Conference Programme

Wednesday 19 October, 2011

Morning

08:30 – 09:00

Coffee and Registration

09:00 – 10:40

I. Keynote Presentations

Moderator for morning sessions: Chantale LaCasse , Senior Vice President, NERA

09:00 – 09:25

Keynote Presentation

Speaker to be confirmed

09:25 – 09:50

Keynote Presentation

Lawrence Strickling , Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, NTIA*

09:50 – 10:15

Keynote Presentation

Héctor Olavarría Tapia , Undersecretary for Communications of Mexico and Chairman, COM/CITEL

10:15 – 10:40

Keynote Presentation: The benefit of closer co-operation between Europe and the Americas on spectrum policy

Mike Byrne , Chairman, Radio Spectrum Policy Group, European Union

10:40 – 11:00

Morning Break

11:00 – 12:45

II. The 700MHz band plan – Should countries in the Americas follow the US model or develop their own contiguous band plan?

The USA has led the world in awarding digital dividend spectrum for mobile broadband at 700 MHz. However, its band plan is highly fragmented, which limits the flexibility of users to exploit contiguous bandwidths for high-speed services. Should other countries in the Americas follow the US plan or develop their own contiguous band plans? If they go in a different direction, what implications would this have for handset availability and equipment economies of scale? What border co-ordination issues would be raised if Canada and Mexico develop a different plan from the USA, and how could these be resolved? To what degree could these concerns be overcome in view of proposals in Asia and the Middle East for a contiguous 700MHz band?

11:00 – 11:15

Rival band plans for 700 MHz

Sebastián M. Cabello , Director, GSMA Latin America

11:15 – 12:45

High Level Roundtable Discussion

Rick Kaplan , Chief of the Wireless Telecommunication Bureau, FCC
Marc Dupuis , Director General, Engineering, Planning and Standards Branch, Industry Canada
Héctor Olavarría Tapia , Undersecretary for Communications of Mexico and Chairman, COM/CITEL
Sebastián M. Cabello , Director, GSMA Latin America
Dean Brenner , Vice President, Government Affairs, Qualcomm

Afternoon

12:45 – 14:00

Lunch

14:00 – 15:45

III. Finding and putting to use spectrum for the Broadband Age

Demand for high speed wireless broadband is growing at an unprecedented rate. As a result, policy makers are under pressure to identify new frequency bands that can be used to expand services. Initiatives are already underway in many countries, including the USA. Are policy makers moving fast enough? Will the spectrum that they identify for release be useful?

14:00 – 14:15

The US Spectrum Inventory: Mapping current and future spectrum availability and demand

Matthew Hussey , Telecommunications Advisor, Office of Senator Olympia Snowe

14:15 – 14:30

Case Study - Dominican Republic - How will additional spectrum help to ensure the whole population has access to the Internet?

José Alfredo Rizek , Minister, Telecommunications Advisor to the President of the Dominican Republic, Government of the Dominican Republic

14:30 – 15:45

Panel discussion: Are regulators identifying the right spectrum bands to support wireless broadband?

Above speakers plus:
Charla Rath , Vice President, Wireless Policy Development, Verizon
Kristin due Hauge , Director, Spectrum Policy, GSMA
John Kneuer , President and Founder, JKC Consulting LLC
Andres Maz , Executive Director of Advanced Technology Policy, Cisco Systems, Inc.

15:45 – 16:05

Afternoon Break

16:05 – 17:45

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Delegates can choose to attend either Breakout Session 1 or Breakout Session 2. Details can be found below.


BREAKOUT SESSION 1: What role can whitespace and dynamic use of spectrum play in maximising spectrum efficiency?
BREAKOUT SESSION 2: Bridging the rural divide - using radio spectrum to improve mobile broadband coverage in rural areas.

16:10 – 17:45

BREAKOUT SESSION 1

Breakout 1: What role can whitespace and dynamic use of spectrum play in maximising spectrum efficiency?

Moderator: Ambassador David A. Gross, Partner, Wiley Rein LLC

04:10pm – 04:20pm Presentation – The Commercialisation and Roll-out of Whitespace Technologies in the U.S
Richard S. Whitt, Director and Managing Counsel for Telecom and Media Policy, Google, Inc.

04:20pm – 04:30pm Presentation – Developing a policy model to maximise the benefit of whitespace and dynamic use of spectrum
Julius Knapp, Chief of the Office of Engineering Technology (OET), FCC

04:30pm – 04:40pm Presentation – Avoiding Interference
Michael Marcus, Director, Marcus Spectrum Solutions LLC

04:40pm – 04:50pm Presentation – Smart Grids: The Utilisation of whitespace technology for real world applications
George Flammer, Chief Scientist, Silver Spring Networks

04:50pm – 05:45pm Panel Discussion
Panelists:
Julius Knapp , Chief of the Office of Engineering Technology , FCC
George Flammer , Chief Scientist, Silver Spring Networks
Darrin Mylet , Business Operations, Adaptrum
Richard S.Whitt , Director and Managing Counsel for Telecom and Media Policy, Google, Inc.
Michael Marcus , Director, Marcus Spectrum Solutions LLC

16:10 – 17:45

BREAKOUT SESSION 2

Breakout 2: Bridging the rural divide - using radio spectrum to improve mobile broadband coverage in rural areas

