Join Congressman G.K. Butterfield, Tom Power, Blair Levin, S. Jenell Trigg, and More As They Discuss Translating Spectrum Policy to Meet Rising Consumer Demand, Economic Opportunity, and Technological Innovation

by mmtcbbsj on May 8, 2014

Please join the MMTC Policy Committee (the “Best Minds”) as Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) provides opening remarks, and Thomas Power, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Telecommunications at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, keynotes a discussion on “Translating Spectrum Policy to Meet Rising Consumer Demand, Economic Opportunity and Technological Innovation.”

Please RSVP by Thursday, May 8th, here.

The increase in wireless use has made the need for more available spectrum a pressing policy concern. With the recent release of the AWS-III Auction rules, the freeing up of additional unlicensed spectrum, and the pending spectrum incentive auction, the focus on identifying more spectrum to meet this increasing demand will position the U.S. to accommodate the current growth, while beginning to meet the emerging wireless broadband needs of the “Internet of Things.”

Join friends of MMTC, policy leaders, and academics in a discussion on current spectrum policy, including the use of licensed and unlicensed bands to meet this burgeoning demand. This discussion will also address opportunities for competition of new entrants, especially rural telcos, small businesses and minority- and women-owned businesses, into wireless markets through the upcoming spectrum incentive and future planned auctions. Finally, this discussion of current spectrum policy will project how wireless demands for emerging technologies will also be covered, especially as more companies and consumers move to an Internet of Things.

Friday, May 9, 2014, 9:00AM to 11:00AM
Rayburn House Office Building
45 Independence Avenue SW, Room B338
Space is limited.  Please RSVP by Thursday, May 8th here.   
Breakfast will be served.
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Opening Remarks:  Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Chief Deputy Whip and First Vice Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus; Member of the House Subcommittee of Communications and Technology, Energy and Commerce

Keynote Remarks:  Thomas Power, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Telecommunications, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Discussants:  

  • Nicol Turner-Lee, Ph.D, VP/Chief Research and Policy Officer, MMTC (Moderator)
  • Shawn Chang, Chief Counsel, Communications and Technology Policy, Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives
  • David Don, Vice President, Regulatory Policy, Comcast
  • Chanelle Hardy, Executive Director, Public Policy, National Urban League
  • Blair Levin, Senior Fellow, Aspen Institute; Former Executive Director, Omnibus Broadband Initiative
  • Allison Remsen, Executive Director, Mobile Future
  • Edward “Smitty” Smith, Chief of Staff, Incentive Auction Task Force, Federal Communications Commission
  • S. Jenell Trigg, Partner, Lerman Senter

The MMTC Policy Committee talks through key issues with an eye to what is best for the public interest. By hearing all sides, we can practice effective and well-informed advocacy, and better advise our national organization clients.

MMTC appreciates your participation, which is invaluable to our policy work.

The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving equal opportunity and civil rights in the mass media, telecommunications and broadband industries, and closing the digital divide. MMTC is generally recognized as the nation’s leading advocate for minority advancement in communications.

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