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Spectrum 2015 - Background Readings

This collection of reading materials was created to prepare participants for the 2015 Aspen Institute Roundtable on Spectrum Policy by providing an overview of and background information on the topic, Preparing for a 5G World. The selection of readings introduces a range of policy issues associated with general purpose spectrum. It is not intended to be a comprehensive collection of materials on the topic, but rather an overview of subjects relevant to the 2015 Spectrum Policy dialogue.


Section I. Defining 5G: Technological Dimensions and Standards

The Economist, “Your Phone on Steroids,” May 23, 2015.

Jo Best, “The Race to 5G: Inside the Fight for the Future of Mobile as We Know It,” TechRepublic, December 14, 2014.

5G PPP, “5G Vision. The 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership: The Next Generation of Communication Networks and Services,” 5G Infrastructure Association, February 2015

Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2014-2019,” Cisco Systems, February 3, 2015.

Section II. Regulatory and Policy Goals for 5G

Tom Wheeler, “Leading Towards Next Generation ‘5G’ Mobile Services,” Federal Communications Commission, August 3, 2015.

Jim Kohlenberger, “Mobilizing America: Accelerating Next Generation Wireless Opportunities Everywhere,” Mobile Future, September 8, 2015.

Roger Cheng, “Verizon to be First to Field-Test Crazy-Fast 5G Wireless,” CNET, September 8, 2015.

David Goldman, “5G Will Cost you a Bundle,” CNN Money, May 19, 2015.