On January 22, the Internet Innovation Alliance hosted an event on the voluntary auction of the 2.5 GHz EBS (Educational Broadband Service) spectrum band. For over 50 years, the FCC has intended the 2.5 GHz band to be used primarily for educational purposes 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.

IIA Honorary Chairman Rick Boucher offered welcome remarks and hosted a fireside chat with FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. The chat was followed by an in-depth panel discussion featuring Claude Aiken, President & CEO, Wireless Internet Service Providers Association; Fred Campbell (event moderator), Director, Tech Knowledge; Debbie Goldman, Telecommunications Policy Director, Communications Workers of America; Zach Leverenz, Founder & CEO, EveryoneOn; Katherine Messier, Director of Development, North American Catholic Educational Programming Foundation; and Peter Pitsch, Intel Consultant, Former Associate General Counsel, Intel.

Speaker biographies are available here.

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