Symposium: Innovation, Technology, and Spectrum Policy , Nov.14

George Mason University's Information Economy Project is pleased to announce an upcoming Mini-conference, Innovation, Technology & Spectrum Policy.  Admission is free, but seating is limited -- so please RSVP (to Anil Caliskan, to reserve a spot.

The 21st Century is emerging as the Wireless Era.  With over 2.5 billion cellular subscribers, global markets and national economies are being reshaped by innovative mobile services.  The advent of wireless broadband now promises further advances.  Yet, radio spectrum — the key input into the wireless economy — continues to be parsimoniously dribbled out by regulators, allocated on administrative models of the 1920s.  Each decision to make additional bandwidth available for the use of innovative technologies is subject to bureaucratic evaluation, process delays, and then often burdened (or buried) with numerous regulatory restrictions.  Initiatives put forward to break-through this gauntlet now include Municipal Wi-Fi systems and Reallocating TV Band Spectrum for unlicensed device use.  This Mini-Conference considers these proposals, and others, in the search for pro-consumer spectrum policies.

2:15pm:  KEYNOTE

            * DR. IRWIN MARK JACOBS, Chairman of the Board, Qualcomm


3:00-4:15:  Panel 1.  MUNICIPAL WiFi: THE REALITY

            * COLEMAN BAZELON, Analysis Group

            * DEWAYNE HENDRICKS, CEO, Dandin Group

            * ANDREW ORLOWSKI, The Register


4:15-5:30: Panel 2.  TV BAND ?WHITE SPACE?: TWO VIEWS

            * PIERRE de VRIES, University of Southern California

            * THOMAS HAZLETT, George Mason University

            Moderator: ANDREW KREIG, Wireless Communications Association

A reception (5:30-6:30pm) will follow the Mini-Conference in the Levy Atrium.

VENUE: Room 322, George Mason University School of Law, 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia (steps from the Virginia Square-GMU Metro -- Orange Line). 

Admission is free, but seating is limited.  To reserve your spot, please email Anil Caliskan,  Parking passes available upon request.

Note: Credentialed members of the news media are encouraged to attend this event.  For more information or to RSVP, reporters should contact Ginny Smith, Director of Communications, at 703-993-8007 or