Auctioning America’s Wireless Future: Will 5G be Restricted to Big Mobile Carriers?

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Date: Sep 20 2017 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Auctioning America’s Wireless Future: Will 5G be Restricted to Big Mobile Carriers?

New America
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
http://newamerica.cvent.com/events/auctioning-america-s-wireless-future-will-5g-be-restricted-to-big-mobile-carriers-/event-summary-26028e867bff...

Spectrum is the fuel powering an increasingly connected digital economy. As the tech world gears up for the next generation of wireless – gigabit-fast “5G” – a debate has begun over whether the FCC should facilitate access to spectrum for a wide variety of network solutions, or adopt rules that restrict access to the current big mobile carriers.

Spectrum is the fuel powering an increasingly connected digital economy. As the tech world gears up for the next generation of wireless – gigabit-fast “5G” – a debate has begun over whether the FCC should facilitate access to spectrum for a wide variety of network solutions, or adopt rules that restrict access to the current big mobile carriers.
More than two years ago, a unanimous FCC adopted a breakthrough spectrum sharing order, opening a large band of high-quality spectrum for both licensed and unlicensed sharing with U.S. Navy radar operations at 3.5 GHz.

This new Citizens Broadband Service (CBRS) is premised on a unique framework designed to make licensed spectrum affordable for a diverse set of localized users and use cases. Rural and small broadband providers, as well as enterprise wireless networks, machine-to-machine networks, municipal and other innovative uses are gearing up to deploy. Priority Access Licenses (PALs) that cover small areas and are re-auctioned after relatively short (3 or 6-year) terms.

The current debate focuses on proposals by the mobile industry to revisit critical elements of the CBRS licensing rules. CTIA and T-Mobile have asked the FCC to redefine PALs to be like traditional cellular licenses -- covering multi-county areas and renewing automatically. Big carriers maintain that small-area and competitive licenses don’t provide sufficient certainty or investment incentive.

A diverse array of other companies and nonprofits -- from General Electric to rural co-ops, local internet service providers and New York City -- argue this would make the licenses unaffordable to all but the biggest national and regional mobile carriers. OTI’s Wireless Future Project’s filing told the FCC that CTIA’s proposal amounts to a “spectrum industrial policy fashioned to benefit a single business model at the expense of competitors, the economy and the public interest more broadly.”

Please join us for a lively discussion on this topic. You’ll hear why CBRS enables a diverse new cast of wireless players -- including G.E., smart city and cable companies -- and also a debate about how the FCC can strike the best policy balance for this new shared Citizens Band.

Panelists:

Michael Fitzpatrick
Head of Regulatory Advocacy, General Electric Co.

Colleen King
Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Charter Communications

Jill Canfield
Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, NTCA–the Rural Broadband Association

Preston Marshall
Principal Systems Architect, Alphabet Access

Steve Coran
FCC Counsel, WISPA (Wireless Internet Service Providers Association)

Cris Kimbrough
Managing Director of In-Building Solutions, CBRE Telecom Advisory Services

Patrick Leary
President, Baicells North America, Inc.

Moderator:

Michael Calabrese
Director, Wireless Future Project at New America’s Open Technology Institute

Lunch will be provided.

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