Making the Most of Unlicensed Spectrum: Is Wi-Fi its own worst enemy?

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See how mobile carriers and technology companies are looking to unlicensed spectrum for ways to relieve pressure on today’s mobile broadband networks and continue on a path to lead the world toward 5G. Learn how new technologies such as LTE-U can increase the efficiency and range of unlicensed spectrum and better meet consumers’ needs – all while coexisting fairly with legacy technologies like Wi-Fi.

Educational Objectives:
• Discover the important role that unlicensed technologies play in relieving pressure on mobile broadband networks
• Gain a greater understanding of LTE-U and LAA co-existing with Wi-Fi services without interference concerns
• View the pathway to 5G and what needs to be done to get to the next generation of technology

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Individuals interested in telecom and technology policy, client development, emerging technologies in the wireless industry, 5G, and enterprise mobile broadband solutions.

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Steven K. Berry, President & CEO, Competitive Carriers Association

Steven K. Berry is president & CEO of Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) the nation's leading association for competitive wireless providers serving rural, regional and nationwide markets in the United States. The licensed service area of CCA members covers more than 95 percent of the nation.

A seasoned lawyer who worked for Congress, the Executive Branch and as a partner at Holland & Knight law firm, Mr. Berry has held positions as the Senior Vice President of Government Relations for three associations, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the CTIA-The Wireless Association, and the Direct Marketing Association (DMA).

Prior to joining CCA, He served as Director Governmental Affairs (Global) at Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc., New York and Washington, D.C.  Mr. Berry, a member of the Virginia bar, holds a bachelor’s degree from Emory and Henry College, and a juris doctorate from George Mason University Law School.

Dean Brenner, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Qualcomm Inc.

Dean Brenner is Senior Vice President, Government Affairs for Qualcomm Incorporated.  He directs Qualcomm’s global spectrum acquisitions and strategy and is responsible for global technology policy.  He represents Qualcomm before the Federal Communications Commission and other agencies of the United States and Canadian governments responsible for spectrum and telecommunications policy and interacts with spectrum regulators around the world.  He also leads Qualcomm’s policy initiatives relating to mobile healthcare.

Mr. Brenner led Qualcomm’s bidding team in recent spectrum auctions in India (the 2.3 GHz band), the United States (the 700 MHz band), and the United Kingdom (the L Band).  In addition, he was responsible for obtaining the regulatory approvals for Qualcomm’s sale of 700 MHz spectrum to AT&T in 2011.  In 2006, he obtained the regulatory approvals to launch FLO TV, a mobile TV service.  He has spoken at conferences on spectrum policy in the United States, Canada, South Korea, Belgium, Great Britain, and elsewhere around the world.  He joined Qualcomm in November 2003.

Mr. Brenner received his A.B. degree, magna cum laude with distinction in public policy studies, from Duke in 1982.  He received his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University in 1985. He is admitted to the Bars of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the D.C., Third, and Eleventh Circuits, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Mr. Brenner is a member of the Federal Advisory Board for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, & Timing, which advises the Executive Branch on policy matters impacting the Global Positioning System.  He is also a member of the Board of Governors of 4G Americas, the Board for Jewish Life at Duke University, and the Board of Trustees of the Field School. 

Steve Sharkey, Senior Director, Chief Engineering and Technology Policy, T-Mobile Government Affairs

Steve Sharkey is Senior Director, Chief Engineering and Technology Policy in T-Mobile’s Government affairs office in Washington, DC.   He has overall responsibility for T-Mobile’s technical policy agenda and manages a team of technical experts to achieve the company’s policy goals.  A priority focus is policies that ensure that T-Mobile has access to sufficient spectrum as it deploys the next generation of broadband services.

Prior to joining T-Mobile, Mr. Sharkey was Senior Director, Regulatory and Spectrum Policy in Motorola’s Global Government Affairs office in Washington, D.C.  where he had overall responsibility for Motorola’s global regulatory and advocacy efforts.

Mr. Sharkey’s efforts are primarily focused on policies related to spectrum management and broadband deployment and use, including working with U.S. regulators, the ITU, and other regional bodies to implement a long-term vision that facilitates a global framework for broadband growth and public safety.  He managed a global technical, regulatory and advocacy team that includes expertise in a wide variety of spectrum, technology and trade related issues.

Prior to joining Motorola, Mr. Sharkey was the lead technical representative for the Washington, DC office of AirTouch Communications.  In this capacity he worked on a number of spectrum and mandate related issues, including CALEA, TTY, and location based initiatives.

Prior to AirTouch, Mr. Sharkey served in a variety of roles at the Federal Communications Commission, including in the Office of Engineering and Technology, where one of his responsibilities was as an alternative liaison representative to the IRAC, and as Chief, Satellite Engineering Branch in the International Bureau.

Mr. Sharkey has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware.

Patrick Welsh, Assistant Vice President – Wireless Policy Development, Verizon

Patrick Welsh joined Verizon in January 2012 as Assistant Vice President – Wireless Policy Development, where he is engaged in the development of Verizon’s public policy positions on spectrum and other wireless issues.

Prior to joining Verizon, Patrick worked in T-Mobile's government affairs office in both the federal regulatory and legislative affairs groups. As a regulatory attorney, Patrick was responsible for a number of wireless public-policy issues, including spectrum policy, spectrum auctions, voice and data roaming, wireless open access/network neutrality, broadband reclassification, smart grid, mergers and acquisitions, and federal preemption of state regulations.

As part of T-Mobile’s legislative team, he lobbied both Democrats and Republicans on the House and Senate commerce committees. Prior to joining T-Mobile, Patrick worked at American Tower, where he managed site development and construction of wireless communications facilities in the Mid-Atlantic area.

Patrick began his career at Gallagher, Evelius & Jones, LLP as an associate with the firm’s commercial transactions group. He is an adjunct professor at Catholic University's Columbus School of Law and a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law (J.D.) and Loyola College (B.A.).