Infrastructure Week (May 14-21), Bloomberg Government Next.Infrastructure serves as a destination for dialogue on policies that match the pace of technological change and innovation. We’ll envision the future of infrastructure and address roadblocks to deploying drivers of economic growth: broadband and digital systems, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things.

Today, infrastructure is about connectivity between rural and urban; between people and goods; between humans and machines; and between our infrastructure and the institutions that build and maintain them. Critical policy changes and investments are needed to realize connections that move at the speed of now.

We’ll ask industry leaders and policymakers to weigh in on their progress in delivering digital transformation across America through broadband expansion, integrated sensors, and the arrival of 5G.


8:00 AM Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM Welcome

8:35 AM The Connected Future. 5, 10 and 20 years down the road, will the future of infrastructure look much the same or radically different from how it does today? Technology investments in driverless vehicles, drones and digital infrastructure are key to enabling the jobs of the 21st century. How will connected vehicles and roadways, smart products and buildings, and ubiquitous fast connectivity reshape commerce and society?

  • Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) @SenGaryPeters

9:00 AM Framework for Digital Infrastructure. A new connectivity framework powered by 5G will shape interactions across society and physical space. What is the current state of our broadband infrastructure, and what are the business and regulatory models needed to deploy a truly game-changing framework for the connected future? What is the federal government’s role in improving connectivity, transportation and the economy through infrastructure investments?

  • Commissioner Brendan Carr, Federal Communications Commission @BrendanCarrFCC @FCC
  • Derek Kan, Under Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation @USDOT
  • Moderated by Shaun Courtney, Transportation Reporter, Bloomberg Government @SCourtneyDC@BGOV

9:30 AM Spotlight Conversation

  • Greg Winfree, Agency Director, Texas A&M Transportation Institute @TTI

9:45 AM Networking Break

10:00 AM The Road Ahead . Local officials are engaged in strategic planning efforts to understand the challenges autonomous vehicles can help to solve and the data that will be available. How can communities pick the right projects to deliver the greatest value to their citizens? How are new technologies transforming not just urban environments, but rural communities as well?


  • Carlos Cruz-Casas, Assistant Director, Department of Transportation and Public Works, Miami-Dade County @IRIDEMDT
  • Suna Taymaz, Vice President, Autonomous Vehicle Strategy, AAA @AAA_NCNU
  • Justin Erlich, Head of Policy, Autonomous Vehicles & Urban Aviation, Uber @JustinErlich @Uber
  • Moderated by Carey Anne Nadeau, Founder and CEO, Open Data Nation @OpenDataNation

10:30 AM Spotlight Conversation

10:45 AM Testing the Limits of Drone Technology. The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced a pilot program for testing drone technology over populated areas, pairing technology companies with local communities. We’ll check in with government officials and pilot participants on the creative ways to explore the potential possibilities of drone deployment.

  • Dan Elwell, Acting Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration @FAANews
  • Anil Nanduri, Vice President, New Technology Group & General Manager of Unmanned Aviation Systems, Intel @nanduri_anil @Intel
  • Moderated by Alan Levin, Reporter, Bloomberg News @AlanLevin1 @Business 

11:15 AM Wrap Up: What’s Next