BOF: The New 4G: the FCC decision and use of White Spaces

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BOF: The New 4G: the FCC decision and use of White Spaces

On one of the mail lists I participate in the conversation has been intriguing about what technology is the right technology for TV White Space.  WiMAX, WiFi and LTE advocates which can normally find detante' showing different ecosystems.  The opportunity with White Space represents a different kind of opportunity, because it is unlicensed Spectrum.

On Wednesday at the Conference we are running a BOF about the White Space where we look at it not from the technology alone but from the business model.

Does the concept of a service provider matter, or will we get a wider ability to mesh as end users? 

Where and When should we expect solutions in the market place? 

You can join us remotely by clicking here

Barlow Keener will moderate. 

Jack Unger
President of Ask-Wi.Com, Inc.

Jack Unger founded the company in 1993 after working for 14 years in the Silicon Valley telecom industry for ROLM, IBM, Siemens and NEC. has been serving the broadband wireless community for the past 17 years. Mr. Unger deployed one of the world's first wireless ISPs (WISPs) in Silicon Valley 1995. He has personally has trained over 3500 wireless personnel and he wrote the first handbook for the WISP industry, "Deploying License-Free Wireless Wide-Area Networks", which was published by Cisco Press in 2003. Mr. Unger is serving his 4th-term as a Director on the Board of the Wireless ISP Association (WISPA) and is serving his third term as Chair of WISPA's FCC Committee, which guides WISPA's advocacy and lobbying efforts on TV White Space and other FCC issues of importance to the WISP industry.

Fanny Mlinarsky


Fanny Mlinarsky is the founder of octoScope. She brings a powerful combination of in-depth technical knowledge and business acumen. With 26 years of experience in progressively influential technology roles with companies including Agilent and Teradyne, she has developed hardware and software, managed R&D teams and founded Azimuth Systems, a successful VC funded wireless test equipment company. Fanny has a BS/EE and BA/CS from Columbia University with some graduate work at MIT. She holds 5 patents. In 2004, Fanny received a Woman to Watch award from Mass High Tech.

Fanny Mlinarsky is the founder of octoScope.

In 2001 she founded Azimuth, the leading provider of Wi-Fi, WiMAX and LTE test equipment, and served as the company's Chief Technology Officer for five years.

Before founding Azimuth, she managed the Agilent Handheld Tester business unit formed through the acquisition of Scope Communications. Prior to that, she was VP of Engineering at Scope, where she led the development of the technology that was acquired by HP/Agilent.

Brough Turner

Brough Turner is the founder of netBlazr Inc., a radically new form of wireless ISP. Our motto: Free your broadband! Check us out. Previously he was co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Natural MicroSystems and NMS Communications.  After NMS was split up and sold off, Brough consulted to Dialogic as their Chief Strategy Officer for most of 2009.

Brough has a long history with telecom and the Internet, beyond what's mentioned in his LinkedIn bio.  He entered the telecom industry when some friends and I started  Natural MicroSystems in 1983.

Barlow Keener

Barlow Keener has been specializing in communications law and its development for over 15 years. Barlow represents competing telecommunications providers (including firms using wired and wireless technologies) in state and federal regulatory matters. He negotiates interconnection agreements and handles issues involving universal service, pricing, tariffs, and other matters, as well as representing various Internet-related entities in regulatory matters and issues relating to rights management, privacy, and internet video. Barlow also handles matters related to inter-carrier compensation, providing advice and analysis regarding compliance with the Carrier Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) and CNPI rules, interpreting court orders, FCC orders, and tariffs to determine precise costs of network configuration, and negotiating interconnection agreements. In addition, Barlow works on matters related to start-up firms in the telecom, wireless, and internet sectors including incorporation and general corporate governance.


Barlow was the legal counsel and CEO of a facilities-based voice and data CLEC, General Counsel at CSA, Inc., a video advertising-focused consumer products company, and General Attorney at BellSouth Telecommunications.  He is a member of the Massachusetts, Georgia, and Florida bar associations. 


Barlow has spoken at numerous telecommunications conferences on the regulatory and legal issues related to femtocells and Fixed Mobile Convergence (FCM) issues.


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