We just released our CTIA-FCBA State and Federal Policy Panels at CTIA 2013 and have a fantastic lineup of speakers and moderators. Our group will have a diverse background – from federal and state policymakers to reporters to our members, there’s a depth and variety of experiences that will mean great discussions.
Our program will kick off on Tuesday May 21st with a panel of leading policymakers from state government, including public utility commissioners and elected representatives, and will continue with a panel focused entirely on emerging public safety issues in the new mobile world.
On Wednesday, we will do a deep dive on spectrum issues, keynoted by speeches from the Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and Commissioner Ajit Pai. Both of our Wednesday panels will focus on the challenges and importance of bringing more spectrum to market to meet consumer demand and serve as a platform for innovation. One panel will focus entirely on broadcast TV incentive auctions, and the other panel will tackle other key spectrum topics, like the effort to make more efficient use of federal government spectrum, the need for both licensed and unlicensed spectrum and the role of new technologies in meeting mobile broadband demand.
We are looking forward to a great discussion and to seeing you at the CTIA 2013 policy panels!
Wireless Policy Hot Topics: Tuesday, May 21, 2013; 2:00-3:15 pm
Key state government decision makers will discuss wireless policy hot topics on a range of issues including the growth in mobile broadband adoption, wireless regulation, wireless tax policy, tower siting, universal service policy, and more. Panelists will answer questions about policies they think will best spur wireless’ continued growth, innovation, and evolution.
- Moderator: Jamie Hastings, Vice President, CTIA
- Moderator: Ina Fried, All Things D
- Panelist: Joe Armstrong, State Representative – Tennessee; President NBCSL
- Panelist: Orjiakor Isiogu, Commissioner, Michigan Public Service Commission
- Panelist: Paul Kjellander, President, Idaho Public Utilities Commission
- Panelist: Bruce Starr, State Senator – Oregon, President-Elect of NCSL
Wireless in the New Public Safety Ecosystem: Tuesday, May 21, 2013; 3:30-4:45 pm
Over the last year, wireless communications have withstood unprecedented emergency events to demonstrate the increasing value and reliance that consumers place on wireless. The evolving wireless landscape has also raised public expectations to utilize wireless for emergency response, coordination and communications. With these growing expectations come challenging technical, operational and regulatory questions. A panel of industry representative, public safety leaders and policymakers will address the major issues at the intersection of wireless communications and Public Safety. Panelists will explore the deployment of Text to 911, evolution of Next Generation 9-1-1, utilization of wireless emergency alerts, and coordinated responses to emergency situations, among other topics.
- Moderator: Brian Josef, Assistant Vice President, CTIA
- Moderator: Phil Goldstein, Editor, FierceWireless
- Panelist: Jeff Cohen, Chief Counsel – Law and Policy, Director of Government Relations, APCO
- Panelist: Holly Henderson, External Affairs Manager, SouthernLINC Wireless
- Panelist: Brandt Hershman, State Senate Majority Leader, State of Indiana
- Panelist: Charles McKee, Vice President, Government Affairs - Federal & State Regulatory, Sprint Nextel
- Panelist: Phil Montgomery, Chairperson, Wisconsin Public Service Commission
All of the Above: Spectrum Planning for the New Mobile World: Wednesday, May 22, 2013; 1:30-3:00 pm
Spurred by rapid increases in demand for mobile broadband services and the growing importance of mobile broadband to our economy, policymakers have taken an “all of the above” approach to bringing additional spectrum to market. This panel will focus on the multiple efforts to free up spectrum to meet mobile broadband demand, with a focus on spectrum for licensed and unlicensed use, the balance between cleared and shared spectrum, and the prospects for a new infusion of the fuel that drives mobile innovation.
Kick-off Remarks: Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, FCC
- Moderator: Scott Bergmann, Assistant Vice President, CTIA
- Moderator: David Goldman, CNNMoney
- Panelist: David Goldman, Legal Advisor -- Office of Comm. Rosenworcel, FCC
- Panelist: Tom Power, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
- Panelist: Tom Sugrue, Vice President of Government Affairs, T-Mobile
- Panelist: David Taylor, CEO, Capitol Solutions
- Panelist: Peter Tenhula, Senior Advisor, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Spectrum Incentive Auctions: Step Right Up!: Wednesday, May 22, 2013; 3:15-4:45 pm
The U.S. has long led the world in both wireless services and spectrum policy. That trend will continue in 2013 with the introduction of an all-new tool: voluntary incentive auctions. In 2012, Congress authorized the FCC to design and hold incentive auctions to free up valuable broadcast television spectrum for mobile broadband use. The effort will create new challenges for policymakers and new opportunities for mobile players. This panel will discuss the broadcast television incentive auction, its implementation, and its implications for U.S. wireless leadership.
Kick-off Remarks: Ajit Pai, Commissioner, FCC
- Moderator: Krista Witanowski, Assistant Vice President, CTIA
- Moderator: Kevin Fitchard, Senior Writer, GigaOM
- Panelist: Matthew Berry, Chief of Staff, Office of Comm. Pai, FCC
- Panelist: Paula Boyd, Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft
- Panelist: Joan Marsh, Vice President-Federal Regulatory, AT&T
- Panelist: Grant Spellmeyer, Vice President - Federal Affairs and Public Policy, US Cellular
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