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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

Fisher Colloquium
Rafik B. Hariri Building
Georgetown University
Washington DC

Friday, June 14, 2013.

Chair: Peter Rysavy, Rysavy Research



Workshop Agenda
Workshop Location
Hotel and Travel Information
Information for Presenters



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:

  • What are current spectrum policies and how do they impact mobile broadband evolution?
  • What federal spectrum policy is most critical to support optimal evolution of mobile broadband technology?
  • What conceptual forms of spectrum sharing are under consideration by policy makers?
  • What is the 3GPP LTE road-map and standardization process, and in what time-frame could changes needed to accommodate new policies be implemented?
  • What are the technical opportunities and issues with spectrum sharing?
  • What spectrum sharing technologies already exist and how might they be applied to LTE broadband networks?
  • Could cognitive radio approaches be applied to LTE networks?
  • Does unlicensed spectrum work best for small cells or could it be harnessed for large cells? What are resulting network capacities and how do these compare with other technologies?
  • How will new white space technologies such as IEEE 802.11af and IEEE 802.22 coexist and what are the deployment considerations?
  • How will mobile broadband be able to take advantage of entirely new bands, including the 3.5 GHz "small-cell" band?


Workshop Meeting. Friday, June 14, 2013
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The preliminary proposed agenda is as follows:

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
Georgetown University

Washington, DC


Directions, and local hotels available soon.

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.

There is no attendance charge for members of the press.

If you intend to come, please register soon.


Click here to register for the meeting using our secure Web page.

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The following information is for people presenting at this PCCA workshop: 


  • Main presentations: 45 minutes including 5 to 15 minute discussion.
  • Panel presentations: 10 minutes, slides optional.
  • Presenters must provide their presentations (PDF or PPT) at least one week prior to the workshop to allow for copying to the members area of the PCCA Web site, as well as to allow detailed questions for discussion.
  • This is a technical audience (e.g., engineering and program managers), so please make the presentations technical. Emphasis should be on industry and technology at large, versus selling your product (limit of 3 slides). Consider items such as compatibility, technical alternatives, standardization, deployment considerations, interoperability, certification and adoption.
  • Generally, a dynamic and attentive audience of key industry stakeholders attend each workshop, representing a broad spectrum of the mobile computing industry, including operators, infrastructure vendors, device vendors, middleware providers and application developers.
  • We will provide a video projector and computer for presenting. Presenters should use their own presentation templates.
  • Since PCCA workshops are considered public meetings, please do not include any confidential or proprietary information. Please do not mark your presentations with any terminology indicating confidential or proprietary information. 


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