Why Is the U.S. Missing Out on the M-Commerce Revolution?

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street, NW, Suite 610A
Washington, DC 20005
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

In a small, but growing number of nations the mobile phone has evolved from a simple personal communications device to become both a platform for commerce and an indispensable part of a "lifestyle infrastructure" that enhances personal productivity, manages financial transactions, and makes life far more convenient and efficient. Indeed, around the world, consumers can use mobile phones as electronic wallets to pay for public transit, to check in at airline gates, and to make purchases from merchants, kiosks, and vendors. But not in the United States, which lags behind world leaders in leveraging the mobile phone as a platform to effect commercial transactions. The result is lagging productivity and reduced convenience for America and Americans.


Robert Atkinson
President, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation


Stephen Ezell
Senior Analyst, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Pragnesh Shah
Vice President & GM, Network Solutions LLC, formerly President & CEO of Mobilians International, Inc.

David Jeppsen
Vice President, Business Development and Public Affairs, NTT DoCoMo USA

Mark MacCarthy
Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University; former Senior Vice President for Global Public Policy at Visa Inc.