February 16, 2007, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2105
Washington, DC 20515
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- Thomas M. Lenard (Moderator), Senior Fellow and Senior Vice President for Research, The Progress and Freedom Foundation
- Robert D. Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
- Chris Guttman-McCabe, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA - The Wireless Association
- John Muleta, Founder and CEO, M2Z Networks
- Lawrence J. White, Arthur E. Imperatore Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, Deputy Chair, Economics, New York University
Late last spring, participants in a new business venture applied to the FCC for use of a portion of currently unlicensed spectrum. In return for use of the spectrum, M2Z Networks offered to provide certain public services, including free wireless broadband access to 95 percent of the U.S. population within ten years. Is such a proposal likely to be an efficient way of increasing U.S. broadband penetration, or will it undermine the now-accepted method of allocating spectrum by auction? These and other policy questions raised by the M2Z application were discussed at "Allocating the Electromagnetic Spectrum: A Discussion of the M2Z Proposal," a congressional seminar hosted by The Progress & Freedom Foundation.
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