WiFi in Jeopardy: Losing the Signal
Monday, March 14
3:30PM - 4:30PM
110 E 2nd St
Wi-Fi gives us access to the Internet wherever we are, without being tied down by a wire. As long as there’s access to a Wi-Fi router, we’re free to connect throughout our homes, schools, businesses, libraries and even whole communities. And with more users connecting daily, Wi-Fi is at a critical inflection point. Without policies to protect and promote Wi-Fi's continued growth, consumers could be facing slow speeds and spotty access, forcing them to resort back to Ethernet cords or paying for more mobile data in order to connect. Attendees will hear from FCC Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Michael O’Rielly as they discuss what policies are needed to save our Wi-Fi.
WifiForward's Save Our Wi-Fi
Bill Maguire represents WifiForward, a broad coalition of technology companies, communications providers, trade associations and public interest groups. WifiForward works to alleviate the Wi-Fi sp...Show the rest
Bill Maguire represents WifiForward, a broad coalition of technology companies, communications providers, trade associations and public interest groups. WifiForward works to alleviate the Wi-Fi spectrum crunch and to support making Wi-Fi even better by finding more unlicensed spectrum.
Bill serves as Campaign Director for WifiForward's "Save Our Wi-Fi" initiative.
Formerly, Bill served as Chief of Staff for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Through the $4.7 billion BTOP program, NTIA supported the deployment of 100,000 new and upgraded fiber network miles connecting 20,000 anchor institutions, including more than 10,000 K-12 schools.
Bill is a graduate of Reed College and of Union Theological Seminary in New York. Bill’s recent publications include: The Next Gen Classroom: Spectrum Policies for the 21st Century Classroom and FCC’s Healthcare Connect Fund: Key Considerations for Rural Healthcare Consortia.
Federal Communications Commission
Jessica Rosenworcel was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama and on May 7, 2012 was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. Commissione...Show the rest
Jessica Rosenworcel was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama and on May 7, 2012 was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. Commissioner Rosenworcel brings a decade and a half of public sector and private sector communications law experience to her position at the FCC. This experience has shaped her belief that in the 21st century strong communications markets can foster economic growth and security, enhance digital age opportunity, and enrich our civic life.Hide the rest
Federal Communications Commission
Michael O’Rielly was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama on August 1, 2013 and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on October 2...Show the rest
Michael O’Rielly was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama on August 1, 2013 and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on October 29, 2013. He was sworn into office on November 4, 2013. On January 29, 2015, he was sworn into office for a new term, following his re-nomination by the President and confirmation by the United States Senate.
Prior to joining the agency Commissioner O’Rielly served as a Policy Advisor in the Office of the Senate Republican Whip, led by U.S. Senator John Cornyn, since January 2013. He worked in the Republican Whip’s Office since 2010, as an Advisor from 2010 to 2012 and Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director from 2012 to 2013 for U.S. Senator Jon Kyl.
He previously worked for the Republican Policy Committee in the U.S. Senate as a Policy Analyst for Banking, Technology, Transportation, Trade, and Commerce issues from 2009 to 2010. Prior to this, Commissioner O’Rielly worked in the Office of U.S. Senator John Sununu, as Legislative Director from 2007 to 2009, and Senior Legislative Assistant from 2003 to 2007. Before his tenure as a Senate staffer, he served as a Professional Staff Member on the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the United States House of Representatives from 1998 to 2003, and Telecommunications Policy Analyst from 1995 to 1998.
He began his career as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Tom Bliley from 1994 to 1995.
Commissioner O’Rielly received his B.A. from the University of Rochester.Hide the rest