Moderator: Amit Nagpal, Partner, Aetha Consulting

04:10pm – 04:25pm CASE STUDY: Delivering universal service provision in the US
Jonathan S. Adelstein, Administrator, Rural Utilities Service, US Department of Agriculture

04:25pm – 04:40pm CASE STUDY: The Rural Internet Network: All of Chile Connected
Representative, Entel Chile*

04:30pm – 05:45pm Panel discussion: Bridging the digital divide – what policies and technologies will be most effective?
Panellists:
Amit Nagpal , Partner, Aetha Consulting
Jonathan S. Adelstein , Administrator, Rural Utilities Service, US Department of Agriculture
Mark Uncapher , Director, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Telecommunications Industry Association
Andrew Gorton , Group Head of Regulatory Affairs, Digicel
Jennifer A. Warren , Vice President, Technology & Policy Regulation, Government & Regulatory Affairs, Lockheed Martin

17:45 – 19:30

Cocktail Reception

Thursday 20 October, 2011

Morning

08:30 – 08:55

Coffee and Registration

08:55 – 12:40

V. Spectrum Auctions

09:00 – 11:00

i. How successful have spectrum auctions in the Americas been to date? What auction formats should be used?

The next few years will see a new wave of spectrum auctions across the Americas, as new bands are made available for mobile broadband and established bands are refarmed. What lessons can policy makers and bidders learn from past auctions, both within and beyond the Americas? Can new innovations in spectrum auction design recently introduced in Europe, such as package bidding and generic lots, be applied effectively in the Americas?

Moderator: Richard Marsden , Vice President, NERA

09:00 – 09:15

Introductory presentation: An overview of recent auctions worldwide

Maria Maher , Senior Consultant, NERA

09:15 – 09:30

Case Study: Canada

Johanne Lemay , Co-President, Lemay-Yates Associates, Inc.

09:30 – 09:45

Case Study: Mexico

Gustavo Cantú , Corporate Vice-President, Nextel Mexico

09:45 – 10:00

Innovations in spectrum auction design – do new tools such as package bidding and generic lots help or hinder bidders?

David McAdams , Associate Professor, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

10:00 – 10:15

Implementing Effective Spectrum Auctions

Kristofer Shields , Auctions Practice Lead, Computech

10:15 – 11:00

Panel Discussion

Above speakers

11:00 – 11:20

Morning Break

11:20 – 12:55

ii. Incentive Auctions

The FCC is developing a novel plan for ‘incentive auctions’, designed to facilitate potential transfer of spectrum from broadcasters to mobile broadband operators. What progress has the FCC made in developing the auction design? Will two-sided auctions work in practice? Are they compatible with the broader public policy goals?

Moderator: Richard Marsden , Vice President, NERA

11:20 – 11:35

Incentive Auctions - the FCC's progress to date

Evan Kwerel , Senior Economic Advisor, FCC

11:35 – 11:55

Incentive Auctions - two opposing views

Christopher Guttman-McCabe , Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA
Jane Mago , Executive Vice President and General Counsel, National Association of Broadcasters

11:55 – 12:55

Round table discussion: Will the US proposals to use incentive auctions work? Could they be applied in other countries?

Lawrence M. Ausubel , Chairman, Power Auctions LLC
Jared Carlson , Director, Industry and Government Relations, Ericsson
Luis Lucatero , Head of Regulatory, La Comisión Federal de Telecomunicaciones (COFETEL)

Afternoon

12:55 – 14:05

Lunch

14:05 – 16:30

VI. Spectrum Policy - What scope for global co-ordination?

Historically, there have been significant differences in approaches to spectrum allocation between the major world regions, with the USA and Europe leading the way. One downside of this has been the fragmentation of some commercial markets, such as handset provision for mobile telephony. Do new developments, such as the growth of wireless broadband and rise of China and India, presage greater fragmentation or new opportunities for integration and co-ordination of spectrum policy?

Moderator: Ambassador David A. Gross , Partner, Wiley Rein LLC

14:05 – 14:40

i. Co-ordination across the Americas

14:05 – 14:20

WRC12 - Issues for the Americas

Carmelo Rivera , Vice-Chairman, WRC-12 Regional Preparatory Group, CITEL

14:20 – 14:30

Is there an opportunity for deepening coordination of spectrum allocation across the Americas?

Mindel De la Torre , Chief of International Bureau, FCC

14:30 – 14:40

The view from Latin America

Jose Ayala , Head of Government and Industry Relations, Latin America, Ericsson

14:40 – 16:30

ii. Global co-ordination

14:40 – 14:50

Can Europe and the Americas coordinate spectrum policy more closely?

Beatrice Covassi , Digital Agenda and ICT Counselor, EU Delegation to the United States

14:50 – 15:00

The role of the ITU in facilitating global co-ordination

Alberto Mendez , Chief of the Terrestrial Services Department, Radiocommunication Bureau, International Telcommunication Union

15:00 – 15:10

The benefits of global coordination

Chris Pearson , President, 4G Americas

15:10 – 16:30

Panel discussion: What scope is there for further integration and co-ordination of spectrum allocation policy in the USA and across the Americas with global initiatives?

Speakers to be confirmed