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Agenda for Forum on Future of Wireless Band Plans

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Released: July 12, 2012

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July 12, 2012
Cecilia Sulhoff: 202-418-0587




Washington, D.C.: The Commission today announced the agenda for the Forum on the
Future of Wireless Band Plans being held on Monday, July 16, 2012. This forum will serve to
launch a continuing dialogue between the Commission and key industry stakeholders and will
explore the technological issues affecting wireless band plan design. The forum will include
discussions on the impact of developments in filter technology on band planning, LTE trends and
their implications for future band plans, and network operator perspectives on band plan design.
9:30 AM

Opening Remarks

Julius Genachowski, Chairman, FCC

Introductory Remarks

Marty Cooper, Chairman & Co-Founder, Dyna LLC
9:50 AM

Filter Design Tutorial

William Mueller, Strategic Marketing Manager, Avago
10:15 AM

Panel #1:

Filter Technology and its Impact
Michael Ha, Electronics Engineer, Office of Engineering & Technology, FCC
on Band Planning
Walter Johnston, Chief, ECD, Office of Engineering & Technology, FCC
Arthur S. Morris III, Chief Technical Officer, WiSpry
Benjamin Abbott, Corporate Fellow, TriQuint Semiconductor
Gene Tkachenko, Senior Director of Engineering, Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
William Mueller, Strategic Marketing Manager, Avago
Jeff Shamblin, Chief Scientist, Ethertronics
11:30 AM Lunch Break
12:45 PM

FCC Thoughts on Future Band Plans Presentation

1:00 PM

Panel #2:

LTE Trends and their
Implications on Band Planning
Chris Helzer, Electronics Engineer, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, FCC
Brian Daly, Director in Office of CTO-Strategic Standards, AT&T
Stephen Wilkus, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Alcatel Lucent
Erika Tejedor, Senior Systems Management Engineer, Ericsson
Bill Aberth, Chief Technical Officer, Motorola Mobility
Al Jette, Head of North America Industry Environment, Nokia Siemens Network
Peter Gaal, Principal Engineer, Qualcomm
2:00 PM

Panel #3:

Network Operator
Perspectives on Band Plan
Tom Peters, Chief Engineer, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, FCC
Brian Markwalter, VP of Technology & Standards, Consumer Electronics
Iyad Tarazi, Vice President of Network Development & Engineering, Sprint
George Harter, Director of Access Development, Clearwire
Dan Wilson, Principal Engineer, T-Mobile
Tom Sawanobori, Vice President, Technology, Verizon
Doug Hyslop, Rural Cellular Association Representative
3:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Julie Knapp, Chief, Office of Engineering & Technology, FCC

The workshop will begin at 9:30 am and will be held in the Commission Meeting Room at
the FCC’s headquarters in Washington, DC. It is free and open to the public, with seating
available on a first-come, first-served basis. The forum will be broadcast live over the Internet.
You can view the forum at the day of the event. Questions from the
Internet audience can be submitted via email to
Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request.
Please include a description of the accommodation you will need. Individuals making such
requests must include their contact information should FCC staff need to contact them for more
information. Requests should be made as early as possible. Please send an e-mail
to or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau: 202-418-0530 (voice),
202-418-0432 (TTY).

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