FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2021

Contact:
Oliver F. Hays
Phillips Lytle LLP
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PHILLIPS LYTLE LLP ATTORNEY JOEL L. THAYER TO PARTICIPATE AS PANELIST AT AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE EVENT TITLED, “SPECTRUM SHARING AND MAXIMIZING FUTURE TECH: A CONVERSATION WITH FCC COMMISSIONER BRENDAN CARR”

Washington, D.C. – Phillips Lytle LLP Attorney Joel L. Thayer will participate as a panelist at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) event titled, “Spectrum Sharing and Maximizing Future Tech: A Conversation With FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr.” Mr. Thayer will participate in a panel discussion on the international, federal, state and technical uses for spectrum that call for updated spectrum policies. This program will be held virtually via Zoom on Thursday, January 14, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

As demand grows for more capable networks, optimizing wireless spectrum — the ranges of radio waves used for wireless communication — is important for America’s digital future. Reallocating spectrum for commercial and government use has been a top priority in recent years. This means working with international, federal and state officials to reallocate spectrum to those who can make better use of it, maximizing the potential of this limited resource. How have the many government agencies involved tackled this issue? And what are the best practices that government and commercial users should abide by moving forward?

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr joins AEI’s Shane Tews to discuss how coordination with state and local governments, new licensing proposals and fewer regulatory barriers are crucial for maximizing spectrum efficiency. A recording of the event is available here.

Mr. Thayer focuses his practice on telecommunications, regulatory and transactional matters, as well as privacy and cybersecurity issues. He has represented clients in front of myriad legal and regulatory fora, including the FCC, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and federal administrative agencies. Mr. Thayer has also represented amicus curiae before the United States Supreme Court and advised technology companies on the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. Additionally, Mr. Thayer’s practice extends to matters concerning both administrative and constitutional law.

Prior to joining Phillips Lytle, Mr. Thayer served as Policy Counsel for ACT | The App Association, where he advised on legal and policy issues related to antitrust, telecommunications, privacy, cybersecurity and intellectual property in Washington, D.C. His experience also includes working as legal clerk for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen. Additionally, Mr. Thayer served as a congressional staffer for the Hon. Lee Terry and Hon. Mary Bono.

Phillips Lytle LLP is a premier regional law firm that is recognized nationally for its legal excellence. With offices across New York State and in Washington, D.C. and Canada, our attorneys serve a multinational client base, including FORTUNE 1000 companies, global and regional financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations, middle-market companies, startups, entrepreneurs and individuals on important matters affecting their businesses and personal wealth. For more information, visit www.phillipslytle.com.

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