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National Forum on Public Safety Spectrum Management

A Public Meeting to Address the President's Memorandum on Spectrum Policy
February 10-11, 2004
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC
Hosted by U.S. Department of Commerce,
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)




Agenda for Tuesday, February 10, 2004
7:00 a.m. Sign-up/Informal Networking
7:50 a.m. Call to Order
Mr. Don Speights, Chief, Public Safety Division, NTIA
7:55 a.m. Posting of Colors and Pledge of Allegiance
U.S. Park Police (District of Columbia)
Introduction of Keynotes
Mr. Michael Gallagher, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information
Keynote Address
Dr. Samuel W. Bodman, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Commerce
Kathleen Q. Abernathy, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
8:30 a.m. Networking Break
8:50 a.m. Overview of the President's Memorandum and Department of Commerce (DOC) Approach
Mr. Fred Wentland, Associate Administrator, NTIA, Office of Spectrum Management
Question and Answer Session on the President's Memorandum and DOC Approach
Mr. Fred Wentland, Associate Administrator, NTIA, Office of Spectrum Management
10:15 a.m. CAG Briefing and Forum Activities
Mr. Don Speights, Chief, Public Safety Division, NTIA
11:30 a.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:00 p.m. Breakout Session #1
(See Appendix for room assignments and further details)
Upon arrival, each participant will be assigned to one of the four tracks.  Each track will include, and therefore each attendee will participate in, all four of the objective discussions.  The tracks are designed to maintain an equal number of participants in each discussion section.
2:50 p.m. Networking Break
3:10 p.m. Breakout Session #2
(See Appendix for room assignments and further details)
5:00 p.m. Adjourn
Mr. Don Speights, Chief, Public Safety Division, NTIA


Agenda for Wednesday, February 11, 2004
7:00 a.m. Sign-up/Informal Networking
8:00 a.m. Recap of Previous Day and Established Best Practices
Mr. Don Speights, Chief, Public Safety Division, NTIA
8:30 a.m. Breakout Session #1
( See Appendix for room assignments and further details)
10:10 a.m. Networking Break
10:20 a.m. Breakout Session #2
(See Appendix for room assignments and further details)
Noon Lunch (on your own)
1:30 p.m. A Town Hall Discussion on the Presidential Initiative
Mr. Michael Gallagher, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information
Mr. Ed Thomas, Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, FCC
2:15 p.m. Recap of Top Issues Discussed
Mr. Don Speights, Chief, Public Safety Division, NTIA
2:30 p.m. Option Finder Survey
4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks


Appendix-Breakout Session Details
Session space Start Time space Blue Track

Blue Room
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Red Track

Hampton Room

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Green Track

Governors Room
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Yellow Track

Capitol
Room

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Day 1
Breakout #1 1:00 p.m. Objective 1 Objective 2 Objective 3 Objective 4
Breakout #2 3:10 p.m. Objective 2 Objective 3 Objective 4 Objective 1
Day 2
Breakout #1 8:30 a.m. Objective 3 Objective 4 Objective 1 Objective 2
Breakout #2 10:20 a.m. Objective 4 Objective 1 Objective 2 Objective 3

Objective 1-Determining Spectrum Requirements
This working group will discuss the objective develop means to address critical spectrum needs of national and homeland security, public safety, federal transportation infrastructure, and science.  Topics for discussion will include the requirements identification process, the spectrum requirements definition process, and suggested improvements for both processes.  The goal of this working group will be to define the ideal process for determining spectrum requirements.

Objective 2-Spectrum Management Process
This working group will discuss the objective facilitate a modernized and improved spectrum management system.  Topics for discussion will include user activities, frequency coordinator activities, FCC activities, the frequency assignment process, and the possibility of a single spectrum management agency.  The goal of this working group is to define an ideal state and local public safety spectrum management process.

Objective 3-Spectrum Efficiency and Beneficial Use
This working group will discuss the objective facilitate policy changes to create incentives for more efficient and beneficial use of spectrum and to provide a higher degree of predictability and certainty in the spectrum management process.  Topics for discussion will include the narrowbanding mandate, secondary markets, ultra wideband technologies, and general interference.  The goal of this working group is to define spectral efficiency and beneficial use, and find methods to best improve efficiency and predictability.

Objective 4-Deployment of New Technologies
This working group will discuss the objective develop policy tools to streamline the deployment of new and expanded services and technologies, while preserving national and homeland security and public safety, and encouraging scientific research.  Topics for discussion will include software defined radio, third-generation cellular technology, and digital television.  The goal of this working group is to determine the safest and most effective approach for the deployment of new technologies.

 
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