Policy and Regulation in the 5G Era

Date: Tuesday July 10
Time: 11:00 – 6:30
Room: Stevens Creek (Ballroom Section 2)

Policies and regulation related to the evolution of mobility systems have become the cornerstone that creates order and structure for innovation.  They not only provide worthwhile markers for consumers, corporates and governments, but offer the providers and suppliers a level of certainty for development.  In the 5G era cell densities will increase dramatically. Capacity requirements will exceed event the highest estimates of only a few years ago.  The demand of rapid site builds will only be successful if new paradigms are adopted that both speed the permitting and construction process but simultaneously encourage robust competition.

The Policy & Regulation Track offers an exciting day-long fruitful conversation into many of these topics with world class experts from academia, industry and government.  The Track will further explore considerations that Authorities have or should take to usher in this new era. The sessions will alternate between engaging panel discussions and thoughtful presentations that explore critical issues from a geographic, a public policy, a societal lens, permitting the developer to consider and explore areas not necessarily in today’s forefront.

Agenda 

 Timing  Title
Theme: 5G Policy 
11:00-11:05  Introductory Remarks 
11:05-11:30 Keynote: Can Policies and Regulations Really Impact 5G Deployment? 
Speaker: Henning Schulrzinne, Computer Scientist, Columbia University
11:30-12:00 Talk #1: Are 5G Spectrum Rights/Policies in Conflict with Innovation?
As 5G faces new frontiers for usage, what are the collateral consequences for this usage, and if they present societal or economic harms what can be put in place now to contain them properly without dampening or harming innovation.
Speaker: Morgan O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer, pdvWireless
12:00-12:25 Talk #2: What will be the Unintended Consequences of 5G?
There are a myriad of positives that the introduction of 5G brings including greater access to the digital world. But those benefits could be hampered by unintended consequences such as ensuring interoperability and how to ensure that the gap in the digital divide does not continue to grow.
Speaker
: Jennifer Manner, Sr Vice President, Echostar
12:25-13:00 Panel Discussion: Rethink: Hands Off! Out of the Box Thinking Will Save 5G!
Historically, the regulatory drivers for communications services included standards setting. This fell under a regulator’s or an authority’s remit. Historically the policy focus for them was on a single outcome in a siloed vertical sector. Today communications and its dependent technologies cross many verticals; some say  it impacts indirectly more than 25% of a country’s economic output. Policies are becoming woefully not ‘fit for purpose’, and these are driven by those using the past models to support the future. Changes mandatory? 
Moderator: Andy Haire, AJH Comm. Ltd & International Institute of Communications
Panelists:
Henning Schulzrinne, Computer Scientist, Columbia University
Morgan O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer, pdvWireless
Jennifer Manner, Sr Vice President, Echostar
13:00-14:00  Lunch
Theme: 5G Market Issues
14:00-14:25 Talk #3: Encouraging Competition – Who can Build and How Long Will it Take?
Policies becoming not ‘fit for purpose’ create unique other challenges. Cell site densities are expected to rise sharply in the 5G era; backhaul (and fronthaul) for sites will be fiber-based. There are many competing interests that must be balanced including local control and incumbent resistance. Can build plans be met? What changes are needed?
Speaker
: TBD
14:25-14:55 Talk #4: Capital vs. Public Policy – Is there Hope for Alignment?
Estimates show that 5G will demand between US$130-150 billion investment over the next 5-7 years within the US alone. Capital will be raised from three possible sources: investors, the providers, and partnerships, such as Public Private Partnerships.
Speaker: TBD
14:55-15:25 Talk #5: Global Responsibilities, Specifically How Can 5G Address Sustainability? How can Policies Embolden and Enhance the 5G-IoT Connection
5G deployment and the development of robust 5G networks around the world has potential for improving business and individual lives. In September 2015 the United Nations adopted a set of 18 goals to achieve a sustainable planet for all inhabitants. Since then various technology companies, both global and local, have committed to embrace the SDGs, as they are sometime referred to, to insure their developmental focus takes them into account. What are the examples of those initiatives, and why will they help achieving certain SDGs?End user applications are a key motivator for 5G.  Some regulators have had a laissez faire policy regarding social networks and other applications. Should that change? Where and how is it changing?
Speaker: Michael Daum, Director, Technology Policy; Privacy and Regulatory Affairs; Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs, Microsoft
15:25-16:00 Panel Discussion: Will 5G be Either Wildly or Widely Deployed By 2020?
With available network capacity declining in urban areas, will deployment challenges be overcome by 2020? What are the policy requirements to make this happen? What countries / regions will benefit the most from regulatory and policy forethought?
Moderator: Eileen Healy, CEO Healy & Co
Panelists:
Emil Olbrich, PrimeLine
Michael Daum, Microsoft
16:00-16:30  Break
Theme: 5G Regulator’s Issues
16:30-17:30 International Roundtable #1
What is the present condition of ‘rules’ that will impact 5G success from the national, state and local viewpoint? What are the Authorities doing to facilitate or interfere with these challenges? What are international views? Is the regulator and present regulations fit for purpose? Will 5G become just another operator/carrier effort to enhance capacity and lower cost or will it really be a game changer.
Panelists:
Phil Marchesiello, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
Dr. James Aguilar, FIT, Mexico
Chris Witteman, CPUC
17:30-17:35 Closing Remarks 

