A Framework for Federal Spectrum Policy and its Effect on Innovation

March 30, 2011
10am - 11:30am

the U.S. economy regains momentum, policymakers and economists are considering the long-range impact of wireless spectrum policy on job creation and innovation. What is the Federal Communications Commission’s role in fostering innovation via spectrum policy, and which regulation rulings would be the most effective or harmful? Do auctions help or hurt the innovation engine? How should the government balance various stakeholders’ interests in their pursuit for additional bandwidth that is both fair and economically sensible?

The Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings will host a forum on spectrum’s role in advancing economic growth and innovation, focused on identifying a concrete policy framework. Moderated by Governance Studies Director Darrell West, a panel of industry and academic experts will discuss wireless spectrum’s vital contribution to the current economic recovery and a path toward future domestic growth.

Darrell M. West
Vice President and Director, Governance Studies

James W. Cicconi
Senior Executive Vice President-External and Legislative Affairs
AT&T Services, Inc.

Blair Levin
Communications and Society Fellow
Aspen Institute

Adele Morris
Fellow, Economic Studies

Richard Whitt
Senior Policy Director
Google Inc.