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Smart Cities in the Age of 5G: A Technology and Policy Workshop

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 -
8:30am to 2:00pm
Georgetown's metro-accessible downtown location at 640 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001


This third annual spectrum technology and policy workshop reviewed the spectrum demands and network architectures of evolving mobile broadband networks, with a focus on how these networks are enabling the realization of “smart cities” across the United States. Engineers and technical experts discussed the emerging vision for what constitutes a smart city, the emerging and most compelling use cases, and explained how 5G and LTE-Advanced-fueled mobile broadband networks can help localities around the country realize that vision. These experts discussed ideal spectrum scenarios for a 5G world and previewed the types of capabilities that 5G and LTE-Advanced will create. Policy experts, industry representatives, and investment analysts discussed the types of use cases that are driving the evolution of mobile broadband networks in the U.S. and attracting the levels of investment needed for sustained network expansion, while addressing questions such as:

  • What is the technology vision of "smart cities"?
  • What features of LTE-Advanced, 5G, and other wireless technologies facilitate the realization of this vision of smart city infrastructure throughout the U.S.?
  • What are the optimal spectrum allocations to power 5G mobile networks?
  • What role will smart infrastructure play for: resource management, traffic flow, vehicular safety, other use cases?
  • What federal policy choices will help or hinder rapid deployment of 5G and other wireless infrastructure across the country?
  • Will local siting policies delay 5G deployment?
  • What smart cities initiatives are underway and expected in the near future?
  • Are there best practices taking hold?
  • What end-to-end solutions are available to facilitate smart city applications?


  • 9:00 – 9:15 Opening Remarks and Welcome (video)
    Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy and Wireless Technology Association 
  • 9:15 – 9:30 Keynote Address (video)
    Eric Dresselhuys, Co-Founder and EVP of Global Development, Silver Spring Networks
  • 9:30 – 10:30 Panel Discussion: How Technology Is Enabling the Realization of Smart Cities (video)
    Moderator: Peter Rysavy, President, Rysavy Research
    ​Topics: Spectrum, technologies capabilities, architectures, and standards 

    • Hani Beshara, Director, Technical Solutions, Ericsson
    • Jin Yang, PhD, Senior Director, AI for Network Intelligence, Huawei USA R&D, Huawei
    • Reza Arefi, Director Spectrum Strategy, Intel
    • Brian Hendricks, Head of Technology Policy and Public Affairs, North America and Latin America, Nokia
  • 10:30 – 11:00 Networking Break
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Panel Discussion: Making the Business Case for 5G and Smart Cities (video)
    Moderator: Carolyn Brandon, Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
    Topics: Investment motivation, use cases, end-to-end solutions, resource management, other

    • Jonathan Norton, Director, AT&T Public Policy, AT&T
    • Nick Cardillicchio, Strategic Accounts, CIVIQ Smartscapes
    • Eric Dresselhuys, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Global Development, Silver Spring Networks
    • Diane McBeth, Energy Innovation Manager, Southern Company
    • Jennifer Fritzsche, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Securities
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Panel Discussion: Aligning Policy and Technology — A Hitchhiker’s (Policy) Guide Through a 5G Universe (video)
    Moderator: Larry Downes, Project Director, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
    ​Topics: Siting policies, local policies, federal policies, other.

    • Jamie Hastings, Senior Vice President of External and State Affairs, CTIA
    • Erin McGrath, Legal Advisor, Wireless, Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, FCC 
    • Linda Kinney, Senior Advisor, Internet Policy, The National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA)
    • Charla Rath, Vice President, Wireless Policy Development, Verizon
    • Berge Ayvazian, Industry Analyst and Consultant, Wireless 20/20
  • 2:00 Closing Remarks (video)