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Presentation given by Diane Smith at the Session: "Raising A Healthier Valley: The Future Is Now" at the Great Valley Center's Annual Conference on May 7, 2010 in Modesto, CA.

Presentation given by Diane Smith at the Session: "Raising A Healthier Valley: The Future Is Now" at the Great Valley Center's Annual Conference on May 7, 2010 in Modesto, CA.

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    • The Wireless Revolution in America Diane Smith, Mobile Future May 7 , 2010 Modesto, CA
    • Wireless Revolution
      • Changing almost everything we do
        • Communication
        • Education
        • Healthcare
        • Entertainment
        • How we interact
    • Mobile Applications
      • The Weather Channel
      • CalorieCount.com
      • Traffic.com
      • Bank of America
      • Urbanspoon
      • Walgreens
      • Pizza Hut
      • Fandango
      • iLOCi2
      • Members include: non-profits, businesses and individuals
      • Works to promote the potential of wireless services for everyone
      • Including, California’s more than 32 million wireless users
      Mobile Future
    • Wireless is…
      • Virtually indispensible to all aspects of our communities
      • Instrumental to solving of our toughest problems
      • An invaluable tool to help spur economic growth
    • Broadband & Economy
      • Our knowledge-based economy requires fast, affordable network systems
      • Next-generation network deployment creates tremendous job opportunities
      • For entrepreneurs, broadband is as vital as roads and a telephone were 50 years ago
    • Benefits of Broadband
      • Education
        • Students use broadband to take online courses
      • Healthcare
        • Specialists use fiber optic lines to make diagnoses
      • Digital Divide
        • African- and Hispanic-Americans use mobile devices to connect to the Internet
    • Wired vs. Wireless
      • For rural communities, wireless is an affordable option
        • In rural areas, deployment of wired broadband can cost $30,000 - $50,000 per mile
        • In Wyoming, deployment of wireless broadband cost $3,000 for 20-square miles
    • Wireless Investment At a Glance
      • Since the early 1980s, wireless has sparked one of the largest private investment efforts in modern history
        • Nearly 250,000 cell towers in the U.S. carry calls and data
        • Last year, wireless companies invested more than $20 billion in infrastructure
      • Total investment since 1980s = more than $300 billion
    • Wireless investment in California terms
      • $300 billion could fund this year’s Giants and 49ers payrolls for 1,500 years
    • Wireless Investment Results
      • Nearly 25 percent of U.S. households are wireless only – they’ve “cut the cord”
      • There are more than 280 million wireless users in the U.S.
      • In 2009, wireless consumers
        • Used more than 2 trillion minutes and sent more than 1 million texts
    • Wireless & Traffic
      • In Los Angeles, a new wireless monitoring system has cut 20% off rush hour commute
    • Wireless & Nonprofits
      • In the first 10 days after the Haiti earthquake, mobile users donated $30 million via texts
      To donate Text “HAITI” or “YELE” to 501501 Text “QUAKE” to 20222
    • Wireless & Agriculture
      • Wireless networks and GPS systems can help farmers cut costs
        • Field mapping means
          • No over-fertilization
          • No overseeding
      • Modesto County is 6 th largest for California farm production
    • Wireless & Healthcare
      • Wireless helps doctors monitor patients in real-time
        • Helps manage heart conditions, diabetes and other long-term diseases
      • Results in
        • Fast, real-time diagnoses
        • Fewer drives to the doctor’s office
        • Greater ability for patients to live independently
        • Potential for significant savings on healthcare costs
      • Valley Telehealth Partnership is great example for CA
    • Wireless & Progress
      • Progress is possible because of…
      • Rational regulatory requirements for broadband and wireless
      • Which balance the need for
        • Private investment and speed of innovation
        • Service quality and consumer protection
    • Wireless & Net Neutrality
      • Today’s wireless networks are sprawling, dynamic and very complex
      • Wireless is also generating jobs and investment
      • Tightening of federal regulation could undercut foundation of success
      • Network engineers and software experts should run wireless – not D.C. lawyers
    • Wireless and What’s Ahead
      • Universal broadband - includes expanding broadband opportunity throughout central California
      • The FCC estimates it will take $350 billion to wire all of America
      • Which is $50 billion more than $300 billion the wireless industry has invested over the past decade
    • Wireless & Entrepreneurship
      • From the MBA course I teach at the University of Montana – the biggest questions is:
        • Q: What do I need to start a company?
        • A: A first-class communication structure
      At Home On the Road
    • Wireless Policy
      • What’s needed?
      • A regulatory climate that values and respects continuing investment and innovation is vital for job growth and new business.
      • This is especially important to spur economic progress in rural areas
    • The Current Wireless Climate
      • Encourages research, development and new products
      • Creates jobs and spurs growth
      • But…
      • To continue this, government at all levels needs to remain an encouraging partner.
      • When that happens, we all benefit.