February 2017 Luncheon Meeting

Friday, February 10, 2017

Big changes coming at 3.5 GHz:
The FCC’s new Citizens Broadband Radio Service

Dr. Andrew Clegg, Spectrum Engineering Lead for Google Fiber

In the coming few months, deployments will start happening in the new Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in 3550-3700 MHz. This will be the first foray into multi-tier spectrum sharing, where small cells and point-to-point broadband links will mix it up with aircraft carriers and satellite dishes. Overseeing how CBRS devices will co-exist with military and civilian incumbents will be the job of one or more commercial Spectrum Access Systems, which are (effectively) automated, dynamic, and highly-evolved real-time spectrum managers. This talk will provide some background on the band, what the sharing challenges are, general technical requirements for Spectrum Access Systems, what the CBRS ecosystem will be used for, and how the band will benefit broadband consumers.

Speaker Bio:  Dr. Clegg is presently focused on identifying spectrum sharing opportunities for commercial wireless networks. Prior to joining Google, he served as the spectrum manager for the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) for 11 years. At NSF, he founded the Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum (EARS) program, a $50 million program dedicated to funding academic and small business research focused on improving spectrum efficiency and access. Prior to NSF, he was a Lead Member of Technical Staff at what is now AT&T Mobility. He has over 20 years’ experience in national and international spectrum management for both government and commercial applications, and was a member of the U.S. delegation to two World Radiocommunication Conferences.

Andy holds a PhD in radio astronomy (major) and electrical engineering (minor) from Cornell University, and a BA in physics and astronomy, with highest distinction, from the University of Virginia. He is also an extra class amateur radio operator (call sign W4JE).

Reception 11:45 AM with Lunch beginning at 12:30 PM

Luncheon meetings are open only to AFCCE members and their guests. The cost of the luncheon is $45.00 per person or $55.00 for reservations not received prior to the deadline.

Please RSVP online with the form below by 5 pm Monday, February 6th.  RSVP directly to John Reiser by phone at (703) 780-4824, or email rsvp@afcce.org.

Lunch menu:

  • Main Course (Select one )
    • Pork Champignon
    • Baked Stuffed Chicken Breast
    • Salmon
    • Stir-Fry Vegetables (Vegan)
  • Caesar Salad
  • Pasta
  • New York Style Cheesecake

All reservations requests and online payments will be confirmed by an email message or phone call. If you do not receive a confirmation email please email rsvp@afcce.org to verify it was received.

Meeting Location
Holiday Inn at Key Bridge
1900 North Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, VA 22209
If you are driving, the Holiday Inn provides free parking.
The Holiday Inn is two blocks north of the Rosslyn Metro Station – Orange, Blue and Silver lines. Exit the station through the “back door” (up the stairs) and turn right onto North Fort Myer Drive.
Map & Directions

If you have special dietary requirements or allergies, please send a separate email to rsvp@afcce.org.