 

 

Keynote Speaker

Henning Schulzrinne, Columbia University

Prof. Henning Schulzrinne, Levi Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts. He was an MTS at AT&T Bell Laboratories and an associate department head at GMD-Fokus (Berlin), before joining the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering departments at Columbia University. He served as chair of the Department of Computer Science from 2004 to 2009, as Engineering Fellow, Technology Advisor and Chief Technology Officer at the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2010 to 2017.

He has published more than 250 journal and conference papers, and more than 70 Internet RFCs. Protocols co-developed by him, such as RTP, RTSP and SIP, are used by almost all Internet telephony and multimedia applications.

He is a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE, has received the New York City Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Science and Technology, the VON Pioneer Award, TCCC service award, IEEE Internet Award, IEEE Region 1 William Terry Award for Lifetime Distinguished Service to IEEE, the UMass Computer Science Outstanding Alumni recognition, and is a member of the Internet Hall of Fame.

Speakers 


Michael Daum, Microsoft

Michael Daum is a Director of Technology Policy in Microsoft’s Privacy and Regulatory Affairs group in Redmond, Washington. Michael’s primary responsibilities revolves around domestic and international spectrum policy and related issues that underpins connectivity to the cloud and to user equipment. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2013, Michael served as a Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell in her Washington DC office for almost a decade. Michael staffed the Senator on Information and Communications Technology policy issues, other issues of interest to the tech community (high skills immigration, patent reform, capital formation, etc.), and on aviation policy.
Michael began his career as an engineer designing, building, and testing laser and electro-optic systems. After receiving an M.B.A. in the early 1990s, he decided to change course and became a project manager at the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards of Technology Advanced Technology Program. Subsequently, Michael was loaned to work successively in the Office of the Secretary of Commerce, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the White House National Economic Council on issues where technology intersects policy.

Morgan E. O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer, pdvWireless

Mr. O’Brien has served as Vice-Chairman of the pdvWireless board of directors since April 2012.  As the co-founder and chairman of Nextel Communications, Inc., Mr. O’Brien led the creation of the first all-digital nationwide wireless network and brought push-to-talk (PTT) communication to the mass business and consumer market.  Mr. O’Brien was also a co-founder of Cyren Call Communications where he served until January 2009.

Mr. O’Brien was recognized in 1987 as NJ Entrepreneur of the Year and was voted the RCR Person of the Year in 1993 and again in 2006.  In 2005, he was inducted into the Washington, DC Business Hall of Fame.  In 2007, he was named a Fellow of the Radio Club of America (RCA) and was named by Fierce Wireless as “one of the top U.S. wireless innovators of all time.”  In 2016, he received RCA’s highest honor, the Armstrong Medal, “for outstanding achievement and lasting contributions to the radio arts and sciences and wireless communications.”

Emil Olbrich, PrimeLine

Emil Olbrich has over 25 years of experience in the field of wireless telecommunications where he has led team efforts in standards work, development and deployments at some of the largest telecommunication companies in the world – such as Motorola, Qualcomm and Ericsson. He was head of LTE research, development, test and evaluation for the US Department of Commerce technology labs where he deployed the first and most diverse Public Safety 700 MHz LTE test lab in the world with over 70 participating vendors and commercial carriers. He was responsible for the specifying, deploying and maintaining the entire ecosystem of LTE which included devices, air interface, transport, radio access network, evolved packet core, IP networking, IMS core and application servers. Currently he runs PrimeLime, which delivers industry leading consulting and hands-on research for industries interested in mobile communications. He also is a research analyst for Signals Research Group evaluating the latest 5G systems and an instructor at 5G-Courses.com where he teaches courses on 5G technology.

Christopher Witteman, Communications Attorney

Chris Witteman recently retired as senior staff counsel from the California Public Utilities Commission, after a 33-year career in communications law.  Before joining the CPUC, Chris litigated cable television access and franchise cases.  After joining the CPUC in 2001, his practice centered initially on consumer protection cases involving communications carriers.   In the latter years of his tenure, he advised the Commission on market structure issues, culminating in the Commission’s competition study issued in 2016 (D.16-12-025), and its follow-on Investigation and Rulemaking related to poles and conduit, initiated in 2017 and still ongoing (I.17-06-027/R.17-06-028).  Chris will discuss the vital role that pole and conduit access will play in the deployment of 5G networks.

 

Co-Chairs


Andrew J Haire
AJH Communications, LLC

Eileen Healy
Healy & Co