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Preparing for a 5G World - Agenda

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.             Session I.  Defining 5G: Technological Dimensions and Standards

AIRS will begin with a presentation on the technological dimensions of 5G.  What does it entail?  How should we think about the entire concept of 5G?  After a brief discussion on that, there will be a second presentation on the various standards setting functions that affect 5G.  The session will conclude with the participants coming to an understanding, if not agreement, on what this Roundtable means by “5G.”

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.          Session II.  Regulatory and Policy Goals for 5G

As policy-makers look at 5G, what overall approach should they take with respect to the models for deployment, the desired outcomes and the public interest goals for this new era of spectrum management?

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

Within its topic area, each working group will address what the government’s goals should be, and what policies it should adopt to bring them about.  Specifically, which agency should do what?  How can it best bring these measures to fruition?

Working Group A.  Government Encouragement and Funding.  This group will consider, among other things, how to foster the desired goals through government-funded research and development, government as user (procurement).  It will also consider what other infrastructure is necessary to support new 5G deployment.

Working Group B.  Licensing and Sharing.  This group will address issues of licensed and unlicensed spectrum and how the spectrum needs to be shared among various users. This group will also consider enforcement mechanisms.

Working Group C.  Impact on Other Uses and Users.  As government encourages and enables new 5G deployment and uses, there are others left behind, whether businesses or users.  How should governments consider these uses and users?  What deserves protection and why?  How should such protections be framed and implemented?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.             Session IV. Reports of the Working Groups

After hearing reports from each of the Working Groups, participants will refine their proposals.

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.          Session V.  Overarching Themes and Next Steps

In this last session, participants will consider (1) overarching themes and approaches that bring greater coherence to the Roundtable’s deliberations, (2) important policy items that fell through the cracks in the categorization of the Working Groups, and (3) next steps that might advance the thinking and approaches taken in this Roundtable.