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This session will focus on the domestic and global challenges to spectrum policy. On the domestic front, the panel will discuss what type of policies can be put in place to improve spectrum policy and increase access to Wi-Fi and other similar connectivity technologies. The panelists will also discuss the importance Wi-Fi has education, emergency services, and health care. Globally, this session will cover how changes in technology allow a movement away from spectrum policy primarily dominated by exclusive licensing and to expand the availability of licensed exempt spectrum and hybrid license exempt/licensed models. Participants will share how this change has enabled private companies, NGOs, and communities globally to provide affordable connectivity. The workshop will examine how changes in policy can create new opportunities for affordable and community based wireless, and how this should change the articulation of the public interest standard in the 21st Century.
The goal of this panel is to raise public awareness about the need for more access to unlicensed spectrum in the United States and to provide a better understanding of the importance of spectrum policy globally. The panel will also help equip civil society with information and tools to engage in spectrum policy discussions in their own countries and also in international debates.