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CQ Roll Call Forum
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM (EST)
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CQ Roll Call Forum
Finite Spectrum, Infinite Demand:
Solving the Spectrum Crunch
Moderated by: Keith Perine, technology reporter, CQ Roll Call
Interviews by: Mike Mills, editorial director, CQ Roll Call
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It's now pretty much a given that, with the explosion of mobile wireless devices and increasing bandwidth usage, the nation faces a rapidly approaching shortage of spectrum to meet burgeoning demand.
The US ranks far down the list globally in the availability of broadband, and the spectrum crunch threatens to be a roadblock to the innovative businesses that are the heart of job creation and economic growth in this country. But the issue is not whether we have enough airwaves to meet coming needs -- it's more about who controls the usable parts of the spectrum map and how to make the best use of it for critical services and economic growth. This sets up a regulatory aerial dogfight among wireless companies, broadcasters and federal agencies for much of the contested prime spectral real estate.
On Nov. 30, CQ Roll Call's veteran technology reporter Keith Perine will moderate a panel discussion with some of the most knowledgeable and influential government and industry officials at the epicenter of this issue.
These experts will discuss the competing demands and the best solutions to ensuring broadband supply for a world of infinite demand. This critical challenge is already under debate across Washington, from the halls of Congress and the deliberations of the congressional “supercommittee” to the corridors of the FCC. How lawmakers and the FCC respond to the competing demands of businesses, innovators, federal agencies will be critically important to -- and whether the wireless broadband explosion will continue unabated or hit a spectrum roadblock
8 am Breakfast reception
8:30 am Welcome Remarks
Mike Mills, CQ Roll Call
Sanjiv Ahuja, CEO, LightSquared
8:35 am Mini-Interview on Spectrum Management, Innovation, & Economic Growth
Rob Atkinson, The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
8:45 am Interview
Congressman Cliff Stearns
9:15 am Mini-Interview on Spectrum, Rural Development, & the Digital Divide
Rebecca Murphy Thompson, Rural Cellular Association
9:25 am Panel Discussion
Former Congressman Rick Boucher, Internet Innovation Alliance
Harold Feld, Public Knowledge
Christopher Guttman-McCabe, CTIA
Rick Kaplan, FCC
Chris Ornelas, National Association of Broadcasters
Chris Riley, Free Press
10:25 am Closing Remarks
10:30 am Adjourn
Please arrive early as seating will be limited.