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The Wireless Revolution in America

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

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