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Enabling Smart Cities with Infrastructure and Policy

May 20, 2016

The 2016 GCTC Expo, convened by NIST and US Ignite, will showcase GCTC Action Clusters and feature speakers and panelists on a wide range of smart city topics. Experts from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and NTIA's Institute for Telecommunication Sciences will host a panel to discuss how they’re leading cutting-edge research on spectrum sharing and interference, helping communities expand their broadband infrastructure, and developing policies that foster innovation.

What will happen to a city’s wireless spectrum resources when millions of smart devices are brought online? How can cities ensure that residents and businesses are able to take advantage of the latest smart technologies? This panel will cover how laying the right infrastructure and policy groundwork can enable smart cities to flourish.

WHEN: Monday, June 13, 2016; from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT
WHERE: Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas, 78701
REGISTER: You may register using this link.

Moderator: Derek Khlopin, Senior Advisor, Office of the Assistant Secretary, National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Derek Khlopin advises the Assistant Secretary and NTIA Administrator principally on matters involving spectrum policy and management. Additionally, Mr. Khlopin acts as the liaison between NTIA’s Office of the Assistant Secretary and its Office of Spectrum Management. Prior to NTIA, Mr. Khlopin most recently led the North America government affairs activities for Nokia Solutions and Networks (now Nokia Networks), with responsibility for developing and implementing the company’s regulatory and policy strategy. He represented the company in the U.S. before the Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Executive branch, and other government agencies, as well as in industry forums. Previously he was the director of regulatory and industry affairs for Nokia. Mr. Khlopin has also headed the regulatory and legal advocacy efforts of the Telecommunications Industry Association and its information and communications technology member companies. He started his career as an attorney in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau of the FCC. Mr. Khlopin has held leadership positions in industry associations, including chairing the Government Affairs Council of the Consumer Technology Association, and professional organizations, including serving as a co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s wireless practice committee. He earned a J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America, with a certification from its Institute for Communications Law Studies.

Panelist: Jean Rice, Senior Broadband Program Specialist, BroadbandUSA

Jean Rice works with federal agencies and national associations on new broadband initiatives, including tribal connectivity and broadband summit, dig-once, broadband and economic development, community connectivity indices and public private partnerships.  For NTIA’s Recovery Act grant program, Ms. Rice worked with over $700 million in grants to deploy broadband networks in tribal, rural and underserved areas. She is a member of the Federal Smart Grid Task Force.  Previously, Ms. Rice was CEO of the telecommunications consulting firm for governments Rice, Williams Associates.

Panelist: Rebecca Dorch, Senior Spectrum Policy Analyst, Institute for Telecommunication Sciences

Rebecca Dorch serves as Senior Spectrum Policy Analyst at the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences, focusing on spectrum sharing. Prior to joining NTIA this year, Ms. Dorch served for thirteen years as the Western Region Director of the Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau, overseeing resolution of harmful interference affecting communications infrastructure. Ms. Dorch was previously involved in policy and rulemaking matters as Deputy Chief of the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology, and in legal and competition matters as Deputy Chief of the Competition Division of the FCC’s Office of General Counsel. Ms. Dorch began her career in private law practice with the firms of Bryan Cave, and Wilner and Scheiner. She earned her JD at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, and her BA (Phi Beta Kappa) at the University of Illinois.

Panelist: Andrew Catellier, Electronics Engineer, Institute for Telecommunication Sciences

Andrew Catellier has been an electronics engineer with the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences for nine years. His specialty is signal processing and measuring audio and video quality of experience using subjective experiments, but he keeps a keen eye on new technologies and emerging challenge areas. Andrew is always looking for new ways to apply his University of Wyoming education and work experience—the quickly-changing telecom industry proves to be full of opportunities.

Panelist: Rangam Subramanian, Lead Technology and Spectrum Policy Strategist, National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Rangam Subramanian is a technology strategy, spectrum policy, business development and general management professional, with more than 25 years of experience in Information and Telecommunications Technology. Dr. Subramanian is focused on wireless spectrum strategy, policies and the related rulemaking to enable collaborative next generation technology innovation, development and implementation. He is also leading the Model City program. Prior to joining the NTIA, Dr. Subramanian served the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), as a Chief of Wireless Technology and Business Strategy. He is a serving co-chair for the White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), National Information Technology R&D (NITRD) initiated Wireless Spectrum Sharing R&D (WSRD), Inter-Agency Working Group (IWG).  Dr. Subramanian holds a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a PhD in Computer Science & Systems Engineering from Oakland University.