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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
April 3, 2008
(202) 289-8928
Panelists Announced for Ganley CEO Luncheon
Experts to Discuss Public Safety Communications with Rivada Networks CEO

WASHINGTON D.C. - The conclusion of the spectrum auction this week left a swath allocated for public safety unclaimed, leaving uncertainty regarding the future of the D-block. Rivada Networks CEO Declan Ganley and three experts on spectrum and public safety will discuss the future of public safety communications at an April 29th CEO Luncheon hosted by The Progress & Freedom Foundation.

Declan Ganley is the Chairman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rivada Networks, a company that designs, integrates and operates public safety communications networks. Following an address by Ganley on the topic of the future public safety communications, three policy experts will engage the Rivada Networks CEO in a question and answer session. Panelist Michael Calabrese is Vice President, Director of the Wireless Future Program and Co-Director of the Next Social Contract Initiative at the New American Foundation. He is the author of various papers and reports on spectrum issues. Panelist Paul Glenchur is Senior Vice President and Telecom Services Analyst at Stanford Washington Research Group. Prior to joining Stanford, Glenchur served as an attorney in the Common Carrier and Cable Bureaus of the Federal Communications Commission. In addition to the two analysts on the panel, Hiram "Art" Contreras, an Advisor to the wireless coalition Mobile Future, will provide the perspective of law enforcement and first responders. Contreras is a former law enforcement officer, serving as Assistant Chief of Police in Houston, TX and as a U.S. Marshal. He is a frequent speaker and advisor on public safety communications issues. The discussion will be moderated by PFF President Ken Ferree.

The CEO Luncheon featuring Declan Ganley will be held April 29th, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm in the Rotunda Room of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. Those interested in attending the event can register online. Questions regarding the event should be directed to Jane Creel at 202-289-8928 or Members of the media should contact Amy Smorodin 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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