The Public Policy Process and Wireless Broadband: Innovation and Regulation
Wireless broadband applications and devices are key communications resources for U.S. businesses and consumers in the 21st Century. This talk describes efforts by the private and public sectors to provide the building blocks needed to develop wireless broadband fully in the United States. We discuss the federal agencies, especially the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), that control the most precious of wireless resources—the radio spectrum. This talk introduces the administrative procedures that the agencies, especially the FCC, use to manage spectrum and regulate the industries that use it. Among other things we examine: · The FCC’s 2010 National Broadband Plan which recognized the central role of wireless solutions to broadband; · The Wireless Innovation and Infrastructure Initiative of 2011 commenced by the White House, and · The ongoing role of Congress in overseeing spectrum us
William F. Maher Jr.
Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
William Maher is a partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP in Washington DC where he advises clients on issues involving federal, state and international telecommunications regulation. He has broad experience with wireless and wireline communications technologies including internet-based broadband, voice, and content delivery services. Mr. Maher represents communications stakeholders, such as Internet companies, wireless and wireline providers, and equipment suppliers, before the FCC, federal agencies, and the courts. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Maher served as Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). There, Mr. Maher supervised the development of U.S. policies regarding internet services and intermodal competition. He earlier served in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) as an Associate Administrator and developed policy recommendations on radio spectrum management, U.S. information infrastructure, and media