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Telecom Policy & Regualtion Series

The 700 MHz Auction:
Consequences & Opportunities

Objective | Topics

October 22, 2007

Boston University
School of Management, Rm. 412
595 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA

9:00am - 4:00pm | Agenda

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Dr. Alan Pearce
Briefing Chair

President & CEO
Information Age Economics

Formerly Chief Economist,



Dr. Mark Gaynor
Briefing Co-Chair

Assistant Professor
School of Management

Information Science Dept.
Boston University


Telecom Briefing Objective

The FCC has adopted an auction schedule for the 700 MHz UHF band that , among other things, incorporates a requirement that at least a portion of the spectrum will be open to any devices, applications, and services, along with third party networks. The auction will begin in January 2008. The FCC’s decision also includes the possible authorization of a nationwide wireless broadband network for first responders to emergencies -- a historic event if it occurs. The rules are not yet set for how that network will be shared with commercial providers and other public safety networks.

The potential opportunities resulting from this new spectrum are enormous. It will affect all sectors of the industry, including incumbent carriers, potential competitors, the public safety and national law enforcement communities, Internet/Information Service Providers, equipment manufacturers and handset suppliers, third party mobile applications developers and many more.

Additional speakers from the industry and the government will be added to the program.

Telecom Briefing Topics

This telecom briefing will assess the impact on each of these stakeholders and will provide insights into the follow issues:

  • The FCC’s 700 MHz policies

  • Potential winners and losers

  • Views of the “First Responders” and how will their existing networks be incorporated

  • How will the private/public partnership evolve?

  • What technologies will be proposed?

  • What will be the impact on handset and equipment developers?

  • How will existing networks be interconnected?

  • What is the likely role of the Internet Giants -- Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, et al?

  • What are reasonable network management conditions for handsets?

Telecom Briefing Agenda

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Coffee & Check-In
9:00 am - 10:30 pm Telecom Policy & Regulation Overview
Dr. Alan Pearce | bio
President & CEO Information Age Economics
Formerly Chief Economist, FCC
10:30 am - 11:00 am Networking Break
11:00 am - 11:45 pm 700 MHz Auction and Business Issues
Dr. Mark Gaynor | bio
Assistant Professor, School of Management
Information Science Deptartment, Boston University
11:45 pm - 12:45 pm Networking Luncheon
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm Openness and Net Neutrality
In the Context of the 700MHz Auction
Dr. Mark Gaynor | bio
Assistant Professor, School of Management
Information Science Deptartment, Boston University
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Networking Break
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Panel Discussion on Consequences and Opportunities

Members of the panel wil include:

Scott Bradner | bio
University Technology Security Officer
Office of the Provost,
Harvard University

Berge Ayvazian | bio
Chief Strategy Officer
Yankee Group

Question addressed by the panel wil include:

  • Who are the likely winners and losers in the auction?

  • How soon will the 700 MHz networks will be built?

  • What manufacturers will take the lead?What services will be offered?

  • What does network neutrality mean in the context of 700 MHz?

  • How soon will the broadcasters vacate the spectrum?

  • Will they attempt to "slow roll" the process?

  • Will they demand "fees" for vacating sooner as opposed to later?

  • Will national law enforcement and public safety be winners or losers?

  • Does anyone care anymore? Should we care in the context of the 700 MHz auction?

  • Will the "new" AT&T & Verizon attempt to foreclose competition?

  • What about broadband services to rural America?

  • Are the current FCC rules fair or do they favor the Big Boys?

  • Will litigation erupt once the auction is over?

  • Will buying and selling erupt once the auction is over?

  • Will there be any single vendor networks? Should there be single vendor networks or should standards be open, etc?

  • What will the auction generate for the Treasury -- $10 Billion, $20 Billion, More?