Policy and Regulation

Policy & Regulation in the 5G Era

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.


 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, President & 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.
: 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
Henning Schulzrinne, Computer Scientist, Columbia University
Morgan O’Brien, President & 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?
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: Chris Rogers, Partner, Lumia Capital 
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: Paul Mitchell, 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
Chris Rogers, Lumia Capital
Emil Olbrich, PrimeLine
Paul Mitchell, 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.
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

Professor Henning Schulzrinne received his undergraduate degree in economics and electrical engineering from the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, his MSEE degree as a Fulbright scholar from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts. He was a member of technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, and an associate department head at GMD-Fokus (Berlin), before joining the computer science and electrical engineering departments at Columbia University, New York. He is currently chair of the Department of Computer Science. He is a division editor of the Journal of Communications and Networks, and an editor of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, and the Surveys and Tutorials, and former editor of the IEEE Internet Computing Magazine and IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. He is general chair of ACM Multimedia 2004. He has been a member of the board of governors of the IEEE Communications Society and of the ACM SIGCOMM executive committee, former chair of the IEEE Communications Society Technical Committees on Computer Communications and the Internet and has served as technical program chair of Global Internet, Infocom, NOSSDAV and IPtel. He also was a member of the IAB (Internet Architecture Board). Protocols codeveloped by him are now Internet standards used by almost all Internet telephony and multimedia applications. His research interests include Internet multimedia systems, quality of service, and performance evaluation. He serves as chief scientist for SIPquest, Inc. and was a former chief scientific advisor for Ubiquity Software Corporation. He is a fellow of the IEEE and has received the New York City Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Science and Technology and the VON Pioneer Award.


Morgan E. O’Brien, Vice Chairman, pdvWireless, Inc.

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.”

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.



Andrew J Haire
AJH Communications, LLC

Eileen Healy
Healy & Co