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Moving Towards General Purpose Spectrum - Agenda

Thursday, October 23, 2014

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.           Session I.  General Purpose Spectrum

This first session will explore what we mean by general purpose spectrum.  What are its characteristics (e.g., flexible use), and its limitations?

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.         Session II.  Transitioning to General Purpose Spectrum

Assuming general purpose spectrum is advisable for the future, what are the issues that need to be explored to transition to such a regime?  These issues, surfaced in this session, will be explored in the subsequent Working Groups.

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.             Session III.  Working Groups

Each working group will address a transition issue that will foster a general purpose regulatory approach.  In each case, the group should define and refine its subject area, take cognizance of the goals they are serving, and propose one to three policies that would advance the ultimate objective.  In each case, participants should consider the locus and role of government power (e.g., which agency should do what), and the method of enforcement.

Working Group A.  Technical Elements: Can current technology accommodate a general-purpose regime? What technological changes are needed to foster and eventually complete the transition? What kinds of applications will likely still need single-purpose spectrum?

Working Group B.  Market & Economic Elements: How will databases and secondary markets be integral to the transition?  What market mechanisms will need support or a jump start to yield desired results during transition (and beyond)? How will economic incentives in a database sharing regime differ from those in an exclusive flexible use regime?  How can the government model a system that takes advantage of these incentives?

Working Group C.  Social and Political Elements: What public goods and other socially beneficial uses will not be sufficiently satisfied by market forces and need to be protected?  What measures will accomplish this?  How can policy makers overcome opposition from current single-purpose users?

Friday, October 24, 2014

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.             Session IV.  Report of the Working Groups

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          Session V.  Developing a Strategy for Moving to a General Purpose Spectrum Regime

In this final session, participants will draw from the three working group reports to find common approaches and to harmonize the three into a coherent strategy for transitioning to a general purpose spectrum regime.  What needs to happen next to bring these about?  Which agencies need to do what?  What needs to be protected? What laws, if any, need to change? What are the next steps?