The Unfinished Radio Revolution

New Approaches to Handling Wireless Interference

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Friday, November 12th, 2010
8:30 AM-12:30 PM

Change is in the air: there are likely to be significant new spectrum allocations as a result of the National Broadband Plan, and the march of technology keeps offering new ways to increase the capacity of wireless systems.

However, the revolution begun by the end of "command and control" radio licensing and the shift to a more hands-off regime of flexible-use auctioned licenses and unlicensed operation is incomplete. For example, while there's wide agreement on the importance of flexible use, the debate over the merits of property rights versus open access have left largely untouched the important matter of defining the optimal operating permissions and governance regime for any new allocations. Join Silicon Flatirons, ITIF, IEEE-USA, CTIA, the New America Foundation and FCBA for a half day conference featuring leading economic and legal thinkers that will address this key unanswered question: How should radio operating rights be defined, assigned and enforced in order to obtain the maximum benefit from wireless operations?

Registration and Breakfast 8:30am - 9:00am
Welcome 9:00am - 9:10am

Robert Atkinson
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

The Technical and Commercial Challenge, and a Policy Response 9:10am - 9:40am

Pierre de Vries
Silicon Flatirons Senior Adjunct Fellow
University of Colorado

Dale Hatfield
Executive Director, Silicon Flatirons Center
Adjunct Professor, University of Colorado
Former Chief Engineer, Federal Communications Commission

Panel 1 9:40am - 11:00am

Michael Calabrese
Senior Research Fellow
New America Foundation

Ellen Goodman
Professor of Law
Rutgers University-Camden

Bruce Jacobs
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Evan Kwerel
Office of Plans and Policy
Federal Communications Commission

Gregory Rosston
Stanford University

Ari Fitzgerald
Hogan Lovells US LLP

Break 11:00am - 11:20pm

Panel 2 11:20am - 12:20pm

Harold Feld
Legal Director
Public Knowledge

Thomas Hazlett
George Mason University

Michael Marcus
Marcus Spectrum Solutions LLC

Charla Rath
Vice President - Public Policy

Cheryl Tritt
Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

Wrap-Up 12:20pm - 12:30pm
Pierre de Vries
Silicon Flatirons Senior Adjunct Fellow
University of Colorado