The Impact of 5G on Current and Emerging Technologies


5G will have the capability to upgrade current bandwidth constraints using a combination of wireless and wireline connections that will allow more devices to be connected using faster data downloads and upload speeds, wider coverage, more stable connections, and less latency over shorter physical distances. This will allow for connections with near zero latency and allow for more connected devices on the same frequencies. This could mean major enhancements for health care applications, industrial equipment, self-driving cars, smart cities, and connected devices. 5G will enhance mobility, Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Voice Command technologies, real-time data analytics that will create the next generation digital transformation.


Shane Tews

President at Logan Circle Strategies

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Shane Tews is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute managing the Global Internet Strategy program that focuses on cyber security and Internet governance as part of AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy. Along with her work at AEI Shane in the President of Logan Circle Strategies working with her clients to create a coordinated public policy approach to Information Communications and Technology policies and cyber security and cyber governance strategies on a global scale. Additionally, Shane manages many of the relationships with Congress, the Administration, Foreign Governments, Think Tanks and Trade Associations on behalf of Vrge Communications. Shane was formerly Vice President of Global Public Policy and Government Relations for Verisign, Inc. where she was responsible for the strategic planning and daily management of the Policy and Government Relations efforts for Verisign globally. Shane represented Verisign’s interest before United States and International government officials in the Information Communications and Technology Sector where she participated in the development of e-commerce policies with International governing bodies, National and State Legislators, International, National and Regional trade associations and Information Technology coalitions. Shane is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Internet Education Foundation and previously served as the co-Chair of the Internet Governance Forum USA (IGF-USA). She is also currently a board member of TechFreedom and GlobalWIN. She formerly sat on several Information Technology Boards including the European American Business Council, the Information Technology Industry Council, the Information Technology Industry Foundation, and the United States Telecommunications Training Institute.


Francella Ochillo

Executive Director, Next Century Cities

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Francella Ochillo is the Executive Director of Next Century Cities, an organization that supports local efforts to expand broadband access. Previously the Vice President of Policy and General Counsel for the National Hispanic Media Coalition, she is a digital rights advocate who is committed to expanding access for unserved and underserved communities. Francella has worked on a variety of technology and telecommunications issues with a specific focus on assessing the impact of policy proposals on marginalized communities. Having worked for more than a decade with government and public interest organizations, she understands the challenges associated with getting various stakeholders to agree on connectivity solutions. Francella helps policymakers and lawmakers understand how broadband access can change socioeconomic outcomes and revitalize communities. It motivates her work to ensure that state and local leaders are given every opportunity to resolve their own connectivity issues and have a voice in shaping federal policies. Francella is based in Washington, DC and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. She earned a B.S. in Marketing from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and a J.D. from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois.

Patricia Paoletta

Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

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Patricia Paoletta is a partner with the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, where she specializes in telecommunications and technology policy, with a focus on spectrum and international market access. Ms. Paoletta provides advice on regulatory policy to clients before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Administration and the International Telecommunication Union. Her clients include providers of mobile broadband and Internet of Things (IoT), including drones and connected cars, satellite services and other international telecommunications. Ms. Paoletta has accrued considerable experience with telecommunications trade and policy in the public sector. She was senior advisor to the International Bureau Chief and Office Director at the Federal Communications Commission. Ms. Paoletta subsequently served as Director of Telecommunications Trade Policy in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President, where she worked on the WTO Information Technology Agreement (ITA) and the Basic Telecommunications Agreement, NAFTA implementation, and bilateral agreements with China, the European Union, Japan, and South Korea. After USTR, Ms. Paoletta served as Majority Counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. She then moved to Level 3 Communications, as Vice President, Government Relations. Ms. Paoletta, who was recently recognized as a “Best Lawyer”, is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA), the USTR Alumni Association, Washington International Trade Association, and Women in Technology. Ms. Paoletta has been on the Board of Advisors for the Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin America Telecom Advisor, Co-Chair of the American Bar Association International Communications Committee, and as a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Technology Policy Committee. She has served as a delegate to numerous meetings of the International Telecommunications Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) and CITEL (the Committee on International Telecommunications at the Organization of American States) PCC-II. Ms. Paoletta has served as the Chair of the FCC’s National Reliability and Interoperability Council (NRIC) Steering Committee and as a Board Member for the Voice on the Net Coalition.

Evan Swarztrauber

Policy Advisor, Federal Communications Commission

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Evan serves as Policy Advisor for media issues to FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr. He also founded and hosts the FCC’s official podcast, “More than Seven Dirty Words.” He joined Commissioner Carr’s office from TechFreedom, where he was Director of Public Affairs. In that role, Mr. Swarztrauber worked on a wide range of issues, including media ownership, video competition, and the broadcast incentive auction. He also managed the organization’s communications and outreach teams, and represented the organization in a diverse array of coalitions. Additionally, he co-founded and hosted the Tech Policy Podcast since its launch in January 2016, and has written articles and conducted interviews on a variety of tech policy matters. Prior to his work at TechFreedom, Mr. Swarztrauber served as a communications staffer in the New York State Assembly, and he worked on various political campaigns in New York City. He received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University.

Sanjay Udani

Vice President, Technology Policy, Verizon Communications

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Sanjay Udani serves as Vice President for Technology Policy in Verizon's Public Policy, Law and Security organization. In that role, Dr. Udani develops and coordinates Verizon's policy positions on emerging services and technologies. He educates internal and external stakeholders, including Members of Congress, the Department of State, the FTC, FCC, DoJ, DoJ, senior Verizon management and Verizon's Board of Directors, on complex technical issues related to the Internet ecosystem. He has also given numerous presentations as an invited speaker to conferences and trade shows including CES. Prior to joining Verizon’s public policy team, Dr. Udani was a lead network architect for Verizon's fiber to the home deployment (FiOS). He holds 12 US patents for his ideas in network resource management, advertising, and privacy, and is a Senior Member of the IEEE. Dr. Udani earned his Ph.D. in Computer Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, along with degrees in Electrical Engineering and also Economics from Wharton. He later taught at Penn as an Adjunct Associate Professor for 13 years. He has been a guest lecturer for courses at the Georgetown and George Mason universities as well as the National Defense University. Dr. Udani's prior work includes designing video processors for Intel.

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