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2021 NTIA Spectrum Policy Symposium Webcast

September 07, 2021

2021 NTIA Spectrum Policy Symposium:
Modernizing U.S. Spectrum Strategy and Infrastructure
For 21st Century Global Leadership

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Morning session:

Afternoon session:

The NTIA Spectrum Policy Symposium provides an opportunity to hear from spectrum policy leaders in the White House, Congress, government and industry who are on the front lines of setting spectrum policy and strategies for the future.

The 2021 NTIA Spectrum Policy Symposium featured discussions on providing spectrum resources for 5G networks and other advanced telecommunications, aviation and space-based services. Speakers talked about plans for mid-band spectrum access, spectrum sharing approaches and techniques, and innovative, dynamic spectrum management tools and concepts. 

In addition, the 2021 NTIA Spectrum Policy Symposium included a preview of the 2022 International Symposium on Advanced Radio Technologies (ISART)™, to be held at NTIA’s Institute for Telecommunication Sciences in Boulder, Colorado. 

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2021 NTIA Spectrum Policy Symposium:
Modernizing U.S. Spectrum Strategy and Infrastructure
For 21st Century Global Leadership

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Evelyn Remaley, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator

Keynote Address
Gina Raimondo
Secretary of Commerce

Overview Remarks
Charles Cooper, Associate Administrator
NTIA Office of Spectrum Management. 

Panel Discussion - Government and Industry Perspectives on a
Future Spectrum Strategy: Challenges and Opportunities

This panel discussion explored views on new national spectrum strategies, including requirements for 5G, 6G and satellite spectrum allocations, spectrum demand drivers over the next 4-5 year horizon, and ongoing federal agency spectrum uses and requirements.

Michael Calabrese, New America’s Open Technology Institute
Vernita Harris, DOD CIO Spectrum Policy and Programs Directorate
Umair Javed, Office of FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel
Jennifer Manner, EchoStar
Phil Murphy, Office of the Assistant Secretary, NTIA

Keynote Address
Jessica Rosenworcel, Acting Chairwoman
Federal Communications Commission

Panel Discussion - Doing More with Spectrum: Supporting U.S. 
Innovation and Competitiveness in the Future

Representatives from federal agencies and industry discussed the future of spectrum use, including dynamic spectrum management technologies as a facet of U.S. technological innovation and competitive advantage. Panelists discussed new research and business models based on expanding use cases, new automation capabilities, artificial intelligence and machine learning and other innovations. The panel outlined how leadership in spectrum management innovation can translate into global equipment and infrastructure advantages for U.S. companies.

Mark Gibson, CommScope
Will Johnson, Verizon
Ruth Milkman, Quadra Partners, LLC
Brian Regan, Starry, Inc.
Vic Sparrow, NASA


Keynote Address
Rep. Mike Doyle
Chairman, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
House Committee on Energy & Commerce

Presentation - ISART Preview: Evolving Spectrum-Sharing through
Data-, Science-, and Technology-Driven Analysis and Decision-Making 
Rebecca Dorch, Senior Spectrum Policy Analyst
NTIA Institute for Telecommunication Sciences 
(presentation available from the ISART website)

Panel Discussion - Expediting and Improving Spectrum-Sharing  Processes

This panel of technical representatives from government, industry, and academia addressed ways and means for engineering studies to improve spectrum-sharing policies. Panelists shared perspectives on how the timing and availability of accurate technical and deployment density data impacts engineering studies and feasibility assessments, and ultimately the technical parameters of spectrum-sharing policy. The panel discussed improving models used to predict both propagation and interference, and opportunities for collaboration to develop community consensus on those models in order to expedite decision-making.

Ed Drocella, NTIA Office of Spectrum Management
John Hunter, T-Mobile
Nick Laneman, The Wireless Institute, University of Notre Dame
Lynna McGrath, DOD CIO Spectrum Policy and Programs Directorate
Sam MacMullan, Federated Wireless

Presentation - Standardizing Mid-band Propagation Models
Michael Cotton, Chief, Telecommunications Theory Division
NTIA Institute for Telecommunication Sciences 
(presentation available from the ISART website)

Closing Remarks
Charles Cooper, Associate Administrator
NTIA Office of Spectrum Management