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Mountain View, CA, December 18, 2014--"Solving Spectrum Shortages" with cell phone inventor Marty Cooper, wireless researcher Professor Ted Rappaport, policy expert Michael Calabrese and Marconi Young Scholar Felix Gutierrez, will be the first of a series of "Marconi Expertise" webinars on telecommunications and Internet technology and policy issues, sponsored by the Marconi Society. The Webinar takes place January 15, 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. New York, 6 p.m. London.

"We've never had a scarcity of spectrum in the past," notes Cooper, questioning common belief in policy circles. "Technology has always kept up with the increasing needs and most often stayed ahead of these needs." He believes we haven't "exhausted the ability of technology to continue multiplying the available throughput of spectrum," and continues to be optimistic that increased capacity will outpace increased demand.

Professor Ted Rappaport of NYU, a leading researcher on 5G wireless technologies, joins the panel. Rappaport and his students are already testing 28 GHz and other high frequency signals in Manhattan, helping pioneer the technology. Rappaport says, "There's a clear path to multi-gigabit wireless for urban areas."

Dr. Felix Gutierrez, one of Rappaport's students, also joins the discussion. Gutierrez taped out and fabricated the first millimeter wave on-chip antenna in University of Texas history. He was chosen as a Marconi Young Scholar in 2009.

Michael Calabrese is director of the Wireless Future Project, which is part of New America's Open Technology Institute. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee and also served as an invited expert on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) spectrum reform working group during 2011-2012.

Moderator Dave Burstein observes, "Leading engineers and top policy people suggest highly different futures for wireless. The engineers see remarkable progress in wireless technology that has kept up with demand and will likely continue doing so. Policy people point to the large growth in demand from smartphones and worry whether the networks will be congested. This webinar is an attempt to bridge that gap." Burstein is Editor of Fast Net News and has written a book about broadband.

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The webinar series "Marconi Expertise" is an initiative of the Marconi Society to bring the knowledge of the engineering leaders to today's issues. The Marconi Fellows include many of the most honored engineers in the world. The second Webinar, featuring MIMO inventor and entrepreneur Arogyaswami Paulraj, takes place March 6th.

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About the Marconi Society

The Marconi Society was established in 1974 through an endowment set up by Gioia Marconi Braga, daughter of Guglielmo Marconi, the Nobel laureate who invented radio (wireless telegraphy). Through symposia, conferences, forums and publications, the Marconi Society promotes awareness of major innovations in communication theory, technology and applications with particular attention to understanding how they change and benefit society. Additional information can be found

About Marty Cooper

Five decades ago, the only place you could find a commercial wireless telephone was built into the dashboard of an automobile—attached to a trunk full of equipment that the car had to lug around. Motorola's mobile division, led by Marty Cooper, transformed wireless telephony into portable mobile telephony. They revolutionized telecommunications forever by marrying the idea of portability with cellular technology, unveiling the prototype of a hand-held cellular phone in 1973. Then, after a decade of development, tenacity and vision, Motorola marketed the world's first commercial mobile-cellular phone 1983. From the spark of that first 2.5-pound DynaTAC phone, an industry of over 4 billion mobile phones has flourished.

Conceiving the mobile phone is just one of Marty's many product achievements. He has been involved in and contributed to virtually every major innovation in personal-wireless communication—and a few others—over the past five decades. For example, he kick-started the market for quartz watches in the 1960s. In the 1970s, he led the Motorola team that transformed paging from something that worked in single buildings into one that could stretch across cities. That same decade he conceived of the concept of trunked radio (in which callers can use multiple lines to reach other callers, rather than being restricted to using just one particular line) and worked with the FCC to introduce it into the regulatory system.

This revolutionized the land-mobile industry of two-way radio systems (such as those used in police cars and taxis). Then in the 1980s, he and his wife Arlene, and T. Russell Shields launched a billing-software company for the new cellular industry that was later sold to Cincinnati Bell. And in the 1990s, he co-founded ArrayComm, now the world leader in smart antenna technology.

Today, as chairman and co-founder, with his wife, Arlene Harris, of the incubator Dyna LLC, Marty advises companies and the government on a wide variety of telecommunications issues. He is widely recognized as an innovator in spectrum management and has been involved in industry and government efforts to allocate new radio-frequency spectrum for the two-way radio services in the United States.

