TMCnet Feature
August 29, 2012

Blair Levin to Keynote Super Wi-Fi Summit, Lead Discussion on Air.U

Largest White Spaces Implementation in the Spotlight October 3-5 in Austin

NORWALK, Conn. – August 29, 2012 -- Telecommunications policy strategist Blair Levin has joined the speaking line-up at the Super Wi-Fi Summit, leading a keynote session on Air.U, the world’s largest White Spaces implementation to date, TMC and Crossfire Media announced. Super Wi-Fi Summit – held October 3-5 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas -- is collocated with ITEXPO, the world’s largest and best-attended communications and technology trade show.

Levin, former director of the FCC’s (News - Alert) National Broadband Plan, founder and Executive Director of Gig.U, and Communications and Society Fellow at the Aspen Institute, will be joined by GigaOM editor Stacey Higginbotham in a keynote that will highlight how White Spaces provides an alternative use of spectrum and the ability to reach people more efficiently.

“Bringing next generation networks to educational communities and delivering a strategic bandwidth advantage to the United States is going to require new approaches,” Levin said. “That's what Gig.U and Air.U--two complimentary approaches--are bringing to the table.”

The Air U. coalition -- a consortium of over 500 higher learning institutions and tech industry partners like Google and Microsoft (News - Alert) – has catalyzed over $200 million for private efforts to build gigabit hubs in nearly a dozen communities across the country. In the Air U. deployment, White Spaces – unused television spectrum repurposed for wireless broadband services – will bring underserved small college towns access to high-speed broadband.

“The Air U. implementation is accelerating the White Spaces movement from proof of concept to market opportunity,” said Carl Ford (News - Alert), co-founder of Crossfire Media and VP of content for Super Wi-Fi Summit. “We’re thrilled Blair and Stacey will be joining us in Austin and discussing the real White Spaces opportunity as a new wireless broadband solution.”

Additional Super Wi-Fi Summit sessions will explore:

  • White Spaces Backhauling the Cache: What is the Opportunity?
  • US Roll out Report: Is Adoption Here?
  • Standards Update: Using standards to drive White Spaces Innovation and Investment
  • White Spaces and the TV Industry: Incentive Auctions & TV Broadband Service
  • White Spaces: Base Stations and Edge: The Alpha Report
  • The WISPs Perspective: Why WISPS like TVWS
  • Sizing the Market Opportunity: Is this a win/win for both the Database Manager and the Device Maker?
  • Sharing the Future of Spectrum (News - Alert)
  • Database Roundup

The complete agenda for Super Wi-Fi Summit is now available, and registration is open. For Super Wi-Fi Summit sponsorship and exhibitor information, contact Matthew Gleeson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 203.852.6800, ext. 145. For media registration, contact Ashley Baster.

Keep up to date on Super Wi-Fi Summit sessions, schedules and speakers on Twitter (News - Alert): @SuperWiFiSummit.

About TMC:

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About Crossfire Media:

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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