Information Gatekeepers Inc. (IGI), in cooperation with Information Age Economics (IAE), will organize a continuation of their “Telecom Policy and Regulation Series,” focusing on the 700MHz auction, its consequences and the opportunities it presents.
This series, which will be held in a number of cities across the U.S., is part of IGI’s Executive Telecom Briefings. IAE is headed up by Dr. Alan Pearce, a well-known insider on telecommunications policy and regulatory issues in Washington, D.C.
The FCC has adopted an auction schedule for the 700MHz 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 emergenciesa. The rules are not yet set for how that network will be shared with commercial providers and other public safety networks.