He has testified before the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Senate. Currently, Marty serves on the FCC's Technological Advisory Council and the U.S. Department of Commerce Spectrum Advisory Committee.

Marty is widely published and continues to write and speak around the world about wireless communications, health care, technological innovation, the Internet, and R&D management. He has received numerous awards, including the 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research and more recently, the 2013 Marconi Prize. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology, which also awarded him an honorary doctorate. He has served on the boards of several public and private companies.


About Professor Ted Rappaport

Theodore (Ted) S. Rappaport is the David Lee/Ernst Weber Chaired Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) and is a Professor of Computer Science at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He is also a Professor of Radiology at the NYU School of Medicine, and serves as the founding director of NYU WIRELESS.

Rappaport is the founder and director of NYU WIRELESS, one of the world's first academic research centers to combine wireless engineering, computer science, and medicine. Earlier in his career, he founded two of the world's largest academic wireless research centers: the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) at the University of Texas at Austin in 2002, and the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG), now known as Wireless@Virginia Tech, in 1990. He has founded two companies, both sold to publicly traded firms that pioneered some of the technologies now used in the wireless industry.

Rappaport is a pioneer in the fields of radio wave propagation for cellular and personal communications, wireless communication system design, and broadband wireless communications circuits and systems at millimeter wave frequencies. His research has influenced many international wireless standard bodies over three decades, and he and his students invented the technology of site-specific radio frequency (RF) channel modeling and design for wireless network deployment – a technology now used routinely throughout the wireless industry. More recently, his work has explored the millimeter wave (mmWave) bands for future broadband access.

Rappaport has served on the Technological Advisory Council of the Federal Communications Commission, assisted the governor and CIO of Virginia in formulating rural broadband initiatives for Internet access, and conducted research for NSF, Department of Defense, and dozens of global telecommunications companies throughout his career. He is one of the most highly cited authors in the wireless field, having published over 200 technical papers and 20 books, and is a highly sought-after expert. He has over 100 patents issued or pending. As a faculty member, Rappaport has advised approximately 100 students who continue to accomplish great things in the communications, electromagnetics, and circuit design fields throughout industry, academia, and government.

About Felix Gutierrez

Felix Gutierrez, recently awarded his PhD at The University of Texas, was named a 2009 Marconi Young Scholar, one of the highest honors available to graduate students working in the telecommunications and the Internet research fields. Gutierrez has been working with in the area of 60 GHz/Millimeter wave RF integrated circuits, and taped out and fabricated the first millimeter wave on-chip antenna in UT's history. He has led a research effort in system-on-a-chip RFIC design and on-chip antenna characterization. In addition to the fabrication of RFICs, Gutierrez's Ph.D. involved developing a far-field antenna measurement system for on-chip antennas using a state-of-the-art probe station. Millimeter wave communications at frequencies of 60 GHz and above are poised to become a vital part of wireless personal area networks in the coming decade, as wireless connectivity replaces wires and optical cables for massively broadband communications and interconnections within a home or office. More about the Marconi Young Scholars Award.

About Michael Calabrese

Michael Calabrese is director of the Wireless Future Project, which is part of New America's Open Technology Institute. He also serves as a senior research fellow affiliated with the Asset Building Program. Mr. Calabrese focuses on developing policies that promote pervasive connectivity, including spectrum policy reform, mobile market competition, wireless broadband deployment and IT investment and innovation more broadly.

Mr. Calabrese currently serves as an appointed member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) since 2009. He also served as an invited expert on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) spectrum reform working group during 2011-2012.

Previously, Mr. Calabrese served as general counsel of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, as director of Domestic Policy Programs at the Center for National Policy, and as pension and employee benefits counsel at the national AFL-CIO.

As an attorney and graduate of both Stanford Business and Law Schools, Mr. Calabrese speaks and writes frequently on issues related to spectrum, wireless broadband, and Internet policy, as well as on pension policy and retirement security. He has co-authored three books and published opinion articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, Slate and other leading outlets.

Contact: Hatti Hamlin