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Optimal Coevolution of Mobile
Broadband Technology and Spectrum Policy - A
Technology and Policy Workshop
Co-presented with the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
Rafik B. Hariri Building
Friday, June 14, 2013.
Chair: Peter Rysavy, Rysavy Research
The mobile broadband industry is hugely dependent on spectrum for its services. The FCC chairman has described it as the oxygen that sustains our mobile devices. Operators are increasing network capacity by deploying spectrally more efficient technologies such as LTE, by deploying smaller cells, and by offloading. But these measures are not sufficient, and more spectrum is needed.
Unfortunately, given all the other demands for spectrum, including government applications, clearing more spectrum for the industry is becoming ever more challenging, and so industry and government are considering alternative approaches to clearing such as spectrum sharing and creating access to new bands of spectrum not previously explored. There are huge technical and operational complexities involved under all scenarios. Further, there are evolving questions with regard to the best balance of licensed and unlicensed allocations.
The purpose of this policy and technology workshop is to assess the multiple federal spectrum policy issues that can or will impact the evolution of wireless broadband technologies, including spectrum sharing, unlicensed architectures, and other approaches to making more spectrum accessible for wireless broadband uses. Against this policy backdrop, workshop participants will discuss how network technologies and architectures can best use available spectrum under various operating scenarios. The workshop will also discuss the business case for investing in wireless broadband technologies and networks.
Specific questions we intend to address include:
8:00 to 8:30 Registration. Continental breakfast available.
8:30 to 8:45 Peter Rysavy, Executive Director, PCCA. Introductions. PCCA workshop schedule and association update.
8:45 to 9:00 John Mayo, Executive Director, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. Introductory comments.
9:00 to 9:30 Blair Levin, Communications and Society Fellow, Aspen Institute and Executive Director, GigU. The Push and the Pull of Technology and Consumer Demand: Opportunities and Pitfalls.
9:30 to 10:15 Presentation. Tom Power, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Telecommunications, Office of Science and Technology Policy, White House. Obama administration perspective on spectrum objectives, strategy, and priorities.
10:15 to 10:30 Break
10:30 to 11:15 Presentation. Al Jette, Head of North American Industry Environment, Nokia Siemens Networks. Standardization efforts (including 3GPP, ETSI, IEEE) to accommodate new spectrum policy approaches. Includes LTE spectrum coordination and white-space networks.
11:15 to 12:00 Presentation. Dean Brenner, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Qualcomm. Opportunities and challenges of new bands, including the proposed 3.5 GHz small-cell band.
12:00 to 1:00 Lunch provided.
1:00 to 1:45 Presentation. Ruth Milkman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, FCC. FCC perspective on policies and proceedings impacting wireless technology evolution and innovation.
1:45 to 2:30. Presentation. Jennifer Fritzsche, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Securities. Making the business case for continued investment in the mobile broadband sector: a Wall Street perspective.
2:30 to 2:45 Break
2:45 to 4:00 Panel Discussion. Efficiencies in Spectrum Use and Distribution: A Review of the Perspectives.
Panelists (ten minute presentation for each panelist):
Moderator: Carolyn Brandon, Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow,
Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy.
Anna-Maria Kovacs, Visiting Senior Policy Scholar, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy.
Scott Wallsten, Vice president for Research and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute.
Delara Derakhshani, Policy Counsel, Consumers Union.
Peter Rysavy, President, Rysavy Research.
Attendees obtain access to content presented, contact information of other attendees, and detailed minutes.
The workshop will be held at:
Center for Business and Public Policy
Rafik B. Hariri Building
For assistance with travel, the PCCA recommends Tom Smith Travel, 503-477-5341 or 877-604-3107.
The registration deadline is one week before the workshop.
Workshops are intended primarily for PCCA members. However, non-member organizations may attend for a fee of $325 per person if registering one month or more before the workshop, otherwise $375 if less than a month before the workshop. This fee can be applied towards future membership. Executive-level members may send five people, associate-level members may send two people and affiliate-level members may send one person without incurring meeting charges.
no attendance charge for members of the press.
If you intend to come, please register soon.
The following information is for people presenting at this PCCA workshop: