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Unfinished Business: Wireless Competition and the FCC Transition

The nomination of Tom Wheeler as the next Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) marks the start of what could be a lengthy confirmation process. Although President Obama has designated Commissioner Mignon Clyburn as Acting Chair, the transition to new leadership at the FCC often results in important decisions being put on hold. However, with consumer demand for mobile broadband exploding, the FCC is already behind the curve and must keep moving. Outgoing Chairman Julius Genachowski is leaving behind a docket of unfinished business that is critical to promoting mobile market competition and consumer protection. 
 
Spectrum reallocation, mobile handset interoperability and prison phone justice are among a number of pressing problems too critical to delay further. Our diverse panel will identify the most important proceedings and reforms that need to be fast-tracked or finalized, both during and after Commissioner Clyburn’s tenure as Acting Chairman. Please join us for this lively discussion.
 
Follow @OTI and use #FCCtransition to start the conversation online.
 
A light lunch will be provided.

Participants

Rebecca Thompson
General Counsel, Competitive Carriers Association
 
Matt Wood
Policy Director, Free Press
 
Steve Sharkey
Director of Engineering & Technology Policy, T-Mobile
 
Steven Renderos
National Organizer, Center for Media Justice
 
Director, Wireless Future Project, New America Foundation
 
Moderator
Vice President and Director, Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation

Event Time and Location

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 12:15pm - 1:45pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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