Inaugural Spectrum Summit


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Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2022 9:30am to 1:00pm

Location: Rafik B. Hariri Building – Fisher Colloquium, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Event Details: 

We are pleased to announce the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy’s Little Nuggets of Tech and Telecom will convene its inaugural, in-person Spectrum Summit on Wednesday, October 19th in Washington DC, on the beautiful main campus of Georgetown University.

Experts in law, engineering, regulation, policy and economics will convene to assess the state of U.S. spectrum policy, and determine if the U.S. is poised to continue leading the world in spectrum-based innovations, consumer benefits and economic growth.

Spectrum Summit – Agenda Overview

9:30 am Welcome/Overview – Carolyn Brandon, Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy and President

9:45 am Keynote by Scott Blake Harris, Senior Spectrum Advisor, NTIA

10:15 am Coffee break

10:30 am Staying Ahead of Demand for More Wireless Connectivity

Panelists will delve below the Beltway talking points and discuss current spectrum allocations for 5G, around the world and in the U.S. Our expert speakers will overlay this data with current demand projections for high speed, mobile broadband and discuss various scenarios in which a supply of spectrum keeps ahead of the demand, pushing the boundaries of hyper-connectivity and spectrum-based innovations far into the next century. This panel will also contemplate the economic and political fallout if the imbalance among spectrum allocations in the US are not resolved, and demand overtakes supply.

11:15 am Private NetworksWhere do they fit into the future of spectrum-based connectivity?

This panel of executives heavily engaged in developing an ecosystem for private, spectrum-based networks. Our experts will discuss their visions for how private, wireless networks fit into the digitization of industries and the spectrum demands they believe need to be met to realize these visions. Speakers will debate the various business models developing around private wireless networks, including the role they see the large, nationwide commercial 5G networks playing.

12:00 pm Capitalizing on a Pipeline of 5G Spectrum – Thoughts and Considerations for the Biden Administration as it develops its National Spectrum Plan

Recognizing the increasing contention over fewer and fewer “easy” spectrum allocation choices, this panel attempts to pull together the best thinking on actionable steps the current Administration can take to enable ongoing experimentation with spectrum technologies, but not at the expense of the world’s fastest and most robust 5G commercial network.

12:45 pm Closing Remarks – Carolyn Brandon & Jen Fritzsche

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Scott Blake Harris – Senior Spectrum Advisor, NTIA
  • Alex Besen – Founder & CEO, The Besen Group
  • Carolyn Brandon – Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy and President, Whitworth Analytics LLC.
  • Sal D’Itri – Chairman, National Spectrum Consortium
  • Jennifer Fritzsche – Managing Director of Communications Services & Digital Infrastructure at Greenhill & Co.
  • Jennifer McCarthy – Vice President, Legal Advocacy at Federated Wireless
  • Chris Nickerson – Manager, Analysys Mason
  • Kate O’Connor Chief Counsel at Communications and Technology, House Energy and Commerce Committee
  • Tom Power – Senior Vice President & General Counsel, CTIA
  • Brent Skorup – Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center
  • Scott Wallsten – President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
  • Christopher Yoo – John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science; Founding Director, Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition.