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25th Anniversary of FCC Decision Enabling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

25th Anniversary of FCC Decision Enabling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
A series of posts describing how this all came about. (Click on picture above)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

National Center for Technology and Law
George Mason School of Law


An Information Economy Project Conference

George Mason University School of Law
3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia

Friday, April 4, 2008

Charles Jackson, Conference Coordinator
Thomas W. Hazlett, IEP Director
Drew Clark, IEP Assistant Director

Unlicensed wireless has become an industry, with hundreds of millions of radios in use today. These devices range from short-range wireless computer keyboards to microwave links with ranges of several miles. Among the most well known are wireless local area networks (WLANs) often referred to as Wi-Fi or 802.11.

This conference will review the development of unlicensed wireless policy with the goal of assisting scholars in understanding how the current unlicensed policies came into being. It looks at the interplay between regulation and innovation and examines policy initiatives from industry and from inside the government. It also reviews technological and market responses to changes in regulation.

The speakers include several individuals who were deeply involved with the development of unlicensed policy and of standards and devices that operated under that policy.

This conference should prove informative to people interested in either spectrum policy generally or unlicensed wireless in particular. It may also interest students of regulation, innovation, or, more widely, law and economics.

8:15 a.m.

Informal Breakfast

Welcome: THOMAS HAZLETT, George Mason University School of Law (Bio)

8:30 a.m.

Morning Keynote: "Wi-Fi and Bluetooth - The Path from Carter and Reagan-era Faith in Deregulation to Widespread Products Impacting Our World"
, former FCC Engineer and Policy-Maker (Bio)

Introduction by MARK FOWLER , Federal Communications Commission Chairman, May 1981 - April 1987

9:15 a.m.

Panel 1: Policy Development
Moderated by CHUCK JACKSON, Adjunct Professor, George Washington University, (Bio)

"Unlicensed to Kill: a Brief History of the FCC Part 15 Rules"
KENNETH R. CARTER, Senior Consultant at wik-Consult GmbH (Bio)

"Unleashing Innovation: Making the FCC User-Friendly"
STEPHEN J. LUKASIK, first Chief Scientist, FCC (Bio)

"Grazing on the Commons: The Emergence of Part 15,"

10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.

Panel 2: Market Development
Moderated by ANTHONY TOWNSEND, Institute for the Future (Bio)

"History of Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) in the Unlicensed Bands"
KEVIN NEGUS, engineer and venture capital partner, and AL PETRICK, (Bio)

"Unlicensed: The case of Wi-Fi"

"Broadband Access in Unlicensed Bands for Fun & Profit"

12:15 p.m. Lunch

Luncheon Keynote: "What Went Wrong with U-PCS"

1:30 p.m.

Concluding Remarks

1:45 p.m. Adjourn

When: Friday, April 4, 2008, 8:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Where: George Mason University School of Law, Room 225, 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201 (Orange Line: Virginia Square-GMU Metro). Admission is free, but seating is limited.
Because of construction, parking is tight. See http://www.law.gmu.edu/geninfo/parking.
See IEP Web page: http://iep.gmu.edu.

To reserve your spot, please email Drew Clark: iep.gmu@gmail.com.

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