January 25, 2011
Former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin Added to List of ITEXPO Keynote Presenters
TMC has announced that Kevin J. Martin, former chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC (News - Alert)) and Board of Directors of AirWalk Communications will deliver a keynote address at ITEXPO East on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 5 p.m. EST. In an interview-style session, TMC’s CEO and group editor-in-chief, Rich Tehrani (News - Alert), and Chairman Martin will discuss a number of issues ranging from the latest wireless technology, to the regulatory policies that influence the telecommunications industry today.
Martin is one of today's leading experts in telecommunications and technology policy with over 15 years experience as a lawyer and central policymaker in the field. Martin served as chairman of the FCC from March 2005 to January 2009 during a critical time when the industry was undergoing unprecedented change as a result of rapid growth and innovation. Under Martin, the FCC created a regulatory environment that led to exponential growth in technological innovation, wireless infrastructure, and coverage for Americans.
Under Martin’s leadership, the FCC conducted the two most successful and profitable auctions of spectrum in U.S. history, raising nearly $20 billion in 2008 alone.
During Chairman Martin’s tenure, the FCC removed legacy regulations that had discouraged infrastructure investment and slowed deployment, leading to increased broadband investment and competition. The number of broadband lines available in the United States more than doubled to over 100 million.
Martin also championed innovative technologies, like using blank television channels or so called “white spaces” to improve wireless connectivity and inspire new Internet-based products and services for consumers.
While at the FCC, Martin represented the United States in dozens of bilateral negotiations and addressed numerous international conferences as a global leader on telecommunications and technology policy.
“I’m looking forward to an in-depth discussion about the demand for more spectrum throughout the US and its policy implications”, said Martin. “In response to the exponential growth in wireless demand, various new technologies and products, including femtocells and picocells, are emerging as solutions to provide efficient coverage and capacity.”
“Chairman Martin was deeply involved in opening up wireless markets for the benefit of consumers and we are honored to have the former FCC Chairman participate in ITEXPO (News - Alert) where he will share his vast experience and thoughts on the latest wireless trends and technologies,” said Tehrani.
Registration for this keynote address, ITEXPO, and all of the collocated events in Miami – including: 4GWE; the Smart Grid Summit; Social CRM; M2M Evolution; Cloud Communications; SIP Tutorial; VIPeering; Channel Vision Expo; Business Video; Start-Up Camp; and Digium|Asterisk (News - Alert) World – remains open. Members of the media can reserve media credentials by contacting Todd Keefe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edited by Tammy Wolf