WiFi, UltraWideBand and now TV White Spaces represent new commons-based approaches to radio spectrum regulation.
While some advocate commons-based approaches for all wireless spectrum, that's hardly acceptable to broadcasters or the mobile phone industry. By questioning a diverse panel of industry experts, we will expose the roots of today's controversy - technical, commercial and political - and see what's likely to occur over the next two to five years and in the long term.
Richard Bennett is a network architect, standards engineer, and inventor of Internet-oriented local area network protocols. As vice-chair the IEEE 802.3 1BASE5 task group, he devised the first standard for Ethernet over twisted pair wiring. He's contributed to the Wi-Fi standard from the early 90s to the present, and designed the Distributed Reservation Protocol for WiMedia's Ultra-Wideband system.
He co-founded the Open Token Foundation, testified at the FCC's historic field hearing on broadband management at the Harvard Law School in 2008 and writes columns for The Register. In May, he'll be writing a blog for the IEEE Spectrum.
Maura Colleton Corbett brings nearly 20 years of communications, public affairs and coalition building experience to Qorvis Communications, leading the company's technology public affairs practice.
Corbett provides strategic counsel to clients faced with complicated issues affecting the high-technology industry, including competitive communications, wireless applications, unlicensed spectrum policy, broadband deployment, and content-related policy issues including privacy, security and copyright.
She has represented clients before the US Congress, FCC and the US Department of Commerce/NTIA and extensively with members of the press. In addition, Corbett brings unique and deep-rooted experience in industry coalition building for a number of high-technology matters, most recently, white spaces, Internet radio, Net Neutrality and copyright reform for the digital age.
Peter Ecclesine is the wireless technology analyst in Cisco's Corporate Development Technology Group, and serves as Chair and Technical Editor of IEEE 802.11y, 3650-3700 MHz Operation in the USA.
He has been working on wireless investments and acquisitions at Cisco since 1996, and has an evolving interest in changing wireless laws, originally in the 5GHz radar bands, then 70/80/90 GHz bands, the shared 3.65 GHz band, now more generally to permit world radios to be used anywhere.
Mr. Mylet joined Cantor Fitzgerald in 2003 to grow the firm's unique trading technologies and business objectives relative to wireless. Mr. Mylet is working globally with both the public and private sectors in facilitating the management and trading of radio frequency rights among telecommunications operators, spectrum owners, equipment vendors, municipalities and government agencies.
Further, Mr. Mylet is working within multiple Cantor Fitzgerald companies to grow its business with the use of mobile wireless technologies. These include both indoor and outdoor public and private wireless systems.
Brough Turner is founder of Ashtonbrooke Corporation, a company which remains in stealth mode but from which you should hear great things before eComm 2010. Turner is also consulting to Dialogic on corporate strategy and new market development.
Turner has over 25 years of experience in the communications industry, including as co-founder and CTO of Natural MicroSystems and NMS Communications. Turner blogs at http://blogs.dialogic.com/ on the technology, economic and social issues of communications at the intersection of telecom, mobility and the Internet. He holds a BS degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Richard S. Whitt is the Washington Telecom and Media Counsel for Google Inc. In that capacity, Whitt is responsible for Google's strategy and advocacy on all wireline, wireless, and media matters before the Federal Communications Commission, other Federal agencies, and the U.S. Congress.
Most recently he has represented the company's interests on a variety of broadband policy issues (such as network neutrality), spectrum policy matter (such as the 700 MHz auction and TV white spaces), and "unregulation" of VoIP and other Web-based applications.