The Race between Mobile Services and Spectrum Demand: Enabling Legacy Transitions and New Approaches in the U.S., Japan, and S. Korea

James Miller, Esq., Senior Attorney Advisor,Federal Communications Commission

The explosive demand for mobile services comes at a price.  Satisfying the spectrum needs of mobile providers piles on to the existing “spectrum crunch” and requires us to reevaluate the spectrum needs of services with even hundred year pedigrees. As TV shifts to digital, countries are using various reallocations, transitions, and repacking attempts to free up spectrum for mobile communications. Many innovative and disruptive mobile communications services rely on Internet-Protocol based data communications and compete directly with other traditional forms of communications. Disaster response events in 2011 demonstrated the promise of social media and other Internet-based technologies, but non-IP based technology and other “legacy” technology, played important roles in these events as well.

As Senior Attorney Advisor in the Office of Engineering and Technology at the Federal Communications Commission, Mr. Miller focuses on regulatory and policy matters related to spectrum and Internet technology.  As Adjunct Professor of Law at the American University, Washington College of Law, he teaches U.S.-Japan Comparative Law and develops programs focused on East-Asia and technology.  Mr. Miller is also an Affiliated Research Fellow of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information at the Columbia Business School.  From 2004-2006, Mr. Miller was a Mansfield Fellow, exploring Japanese regulatory policies for broadband technology and the information society.  He worked closely with the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Radio Policy Bureau (MIC), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Office of Senior-Vice Minister Yoshitaka SAKURADA, and the Tokyo District and High Court's Administrative Litigation and  Intellectual Property Sections.  He is a cum laude graduate of the Washington College of Law, American University, and holds a bachelors degree in Economics and East-Asian studies (honors) from the University of Kansas.  He is bilingual in Japanese and English and frequently speaks and publishes in Japanese for business, legal, and technical audiences in Japan.

Thursday, October 27, 2011 | 4:15 pm — 5:30 pm
Skilling Auditorium, Stanford University

US-Asia Technology Management Center