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Spectrum Auctions Are Back: What You Need to Know


Product Code - LGA231
Speaker(s): Coleman D. Bazelon, The Brattle Group, Inc.; Jennifer Fritzsche, Wells Fargo Securities; Angela E. Giancarlo, Mayer Brown LLP; Trey Hanbury, Hogan Lovells
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On January 22, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held the first auction of spectrum since 2008. Most critically, the FCC’s auction of what is known as the 1900 MHz PCS “H Block” signaled the unofficial start of the agency’s most ambitious era yet of selling the public’s airwaves to the highest bidder.

Following the H Block auction, the FCC later this year will auction off another 25 MHz of spectrum called AWS-3. Then, in 2015, the commission will hold the first-ever incentive auction of spectrum, in which TV broadcasters will sell their spectrum back to the FCC, which will in turn sell it to wireless carriers led by Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp., and T-Mobile USA Inc. All the while, the FCC will be working closely with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to enable the sharing of spectrum between federal government agencies and commercial users of spectrum, such as the wireless carriers.

Attend this webinar to hear leading experts on spectrum policy analyze the results of the H Block auction and discuss its potential effects to the FCC’s spectrum policy broadly and also the wireless and high-tech industries.

Educational Objectives:

• Receive a detailed explanation of the FCC’s 1900 MHz PCS “H Block” auction.

• Hear an analysis of the H Block auction results—who were the big winners and how will their wins affect the FCC’s subsequent auctions—the AWS-3 auction and incentive auction—and spectrum aggregation policy generally.

• Learn about the potential effects of the H Block to the wireless and high-tech industries.

• Understand the state of play at the FCC with regard to spectrum.

Who would benefit most from attending this program?

Counsel advising communications and broadcasting companies; professionals involved in media ownership and regulation; intellectual property practitioners.

Program Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: A general understanding of current telecommunications issues.
CPE Delivery Method: Group Internet-Based Live
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications
Recommended CPE Credit: 1.5 credits
Anticipated CLE Credit: 1.5 credits (may vary based on from which jurisdiction requested)

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Coleman D. Bazelon, The Brattle Group, Inc.; Jennifer Fritzsche, Wells Fargo Securities; Angela E. Giancarlo, Mayer Brown LLP; Trey Hanbury, Hogan Lovells

Coleman D. Bazelon, The Brattle Group, Inc.
Dr. Coleman Bazelon is a principal of The Brattle Group. He is an expert in regulation and strategy in the wireless, wireline, and video sectors. He has consulted and testified on behalf of clients in numerous telecommunications matters, ranging from wireless license auctions, spectrum management, and competition policy, to patent infringement, wireless reselling, and broadband deployment. Dr. Bazelon frequently advises regulatory and legislative bodies, including the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Congress. He also has expertise in the federal government’s use of discount rates for policy and regulatory analysis, intellectual property valuation, and antitrust and damages analysis.

Prior to joining Brattle, Dr. Bazelon was a vice president with Analysis Group, an economic and strategy consulting firm. During that time, he expanded the firm’s telecommunications practice area. He also served as a principal analyst in the Microeconomic and Financial Studies Division of the Congressional Budget Office where he researched reforms of radio spectrum management; estimated the budgetary and private sector impacts of spectrum-related legislative proposals; and advised on auction design and privatization issues for all research at the CBO.

Dr. Bazelon earned a Ph.D. and an M.S. from the University of California at Berkeley, a Diploma in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

Jennifer Fritzsche, Wells Fargo Securities
Jennifer Fritzsche is managing director in the equity research department as Wells Fargo. She started in telecom equity research with EVEREN Securities, where she was promoted to senior analyst after serving two years as an associate analyst on the telecom research team. In 2000, she tied for second in the “Best Up and Comers” category in Institutional Investor’s annual vote. Forbes magazine has recognized Jennifer as one of the top ten stock pickers from a universe of 4,500 sell-side analysts across all industry sectors. Most recently, Ms. Fritzsche was recognized as the No. 1 earnings estimator for Wireless Telecommunication Services by Financial Times/StarMine, a leading provider of objective ratings of equity securities analysts.

Ms. Fritzsche earned an M.B.A., summa cum laude, from Northeastern University and a B.A. in history from the College of the Holy Cross.

Angela E. Giancarlo, Mayer Brown LLP
Angela Giancarlo is a Government & Global Trade partner in Washington, D.C. She focuses on the wireless, media and broadband Internet sectors. In particular, Ms. Giancarlo is well-known for her deep technical knowledge and extensive experience in handling radio frequency spectrum issues. She provides counsel for strategic planning on spectrum allocations, auction-related policy and transactional issues; regulation of new licensed and unlicensed technologies; and international convergence and competition issues at the Federal Communications Commission and international government fora. Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Ms. Giancarlo spent eight years with the FCC, where she held several senior management positions. Most recently, she served as Chief of Staff and Senior Legal Advisor to Commissioner Robert McDowell.

Ms. Giancarlo earned a J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, where she was Assistant Editor of CommLaw Conspectus Journal of Communications Law & Policy, and a B.A. from Trinity College. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and before several Courts of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trey Hanbury, Hogan Lovells
Trey Hanbury is a partner in Hogan Lovells' Washington, D.C. office and a member of the Technology, Media and Telecoms practice. He has extensive experience working for the private and public sectors on a variety of communications policy issues, including wireless, spectrum, satellite and international telecom matters.

Mr. Hanbury came to Hogan Lovells from Sprint Nextel, where he served as Director of Government Affairs. In this position, Mr. Hanbury acted as regulatory counsel in major rulemaking proceedings, mergers and acquisitions, and cases before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Department of Commerce, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, Congress, and federal courts. Prior to working for Sprint Nextel, Mr. Hanbury held various policy-making positions at the FCC, including working on numerous satellite and international telecom matters in the International Bureau. He also served as Special Counsel in the Office of General Counsel, where he was responsible for providing policy and legal advice to the Office of Chairman on wireless issues.

Mr. Hanbury earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and a B.A., with high distinction, from the University of Virginia. He serves as Co-Chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s FCC Wireless Practice Committee and also frequently lectures on complex communications policy issues and industry trends. 

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