Law Seminars International Presents

The Fourth Annual Conference on

Spectrum Management

Featuring The Hon. Robert M. McDowell, FCC Commissioner

September 17 & 18, 2007
Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys in the private and public sector, government officials, industry executives and anyone else involved in spectrum allocation, developing business or agency plans using wireless communication systems

Why Attend

Few topics in the communications law and policy arena generate as much debate today as how and for whom our airwaves should be put to use, as evidenced by the controversial FCC proceedings involving 700 MHz spectrum. The dramatically increasing and competing demands for radio spectrum among the different industry segments -- broadcasters, wireless carriers, cable operators, satellite providers and emerging unlicensed services, as well as the public safety and homeland security community -- has highlighted the critical importance of spectrum management and related spectrum issues and proceedings. This conference presents a comprehensive look at the full range of issues surrounding spectrum policy, including the impact of recent and future spectrum auctions, the upcoming World Radiocommunications Conference, wireless broadband deployment initiatives and a variety of new private sector-public safety infrastructure proposals. Learn from key government decision-makers, legal practitioners, industry insiders, technical experts and representatives of the public safety community about the latest spectrum issues on Capitol Hill, at the FCC, and in the marketplace. ~ Program Co-Chairs: Michele C. Farquhar, Esq., and Thomas J. Sugrue, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~ Issues at the top of the FCC agenda ~ Update on NTIA and the World Radio Conference ~ Technical update on spectrum rights and management ~ Technological developments likely to impact future spectrum policy ~ Economic drivers in policy formation ~ Transition issues following the AWS auction and implications for future transitions ~ DTV transition and upcoming 700MHz auction ~ New legislation and congressional shifts following last year's election ~ Management of unlicensed spectrum ~ Innovation in handsets: legal and technical issues ~ Regulatory issues for licensed cellular carriers and broadband ISPs ~ Debate over network neutrality and its potential impact on spectrum policy ~ Public safety spectrum: new players and proposals

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

~ -Very good overview, excellent qualified speakers ~ Great presentations ~ Conference was very informative.


