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http://www.fcc.gov/Speeches/Powell/2002/spmkp212.html Remarks of Michael K. Powell Chairman Federal Communications Commission at the Silicon Flatirons Telecommunications Program University of Colorado at Boulder “BROADBAND MIGRATION III: NEW DIRECTIONS IN WIRELESS POLICY” October 30, 2002 [as prepared for delivery] I. Introduction Good afternoon. I want to thank Professor Phil Weiser and the Silicon Flatirons Telecommunications Program for inviting me to Boulder. I can think of no better place than the foothills of the Rockies to talk about -- what else -- the broad new vistas and open spaces in spectrum policy presented by technological innovation. The mountains we must climb to achieve these opportunities are indeed steep and the climb is long and demanding – but like all accomplishments it begins with a single step. Today I would like to begin that process by setting out some of my thoughts about the next generation of spectrum policy. Spectrum policy reform is a crucial initiative. Effective spectrum policy is essential to traditional spectrum- based services, such as mobile phones and Direct Broadcast Satellite. However, the rewards of sound spectrum policies go far beyond traditional stakeholders – they are integral parts of the long term success of FCC initiatives in Broadband, Competition Policy, Media Regulation, and Homeland Security. Ultimately, like all of our focus areas, spectrum policy must strive to maximize the unique benefits offered by spectrum-based services and devices to the American people. II. Spectrum Policy: At the Center of Other Policy Objectives First, let me explain how our spectrum policy reform initiatives further the Commission’s other important objectives. A little over a year ago, I outlined a 5-pronged agenda that would guide the FCC’s work and our role in the “Digital Broadband Migration.” That is, breakthroughs in technology will drive an exodus from existing analog platforms to digital architecture. The new networks would be more efficient and provide opportunities for an expanded array of applications and communications services for consumers. The notion of migration was that the transition would be long, and perhaps arduous, but was nonetheless essential for survival. In addressing this migration, I outlined five specific areas for Commission attention: (1) Broadband Deployment, (2) Competition Policy, (3) Re-examination of the Foundations of Media Regulation, (4) Homeland Security, and, our focus today, (5) Spectrum Policy. When we improve the way that spectrum is regulated – increasing access, availability, and efficiency – our other four initiatives are also advanced. Here are just a few potential examples: Broadband Deployment: Spectrum-based paths to homes and businesses hold great promise for the delivery of high speed internet. These paths ride on a variety of platforms: fixed and mobile, terrestrial and satellite, licensed and unlicensed./ Competition Policy: Consumers are beginning to “cut the cord.” Consumers, especially university
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