Panel, Moderator: Brough Turner

Founder, Ashtonbrooke

Spectrum 2.0 - What's Really Happening?
47 minutes, 21.7mb, recorded 2009-03-05
Brough Turner

So, what is happening with Spectrum 2.0? It's an important enough question that an all-star panel of experts was put together at eComm 2009 to explore the many technical, commercial and political issues involved in the spectrum policy debate. These issues will shape the future of radio technology.

What is the engineering reality of what is feasible today or in 5, 10, or 15 years?  Where are we realistically going to be in the future and what's holding us back? What should be done with the FCC? These questions and more are answered in this fascinating panel discussion.

Brough Turner is founder of Ashtonbrooke Corporation, a company which remains in stealth mode but from which you should hear great things before eComm 2010. He is also consulting to Dialogic on corporate strategy and new market development. Brough has over 25 years of experience in the communications industry, including as co-founder and CTO of Natural MicroSystems and NMS Communications. At NMS his focus was business, product and technology strategy. Brough is an engineer in origin but his career has included roles in engineering, operations, finance, marketing and customer support. He writes and is quoted widely on telecommunications topics in trade and general business publications and he is a frequent speaker at telecom industry events around the world.

Maura Colleton Corbett brings nearly 20 years of communications, public affairs and coalition building experience to Qorvis Communications, leading the company’s technology public affairs practice. Corbett provides strategic counsel to clients faced with complicated issues affecting the high-technology industry, including competitive communications, wireless applications, unlicensed spectrum policy, broadband deployment, and content-related policy issues including privacy, security and copyright. She has represented clients before the US Congress, Federal Communications Commission and the US Department of Commerce/National Telecommunications Information Administration, and extensively with members of the press. In addition, Corbett brings unique and deep-rooted experience in industry coalition building for a number of high-technology matters, most recently, white spaces, Internet radio, Net Neutrality and copyright reform for the digital age.

Richard S. Whitt is the Washington Telecom and Media Counsel for Google Inc. In that capacity, Rick is responsible for Google’s strategy and advocacy on all wireline, wireless, and media matters before the Federal Communications Commission, other Federal agencies, and the U.S. Congress. Most recently he has represented the company’s interests on a variety of broadband policy issues (such as network neutrality), spectrum policy matter (such as the 700 MHz auction and TV white spaces), and “unregulation” of VoIP and other Web-based applications.

Peter Ecclesine is the wireless technology analyst in Cisco's Corporate Development Technology Group, and serves as Chair and Technical Editor of IEEE 802.11y, 3650-3700 MHz Operation in the USA. He has been working on wireless investments and acquisitions at Cisco since 1996, and has an evolving interest in changing wireless laws, originally in the 5GHz radar bands, then 70/80/90 GHz bands, the shared 3.65 GHz band, now more generally to permit world radios to be used anywhere.

Darrin M. Mylet has founded Spectru-Station, a start-up wireless spectrum administration and management solutions company and is currently working with several other Silicon Valley start-up companies in the wireless and mobile applications sector, specifically Software Defined Radio and Cognitive Radio. Mr. Mylet is currently serving the Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee for 2009-2010 administered by NTIA. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is the President's principal adviser on telecommunications and information policy issues and in this role frequently works with other Executive Branch agencies to develop and present the Administration's position on these issues.

Richard Bennett is a network architect, standards engineer, and inventor of Internet-oriented local area network protocols. As vice-chair the IEEE 802.3 1BASE5 task group, he devised the first standard for Ethernet over twisted pair wiring. He's contributed to the Wi-Fi standard from the early 90s to the present, and designed the Distributed Reservation Protocol for WiMedia's Ultra-Wideband system. He co-founded the Open Token Foundation, testified at the FCC's historic field hearing on broadband management at the Harvard Law School in 2008 and writes columns for The Register. In May, he'll be writing a blog for the IEEE Spectrum.


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