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Can a Voluntary Auction of the 2.5 GHz EBS Spectrum Band Help Close the Homework Gap?

Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM (EST)

Can a Voluntary Auction of the 2.5 GHz EBS Spectrum...

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Featuring a Fireside Chat with FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

and Congressman Rick Boucher


January 22, 2019
10:00 a.m. ET


National Press Club / First Amendment Lounge
529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045


*Coffee and continental breakfast will be available starting at 9:30am ET*



Welcome & Introductions: Congressman Rick Boucher, IIA Honorary Chairman


SESSION 1: Honoring the History of the Educational Broadband Service Spectrum Band with Smart Use Today

Fireside Chat with FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworceland Congressman Rick Boucher


SESSION 2: Using 2.5 GHz Auction Proceeds to Advance 5G and Educational Uses of Broadband for America’s Children

Panel moderated by Fred Campbell, Director, Tech Knowledge

  • Claude Aiken, President & CEO, Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA)
  • Debbie Goldman, Telecommunications Policy Director, Communications Workers of America (CWA)
  • Zach Leverenz, Founder & CEO, EveryoneOn
  • Katherine Messier, Director of Development, North American Catholic Educational Programming Foundation
  • Peter Pitsch, Intel Consultant, Former Associate General Counsel, Intel



The 2.5 GHz band is the largest band of contiguous spectrum below 3 GHz. It’s highly suitable for next-generation mobile and fixed broadband services, including 5G. For over 50 years, the FCC has intended the 2.5 GHz band to serve primarily an educational purpose by placing certain restrictions on licenses in this band – but much of the 2.5 GHz band lies underutilized and unused throughout the U.S.

The idea of an incentive auction for the spectrum gained momentum when it was recently embraced by FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who said that “we need to move beyond the status quo in the 2.5 GHz band. We need to find a way to honor the educational history of this spectrum and make more effective use in the present.” Following an auction, spectrum would contribute to closing the “Homework Gap” – the fact that up to one in three households do not subscribe to broadband service while most teachers assign homework involving an online component. As many as 12 million children would benefit from closing this gap.



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National Press Club
529 14th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20045

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM (EST)

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Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA)

The Internet Innovation Alliance was founded in 2004 and is a broad-based coalition supporting broadband availability and access for all Americans, including underserved and rural communities. It aims to ensure every American, regardless of race, income or geography, has access to this critical tool. The IIA seeks to promote public policies that leverage the power of entrepreneurs and the market to achieve universal broadband availability and adoption.

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