Mobile Future

on the horizon - CTIA’s “Mobile Life”

It is hard to believe but another CTIA show is around the corner.  As always, I’m excited to attend this year’s show and demo the latest in mobile technology in Las Vegas.

Besides the great keynotes that are slated during the week, I wanted to call your attention to the Federal Communications Bar Association’s Seminar "Spectrum Dynamics in the 21st Century: The Link Between Sound Spectrum Policy and America’s Place in the Global Economy" on Tuesday, March 31.  The seminar runs from Noon to 5:30pm and really has a number of telecom policy rockstars delving into everything spectrum.

As you know, we are very excited about all of the apps and ways you can share your life with your family and friends via mobile.  Some of these applications require not only stronger networks but the capacity to deliver the experience that consumers want when utilizing such a service (for instance, live streaming via wireless).  Accordingly, future spectrum policy is going to be extremely vital and the government must make sure that adequate spectrum is in the pipeline for service providers to be able to handle adoption of these unique applications that are here and on the horizon.

With that in mind, here’s one panel at the seminar that looks to address and discuss the demand for more spectrum:

Panel IV: Satisfying Demand: Sources for More Spectrum and Processes for Obtaining
4:15 pm – 5:20 pm

This panel will discuss likely sources for more commercial mobile
spectrum in the United States, the types of formal and informal
processes that can help identify and then make such spectrum available
for commercial use, lessons learned from the AWS clearing process and
other issues that must be considered to expedite the process and avoid
another 12 year gap in spectrum allocation.

Moderators:
Tricia Paoletta,
Esq., Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP
Carolyn Brandon, Esq., Vice President Policy, CTIA-The Wireless Association®

Panelists:
Julius Knapp,
Office of Engineering and Technology, Federal Communications Commission (Invited)
Larry Irving, President, Irving Information Group
Dale Hatfield, Adjunct Professor, Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder
David Taylor, CEO, Capitol Solutions
Michael Calabrese, Director, Wireless Futures Program, New America Foundation
Ambassador Janice Obuchowski, Founder, Freedom Technologies

Look forward to seeing you in Vegas and stayed tuned for some more 411 about the show!