[Cu-wireless] request for interview; introduction

Matt Barranca Barranca at newamerica.net
Fri Feb 20 13:45:23 CST 2004

Please allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Matt Barranca and I'm a researcher with the New America Foundation's spectrum policy program (www.spectrumpolicy.org). We produce public policy research and writing on public airwave regulation and allocation. One of our interests is the role of unlicensed spectrum as a means to providing broadband Internet access to underserved communities.  We've published a number of papers which might be of interest to you (links below) and I'd like to set up a time to discuss your activities.  

We're in the process of writing a paper (a collaboration with MIT Economists William Lehr and Sharon Eisner Gillet) on the economics of unlicensed spectrum as a last mile solution.  Your community mesh network might make an interesting case study for that paper, as we are profiling recent success stories and novel deployments.  We are also hosting a one-day conference in Washington DC on April 16, 2004, and depending on how far along your project is, there may be a speaking spot available, should you like to provide a "show-and-tell" presentation to our congressional, FCC, and telecom policy audience.  I'd love to set up a time to speak with Sascha Meinrath, should he be available.  I'll be in the office for the rest of the afternoon, as well as all next week, should there be a convenient time for me to call.  BTW -- the Spectrum Policy Program receives partial funding for our activities from the Open Society Institute.  

Some articles of interest:

"Radio Revolution: The Coming Age of Unlicensed Wireless," By Kevin Werbach, New America Foundation 
December 15, 2003 (http://www.newamerica.net/index.cfm?pg=article&pubID=1427)

"Spectrum Reform an Urgent U.S. Priority," By Michael Calabrese, Vice President 
The Hill , February 4, 2004 (http://www.newamerica.net/index.cfm?pg=article&pubID=1473)

"A Private Windfall for Public Property," By Michael Calabrese Vice President, New America Foundation and Norman Ornstein Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, The Washington Post, August 12, 2003 (http://www.newamerica.net/index.cfm?pg=article&pubID=1322)

"Breaking the Chains: Unlicensed Spectrum as a Last-Mile Broadband Solution," By James H. Johnston and J.H. Snider, New America Foundation 
June 1, 2003 (http://www.newamerica.net/index.cfm?pg=article&pubID=1250)


Matt Barranca
Program Associate
New America Foundation
1630 Connecticut Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC 20009 
(202) 986-2700 ext 315
(202) 986-3696 - fax 
barranca at newamerica.net

"Radio Revolution: The Coming Age of Unlicensed Wireless," by Kevin Werbach, is now available at http://www.spectrumpolicy.org

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