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Revisiting Spectrum Policy of the National Broadband Plan - Agenda

The aim of the 2016 Aspen Institute Roundtable on Spectrum Policy (AIRS) was to revisit the National Broadband Plan and outline new policy recommendations that can address the expected spectrum needs of the coming decade, and have in place methods for going beyond those expectations if necessary.

Monday, October 24, 2016

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.             Session I.  Spectrum Today and Tomorrow
This session will consider the state of spectrum uses today and expected uses for the foreseeable future.  Particularly it will address the impact of the Internet of Things, including autonomous vehicles, drones, sensors and personal monitoring devices, on the demand for spectrum and the need for network resources, e.g., backhaul.  What are the network assumptions for the IoT world, both in terms of spectrum needed and fiber backbone?

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.          Session II.  Approaches to Spectrum Allocation and Usage
Allocation and assignment of spectrum in recent years has also yielded greater emphasis on unlicensed and shared spectrum.  As the licensed spectrum begins to blur with unlicensed and shared spectrum, how should governments and markets look at the allocation of spectrum and its usage?  Are there outstanding principles that should govern all?

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.              Session III. Working Groups
Each group will look at the issues arising from the uses and users in their sector(s) and the policies that will encourage the highest and best uses of spectrum, greatest investment in resources, continued innovation, and consumer protection where applicable.

  1. New Users and Uses: IoT and Drones
  2. International Issues including Satellites
  3. Sorting the Uses: Licensed, Unlicensed and Shared

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.             Session IV. Reports of the Working Groups
After hearing reports from each of the Working Groups, participants will refine their proposals.

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          Session V.  Overarching Themes and Next Steps
In this last session, participants will consider (1) overarching themes and approaches that bring greater coherence to the Roundtable’s deliberations, (2) important policy items that fell through the cracks in the categorization of the Working Groups, and (3) next steps that might advance the thinking and approaches taken