The discussion of 5G rollout has become a crucible for nearly every policy fear and dream. Unlike 2, 3, and 4G upgrades, it subsumes not just wireless policy, but also national security, trade, innovation, cybersecurity, digital divides, and overall competitiveness. But many questions remain to be answered. To what extent are wireless and wireline likely to be substitutes versus complements in a few years, and how does the answer affect an optimal investment strategy? What are the remaining obstacles to rollout, and is it up to wireless providers alone to solve those problems, or are they broader national or international policy issues? Given that building out new technologies is costly, what is the optimal transition timeline – is the country first to 5G necessarily going to be the country that reaps the most benefits from it? Will it really affect rural or low-income connectivity, or are those separate issues? Does the new technology introduce new security concerns? This panel will address these and other connectivity and investment issues.
Confirmed panelists include:
- Rob Alderfer, Vice President, Technology Policy, CableLabs
- Donna Epps, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Strategic Alliances, Verizon Communications
- Dale Hatfield, Executive Fellow, Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship
- Thomas Hazlett, Hugh H. Macaulay Endowed Professor of Economics, John E. Walker Department of Economics, Clemson University
- Amy Yong, Associate Director Equity Research Analyst, Macquarie Bank
- Scott Wallsten (moderator), President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
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