The Future of Unlicensed Spectrum

Brookings Institution
December 10, 2013
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

Wireless spectrum powers mobile technology, and mobile technology powers the global economy and the conveniences and innovations we use every day. But, spectrum is becoming an increasingly scarce resource and investments must be made to enable more spectrum for private and public use. What is the future of unlicensed spectrum at a time of increasing mobile usage? The threat of spectrum shortages has raised questions about how to utilize this resource, maintain opportunities for innovation, and allow developers to create new applications.

What is the role of unlicensed spectrum and how can we use it to further technology innovation? What policies are needed in the future? What effect does the rising usage of mobile technology have on spectrum availability?

Welcome and Introduction
Portrait: Darrell West
Darrell West
Vice President and Director, Governance Studies
Founding Director, Center for Technology Innovation


Charles Jackson
Principal, Jackson Telecom Consulting
Adjunct Professor, Computer Science, The George Washington University

Tom Nagel
Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Comcast Cable

Jeff Schmidt
Vice President, Engineering
Spectrum Bridge, Inc.

After the program, panelists will take questions from the audience.