It's snowing in Boston and my American flight has been cancelled but Virgin America claims their 8:35am flight is going to leave on time. So here I am in the Virgin gate area. Wish me luck.
At this point there are a ton of people I'm hoping to hook up with at eComm 2009. The agenda looks really good. And, of course I'm looking forward to good discussions around two favorite policy topics: broadband access and wireless spectrum.
My talk on Wednesday is: Structural Bypass: A simple, proven path to “Real Broadband.”
While the US struggles to define "broadband," high speed Internet access (100 Mbps & above) is widely available at modest cost in several countries and quite a few more cities. So far, US political discussion has largely neglected these successes. Brough will point out what's common among diverse international success stories and propose a path for the US that has proven to work elsewhere, despite established monopolies and political processes dominated by vested interests.
On Thursday, I've organized a panel entitled: Spectrum 2.0 - What's really happening?
WiFi, UltraWideBand and now TV White Spaces represent new commons-based approaches to radio spectrum regulation. While some advocate commons-based approaches for all wireless spectrum, that's hardly acceptable to broadcasters or the mobile phone industry. By questioning a diverse panel of industry experts, we will expose the roots of today's controversy - technical, commercial and political - and see what's likely to occur over the next two to five years and in the long term.
If you're attending, please say hello.