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July 10, 2002
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The Future of Spectrum Policy & the Wireless Industry
Congressional Seminar Scheduled Friday, July 12

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Are more market-oriented spectrum allocation policies on the horizon? Where should one look (or not look) for spectrum for next-generation commercial wireless services? Will federal, state and local governments overwhelm the wireless industry with regulatory mandates? Those and other questions concerning the future of spectrum policy and the wireless industry’s role in the next telecommunications revolution are the focus of a Congressional Seminar hosted by The Progress & Freedom Foundation on Friday.

Featuring experts from government and the private sector, the panel – “When Wireless Grows Up: Mandates vs. Markets for a ‘Mature’ Industry” – will discuss the future of spectrum policy on Friday, July 12, in Rayburn House Office Building, Room B340, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Confirmed panelists include Michael D. Gallagher, deputy assistant secretary for communications and information, National Telecommunications & Information Administration; Edmond J. Thomas, chief, Office of Engineering & Technology, Federal Communications Commission; Steven K. Berry, senior vice president of government affairs, Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association; Rudy Baca, vice president and global strategist, Precursor Group and Kevin Krufky, legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Sam Brownback (a member of the Wireless Caucus). The panel’s moderator will be Randolph J. May, senior fellow and director of communications policy studies at The Progress & Freedom Foundation.

“It is our aim to have this panel of experts educate us concerning what changes to expect, and especially to discuss how these changes will be impacted by public policy,” said May in announcing the panel. “They are as well-equipped as anyone to tell us what the airscape will look like five years from now.”

Those interested in attending the Congressional Seminar should register by contacting Rebecca Fuller at 202-289-8928 or

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.



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