Regulatory Workshop


Tuesday, 29 November 2011

This one day workshop will explore the evolving regulatory landscape impacting the deployment of advanced wireless technologies around the world.  Co-hosted for the third consecutive year by Peter Tenhula, Chair of the Wireless Innovation Forum’s Regulatory Committee, and Paul Kolodzy, Vice Chair of the Regulatory Committee, the workshop is being held in conjunction with the Forum’s 2011 Conference on Communications Technologies and Software Defined Radio (SDR '11-WInnComm) and will address topics that include:


  • Regula­tory Framework(s) for Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) and Cognitive Radios (CR)
  • Standardized Policy-Based Spectrum Management Approaches
  • Unlicensed vs. Licensed and Alternative Licensing Ap­proaches
  • Secondary Spectrum Markets
  • Defining and Enforcing Spectrum Rights
  • International Regulatory and Standardization Developments
  • DSA/CR Networking Approaches and System Architectures

The Forum will again bring together a multidisciplinary line-up of regulatory/public policy officials and experts from around the world – technologists/engineers, economists, social scientists, and even lawyers.  The afternoon sessions will be held jointly with the Workshop on QoS & Mobility in Cognitive Communications (QMCC ’11), which is fostering collaboration and cross-fertilization of research and regulators across the three ITU regions.  Please join us as we continue to develop a regulatory agenda that promotes the adoption of advanced wireless technologies.


Plenary and Workshop Program:


10:00-12:00 Morning Workshop Session 1F – Invited Presentations


  • Peter Tenhula, VP and General Counsel, Shared Spectrum Company and Chair of the Forum’s Regulatory Committee (USA) on a Vision and Regulatory Framework to Promote the Evolution of Dynamic Spectrum Access Abstract
  • Howard McDonald, Team Lead-DSA, Defense Spectrum Organization (DSO), Defense Information Systems Agency (USA), and Darcy Swain and David Fritz, Mitre Corp. (USA)  on a Standardized approach to Digital Spectrum Policy Management for Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks Abstract
  • Adele Morris, Brookings Institution (USA), and Robert Matheson, NTIA-ITS Boulder Labs (retired) (USA) on the Technical Basis for Spectrum Rights: Policies to Enhance Market Efficiency Abstract
  • Keith Nolan, CTVR, Trinity College, Dublin (Ireland) and Chair, Working Group 3 - COST-TERRA,  on economic aspects of cognitive radio and software defined radio regulation Abstract and Bio

12:00 -13:30 Lunch (open to all Workshop and Conference Participants)


13:30 -15:00: SDR'11-WInnComm Conference Keynotes (open to all Workshop and Conference Participants)

  • Mark Rich, Program Manager, Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Rajendra Singh, Senior Regulatory Specialist, World Bank

15:15-17:15 Afternoon Joint Workshop Session 2F (together with the Workshop on QoS & Mobility in Cognitive Communications – QMCC ’11)


Workshop Keynote Address on Service Provider Perspectives


Trey Hanbury, Director, Government Affairs, Sprint Nextel Corporation (USA)


Panel 1: Policy Maker Perspectives


ABSTRACT:  Spectrum issues are red hot in Washington, DC., with pending legislation as part of President Obama’s “Jobs Bill” and the government’s ongoing quest for 500 MHz of new spectrum for wireless broadband.  The President, Congress and the FCC recognize that relying solely on traditional reallocation and relocation approaches will not meet burgeoning bandwidth demands and that sharing arrangements are needed.  Other countries around the globe are also pursuing additional spectrum resources, coexistence scenarios and policy reforms. This panel of high-level government officials will explore the legislative and regulatory options that are available to facilitate more efficient utilization of the “open spaces” in the spectrum bands along with accompanying challenges to dynamic sharing solutions. 

MODERATOR:  Ari Fitzgerald, Partner, Hogan Lovells (USA)


  • Matthew C. Hussey, Congressional Aide, Senator Olympia Snowe, Maine
  • Louis Peraertz, Legal Advisor for Wireless, International, and Public Safety, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, Federal Communications Commission (USA) 
  • John Leibovitz, Deputy Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (USA)
  • Karl Nebbia, Associate Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration,  Office of Spectrum Management (USA)

Panel 2: The Global QoS Perspective


ABSTRACT:  Advanced communications technologies are being investigated for new allocations and the development of new spectrum rights.   The upcoming World Radio Conference (WRC-12) agenda items 8.2, 1.19 and others, actions by various regulatory agencies around the globe, and standards organizations are all addressing advanced technologies such as cognitive radios, dynamic spectrum access, TDD/FDD interactions, and asymmetric FDD.  These actions could have a profound impact on the research, development, and device communities.  This panel  will explore the mix of technologies and the trends and impact of regulatory and standards actions.


This panel, held together with the Workshop on QoS & Mobility in Cognitive Communications (QMCC’11), also includes three members from the external advisory board of the QoSMOS project in the European Union. Some of the key issues to be addressed include: how can secondary systems establish trust with regulators and primary users of spectrum, and how can regulators ensure adequate policing of spectrum in a fair and equitable manner.


MODERATOR:  Paul Kolodzy, Kolodzy Consulting (USA)




  • Fadel Digham, National Telecom Regulatory Authority (Egypt)  and Member of the Forum’s Regulatory Advisory Committee
  • Roland Beutler, Planning Department, Südwestrundfunks (Germany) [QMCC’ 11]
  • Uwe Beutnagel-Buchner, Center of Competence for Frequency Affairs, Robert Bosch GmbH (Germany) [ QMCC’ 11]
  • Andrew Gowans, Head, Exempt Technology Team, Spectrum Policy Group, Office of Communications (UK) [ QMCC’ 11]







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