Jan 14

Past Event

The Future of Unlicensed Spectrum



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Wireless spectrum powers mobile technology, and mobile technology powers the global economy and the conveniences and innovations we use every day. But spectrum is becoming an increasingly scarce resource and investments must be made to enable more spectrum for private and public use. What is the future of unlicensed spectrum at a time of increasing mobile usage?  The threat of spectrum shortages has raised questions about how to utilize this resource, maintain opportunities for innovation and allow developers to create new applications.

On January 14, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings hosted a panel of experts to discuss the future of unlicensed spectrum. What is the role of unlicensed spectrum and how can we use it to further technology innovation?  What policies are needed in the future? What effect does the rising usage of mobile technology have on spectrum availability?


Event Agenda

  • Welcome and Introduction

  • Panelists

    • Charles Jackson

      Principal, Jackson Telecom Consulting

      Adjunct Professor, Computer Science, The George Washington University

    • Tom Nagel

      Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

      Comcast Cable

    • Michael Calabrese

      Director, Wireless Future Program

      New America Foundation

    • Juanita Budd

      Executive Director

      Austin Free-Net


January 14, 2014

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST

The Brookings Institution

The Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW


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