Track: 4G Wireless Evolution -- GENERAL SESSIONS (4G1)
Lunch session: Momentum Builds For a National Broadband Strategy
|Monday - 02/02/09, 12:00-1:00pm|
As electricity was in the 20th Century, so broadband will be the 21st Century – the crucial, game-changing engine of economic vitality, educational opportunity, and quality of life. Yet, over the last decade, the United States, alone among the leading nations in the world, has failed to develop a national strategy to ensure that all American citizens, businesses, and institutions will have prompt and affordable access to world-class broadband connections to the Internet. Now, the US Broadband Coalition, a large and diverse group of organizations spanning the American economy, has called for the development of a comprehensive national broadband strategy and has committed itself to developing as much agreement as possible on the details of such a strategy. Jim Baller, the founder and leader of the Coalition, will share his views on what's at stake and where this initiative is heading.
Senior Principal and President
Baller Herbst Law Group
The Great White Hope: Why the new ‘White Space Initiative’ May Become the Nirvana of Wireless
|Monday - 02/02/09, 5:00-5:45pm|
Wi-Fi works great indoors but doesn’t work well outdoors. 3G & 4G cellular work great outdoors but not well indoors. If there’s a need to stay connected through difficult terrain and in urban canyons, then the new white space initiative just approved by the FCC on Nov. 4 could be the answer. This technology allows for high bandwidth such as full motion video to be transmitted up to a mile and provides good in-building penetration. But, it’s very hard to do. This panel will provide overview information on the new white space initiative and then discuss what it will take for this new technology to become viable in a number of markets.
|Wednesday - 02/04/09, 12:00-1:30pm|
It is always hard to explain the concept of an unconference to the uninitiated. This session will pull together groups of knowledgeable people, including you, to identify and throw out topics for the meeting. The group will “agenda bash” and set up a session schedule to answer some intriguing questions, such as
• What should keep a CEO up at night?
• If the consumer has better tools now will that always be the case?
• Who else is Interested in the same things I am?
Thomas McCarthy-Howe (Moderator)
Light and Electric
Monetizing the Vision
|Wednesday - 02/04/09, 1:30-2:15pm|
The Future is never that far away to allow investors to wait. This session will examine the technologies that are driving investment strategies on Wall Street and how lessons learned in the past will, in part, determine future investment recommendations.
• Given where we have been economically does the path of a start-up eventually lead to Wall Street.
• Who is interested in software & Technology Investments?
• Where do market trends translate into world consumption?
• When do technology investments maximize in value?
Sr. Vice President Technology
Dougherty & Company