Bill Soards, Public policy initiatives and wireless radio spectrum
1211_ 5/23/12 - Wireless radio spectrum is probably the hottest topic in the industry today! Twelve years ago Bill Soards began working with Indiana Bell... aka, Ameritech, SBC and became AT&T over the course of time. But the company has been around over 100 years and Bill has had the opportunity of being in a couple different places. He's been here in Colorado just over three years now, and is the president of AT&T Colorado. As we learned last week, he is also the chairman of the board of the Colorado Technology Association. "A fabulous organization that advocates for all the various software, hardware, IT companies all across the state - it's a great organization to be a part of." he said. The state legislature is wrapping up their activities for the year. Bill said, “AT&T and a number of communications companies and stakeholders across the state were heavily involved this year. They worked to support a piece of legislation called, Senate Bill 157, a kind of telecommunications modernization act of 2012 - but it failed, unfortunately. For the last number of years there's been a lot of conversation about the telecom regulatory environment in Colorado. Most states update their definitions and telecom laws about every two or three years. Unfortunately in Colorado, it's been nearly two decades. That's been the subject of debate for the last two years. There's a lot at stake here, technology and communications are at the heart of our economic engine. Whether it's physical infrastructure or wireless infrastructure, we just need to update our state statutes to recognize that traditional telephone service isn't what it used to be. We need to clean those things up to encourage investment and jobs, and deployment of technology across Colorado. It's a competitive market place and as states and countries all across the world are doing everything possible to try to get infrastructure and broadband dollars into their various locations - we need Colorado to pay more attention to this. Nationally most of the conversation is about wireless. The CDC estimates that nearly 1/3 of Americans no longer have a traditional telephone in their home. We're seeing just amazing growth in wireless. It's not just telephones, it's tablets and GPS devices, it's gaming systems - there's just a massive explosion of all of these new devices that utilize the wireless network and that's causing quite a bit of congestion. Wireless radio spectrum is probably the hottest topic in the industry today.” ...listen now...
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