Can 5G Technology Create New Opportunities for Competition?

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Assessing the Competitive Impact of Next Generation Mobile Networks

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 – 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Georgetown University’s metro-accessible downtown location at 640 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 20001

A week doesn’t go by without the term “5G” showing up in business and technology headlines here and abroad. Why the fascination among so many with all things 5G? If technologists can be believed, 5G broadband networks will revolutionize how we communicate, do business, become educated, participate in the political process, and more. But will the new networks have a positive competitive effect on consumer broadband services? Will these 5G networks open up new avenues of competition between and among different parts of the Internet ecosystem?

The Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy held a panel Tuesday, July 23, 2019 to hear several experts explore these and other questions stemming from the promise of 5G technology. Our speakers discussed issues like big data, DNS over http, consumer privacy protections, upcoming spectrum allocations, and the regulatory climate for transactions across verticals.

The panel was moderated by Carolyn Brandon, Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy.  Panelists included:

  • Jennifer Fritzsche, Senior Analyst and Managing Director, Wells Fargo Securities (remarks begin at 28:38);
    Slides: 5G Technology Primer, The Race to 5G – Industry Dynamics
  • Anna-Maria Kovacs, Visiting Senior Policy Scholar, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy (remarks begin at 45:42)
  • Mark MacCarthy, Senior Fellow, Institute for Technology Law and Policy at Georgetown Law; Senior Policy Scholar, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy; and formerly Senior Vice President for Public Policy, Software & Information Industry Association (remarks begin at 36:57)
  • Paroma Sanyal, Senior Consultant, The Brattle Group (remarks begin at 9:58);
    Slides: A Story of Public-Private Entrepreneurship and Innovation