Monday, September 17, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction and Overview
  Michele C. Farquhar, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Hogan & Hartson LLP / Washington, DC
  Thomas J. Sugrue, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Vice President Government Affairs
T-Mobile USA, Inc. / Washington, DC
8:45 am Beyond the FCC: Update on Other Major Players in the Development of National and International Spectrum Policy
  NTIA in the United States: The inter-relationship between spectrum policy and our country's economic competitiveness; spectrum as a third channel and spectrum-based services as the key driver of competition in the broadband space
  John M.R. Kneuer, Esq., Assistant Secretary for Communications & Information
National Telecommunications & Information Administration / Washington, DC
  Update on the World Radio Conference and other activities by the international institutions that regulate spectrum use; implications for spectrum policy in the United States
  Richard M. Russell, Associate Director
Office of Science and Technology Policy, Exec. Office of the President / Washington, DC
  Audrey L. Allison, Director of International Regulatory Affairs
The Boeing Company / Arlington, VA
10:00 am Update on Spectrum Rights and Management from a Technical Point of View
  Technical basics of spectrum management; new technologies, noise tolerance; state of the art engineering and prospects for improvement; new cognitive radio technologies and potential alternatives to command and control frequency coordination
  Dale N. Hatfield, Adjunct Professor
University of Colorado / Boulder, CO
10:45 am Break
11:00 am Special Address: Spectrum Issues Currently at the Top of the FCC's Agenda
  The Hon. Robert M. McDowell, Esq., Commissioner
Federal Communications Commission / Washington, DC
11:30 am Technological Developments Impacting Future Spectrum Policy
  Spectrum facilitation, secondary markets, smart radios, re-licensing of unused spectrum; keeping the FCC on the edge of spectrum-based technology
  Julius P. Knapp, Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology
FCC / Washington, DC
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Economic Drivers in Policy Formulation
  Perspectives on the policy choices arising from the different ways the FCC could handle spectrum valuation; impact on valuation from the choice between sharing spectrum vs. exclusive rights; who wins and loses depending on how that decision goes
  Thomas J. Sugrue, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator, Vice President, Government Affairs
T-Mobile USA, Inc. / Washington, DC
  Coleman D. Bazelon, Ph.D., Principal
The Brattle Group / Washington, DC
  Michelle Connolly, Ph.D., Chief Economist (through Aug. 2007)
FCC / Washington, DC
  Harold Furchtgott-Roth, Esq., President and Founder
Furchtgott-Roth Economic Enterprises / Washington, DC
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm Update on Transition Issues Following the Recent AWS Auction and the Implication for Future Transitions
  What has hindsight shown to work well, or poorly, for auction design? What does that tell us about the best approach for new auctions? Is the trust fund working? What has worked well, or poorly, for transitions?
  Kathleen O'Brien Ham, Managing Director, Federal Regulatory Affairs
T-Mobile USA, Inc. / Washington, DC
3:45 pm DTV Transition and the Upcoming 700 MHz Auction
  Chances that broadcasters and the public are ready for the end of analog in February of 2009; NTIA's planned subsidies for set-top boxes and the prospects for that going smoothly; implications for the upcoming 700 MHz auction
  R. Michael Senkowski, Esq., Moderator
Wiley Rein LLP / Washington, DC
  James D. Schlichting, Deputy Chief
FCC, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau / Washington, DC
  Meredith A. Baker, Esq., Deputy Administrator
National Telecommunications & Information Administration / Washington, DC
  Richard S. Whitt, Esq., Washington Telecom and Media Counsel
Google, Inc. / Washington, DC
5:00 pm Reception Sponsored by Hogan & Hartson LLP and T-Mobile USA, Inc.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Prospects for a Shift in Congressional Policies and Passage of New Legislation Arising from Last Year's Change in Control of the Congress
  Perspectives on the political dynamics for telecommunications reform legislation and how it's likely to play out: Which players have fallen in or out of favor; what is likely to pass or not; how it would impact spectrum policy
  Bobby Franklin, Executive Vice President
CTIA--The Wireless Association / Washington, DC
  Howard J. Symons, Esq.
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo P.C. / Washington, DC
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Where the FCC is Heading on Wireless Telecommunications and Broadband Access?
  Overview of new regulatory issues for licensed cellular carriers and wireless broadband internet access service providers; analysis of what the FCC is doing
  Bryan N. Tramont, Esq.
Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP / Washington, DC
  The future of unlicensed operation: Wi-Fi is just the beginning. Parallel changes in users' needs, technology, spectrum availability and regulation all point to a dramatic overhaul of unlicensed radio as a key component in the telecommunications tapestry
  Mitchell Lazarus, Esq.
Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC / Arlington, VA
  A case study of innovation in handsets: The technical, legal and user issues encountered during development of new technologies and evolution of existing services and technologies
  Steve Sharkey, Director of Spectrum & Standards Strategy
Motorola, Inc. / Washington, DC
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm The Debate over Network Neutrality and Its Potential Impact on Spectrum Policy
  Overview of the arguments for and against imposing the "Carterfone" and more general "open access" requirements on wireless carriers, including specifically the implications for spectrum use and build-out policies
  Lynn R. Charytan, Esq.
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP / Washington, DC
  Proponent perspective
  Christopher Libertelli, Esq., Senior Director, Government & Regulatory Affairs, North America
Skype Limited / Washington, DC
  Opponent perspective
  Randolph J. May, Esq., President
The Free State Foundation / Potomac, MD
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm New Players and Proposals for More Effective Use of Public Safety Spectrum
  What new business models and filings are likely to have the biggest impact on spectrum use and policy? What are the implications for existing players? What else needs to be done?
  Michele C. Farquhar, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Hogan & Hartson LLP / Washington, DC
  Morgan O'Brien, Esq., Co-Founder and Chairman
Cyren Call Communications / McLean, VA
  Janice I. Obuchowski, Esq., Chairman
Frontline Wireless, LLC / Washington, DC
4:30 pm Evaluations and Adjourn


Regular tuition for this program is $995 with a group rate of $895 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $795. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $497.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2007. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 12.5 VA CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the Capital Hilton Hotel at 1001 16th Street NW in Washington, DC 20036. Call the hotel directly at (202) 393-1000 for reservations at the special negotiated rate of $269 and mention that you are attending a Law Seminars International conference. Rooms are on a first come, first served basis.
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If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a VHS or DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $1005. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
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Faculty Bios

Michele C. Farquhar, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Hogan & Hartson LLP, specializing in wireless communications and mass media regulation. Previously she was the Chief of the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and an Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief of Staff for the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA).

Thomas J. Sugrue, Program Co-Chair, is Vice President, Government Affairs at T-Mobile USA, Inc., where he manages regulatory and legislative activities at federal and state levels. Previously he was head of the FCC's Wireless Bureau and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce at NTIA.

The Hon. Robert M. McDowell, Special Address, is a Commissioner for the FCC. Previously, he was Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for COMPTEL, an association representing competitive telecommunications service providers and their supplier partners.

R. Michael Senkowski, Moderator, is a partner at Wiley Rein LLP and chairs the firm's Telecommunications Practice Group. Co-chair of the FCBA's Best Practices Task Force, he is a former Deputy Chief of the Litigation Division at the FCC and Chief of Staff in the Office of the Chairman. Mr. Senkowski is recognized in "The Best Lawyers in America" and "International Who's Who of Business Lawyers."

