Clearing obstacles to America’s 5G wireless future: A conversation with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr - AEI

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On Monday, Commissioner Brendan Carr visited AEI to discuss the importance of fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology and the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) efforts to make sure the US is ready for 5G from a regulatory perspective.

In a discussion with AEI’s Shane Tews, Commissioner Carr explained the FCC’s work on reducing regulatory costs and barriers to deploying small cells and 5G wireless networks and its efforts to work with state and local governments to speed 5G deployment in urban and rural areas. He discussed infrastructure challenges facing the US in the global race with China (and others) to 5G, and he expressed his belief that a combination of reducing regulations, making the most spectrum available, and using America’s free-market system would allow the US to reap the benefits of winning the race.

The expert panel that followed discussed how 5G small cells work, 5G’s massive economic promise, the importance of deploying 5G for national security reasons, and the wave of innovation that would occur in the country that wins the race to 5G. They also previewed technologies that 5G would make possible and discussed legislative solutions in Congress for ensuring spectrum availability and cutting-edge wireless infrastructure in rural areas.
— Matt Au

Event Description

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has a key role in the United States’ transition to fifth-generation (5G) wireless technologies and infrastructure. New technologies and devices connecting to the internet as part of the Internet of Things will radically increase the amount of traffic on the network, and important applications such as self-driving cars and health applications will rely on 5G to function.

On Monday, September 17, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr will visit AEI to discuss the FCC’s efforts to clear regulatory hurdles to enable US leadership in 5G deployment and ensure wireless spectrum needed for 5G technologies is made available. An expert panel discussing these issues will follow.

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9:45 AM

10:00 AM
Shane Tews, AEI

10:05 AM
Brendan Carr, Federal Communications Commission
Shane Tews, AEI

10:20 AM

10:30 AM
Panel discussion

Roger Entner, Recon Analytics
John Godfrey, Samsung Electronics America Inc.
Hank Hultquist, AT&T
Sam Love, Office of Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO)

Shane Tews, AEI

11:00 AM

11:15 AM

Event Contact Information

For more information, please contact Matt Au at [email protected], 202.862.5918.

Media Contact Information

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Brendan Carr was nominated to serve as a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by President Donald J. Trump and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on August 3, 2017. He was sworn into office on August 11, 2017. Mr. Carr brings to the position more than a dozen years of public- and private-sector experience in technology and communications law and policy. Most recently, he served as the general counsel of the FCC. In that role, he served as the chief legal adviser to the commission and FCC staff. Previously, he served as the lead adviser to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai on wireless, public safety, and international issues. Before that, he worked as an attorney in the FCC’s Office of General Counsel, where he provided legal advice on a wide range of spectrum policy, competition, and public safety matters. Before joining the FCC in 2012, Mr. Carr was an attorney at Wiley Rein LLP, where he worked in the firm’s appellate, litigation, and telecom practices. Earlier in his career, he served as a law clerk for Judge Dennis W. Shedd of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr. Carr graduated magna cum laude from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America and obtained a certificate from its Institute for Communications Law Studies. He also served as a note and comment editor of The Catholic University Law Review. He received an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.

Roger Entner is the founder and analyst of Recon Analytics. His research has been cited in six Annual Mobile Wireless Competition Reports to Congress and by the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers. He has also testified before Congress on wireless issues. Mr. Entner has written five reports for CTIA documenting the increasing impact of the wireless industry on the US economy. He has a weekly video show with Wireless Week, is a regular contributor to Fierce Wireless, and is a regular commentator on RCR video shows. Before starting Recon Analytics in January 2011, he was the senior vice president and head of research and insights for the telecom practice of the Nielsen Company. He came to Nielsen through the acquisition of IAG Research, where he headed the telecom business unit. Before that, he was Ovum’s vice president for North American telecoms and ran the Yankee Group’s US carrier practice. Mr. Entner received a bachelor of arts in business organization and a honorary doctorate of science from the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, and a master of business administration from the George Washington University.

John Godfrey is senior vice president of public policy for Samsung Electronics America, a US subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea. Based in Washington, DC, he leads Samsung’s public policy formulation and engagement with government and industry. Mr. Godfrey is chair of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation’s board of trustees and a member of CTA’s video division board, among other groups. He is also a past chairman of the board of directors of the Advanced Television Systems Committee. He served on the Federal Communications Commission’s Downloadable Security Technology Advisory Committee in 2015 and the US Access Board’s Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Advisory Committee in 1998–99. Before joining Samsung in 2006, Mr. Godfrey was vice president of government affairs for Pioneer North America and director of government affairs for Sony Electronics. Earlier, he was with the Information Technology Industry Council, a trade association of leading information technology companies; the National Research Council, the policy research arm of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; and SRI International. Mr. Godfrey has a master of arts degree in telecommunications from George Washington University, a master of arts degree in East Asian studies from Stanford University, and a bachelor of arts degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin.

Hank Hultquist is vice president of federal regulatory at AT&T. He is responsible for all of AT&T’s wireless- and spectrum-related matters before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He is also responsible for inter-carrier compensation, net neutrality, and broadband regulation. Mr. Hultquist has a proven track record of success in developing industry consensus on complex issues, including net neutrality, inter-carrier compensation, and spectrum policy. He is a recognized thought leader in telecommunications policy and is frequently invited to speak at industry events. He is a member of the board of directors of the National Exchange Carrier Association and previously served on the board of the Wireless Communications Association International. Mr. Hultquist joined AT&T in 2004. From 1996 to 2004, he was at MCI Communications Corp. He is a graduate of the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

Sam Love is a legislative assistant for Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. He is the senator’s senior adviser on telecommunications, technology, research and development, trade, and immigration issues and the senator’s lead staffer on the AIRWAVES Act, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, CHANCE in Tech Act, Connected Government Act, and the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act, among others. Before his current role, Mr. Love worked as the policy director for Sen. Gardner’s successful 2014 US Senate race, and before that, he worked for then-Congressman Gardner during his time in the US House. Mr. Love is a graduate of Bowdoin College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in government and legal studies and history.

Shane Tews is a visiting fellow at AEI, where she works primarily on cybersecurity and internet governance issues. She is also president of Logan Circle Strategies, where she focuses on information and communication technology and cybersecurity policy issues. Previously, Ms. Tews managed internet security and digital commerce issues as vice president of global policy for Verisign Inc. She began her career in the George H. W. Bush White House as a deputy associate director in the Office of Cabinet Affairs and later moved to Capitol Hill as a legislative director for a member of Congress. She is currently vice chair of the board of directors of the Internet Education Foundation and co-chair of the Internet Governance Forum USA. Ms. Tews studied communications at Arizona State University and American University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general studies with an emphasis on communications and political science.

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