Optimal Coevolution of Mobile Broadband Technology and Spectrum Policy

Georgetown Center for Business & Public Policy and the Portable Computer and Communications Association
Friday, June 14, 2013
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

8:00 AM Registration. Continental breakfast available.

8:30 AM Peter Rysavy, Executive Director, PCCA. Introductions.

8:45 AM John Mayo, Executive Director, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. Welcome.

9:00 AM 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 AM Thomas Power, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Telecommunications, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the White House (Invited). Obama administration perspective on spectrum objectives, strategy, and priorities.

10:15 AM Break

10:30 AM 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.

11: 15 AM 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 PM Lunch provided.

1:00 PM Ruth Milkman, Chief, Wireless Communications Bureau, FCC. FCC perspective on policies and proceedings impacting wireless technology evolution and innovation.

1:45 PM 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 PM Break

2:45 PM Panel Discussion. Efficiencies in Spectrum Use and Distribution: A Review of the Perspectives.

  • Scott Wallsten, Vice President for Research and Senior Policy Fellow, Technology Policy Institute and Senior Policy Scholar, the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
  • Peter Rysavy, President, Rysavy Research
  • Anna Maria Kovacs, Visiting Senior Policy Scholar, the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
  • Delara Derakhshani, Policy Counsel, Consumers Union
  • Moderator: Carolyn Brandon, Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow, the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy