High-speed mobile broadband networks are being deployed across the U.S., creating transformative opportunities for all parts of the U.S. economy. Two sectors in particular are likely to benefit from the increased capacity, high reliability, and minimal latency that 5G networks offer: digital manufacturing and the provision of state-of-the-art healthcare.
The sixth annual spectrum technology and policy workshop will examine how 5G technology can enable new methods of healthcare delivery while also bringing new digital manufacturing jobs to areas nationwide. Two moderated expert panel discussions will examine how 5G differs from previous generations of wireless technologies, the network characteristics most beneficial to manufacturers and health care providers, and the role of complementary technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI).
Discussion topics include:
How mission-critical, ultra-reliable, low-latency communication networks can spur the proliferation of remote and robotic surgery;
Ways in which 5G networks can support telemedicine solutions in rural areas;
Opportunities for 5G networks to catalyze medical research;
Scenarios in which 5G and AI can make the provision and consumption of healthcare services more efficient;
How 5G networks can produce a more efficient manufacturing process; more more closely linking customers, suppliers, and manufacturers through artificial intelligence, data analytics, and real time machine learning;
The unique, industry-specific functionalities 5G network slicing can create in combination with cloud-based platforms that support design, production, sales, and distribution;
The public policy framework needed to harness the power of 5G for both the U.S. healthcare and manufacturing sectors.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Panel Discussion – Can Existing Federal Policies Keep Pace with Technology Innovation in the U.S.? An Evaluation of the U.S. Policy Framework for 5G and Complementary Technologies
High-speed mobile broadband networks and technologies such as AI are being deployed across the U.S., creating transformative opportunities for all parts of the U.S. economy. This panel will explore whether federal policies for spectrum allocation and licensing, infrastructure deployment and competition, and policies related to complementary technologies will enable or thwart these opportunities to increase the U.S.’ competitiveness and economic growth.
Moderator: Carolyn Brandon, Senior Industry and Innovation Fellow, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
Michael Mandel, Chief Economic Strategist, Progressive Policy Institute
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Georgetown’s metro-accessible downtown location
640 Massachusetts Avenue NW