Audrey L. Allison is Director of International Regulatory Affairs for The Boeing Company. She represents Boeing on a spectrum and market access issues before governments around the world, the International Telecommunication Union and the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission ("CITEL").

Meredith A. Baker is Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, Deputy Administrator of the NTIA, as well as Acting Administrator of the Office of International Affairs.

Coleman D. Bazelon is a principal with The Brattle Group where he focuses on litigation, regulatory and arbitration engagements in the wireless, wireline and video sectors. Dr. Bazelon was previously Principal Analyst in the Microeconomic and Financial Studies Division of the Congressional Budget Office.

Lynn R. Charytan is a partner with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and Vice Chair of its Communications and E-commerce Department. She works with clients in wireline and wireless telecom, video services and e-commerce.

Michelle Connolly is Chief Economist of the FCC (through August 2007) and a member of the Economics faculty at Duke University. She is an expert in the fields of international trade, growth and development.

Bobby Franklin is Executive Vice President of CTIA--The Wireless Association, where he works with the association's President and CEO and senior staff to achieve the industry's public policy goals and objectives. Previously, Mr. Franklin was Vice President for Alltel in the Federal Government Affairs Department.

Harold Furchtgott-Roth is President and Founder of Furchtgott-Roth Economic Enterprises where he consults on communications issues relating to the economy. Previously, he was an FCC Commissioner and Chief Economist for the House Committee on Commerce.

Kathleen O'Brien Ham is Managing Director, Federal Regulatory Affairs, for T-Mobile USA Inc. Previously, she was on the FCC's Spectrum Policy Task Force, Deputy Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, and Deputy Chief of the Wireless Bureau.

Dale N. Hatfield is an Adjunct Professor in the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado. Previously, he was the Chief of the Office of Engineering and Technology at the FCC.

Julius P. Knapp is Chief of the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology. He has been Deputy Chief of OET, Chief of the Policy and Rules Division, Chief of the FCC laboratory, and head of the Frequency Allocations Branch.

John M.R. Kneuer is Assistant Secretary for Communications & Information at the NTIA. He previously was both an executive director for government relations at the Industrial Telecommunications Association and an attorney-advisor in the FCC's Wireless Bureau.

Mitchell Lazarus is a partner with Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC, where his specializes in the regulation of new telecom technologies including unlicensed radio technologies, ultra-wideband and various forms of Wi-Fi.

Christopher Libertelli is Senior Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs, North America, for Skype Limited. Previously, he was Senior Legal Advisor to FCC Chairman Michael Powell where he was involved development of the FCC's Internet Freedom and Internet Telephony framework.

Randolph J. May is President of The Free State Foundation, an independent free-market-oriented think-tank, and an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law. Previously he was Assistant General Counsel and Associate General Counsel at the FCC.

Morgan O'Brien is a co-founder and Chairman of Cyren Call Communications, a new venture seeking to create a nationwide, seamless, ultra-broadband network for public safety communications. Previously, he co-founded Nextel Communications.

Janice I. Obuchowski is Chairman of Frontline Wireless, LLC, and founder and President of Freedom Technologies. Previously, she was U.S. Ambassador to the World Radiocommunications Conference and Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the Department of Commerce.

Richard M. Russell is Associate Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President and is OSTP's Deputy Director for Technology. Additionally, he is Senior Director for Technology and Telecommunications for the National Economic Council and will serve as U.S. Ambassador to the 2007 World Radiocommunications Conference.

James D. Schlichting is Deputy Chief of the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, where he has been responsible for matters handled in the Spectrum & Competition Policy Division and the Auctions Division. Previously, he was Deputy Chief in the Office of Engineering and Technology.

Steve Sharkey is Director of Spectrum & Standards Strategy in Motorola, Inc.'s Global Government Relations Department, where he leads the regulatory group. His role includes developing and implementing a global spectrum strategy with a focus on spectrum for new technologies and services for commercial, public safety and enterprise customers.

Howard J. Symons, a member of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo P.C., practices in the Communications Section and represents clients on spectrum policy issues. Previously, he was Senior Counsel to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Bryan N. Tramont is a partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP where he focuses on spectrum and technology issues. Previously with the FCC, he was Chief of Staff, Senior Legal Advisor to Chairman Michael Powell, and Senior Legal Advisor to Commissioners Kathleen Abernathy and Harold Furchtgott-Roth.

Richard S. Whitt is Washington Telecom and Media Counsel at Google, Inc. His responsibilities include handling all wireline, wireless and media issues before the FCC, other federal agencies and Congress. Previously, he was Vice President for Federal Law and Public Policy at MCI.